The Royal Portfolio’s luxury safari lodge Royal Malewane in South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park is not your average five-star luxury safari destination. They don't do things by halves at Royal Malewane: think exotic Persian carpets, antiques, Chinese vases, wide wooden verandas, four poster beds draped in snowy white and claw-footed baths, and (in the case of the two top suites) shower recesses large enough to park a safari jeep in. No wonder Elton John and his partner David Furness have been frequent visitors. Royal Malewane is also home to one of the most extravagant spas in Africa. The kind of palatial spa you'd expect to see in a five-star luxury resort, not in the bosom of the bush. There is something surreal about relaxing on an open-air massage bed with the roar of lions in the distance. Experienced trackers and guides will lead safaris to help Royal Malewane guests spot the Big Five (a term originally for the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot and the degree of danger involved). Photographic safaris are led by the rangers who will share their expert knowledge of both the wildlife and photography, no matter what your skill level might be.
So many celebrities have stayed here it is easier to spot them than leopards.