We stayed there 2 nights as part of an organised tour.It is a small lodge, with huge cottages.
Views are amazing: during our first lunch, a herd of elephants came close to the dining area and drunk from the swimming pool.
Food service is absolutely delicious and of excellent quality.
We had four game drives included in the package: the ranger was very informative and we were very lucky to see all the big five and so many more animals.
On day 2 we were offered a complimentary walking safari around the lodge: it was very enjoyable, we saw animal tracks and we got close to impalas.
The lodge manager was extremely efficient and a very nice person, too.
Delayed in writing this, but eleven of us stayed for 3 nights, arriving 25th July. We were a family group of 3 generations including 5 grandchildren from 11 yrs to 18yrs. My husband & I had experienced Safari Lodges before so we were keen to see how The Royal Legend compared. The rooms are most satisfactory & there were no complaints about food at all. We felt we were well looked after with attentive staff & we had good game drives seeing the Big Five all in one day.The manager Pollen was extremely helpful when one of the hired cars had to be changed. Areas of the Lodge looked a little tired & the swimming pool was not inviting & for this reason, I would say it did not rate 5 star but compared OK with 4 star. None of us tried the Spa facilities. We dined in the Boma on our last night & the staff really did a good job at entertaining us
My husband and I thought we would take a weekend at this game reserve but were quite let down by the overall service. While the rooms and its location are quite special, the service and attention to detail were certainly lacking. The food served at this game lodge had no resemblance to 5 star quality and time taken to prepare was most disturbing. As for the game viewing we saw very little other than being treated to elephants drinking from the rim flow pool on the look out deck. I would certainly not recommend this lodge for game viewing or hospitality, yet its location is quaint and unique.
This was our second visit to Timbavati on safari and our first stay (at Akeru, now Kumbaku) several years ago was truly exceptional and we therefore had high expectations. We were not disappointed! We were warmly welcomed on arrival at Royal Legend and shown to large and well appointed rooms with a real 'wow' factor. The bathrooms are huge and look out over the open bush as do the beautifully designed and decorated bedrooms. There's even an additional outdoor shower off the main bathroom if you want to shower 'al fresco'. All of the rooms have outward facing verandas giving you the chance of seeing wildlife from your own room. Whilst we were there an elephant wandered through the lodge and a hippo took up residence in a pool beside one of the chalets so you really are in the middle of the bush. The staff were very professional and friendly, made every effort to make us feel welcome and looked after our every need. The quality of the food was first rate and it was delightful to be able to eat overlooking the waterhole where wildlife regularly come to drink. On our final evening the staff prepared a braia for us and entertained us with local songs and dancing. Not something hired in for the tourists, just the staff wanting to entertain and please us. It was really nice. The ranger and tracker worked hard to give us a memorable game-viewing experience and in the 2 days we were there we managed to see 4 of the Big 5 (the leopard evaded us again!) as well as learning a lot about the bush and wildlife in general. There is very little about Royal Legend not to recommend.
We and some others in the lodge were upgraded here from the Jackalberry Lodge because it was overbooked (seems to happen a lot). We met some others who had stayed part of the time at the Jackalberry and part of the time at the Royal Legend. They said the rooms at the Royal Legend were much nicer but that they saw a lot more animals at the Jackalberry because Thornybush, where Jackalberry is located, is a fenced in reserve.
As the other reviews have stated, the rooms here are amazing. The beds are huge and very comfortable. The rooms and especially the bathrooms are VERY large. We saw a couple of ants in the bathtub, but you're in the middle of the bush, so what do you expect? Our friends had more ants in their bathroom, though.
The food was very good and had a lot of variety. We were treated to the outdoor dinner in the boma on our last night, with the staff performing some traditional songs and dances after the meal.
The safari drives were also very good, and we had a chance to see 4 of the Big Five (no leopards). The tracker and ranger did their best to make sure you were able to see as many animals as possible.
The watering hole and outdoor pool next to the dining area was also a great place to view wildlife. There we saw vervet monkeys, elephants, warthogs, giraffes, zebras, and impala, all from the safety and comfort of the dining area deck. We also saw monkeys and waterbok from our room.
I would caution people not to leave any food out in their rooms, though. We had heard stories of baboons and monkeys going into rooms when people left their doors or windows ajar so we made sure ours were always closed. However, one night we heard a paper bag rustling in our room at night and in the morning saw that something had taken a bit out of a piece of (wrapped) candy we had on our counter.