5 of the best private houses in Africa

Ever dreamed of spending Christmas on safari? Or travelling with three generations for a special birthday, or graduation celebration? Imagine a unique getaway with a small group of friends or family, where you have exclusive use of your own magnificent home away from home, in a remote wilderness area? Why not consider one of the below private house options for the ultimate way to safari with your loved ones.

By Catherine Soares de Melo  |  Last updated at 07 March 2019, 13:52
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Spend your days in search of magnificent wildlife, jaw dropping landscapes and pastel sunsets… Not only will you have your own private residence, but these unique homes come complete with private vehicles and guides, private chef, a personalized schedule tailored around you, and ultimately… Your own exclusive African safari! 

It really doesn’t get better than this!

1. Singita Serengeti House | Serengeti, Tanzania
Play a game of tennis and enjoy an ice cold Pimms on the hills of Sasakwa in this stunning corner of the Western Serengeti. Snuggle around the various fire pits for pre-dinner drinks under the stars. This exquisite four-bedroom private home with exclusive spa, 25-meter rim flow pool (and extensive views across the plains), and a fully equipped gym is very hard to top.

2. Jabali Private House | Ruaha, Tanzania
Located in Ruaha National Park, one of Tanzania’s most vast and dramatic (and uncrowded!) national parks, Jabali Private House is a stunning contemporary three-bedroom retreat, built around ancient baobab trees, with calming natural shades and organic textures, this home away from home leads the way when it comes to luxury and exclusivity.

3. Africa House at the Royal Malewane | Greater Kruger, South Africa
A celebration of Liz Biden’s signature touch, using vibrant colors and rich textures, the bold and unashamedly luxurious Africa House at the Royal Malewane, located in the Greater Kruger area in South Africa, offers nothing short of dream safari experience for families or small groups. Sleeping 12 guests, the ‘self-contained bush paradise’ offers exquisite food, excellent service, attention to detail and one of the most beautiful abodes you can imagine (and let’s not forget the elephant that come and drink from your private plunge pools on the regular!), it’s not unusual for travelers to shed a couple of tears upon departure.

4. Tswalu Turkana | Kalahari, South Africa
The Kalahari Game Reserve, unbeknownst to many, is the largest game reserve in South Africa offering a very different but rewarding safari experience. Turkana is a gorgeous private home nestled between two mountains ranges with five en-suite bedrooms, a handful of outdoor walk-in showers and a beautiful swimming pool to cool off in the warm desert climate.

5. Cottar’s Luxury Bush Villa | Maasai Mara, Kenya
The only eco homestead of its kind in the Maasai Mara region, this 10,000 square foot private villa offers views as far as the eye can see down into the plains of the Mara eco system. With 5 luxurious bedrooms, a beautiful viewing and relaxation deck as well as a dedicated complement of staff and award-winning guides, staying here would be a truly memorable experience for any family wanting a first class luxury safari in East Africa.

Some of our team’s other favourite bush houses which offer amazing experiences for small groups are:

  • The Mara Bush Houses (Mara House, Acacia House & Topi House) in the Maasai Mara, Kenya
  • Mkombe House in the Lamai area of the Serengeti, Tanzania
  • Morukuru in Madikwe, South Africa
  • And Lewa House in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

Ask one of our experts about a private safari home that is best suited for you!

Author

Catherine Soares de Melo

Catherine Soares de Melo

Born in Cape Town, Catherine, our Senior Safari Specialist, has spent a lifetime exploring Africa.
Find out more about the Planet Africa Safaris team.

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