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Royal Legend Safari Lodge and Spa
5 STAR KRUGER PARK LODGE ACCOMMODATION
LIMPOPO, NATIONAL KRUGER PARK
The Royal Legend Safari Lodge & Spa enjoys its prime location on the banks of the Timbavati Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park. The ten chalets comprising the lodge all boats unmatched views of the watercourse and the stunning vegetation in which this oasis is positioned.
Royal Legend Safari Lodge & Spa provides a true retreat for the weary body and mind. For the ultimate in R&R, The Lodge Spa offers a variety of spa treatment, designed to relax and revitalise. The spacious Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and well-equipped gym ensure that you enjoy an all-round pampering experience during your stay.
Children under six years of age are not permitted on game drives for their own safety. Royal Legend Safari Lodge & Spa does not have surrounding fences. For his reason, careful monitoring of children must be enforced by their guardians at all times.
Timbavati Game Reserve
The Timbavati Nature Reserve was formed by the Timbavati Association - a group of conservation-aware people who owned game farms on the Western boundary of the Kruger National Park - in 1956.
|This reserve stretches for 60 000 hectares, and forms part of the breathtaking Greater Kruger National Park. In total, the Kruger Park is a further 2 million hectares in size (equivalent to the whole of Israel or Wales). The Greater Kruger National Park was officially formed in the early 1990's, when the boundary fence between the Kruger and the adjacent private reserves namely was removed to extend the total area to approximately 2.2 million hectares. These private reserves were Timbavati, Sabi Sands, Klaserie, Umbabaat, and Manyaleti.
Within the Greater Kruger, 35 different landscape types have been zoned officially. A "landscape" can be defined as an area with a specific geomorphology climate, wildlife, soil and vegetation. The Royal Legend Safari Lodge & Spa falls into a landscape zoned as:
Combretum SPP (Bushwillow) / Colophospermum Mopane Woodland. The subterranean rock is mainly Granite and Gneiss, intersected by several Dolerite intrusions. The terrain is undulating with sandy soils.
This area is between 300m and 500m above sea lever, with hot summers and cool winter. In low-lying areas, frost may occur occasionally.
Royal Legend Safari Lodge comprises 10 chic chalets; each perched along the river banks of the seasonal river. Each air-conditioned chalet boasts stunning views of the watercourse and lush surrounding vegetation, and was built with the environment in mind. Each chalet is designed to have as little impact on its surrounds as possible. Guests are encouraged to indulge in the river views through the extensive glass doors, right from the comfort of their beds - the perfect start to the day.
Each chalet has been custom-furnished to create a unique experience every time our guests visit the Lodge. Sophistication and comfort converge to create a luxurious environment from which to enjoy Africa. Bedrooms are furnished with extra-length King-sized beds or twin beds, and showcase beaded artwork made by skilled women from all over South Africa. Mosquito netting over the windows and colonial-style mosquito nets over the beds make for a peaceful night's sleep in the heart of the African bushveld. All chalets are en-suite.
Private decks come standard with each chalet and provide the ideal escape from on which to read (a small, well-equipped library is available to Royal Legend Safari Lodge guests), suntan, or watch the wildlife that make an appearance on the river banks.
Reed cupboards and indigenous vanities and counter tops contribute to the authentic bushveld experience. Each wooden counter top is created using a solid slab of wood, incorporating the natural curves and knots.
A bar fridge and a safe are discreetly placed within the reeded cupboards.
The en-suite bathrooms are equipped with spa baths and double washbasins. The indoor shower structure opens out to a private outdoor shower, offering bathers a gorgeous view of river bed while refreshing themselves in the midst of the wilderness.
Taking advantage of the views is a top priority at Royal Legend Safari Lodge. Large corner windows and a big glass door in the toilet create a sense of unity between the indoors and outdoors. While chalets are placed far apart, some may prefer to close the blinds for more privacy.
At Royal Legend Safari Lodge, we appreciate the diversity of our valued guests. As a result, we ensure that we customise our service offering to suit each guest as specifically as possible. Dedicated staff members are committed to adding value during your stay. This is best manifested when considering the indulgent health spa, which provides fantastic treatments and products, administered by expert staff.
To maintain your strict fitness regime, the well-equipped gym provides cardio- and weight-training equipment. The ample Jacuzzi and sauna are a fabulous way to unwind and rejuvenate after a vigorous workout.
The spacious, yet cosy, thatched entertainment area is the designated dining room. Two circular fireplaces are contained within this area, and create a warm ambience of cosy camaraderie, particularly on the cold winter evenings.
The entertainment area enjoys the gorgeous views of the riverbed and waterhole. Royal Legend Safari Lodge has further enhanced this view by installing special spotlights that do not interfere with the animals' nocturnal movements or activities. The waterhole is also visible from the bar.
Guests are encouraged to experience dining luxury in all of the three available venues - under the thatched roof, out of the raised teak deck, or in the Boma. Each of these contributes to the experience in a unique and memorable way.
Dining is distinctly South African, but special dietary requirements can be catered for on request. As an added service, the beauty therapist consults with the chef to ensure that guests receive a nutritious, varied menu from which to dine.
Our well-stocked wine cellar contains a good selection of some of South Africa's best vintages to compliment the menu perfectly. This cellar is tucked away, accessible by descending the spiral staircase that winds down a carved leadwood log. The cellar also contains a large window, so that guests are able to take in the activity of the waterhole while enjoying the bouquet of an acclaimed wine.
Royal Legend Safari Lodge is situated between 300m and 500m above sea level. Summers are hot, while winters drop significantly, although not usually very cold. Frost may occasionally occur in low-lying areas during winter. Rainfall averages from between 450mm and 550mm per annum.
Royal Legend is approximately 5 hours drive from Johannesburg.
From Johannesburg (R22), proceed towards Witbank (N4).
Exit the N4 at the Belfast intersection, enter the town and turn right at the second stop sign in the direction of Dullstroom (R540).
Continue to Lydenburg via Dullstroom.
In Lydenburg, turn left and take the R36 to Ohrigstad.
Continue in the direction of Hoedspruit via the Abel Erasmus Pass on the JG Strijdom Tunnel.
In Hoedspruit at the second four way stop turn right towards Bushbuckridge (R40).
Continue for approximately 7 km.
Turn left onto the Argyle road (direction Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport).
Continue past the Hoedspruit Airport onto a gravel road until you reach the Timbavati Main Gate.
Through the Timbavati Gate turn immediate right and follow the signs to Zuma Zuma.