There is something magical about introducing children to nature from an early age. Encouraging a lifetime of discovery and wonder at the earth's great and small creatures.

The Biden family started The Royal Portfolio in 1999 at Royal Malewane. The land used to be their family bush home where the children spent many happy years growing up close to nature and that’s why it was so important to Liz that children could experience the magic of safari.


Children over 10 are welcome in the six Luxury Suites, while children of all ages are welcome in the two Royal Suites and at Africa House.

The Royal Suites each have two bedrooms, with acres of room for relaxing, dining and sleeping. A huge outside deck complete with a crystal-clear pool allows guests to make the most of the surrounding wild beauty and enjoy the warmth of the sunshine in complete privacy.

For larger families and groups of friends, Africa House is the six bedroom exclusive use villa. Africa House is spacious and colourful with vibrantly eclectic furnishings. Light floods into the en-suite bedrooms, each of which has a private outside shower and deck. Antique furniture, carved four-poster beds from Mombasa, plush silk furnishings and Persian rugs create an exotic and luxurious feel.

The Royal Suites and Africa House have a private chef, butler and a dedicated ranger and tracker team. Guests will have their own private safari vehicle ensuring complete flexibility around game drives and bush walks which can be made a little shorter for younger children.

The expert rangers and trackers at Royal Malewane love to share their knowledge with kids of all ages and are masters at making that knowledge accessible to future rangers.


We have a number of goodies and activities designed for kids such as a kiddies’ amenities range, bush backpack (with sun cream, a chap stick and a water bottle), activity booklets, The Royal Cubs Spa Menu, kitchen activities (baking and homemade play-dough) and an animal checklist with pictures.

For slightly older children we have a Junior Rangers course which includes:

  • Scatalogue
  • Moulding and identification of animal tracks
  • Bird watching (10 common birds and identifying sounds)
  • Plant identification and uses
  • Play book (animal pictures, common facts and an introduction to the local language)

For further information or to discuss your specific requirements simply speak to a member of our reservations team.

Thornybush Private Game Reserve is a low risk malaria area with no recorded cases of malaria at Royal Malewane. We do nevertheless recommend that you consult your GP or local travel clinic before travelling to Royal Malewane in relation to anti-malaria precautions and prophylactics for your family.