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Getting the Most of the Wildlife Experience

A trip to Africa conjures a riot of images and possibilities. For wildlife enthusiasts, this is the ultimate destination. Every year, more resorts spring up, offering easier access to the remotest locations, assuring guests a personalised and far more intimate interaction with nature, wildlife and a host of conservation projects that provide an inspiring and humbling experience. World Travel Magazine handpicks seven exotic resorts and lodges that are designed to add a sheen to your travel on this continent.

Royal Malewane

Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

A luxury safari lodge right in the middle of the Thornybush Private Game Reserve, on the western border of the Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa combines a vintage elegance with modern comfort. The bottom line here is the assurance of experiencing a most memorable game viewing safari in the rich ecosystem of the South African bushveld. A minimum of three days stay is recommended to make the most of the twice-a-day rides to spot the Big Five, savour dinners under the African skies and revel in the property’s amenities that include sensual spa treatments. Those staying longer can explore nearby areas and go for hot air ballooning, golf and local village excursions. The luxurious safari lodge has six luxury suites, two royal suites and an Africa house that has an exclusive bush villa with six bedrooms. Antique furniture, carved four-poster beds from Mombasa, plush silk furnishings and Persian rugs make the interiors captivating. The property is popular with solo travellers, groups and even those interested in a safari wedding!

Getting there: Closest airport to Royal Malewane is Hoedspruit and from Kruger Mpumulanga International Airport in Nelspruit. Chartered flights are common and also road drives through the Drakensberg mountains.

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