Enhance your safari exploration with a stay in one of our favorite private villas in Africa. Each space is designed with guests of all ages in mind, and brimming with the comforts of home.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania | Exclusive-use private home
Inject some child-like wonder into your safari at Mkombe’s House. Named after pioneering guide Mkombe Mniko, Mkombe’s House stands out as the first self-contained private home in the region. The staff here honor his legacy of sharing the wonder of the wilderness on expertly guided game drives and bush walks tailored to captivate every member of the family. Resident babysitters and plenty of excitement around the home allow kids to remain engaged while parents have time to themselves for discovering the area.
Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy
Laikipia, Kenya | Seven private residences
This family ranch turned private conservancy boasts 60,000 acres of exclusive lands. Retreat to one of Ol Jogi’s private residences hidden within the natural boulders and tumbling flora of a massive kopje. The seven abodes are each completely unique and self-contained, and the conservancy too is accessed only by Ol Jogi guests. Between game drives—famous for regular sightings of endangered black rhinos, Grevy’s zebra, elephant, lion, and cheetah—splash in the swimming pool or relax in the spa and steam room.
Leobo’s Observatory Villa
Waterberg, South Africa | Exclusive-use home
If the idea of a completely-private safari experience on sprawling lands excites you, head to South Africa’s Leobo Private Reserve in the Waterberg region. Only available on an exclusive-use basis, Leobo lets its guests take over and craft their own safari experience on their own timetable. Your home base is the state-of-the-art Observatory Villa, conceived by award-winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens. Up to six adults and three children can share the space and enjoy astronomer-guided access to the research-grade telescopes pointed towards the incomparable African night skies. Daytime discovery can include game drives, horseback rides, and even paragliding adventures over the diverse canyons and winding streams.
Singita Serengeti House
Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania | Exclusive-use home
Local African artisans and Singita’s designers joined forces to create Singita Serengeti House, a glamorous home that mixes European styling with African appeal. Up to eight guests enjoy four separate suites, each fitted with its own outdoor shower and comfortably spaced for privacy. Dine together and enjoy meals prepared by your private chef. Safari together with your own guide and vehicle on hand to lead adventures into the Serengeti on your own schedule. Uninterrupted views of a watering hole on the slopes of Sasakwa Hill allows the safari experience can come to you at almost any time.
Masai Mara Conservancies, Kenya | Exclusive-use home
Mara House is a private bush home in the heart of the Masai Mara. Its three bedrooms are outfitted in natural wood, enhanced by solar power, and fitted with indulgent en-suite baths. Flexibility and freedom come first; from the dining menu to the available activities, guests are in control of their own safari. Best of all, the private guides of Mara House have keen multi-generational safari experience and intimate knowledge of the area. Day and night game drives explore three game-rich regions known for viewings of leopard, lion, wildebeest, hyena, and much more.
When To Book Private Villas in Africa
With a wide variety of destinations and seasons, embarking on African safari is a good idea year-round. For the privacy and exclusivity of a private villa, we recommend planning your trip at least six months in advance. Holiday seasons in November and December tend to fill up fast.
If you’re ready to curl up in the lap of luxury all on your own, contact the travel designers at Ker & Downey to craft a customized journey to these private villas in Africa.