5 Tarkuni Private House
TSWALU KALAHARI RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA
Covering over 100,000 hectares Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is South Africa’s largest private game reserve and with a maximum of just 30 guests at one time you won’t have any crowds to contend with. Tarkuni Private House is the Tswalu home of the Oppenheimer family and a private retreat for groups of up to 10 guests.The lodge’s pool, deck and open fires, along with the private host, chef, vehicle, field guide and tracker, make for an indulgent retreat as well as safari experience.
4. Singita Castleton
SABI SANDS, SOUTH AFRICA
Originally used by the family, this luxury African-farmhouse style Singita lodge is now for exclusive use by guests travelling in a group of up to 12 people. The communal living area and six cottages are set within a 45,000-acre private reserve that’s known for its abundance of game and frequent leopard sightings and even named ‘big cat country’ by some. Amidst the lodge and surrounding gardens a private pool, tennis courts, wine cellar and spa treatment room all add to the experience, with your own guide, tracker, chef and housekeeper on-hand too.
3. Morokuru Ocean House
MADIKWE, SOUTH AFRICA
Set within Madikwe Game Reserve on the 36,000-hectare De Hoop coastal nature reserve, Morukuru Ocean House overlooks white-sand beach that’s lapped by the Indian Ocean. The surrounding land is made up of shrubland, wetlands, limestone cliffs and sand dunes, making it a haven for birdlife, as well as being a prime spot for watching the migration of the southern right whales. Up to eight adults and four small children can stay in the luxury oceanfront lodge, with outdoor activities like sand-boarding and mountain biking on offer.
2. Singita Serengeti House
On the slopes of Sasakwa Hill in the 350,000-acre Grumeti Reserve this lodge is in a prime location for wildlife sightings, overlooking a waterhole and with views across the Serengeti plains from the private pool. Up to eight guests can stay at the lodge with a variety of family-friendly activities such as arts and crafts and archery in addition to the game drives, and horseback riding safaris for seasoned riders. The lodge, which showcases European design and African artifacts, has onsite staff throughout your stay.
1. Chongwe River House
LOWER ZAMBEZI, ZAMBIA
Best known for its remarkable elephant herds, the Lower Zambezi in Zambia is home to Chongwe River House, an eight-person lodge for an exclusive safari experience. Situated on the banks of Chongwe River, the lodge is crafted from winterthorn wood and decorated with the river’s coloured pebbles, while the deck and pool present views of the Zambezi escarpment.