Written by Lindsay Krause
The allure of luxury safari villas is hard to beat. Skip the crowds and venture into the remote corners of the African wilderness to discover a home from home decked out with all the creature comforts you can think of. Craving an early morning game drive? Or do you simply feel like lounging by your private swimming pool? With discreet staff, private vehicles and dedicated professional guides, booking a private safari villa allows you to design each day as you see fit.
For families or groups of friends seeking a safari experience socially distanced by design, we share our top luxury safari villas in Africa.
Located on a private stretch of the picturesque Mara River, the ultra-luxurious Geoffrey Kent Suite at Sanctuary Olonana offers an intimate retreat for guests visiting Kenya’s wildlife mecca, the Maasai Mara. This luxury safari villa is only accessible by private road, ensuring absolute privacy and seclusion.
The 2 bedroom suite offers a sophisticated free-flow design and boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, a wrap around deck and raised infinity pool with views of the river below. After days out exploring the Mara alongside your dedicated guide, let your in-suite chef indulge your taste buds while you sip on a sunset drink immersed in the wonders of Kenya’s pristine wilderness.
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Set in the northeastern reaches of Rwanda, on the foothills of Volcanoes National Park, you will find a secluded villa that puts gorilla trekking experiences within easy reach. With breathtaking views of the unspoiled forests and volcanoes beyond, the exclusive-use Singita Kataza House is arguably the most luxurious stay in Rwanda.
The villa features 4 luxury suites and is fitted with everything you might need during your stay – wine cellar, fitness centre, cinema, massage treatment room, interactive kitchen, 2 heated swimming pools and an in-and-outdoor fire pit, as well as a 2-bedroom staff residence. Staying true to their sustainable ethos, Singita Kataza House celebrates Rwandese cuisine with a farm-to-table food journey that uses produce from the on-site garden. For guests seeking environmentally conscious hospitality and a secluded luxury stay, this is the villa for you!
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For guests looking to explore the magnificent Selous Game Reserve, now Nyerere National Park, in splendid isolation, Bailey’s Banda at Beho Beho is the luxury safari villa for you. The villa is in close proximity to the main camp yet offers guests complete privacy with views over the valley and hippo pools below.
Bailey’s Banda features two spacious bedrooms, open-plan dining and relaxing spaces, as well as a private plunge pool and game viewing deck. Consider this your home in Africa. With a professional and discreet staff you are able to design your day according to your mood – think professionally guided bush walks, private game drives and boat safaris at a time that suits you.
Concealed in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert is a luxury safari villa par excellence. Once the Oppenheimer family home, a getaway to Tswalu Kalahari’s Tarkuni Homestead guarantees a perfectly tailor-made safari experience with personal chef, host, private safari vehicle, dedicated field guide and tracker.
Elegantly designed, Tarkuni Homestead boasts five luxurious suites, each with chic ensuite bathrooms that feature outdoor showers and, to top it off, a starbed to marvel at the desert night sky. The villa also offers a spa therapy suite, outdoor swimming pool, library and games room as well as a traditional boma for candlelit dinners under the stars.
Situated on a dramatic bend of the Zambezi River in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma offers a luxurious escape in Zambia’s untamed wilderness. The lodge features two exclusive-use luxury safari villas complete with private chef and house staff – the Chuma Houses, making it the ideal spot for families and small groups visiting the legendary Victoria Falls.
Each Chuma House boasts two en-suite bedrooms, with spacious living areas, expansive deck and a private pool with views of the river. Take advantage of your location on river cruises and fishing excursions, visit the nearby Semonga Village, embark on guided walking safaris or a safari game drive where you can expect to see a range of wildlife including rhino, elephant, buffalo and giraffe.
Experience Botswana’s pristine and remote wilderness at Feline Fields Family Villa. Located on the edge of the woodlands in the Kalahari savannah, this luxurious two bedroom tented suite is perfect for families and small groups.
The tented villa takes glamping to new heights with four-poster beds surrounded by billowing linen mosquito nets, ensuite bathrooms, living room and spacious deck where you can relax under the African night sky after exhilarating days out in the bush. Guests can also make use of the main camp’s facilities including a 25m lap pool, bush gym, tennis court and driving range.
Located on the private Okonjima Reserve in Damaraland, about 10km from the main camp, The Grand African Villa is the perfect hideaway for families and groups of friends. The fully-staffed four bedroom compound consists of a main house, two thatched suites and an infinity pool that overlooks an active waterhole.
What makes this stay unique is the property’s relationship with the AfriCat Foundation, Namibia’s premier big cat conservation foundation. Guests will have prime access to Namibia’s large cats and have the opportunity to witness researchers at work, participate in tracking on foot and watch leopards from the safety of their safari vehicle.