We often have requests for family travel or groups who want to get together to celebrate a special occasion. We thought it time to introduce you to some beautiful places in Africa that can be taken as exclusive use locations. Obviously your holiday brief, how many, what time of year, would be a big steer as to the country we would suggest. Also your budget for this celebration is key, but there is something for everyone. The adventurous, multi aged groups, the totally exclusive “with bells on” and the fun family location that is worth every penny. The really important element of all these properties is that you will be personally looked after making you feel “at home” in Africa. It is our job to find and recommend. These are some top end options but we search out places for all, so please read on and dream a little of Africa.
Arijiju | Kenya
Arijiju is an exceptional five bedroom private house built on the Borana conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya. It is steeped into the landscape and beautifully designed with care to leave a very subtle footprint, under the shadow of Mount Kenya.
The surrounding private conservancy 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. Home grown produce and fresh daily juice blends lend to the healthy lifestyle Arijiju supports. There is a 25 meter infinity lap pool, a spa, Hammam, fully equipped gym, yoga deck, clay tennis court and squash court, all inconspicuously blending in to the valley, and the highly skilled masseuse and beauty therapist is available at no extra cost. For ultimate wellness and adventure, with the odd elephant visiting to drink from the pool, this is a very exclusive and extraordinary lodge.
Thanda Villa iZulu | South Africa
Voted Africa’s Leading Luxury Villa at the World Travel Awards, Villa iZulu is a luxurious Afro-chic homestead located in Thanda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. It features five beautiful suites and includes a heated swimming pool, wine cellar, library, games room and a spacious viewing deck overlooking a water hole. It’s the ultimate safari hideaway for guests needing total privacy or for families, friends and meetings.
Villa iZulu has its own helicopter pad and separate accommodation for childminders and VIP security officers. The homestead was designed and created for Thanda Safari’s owners, Christin and Dan Olofsson. Thanda Private Reserve is also centrally located for many activities such as diving, the “must do” Battlefield Tours, the Drakensberg Mountains, and other safari locations.
Selinda Camp | Botswana
“A true spirit of Africa.”
Set in a pristine wilderness area in northern Botswana, the brand new recently beautified Selinda Camp rests on the banks of the Selinda Spillway as it enters the Linyanti River. This is a special spot. The new Selinda Camp represents the meeting place of three cultures; European, Mokololo and Bayei.
The camp has three expansive guest tents, each covered under thatch, all with large en-suite bathrooms, private veranda’s and a private swimming pool. Each guest tent is unique, designed with its own colour palette and theme. The safari drives, walks, boating, tracking, birding and other bespoke viewing activities are designed to place you in front of the best wildlife the area has to offer, for a unique one on one life changing experience. From leopards to elephants, lions to hippos, not to mention multitudes of beautiful plains game and as many as 200 or more bird species in the area, this place is the best of Botswana.
In addition to the three main tents, the Selinda Suite consists of a two-bedroom tented villa. The Selinda Suite operates exclusively, as guests enjoy their own private vehicle, safari guide, chef, manager/butler and entrance to their residence but could be taken as part of a group safari.
Musekese Camp | Zambia
“An experience unlike any other in Africa.”
For the adventurous types who are interested in a living conservation project, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guiding, don’t want to see any one else and are happy with comfortable but close to nature accommodation, this is the one.
Musekese Camp is run by Jeffery & McKeith Safaris, a small, owner run safari company based in the Kafue National Park in Zambia. Their camps are located in some of the most remote and wildest parts of the Kafue National Park in areas chosen specifically for the positive impact it would have on conservation, as well as to give their guests the best possible wildlife encounters.
Laragai House | Kenya
“The ultimate escape into Kenya.”
Laragai is an eight-bedroom, beautifully appointed private country house on Borana Private Conservancy, in Laikipia, originally built as a private home/country retreat. The House offers guests the ultimate escape into one of the loveliest parts of Kenya , perfect for those looking to enjoy an unforgettable family holiday. All ages can be catered for and there is lots to keep you busy. Fabulous game viewing with all the Big 5, especially the endangered rhino. An opportunity to ride, mountain bike, play tennis, swim or just spend time with your friends and family, surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Your host of Laragai House is Jay Macleod; he will ensure that your stay at Laragai House is impeccably managed. He invites you into your home from home and hopes you enjoy your stay.
Chongwe River House | Zambia
“Ideal base for private parties & families.”
