The Royal Portfolio has announced that the The Farmstead, an exclusive new safari lodge at Royal Malewane in South Africa's Greater Kruger National Park, will open May 1, 2019.
Following the recent refurbishment of the existing Royal Malewane safari lodge, construction is now underway at The Farmstead, just a 12-minute drive south of the existing lodge. Liz Biden, owner of The Royal Portfolio who has designed and decorated all the interiors within the collection, has already acquired much of the furniture and original art for the new lodge.
"Expect light oak, tin roofs, wrought iron and gentle hues of blue and white with royal blue, indigo and turquoise patterns adorning the fabrics of comfy sofas on wide verandas,” said Biden.
Accommodations at The Farmstead will include three Luxury Farm Suites and The Farmhouse, a four-bedroom villa offering private services, such as a dedicated chef, butler, housekeeper, safari vehicle, ranger and tracker. The main lodge area will have a double spa treatment room, a gym, fire pit and vast deck where guests can relax and take meals while watching the wildlife visiting the adjacent waterhole.
The Farmstead will offer the same safari experience, service and cuisine that guests have received for more than 20 years at Royal Malewane. Rates are fully inclusive of accommodation, meals, drinks, game drives and bush walks.
The Farmstead will also help with community enhancement in Africa. Royal Malewane agreed to a long lease of the land from the local Moletele community, paying a monthly rental to the community, as well as a share of revenue as additional income. At the end of the lease, all buildings and the land will revert to the community with the option to work with The Royal Portfolio in perpetuity. Throughout the lease, The Royal Portfolio will employ members of the local community and train them to Royal Portfolio standards while also involving the local community in conservation efforts to preserve the region's wildlife.