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Best of the Best 2002: Travel: Best Resorts: Royal Malewane

Bobbie Leigh

Tucked away in its own private wildlife reserve on the edge of Kruger National Park, about an hour’s flight from Johannesburg, South Africa, is the extraordinary Royal Malewane. Only superlatives apply to this luxury safari lodge, which hosts a maximum of 16 people in sumptuously furnished thatched villas with gazebos, plunge pools, and huge decks resembling outdoor living rooms. If you demand privacy, the palatial Royal Suite for two couples has its own butler, chef, and masseur. The lodge’s sophisticated menu features Michelin-quality meals, and the wine list is extensive and exceptionally well chosen. Game viewing, including the chance to see rare white rhinos, cheetahs, and leopards, is led by rangers whose training and experience are unparalleled in southern Africa.

Royal Malewane, +27.15.793.0150, www.royalmalewane.com

 

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