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 sleep-outs. 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’s 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, which overlooks a watering hole frequented by animals, 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. 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 an infinity pool - perfect for larger families or groups of friends travelling together. Personal attention is guaranteed with your own butler-waiter who will arrange your meals to be enjoyed in the privacy of your villa or at the lodge's main dining area.
Located on the slopes of Sasakwa Hill in the expansive 350,000-acre Grumeti Reserve in Tanzania, Singita Serengeti House is designed to welcome families and friends in 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 staff and management on site daily. The property enjoys picturesque views of a watering hole from its perch on the southeast 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.
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.
The Farmhouse at The Farmstead is a beautiful villa with three main bedrooms and a smaller children’s room. Each room boasts its own private deck and outside shower with spectacular views of the bush. There is an additional guide’s/pilot’s room for those accompanied by a private guide, nanny, pilot or photographer. Royal Malewane is situated in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger Area. The reserve boasts an astounding number of species of mammals, including the ‘Big Five’, as well as more than 500 species of birds.
Zarafa Dhow Suites is an intimate and exquisite two-bedroom 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 villa boasts a spacious 210 square metres under 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 the 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.
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 personalised guiding and complete flexibility, guests can discuss the possibilities and options each day 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 the black rhino, Grevy's zebra, wild dog and many of Africa's other endangered species.
Inspired by Ethiopian monasteries, this exceptional five-bedroom private house is sculpted into the landscape, leaving a very subtle footprint, with superb views of Mount Kenya. Situated in the Borana Conservancy in Laikipia, the land is teeming with wildlife, including Africa’s Big Five, wild dog, and cheetah. Game drives are a must but Arijiju also encourages guests to explore on foot, go jogging or mountain biking. Arijiju is not just a safari but a wellness retreat too. There is a 25-metre infinity lap pool, a spa, hammam, fully equipped gym, yoga deck, clay tennis court and squash court, all inconspicuously blending into the valley.
Owned and managed by Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp, this exclusive homestead borders the legendary Masai 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 ensuite bedrooms, all with stunning views of the wide open plains. The house has internet access throughout, satellite TV and DVD, and is powered by electric and solar energy.
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 ensuite bedrooms and a choice of shared spaces. Recline by your infinity pool or lounge 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, Wi-Fi connection, and the opportunity to bathe outdoors 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 Farm House is an oasis comprising five suites 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 multigenerational families and friends of all age groups.
Morukuru River House in South Africa's malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve comprises three double ensuite 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 are 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 which includes your own chef, butler, hostess, nanny, housekeeper and a private safari guide and tracker.
Nestled in the heart of Kwazulu-Natal, &Beyond Phinda Homestead offers guests the extraordinary ability to experience the South African savannah and bush from a completely unique perspective. The homestead consists of 4 bedrooms, a lounge, dining room, media room, verandah and pool. The reserve is home to seven distinct ecosystems and a plethora of endangered animal and plant species. This is an excellent area to observe many endangered species such as cheetah and rhino in their natural habitat.
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 ensuite double/twin rooms, each with an adjoining children’s room. Each day, meals are planned with the in-house chef, allowing for lots of flexibility and plenty of choices from a menu loaded with fresh produce and delicious flavours. The house also incorporates a private dining room and lounge in addition to outdoor areas to chill-out, a plunge pool and a larger swimming pool, with magnificent views across the northern Serengeti.
On the remote northwestern edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, the camp is uniquely off the beaten track but right on the crater rim, with exceptional sunrise views down into the Ngorongoro Crater from one side, and out over the Serengeti from the other, perfect for sundowners. This is the wild side of the crater where the exclusivity and views are unsurpassed. Comprised of four timber, glass and stretched-canvas rooms, Entamanu Private runs as a standalone camp making it perfect for groups and families.
Zambia's Lower Zambezi is renowned throughout Africa for its magnificent herds of wild elephants, 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 the game viewing from the deck 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.
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 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 vehicle - whenever and for however long as you may want, with complete flexibility - that's the beauty of being in your own private camp.
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 the ideal ‘holiday home’ style accommodation for up to 10 guests. This splendid setting offers 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.
Laragai House sits on the edge of a plateau on Borana Ranch, overlooking the Northern Frontier to the north and Lewa Downs to the east, whilst the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya lie to the south. It is the ultimate home from home, designed for a group of friends or an extended family wanting to get away from it all. Opulent interiors invite fun and relaxation, whilst the grounds have a spectacular heated pool, tennis court and garden games such as croquet and bowls. Activities include adventurous walks and drives to seek out Borana's wildlife, or horse rides around the extensive landscapes.
Kwandwe's Fort House has been elegantly designed to sit within a rugged landscape with modern conveniences seamlessly woven into the classic safari tapestry. Enjoy sweeping views of the Great Fish River valley overlooking a private watering hole. Facilities including two master suites and two classic rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, as well as free-flowing living entertainment areas, a wine cellar, spa treatment room, and refreshing pool make Fort House the perfect escape. A private safari vehicle with ranger and tracker allow for a completely flexible itinerary encompassing daily game drives, nature walks, big game walking safaris (tracking white rhino, black rhino, elephant and buffalo on foot) and fishing.
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 a family holiday or a party 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 destination 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 for 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.
Mara House is located in the same valley as Acacia House and incorporates the successful design elements of both Topi House and Acacia House, including a verandah for guests to enjoy the wonderful views that look out onto a game-rich watering hole. It is here and at the nearby pool (shared with Acacia House) that much of the day is passed when not out and about exploring. 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. Enjoy delicious meals, bush picnics and lunches under acacia trees by the pool. Your only care in the world is to enjoy the Masai 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 watering hole. 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 ensuite 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 Masai Mara National Reserve. The location of the house was carefully selected to provide unrivalled access to the eastern side of the Masai Mara, designed to be the ultimate private bush home in the middle of Africa's greatest ecosystem. Like Acacia House and Mara House, 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 Masai Mara.
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