There are some destinations that completely enthrall us. They loom so large and burn so brightly that we can’t help but feel a bit humbled by their majesty, in awe of their sheer spectacle.South Africa is one of these places. A country full of spirit, wisdom and ferocity, the nation has a magic that comes in many forms: a sunset over the verdant winelands—a storybook paradise of mist-engulfed mountains—or a morning game drive on safari where elephants splash in the watering hole and lions snuggle in the sun. The country overwhelms and encompasses visitors, be it their first or fiftieth visit. It’s a feast too large to consume; a sight too spectacular to take in; and offers an unmatched breadth of experiences. South Africa is truly larger than life.
South Africa boasts some of the world’s best game viewing, especially in Kruger National Park, where guests can get up-close-and-personal with the Big Five (unlike in East Africa, where the safari experience is characterized by larger herds of game seen from farther distances). The area is also known for having a number of sumptuous lodges that transport guests to a Hemingway-style era of glamour. Chief among these is Royal Malewane, the über-stylish, ‘six-star’ retreat and a member of the Biden’s Royal Portfolio Collection. Between the delightful staff, breathtaking interiors and top-notch safari experience, this jewel of a property is nearly impossible to leave.
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