Nature and Wildlife
Private safari villas in the heart of big game country offer you total flexibility: full-day game activities, bush breakfasts, all-night game drives, bush walks and private sleepouts. Safari at your own pace and let the wildlife adjust to your schedule. After all, you are on holiday and you will have these fabulous private lodges to yourself. A real luxury.
Set amidst two rolling mountain ranges in the Kalahari desert, Tarkuni is the Oppenheimer family’s own personal home at Tswalu and the ultimate private sanctuary. Recently redesigned to uncompromising standards of comfort and elegance, Tarkuni is an exceptional choice for families or groups of friends. The home has a dedicated team including a host and private chef to ensure personal service, a private vehicle with personal field guide and tracker to ensure an equally bespoke safari experience. The diversity of habitat at Tswalu has resulted in an extremely diverse animal population. Tswalu is South Africa's largest private game reserve and is home to 80 species of mammals and approximately 240 species of birds.
Formerly the family home of Singita founder Luke Bailes’ grandfather, Singita Castleton is set within the 45,000 acre Singita Sabi Sand Reserve. The property consists of a main house with communal living spaces and six individual cottages within the grounds. The lodge has been designed to combine the best elements of a private safari lodge with the rustic charms of a country farmhouse, with the added benefit of extensive high-end facilities, including a vast garden, swimming pool, wine cellar, gym, tennis court, spa treatment room and a full suite of staff and safari guides. All of this is overlooking a waterhole where animals regularly gather to drink. Singita Sabi Sand is a privately owned game reserve adjacent to South Africa's Kruger National Park.
Singita Pamushana is one of Africa’s most exclusive, remote hideaways in the 130,000 acre Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in southern Zimbabwe. Singita Pamushana is home to hundreds of baobab trees and an unrivalled gathering of mammals and birds. Activities include game drives, walks, fishing, boating, community and rock art site visits, mountain biking, night drives and stargazing. The private Villa Retreat has five bedrooms, private living and dining areas and infinity pool and is ideal for larger families or groups of friends traveling together. Personal attention is guaranteed with your own butler-waiter who will arrange your meals in your villa or at the lodge's main dining area.
Located on the slopes of Sasakwa Hill in the expansive 350,000 acre Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania, Singita Serengeti House is designed to welcome families and friends and create an environment of total relaxation for a carefree stay in one of the most stunning safari houses in Africa. The property has two suites in the main house and two garden suites situated on either side with daily onsite staff and management. The property enjoys picturesque views of a watering hole from its perch on the south-east slopes of the hill. Singita Grumeti is located in northern Tanzania, forming part of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem. Singita Serengeti House is ideally positioned on the renowned migratory route traversed annually by more than a million wildebeest.
Tucked under the leafy canopy of an ancient Morukuru tree in South Africa's malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve lies this perfectly decadent, ultra luxurious home away from home. Ideal for honeymooners, couples or a small family, Owners House was built by Morukuru's owners as their own private retreat, with two huge en-suite bedrooms and a choice of shared spaces. Recline by your infinity pool or alone in your private elevated sala or just lie in bed with the doors wide open and soak in the sights and sounds of the African bush. At Owner’s House every luxury is available – including a team of 8 staff at your service, home office facilities, a superb wine cellar, wifi connection, and the opportunity to bathe outside under the stars.
A safari-chic take on the traditional African farm homestead, offering the perfect private setting for families and groups. Located along the edge of a mountain within the Morukuru property in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve (home to Africa's Big Five), the five-suite Farm House is an oasis set within a 100-hectare fenced-in safe area which is home to general game, so children can play and roam at will, and guests have the freedom to walk and explore. Furnished by well-known South African interior designer, Sumari Krige, the Farm House is unpretentious yet stylish, with bespoke items produced by local artists and craftsmen in a neutral palette. Ideal for multi generational families and groups of friends of all ages.
Morukuru River House in South Africa's malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve comprises of three double en-suite bedrooms, with super-king size beds, crackling log fires and large tree-shaded private decks. Four children can be comfortably accommodated in the separate family room/study with bunk beds. While satellite TV and Playstation is available, a raft of exciting outdoor activities await children - from tracking to scat walks, baking, traditional African games and many others. River House combines European styling with handpicked African pieces, wonderful indoor and outdoor flow and has a staff of seven – including your own chef, butler, hostess, nanny, housekeeper and a private safari guide and tracker.
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 offers 51km of pristine white beaches and dunes lapped by a warm Indian ocean, as well as limestone cliffs, rock pools, wetlands, coastal fynbos and the reserve is home to more than 260 species of birds. A wide range of activities on offer include guided marine walks, mountain biking, nature drives and sandboarding.
