Private nature and safari villas in pristine reserves without dangerous big game but with enough wildlife species to track and view. Ideal for families with young children offering total flexibility: nature activities, bush breakfasts, bush walks and glamping under the stars. Immerse yourself in nature and focus on stunning landscapes, interesting flora and fascinating fauna.
Set in the beautiful 23,000-acre Leobo Private Reserve in the Waterberg region of South Africa, this uniquely designed house isn’t your traditional safari destination but somewhere you would visit before or after your safari. The reserve is teeming with plains game and equipped with endless toys such as quad bikes, mountain bikes, a Polaris buggy, horses, thermal imaging equipment for nighttime game viewing, paintball guns, kayaks, fishing equipment, paddle boards, and the star attraction - a research grade, fully automated, observatory dome. The main house has 4 bedrooms and there are 8 guest chalets a short walk away, ideal for a big group of friends or large family.
Cocooned in luxury, adrift in your own oceanfront home within one of Africa’s most beautiful coastal reserves: the 36,000-hectare De Hoop Nature Reserve. Ocean House offers a bird’s eye view of the continent’s greatest whale nursery, as Southern Right whales migrate for the calving and nursing season from mid-July to November. The reserve which is home to more than 260 species of birds, offers 51 kilometres of pristine white beaches and dunes lapped by a warm Indian Ocean, as well as limestone cliffs, rock pools, wetlands and coastal fynbos. A wide range of activities on offer include guided marine walks, mountain biking, nature drives and sandboarding.
An easy two and a half hours’ drive from Cape Town, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a jewel in the crown of the Cape Floral Kingdom, offering guests a complete immersion into the wondrous and magnificent world of fynbos. Set apart and completely surrounded by pristine fynbos, the 1,000-square-metre villa comes with its own private guide, chef and butler, not to mention complete privacy to enjoy all that Grootbos has to offer. The elegant and spacious living spaces open generously to a combination of sheltered decks and courtyards, taking full advantage of the incredible views of the rolling hills of fynbos and white sand dunes, with Walker Bay and the Hermanus mountains in the distance. Activities include whale watching, horse riding, quad biking, hiking, fynbos walks and wine tasting tours.
Bushman's Kloof is one of the Western Cape's ultimate wilderness experiences - wide-open plains, mystical rock formations, crystal-clear waterfalls and an abundance of flora and fauna. A 7,500-hectare malaria- and predator-free haven nestled at the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains just 270 kilometres from Cape Town, this area is famous for its rooibos tea and it is a South African Natural Heritage Site that is home to over 130 documented Bushmen rock art sites. Nestled in the reserve, Koro Lodge has been completely renovated and transformed from a farmhouse into a spectacular intimate private villa, surrounded by open vistas of wilderness and wildlife. The lodge is fully inclusive and entirely independent, with its own chef and guide.
From its commanding cliff-top position, Birkenhead Villa enjoys a wonderful view over the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay. With easy access to the beach, this is the perfect destination for families and friends seeking a fun, child-friendly but luxurious seaside experience. A laid back ambience makes for effortless relaxation. Aside from whale watching from May to December, a myriad of activities is possible on both land and sea in Hermanus, making it a popular beach holiday destination in South Africa. Embark on an unforgettable voyage around Dyer Island, lose yourself in the beauty of the lush mountain trails and walks, study indigenous birdlife or experience the adventure of deep-sea fishing.
Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa is a nine-suite private villa offering luxurious seaside accommodation in Cape Town's charming suburb of Simon’s Town. The villa enjoys the beauty of local fynbos and unobstructed views over Boulders Beach with its internationally famous colony of endangered African penguins. The villa is excellent for fun family getaways, special celebrations or a group of friends travelling together. Known for its pristine swimming beaches, and with the colony of penguins as a star attraction, the villa is located en route to Cape Point, enjoying sublime views of the Indian Ocean.
The Nest @ Sossus is located on the private Namib Tsaris Conservancy, at the edge of an escarpment that opens out onto an oasis valley within an otherwise desert landscape. Home to natural waterfalls and pools almost year-round, it is a magnet for the game moving through the area. There is a floodlit watering hole which provides exciting and varied desert wildlife viewing as well as incredible birding. Constructed mostly from thatch and incorporating captivating art and design pieces, The Nest is an architectural and geometrical masterpiece designed by the award-winning South African architect, Porky Hefer, who took inspiration from the nests of ‘sociable weaver’ birds. This is arguably one of Namibia’s most extraordinary private villas in terms of both design and décor.
The NamibRand Nature Reserve is a privately owned reserve covering almost 200,000 hectares bordering the Namib Naukluft Park, situated south of Sossusvlei in southwestern Namibia amidst some of Africa’s most breathtaking locations, including ochre-coloured dunes, huge volcanic mountains caressed by the warm desert air and silky bushman grass covered plains. Wolwedans Private Camp is set in a quiet and idyllic valley, with three spacious ensuite bedrooms, a ‘sala’ where one can enjoy a siesta, several decks and a central lounge, combining a study, living room, a dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. Guided scenic drives, hot air ballooning, horse riding and nature walks are just some of the activities at Wolwedans Private Camp.
Tongabezi is a romantic hideaway on the banks of the Zambezi River just upstream from the legendary Victoria Falls. The Dog House occupies another world at the furthest edges of the Tongabezi garden. It is the perfect escape for families and friends who love to travel together. Here, three separate decks are connected to each other by elevated walkways. The Dog House comes with its own exclusive valet, guide, vehicle and boat, ensuring that guests have complete autonomy over their ultimate bespoke itinerary. Game drives, bush walks and boating trips are all included in the price of the house. The majestic Victoria Falls can be viewed on foot in the national park, from inside the gorge, from Livingstone Island and from the air on a helicopter or microlight aircraft.
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