Chongwe River House is a private safari lodge located right on the banks of the Chongwe River in the Lower Zambezi national park in Zambia. This area teems with wildlife & is the ideal base for private parties or families to enjoy game drives or boat safaris on the Zambezi. The private house sleeps eight people in four spacious double bedrooms, each with large king-sized beds and en-suite bathrooms. ( Double or twin configuration.) The exclusive-use of the large private veranda and pool lend themselves perfectly as viewing spots from which to admire the animals as well as the mountainous escarpment in the distance.
The enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides are incredibly keen to demonstrate the beauty and magnificence of the Lower Zambezi National Park on informative, entertaining game drives, walking safaris, and canoe trips whilst at the lodge. All activities and meals are tailored according to you by the hospitable staff and hosts.
Open 15 April to 15 November. Minimum age 7. Requires 1 hr boat and 20 min road transfer from Jeki Airstrip.
Khayelitshe House | Zimbabwe
“A very private exclusive-use house in Matobo Hills.”
Situated in the heart of the Matobo Hills in southwest Zimbabwe, just outside the boundary of the national park, lies Khayelitshe House. Enclosed by the iconic balancing rocks and surrounded by a natural amphitheater of massive boulders, Khayelitshe House got its name from the Ndebele words ‘Ekhaya’ and ‘Litshe’- Home in the Rocks. Khayelitshe House’s charm comes from its simplicity and organic blueprint. Drawing inspiration from travels throughout Africa, the eclectic design brings both tranquility and energy. This is a home that is completely off-the-grid, one that inspires peacefulness and being at one with nature.
The environmentally friendly design blends in perfectly with the ancient and majestic landscape that surrounds the property. Fully serviced and consisting of 4 en-suite bedrooms with incredible views from every window, the house inspires a feeling of remoteness that is hard to capture. The private land around Khayelitshe House covers over 1200 acres of breath-taking wilderness, making it a beautiful escape from the grind of daily life. Guests can choose to relax by the pool at the end of a safari or explore the surrounding area. Activities on offer here include tracking white and black rhino on foot, nature walks and hikes to explore one of the highest concentrations of ancient rock paintings in the world, or visiting the final resting place of Cecil Rhodes.
This property works well combined with the lovely family property, Somalisa Acacia in Hwange National Park for a full on safari.
Leobo Observatory | South Africa
“Exclusive safari house in the Waterberg Mountains.”
Leobo Private Reserve is brilliant for a family of all ages. Based on a completely private 20,000 acre estate in the beautiful malaria-free Waterberg Mountains in South Africa, 3 hours drive north of Johannesburg. It is home to the award winning Observatory Private Villa, a state of the art four bedroom house that can accommodate six adults & three children.
Leobo Reserve is fantastic for groups and families alike on an exclusive use basis only. It is your playground for the duration of your stay and what a playground it is. Leobo offers guests an extensive range of activities from quad biking to helicopter rides and sky diving, to star gazing from the observatory telescope, fishing, exploring, riding and game drives throughout the day. It has no big cats but as a result, can cater for children of all ages. Welgevonden, a big 5 Malaria free Game reserve is a short helicopter flight or slightly longer drive from Leobo for a wonderful days adventure.
Luangwa Safari House | Zambia
“The perfect getaway for families.”
This magnificent private house is the ultimate in luxury and the perfect getaway for families (children over seven) or groups of friends seeking an indulgent and private break. Located in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, this impressive private house sits gracefully on the edge of a lagoon system frequented by large herds of elephants, impalas, giraffes and countless other species which use the lagoon as a source of water and food throughout the year. The Luangwa Safari House is extraordinary – large and powerful, this castle like house gives you space, luxury and comfort with nature on your doorstep. Children over 7 years are welcome.
Wolwedans Private Camp | Namibia
“The ultimate Namibian desert get-away.”
Wolwedans Private Camp is built in a dune valley in the Namib Desert, within the vast NamibRand Nature Reserve in southern Namibia. Within a short flight or approximately 2 hours drive of the extraordinary dunes at Sossusvlei, it offers the luxury of space, peace and privacy, all in a stunning setting and with very comfortable accommodation.
The Private Camp caters for six guests exclusively. It is the perfect getaway for honeymooners or individuals seeking uncompromising privacy and solitude or a family or small group of friends looking to “get away from it all” and enjoy the enormity of this extraordinarily majestic country. Guided activities such as scenic drives, scenic flights, hot-air ballooning and nature walks can be arranged on a private basis.