Set in a malaria-free big five game reserve in South Africa's Eastern Cape, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is a renowned conservation and community success story and the ideal safari ending to a journey along the Garden Route. With sweeping views of stunning Afromontane forests, Melton Manor is a contemporary frontier farmhouse designed with a modern touch. This sole-use luxury safari villa, where the smallest detail of your stay is planned according to your specific wishes, is perfect for family holidays or parties of friends. Your private safari vehicle, complete with a highly experienced team of tracker and ranger, stands at the ready to explore the spectacular wildlife and unmatched scenery of Kwandwe at your leisure.
Set in a malaria-free big five game reserve in South Africa's Eastern Cape, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is a renowned conservation and community success story and the ideal safari along the Garden Route. This elegant 1905 farmhouse has been lovingly restored to retain all the charm and grace of yesteryear without losing any of its renowned warmth and ambience. Offering an authentic Out of Africa experience, the gracious Kwandwe Uplands Homestead is set in a remote and tranquil valley. The homestead is available for sole use of families and parties of up to six, offering a private safari experience complete with a full contingent of friendly staff, including a dedicated chef, butler, safari guide and vehicle to take care of your every whim.
Royal Malewane is situated in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger Area. For families and groups of up to 12, Royal Malewane's Africa House is the perfect option for 'family style' luxury game lodge accommodation. Situated away from the main lodge, it is a totally self-contained bush paradise where you can relax in the most opulent and easy-going style. The reserve boasts an astounding number of species of mammals, including the ‘Big Five’, as well as more than 500 species of birds. The incredible biodiversity of the Kruger Park area makes it a special destination for the serious nature-lover. The surrounding landscape has a rough, wild beauty that captivates and exhilarates.
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 night time 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 big groups of friends or family.
Zarafa Dhow Suites is an intimate, two room exquisite tented villa located on the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana, an area linking the Okavango Delta and the Chobe/Savute corridors. The 210 square metre villa is under beige, flowing canvas, with canopy ceilings and completely open (netted) sides. The Suites are located adjacent to Zarafa Camp, Botswana’s first and only Relais & Chateaux property. Overlooking the crystal waters of Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the famous Savute Channel, every area of villa has a magnificent view. The lagoon is also the water source for a tremendous population of wildlife – dry season sightings boast buffalo and elephant by the hundreds and big cats and other predators in large numbers.
Occupying its own private space and built around the rocks of the Kogakuria Kopje in the Northern Serengeti, Mkombe’s House was designed along the same lines as Nomad Tanzania's Lamai camp. The house has a fresh, contemporary feel and is fully self-contained with two en-suite double/twin rooms, each with a nearby secure and en-suite children’s room. Each day, meals are planned with the in-house chef, allowing for lots of flexibility and plenty of choice from a menu loaded with fresh produce and delicious flavours. The house also incorporates a private dining room and lounge in addition to outside chill-out areas, a plunge pool and larger swimming pool and magnificent views across the Northern Serengeti.
Kiba Point is Nomad Tanzania's private camp in the wild and exciting Selous Game Reserve. A mile downstream from Sand Rivers Camp, Kiba Point operates completely in its own private world. It's set back off the river, with four impressively large and open-fronted rooms. Each room has its own plunge pool set into the edge of the deck, and there is also a large pool at the main thatched mess, where guests can also sink into comfortable sofas and chairs for an afternoon of general laziness. Kiba Point has its own small team of guides and staff, all of whom can help you plan your activities. Head out every day either on foot, by boat or by vehicle - as you want and when you want and for as long as you want - that's the beauty of having your own private camp.
Ol Jogi Private Wildlife Conservancy is a 58,000 hectare reserve in Kenya's Laikipia Plateau with sweeping views of Mount Kenya. The property has seven private suites. each with its own style and character, yet are all designed with every possible comfort. Ol Jogi offers a wide range of safari activities including day and night game drives, walking safaris and horse riding, along with optional explorations of Northern Kenya by helicopter or private plane. With personalized guiding and complete privacy, every day guests discuss possibilities and options with Ol Jogi's team of top naturalists and safari guides, a creative chef as well as a resident masseuse. The reserve is also an important safe haven for black rhino, Grevy's zebra, wild dog and many of Africa's other endangered species.
Owned and managed by Calvin and Louise Cottar of Cottar’s 1920's Safari Camp, this exclusive homestead borders the legendary Maasai Mara National Reserve and is also one kilometre from Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. Cottar’s Private Homestead has a breathtaking view onto the savannah plains that carry the great annual wildebeest migration. Guests can enjoy privately guided game drives, night game drives, bush walks, swimming and fishing. The house is over 10,000 square feet in size, and features a large living room, dining room, a magnificent viewing deck, and 5 en-suite bedrooms, all with stunning views of the wide open plains. The house has internet access throughout, satellite TV and DVD, and is powered with electric and solar energy.
