We’re beginning to feel the pent up demand for travel and are responding to requests for trips that tick all the boxes as we come to grips with travel-in-the-age-of-Covid.
“People are yearning to explore again, get back to nature and cherish quality time together”.
“We’ve seen an increase in multi-generational travel as well as small groups of friends traveling together and so it comes as no surprise that the demand for exclusive-use villas is on the up.”
Remote, spacious and intimate
Luxury travel to Africa – the best post-COVID experiences
Situated in remote and pristine wilderness areas, small luxury safari camps and private villas are ideal for travellers seeking wide open spaces and an intimate safari experience.
This list is our pick of the most spectacular exclusive use villas in East and Southern Africa.
SINGITA KATAZA HOUSE
Kataza house is the exclusive use villa at Singita Kwitonda, situated right at the edge of the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, making it a perfect base for Gorilla and Golden Monkey trekking. The luxurious villa offers spectacular views of the forest and volcano with two heated plunge pools, four spacious and elegant bedrooms, dedicated staff, private wine cellar, interactive kitchen, children’s activities and all the little luxuries one could ask for.
Elsa’s Private House at Elsa’s Kopje Meru
Situated in the Meru National Park in Kenya is the hidden gem of Elsa’s Private House, a two bedroom villa with an infinity pool and private garden, facing Mount Kenya.
Singita Serengeti House
Serengeti House is situated in the Grumeti Reserve in the Northern Serengeti and is ideally located for the great wildebeest migration plus it has views of a well visited waterhole. The villa offers 4 bedrooms, with a fitness centre, lap pool and dedicated staff, leaving you longing for nothing more.
Great Plains Conservation: Duba Plains Suite, Zarafa Dhow Suite & Selinda Suite
The Great Plains Conservation in Botswana offers three villa options in two different regions: Duba Plains in the heart of the Okavango Delta and Zarafa & Selinda in the Selinda Reserve in the northern LInyanti region. All three villas are 2 bedroom tented villas, with the Duba Plains Suite overlooking beautiful floodplains of the delta marsh, the Zarafa Dhow Suite overlooking the Zibadianja Lagoon and the Selinda Suite on the banks of the Selinda spillway.
Singita Malilangwe House
Situated in the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve (adjacent to the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe) lies one of Africa’s best kept secrets: Malilangwe House next to Singita’s Pamushana lodge. This 5 bedroom villa offers the discerning traveler expansive views of the Malilangwe dam and surrounds, various outdoor decks plus a rim-flow pool.
Matetsi River House
Nestled on the banks of the well-known Zambezi River is where you will find the lavish Matetsi River House and close enough to the Victoria Falls yet away from the hustle and bustle. This exclusive use villa offers four bedrooms, a private pool with indoor and outdoor living areas.
Set amongst the beautiful, rugged landscape and dry open plains of the Kalahari, is where you will find theluxurious five-bedroom Tswalu Tarkuni villa, offering guests a secluded experience in this astounding area. The villa offers an outdoor pool, library and games room, spa suite, indoor and outdoor living areas, an expansive veranda and traditional boma.
Morukuru in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve (South Africa) offers three exclusive use villas, catering for different group/family sizes. There is the two-bedroom Owner’s House, the three bedroom River House and the five bedroom Farm House.
Lion Sands Fish Eagle villa at Ivory Lodge
The Lion Sands Fish Eagle Villa at Ivory Lodge lies in the game rich Sabi Sands Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Region of South Africa. The two-bedroom villa offers an open plan living space, lap pool, private spa and gym.
In the northern part of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger region of South Africa is where you will find this contemporary eco-luxe safari lodge with three ultra-luxurious exclusive use villas. Each villa is individually decorated with four bedrooms, private pools and wine cellars.
Ulusaba Cliff Lodge
Ulusaba Cliff Lodge is just a short walk from the Ulusaba Rock Lodge, situated in the Western Sabi Sands Game Reserve. With breathtaking views over the expansive landscape, one literally feels like you are on top of the world. The villa consists of two bedrooms, a pool, dedicate staff, a private gym and spa room.
Chongwe River House
Set in Zambia’s beautiful Lower Zambezi region with views across the river to the mountains, Chongwe River House is a four bedroom private house with flowing curves and bends and ceilings studded with river pebbles that evolve into open living spaces that celebrate the surrounding wilderness. Waterfall showers, private open air bathtubs, furniture carved from a winterthorn tree complete the inspired design. The Chongwe area is famous for large elephants, and they will frequently wander through camp in search of seed pods from the winterthorn trees or cross the river right in front of the house.
Southern Africa has so many places that offer peace, isolation and privacy
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Africa provides experiences no other continent in the world can offer
Don’t delay if you’re thinking of travelling to Africa. People are itching to get out and experience the wide-open spaces again. We’re already seeing a flurry of enquiries for the best safari destinations, so let’s start the conversation.