Zambia's Lower Zambezi is renowned throughout Africa for its magnificent herds of wild elephant, exceptional predator viewing and the legendary Zambezi River. It is also home to one of the continent's most spectacular and unique private homes. Chongwe River House is an ideal base for a family or a group of friends wanting a private safari. It stands on the banks of the magical Chongwe River with a sensational view of the dramatic mountainous escarpment beyond. Many animals come to the Chongwe River to drink and from the deck the game viewing can be as good as any safari activity. The house comes fully staffed with Chongwe’s resident head guide, house managers, private chefs and a full complement of support staff.
Tintswalo Manor House is situated on the private Manyeleti Game Reserve concession within the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa. The magnificent Manor House offers an intimate family holiday haven, located along the banks of the seasonal Nwaswitsontso River. Unique in its design, the house provides ideal ‘holiday home’ style accommodation for up to 10 guests. This splendid setting provides supreme comfort, privacy, and an opportunity for effortless birding, as well as the chance to view a large variety of big game that frequents the watering hole in front of the house. The Manor House staff is on call to meet your needs, and a safari vehicle, guide, and tracker are allocated exclusively to you for the duration of your stay.
Mara House is located in the same valley as Acacia House and was designed to reflect the success of both Topi and Acacia houses, leading onto the verandah so all can enjoy the wonderful views down to a game rich waterhole. It is here and at the nearby pool (shared with Acacia House) that much of the day is passed when not out and exploring. Your private team will prepare all meals to the usual high standard and will cater for bush picnics or lunches under the acacia trees by the pool. Mara House comes with a full complement of well-trained and experienced staff at guests disposal including a chef, wildlife guide and house manager to ensure a seamlessly-run safari experience so guests can enjoy the Maasai Mara and its wildlife to the fullest.
Acacia House sits in the Ol Chorro Losoit valley among the beautiful Lemek hills, far from the tourist trail and within the 70,000 acre Mara North Conservancy area. The living spaces dominate Acacia House beginning with a large, open-air verandah looking out over the famous Ol Chorro waterhole. This leads into an open-plan dining and seating area complete with log fire for those cooler nights in the bush. Beyond are two spacious double en-suite bedrooms and a third attic room, created specifically for younger guests. Acacia House comes with a full complement of well-trained and experienced staff at guests’ disposal, including a fully qualified safari guide and vehicle to assist with a wide range of activities on offer.
Topi House borders both the 23,000 acre Olare Orok Conservancy and the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The location of the house was carefully selected to provide unrivalled access to the eastern side of the Maasai Mara, designed to be the ulitmate private bush home in the middle of Africa's greatest eco-system. Like Acacia & Mara Houses it comes with a full complement of well-trained and experienced staff at guests' disposal including a chef, wildlife guide and house manager to ensure a seamlessly run and personal safari experience. The property is positioned directly on the wildebeest migration route and has been known to experience huge volumes of game right up to the house's front door when the migration spills over into the Maasai Mara.
Tongabezi is a romantic hideaway on the banks of the Zambezi River just upstream of 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 travel and do so together. Here, three separate decks are connected to each other and the rest of the world only by elevated walkways. The Dog House comes with its own exclusive valet, guide, vehicle and boat ensuring guests’ full control over the 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 via helicopter or microlite aircraft.
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 all 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 en-suite bedrooms, a ‘Sala’ where one can siesta, several decks and a central lounge, combining a study, living room, a dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. Guided scenic drives, ballooning, horse riding and nature walks complete the full activity range at Wolwedans Private Camp.
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 - home of South Africa's famous 'roiboos' tea - just 270 km from Cape Town, the area is a South African Natural Heritage Site home to over 130 documented Bushman rock art sites. Koro Lodge is an farmhouse nestled in the reserve that has been completely renovated and transformed into a spectacular intimate private villa, surrounded by open vistas of wilderness and wildlife. The lodge is fully inclusive and entirely independent, utilising its own chef and guide.
An easy two and a half hour 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 meter 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.
North Island is arguably the Seychelles' most exclusive island. Located off the eastern coast of Africa in the warm, crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean, the 115 islands of the Seychelles archipelago are scattered across 1,300,000 square kilometers of sparkling ocean. Home to healthy populations of giant tortoises, the Seychelles have been described as the “Galapagos of the Indian Ocean”. At over 8,000 square feet, Villa North Island offers the perfect setting for honeymooners. On land, in or under the water, North Island offers a range of diverse activities. Cool, shady forest trails and mountain biking create an air of tropical exploration and snorkelling, diving or sea-kayaking in the warm seas reveal the biodiversity of reef life.
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