Tarkuni, Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa


Set amidst two rolling mountain ranges, Tarkuni is the Oppenheimer family’s own personal home here at Tswalu and the ultimate private sanctuary. Recently redesigned to uncompromising standards of comfort and elegance, Tarkuni is an exceptional choice with five luxurious suites, each with a magnificent en suite bathroom. Tarkuni’s quiet pool and shady salas offer calm and contemplation. Its own traditional boma has seen many celebrations. And its beguiling charm has led many guests to return to what becomes their home in the Kalahari. Your dedicated compliment of field guides and butlers allow you to choose how you would like to spend your day – from breakfast in bed to a leisurely spa treatment in the comfort of your own deck overlooking the magnificence of the Kalahari. Thereafter enjoy a leisurely game drive, and indulge in a private gourmet picnic savoring the essence of Africa.

Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest private game reserve, covering an area of over 100,000 hectares (1000 sq km or almost a quarter of a million acres). Tswalu is malaria-free and has superlative game and offers sightings of some of South Africa’s rarest and most extraordinary wildlife, including: desert black rhino (Twalu’s population represents one third of South Africa’s entire remaining desert black rhino), black-maned Kalahari lions, meerkats, cheetah and rare antelope such as roan, sable and tsessebe; Tswalu has significant populations of all three. There are over 70 species of mammal and 230 species of birds (including endangered raptors). Other sightings may include the elusive aardvark, aardwolf, pangolin and porcupine. The Kalahari is the ancestral home of the San people (Bushman). Some of their ancient engravings can be seen at Tswalu; current research suggests these may be amongst the oldest art on Earth.


Tarkuni


• Exclusive use lodge
• Private vehicle, guide and house staff
• 5 double bedrooms sleep 10
• Access by scheduled or private charter flight
• Anytime game drives, walking safaris, rhino tracking, horseback riding, village visit, rock art site visits

Wolwedans Private Camp, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia


Situated in a quiet and idyllic valley, this splendid villa caters for four guests exclusively. It is the perfect getaway for honeymooners or individuals seeking uncompromising privacy and solitude. Private Camp offers two spacious en suite bedrooms, a ‘Sala’ where one can laze away siestas, various decks and the central lounge, combining a study, living room, a dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. Its open-plan design allows uninterrupted views of the surrounding nature.

NamibRand Nature Reserve, a vast privately owned reserve covering almost 200 000 hectares bordering the Namib Naukluft Park, is situated south of Sossusvlei in southwestern Namibia. Synonymous with some of Africa’s most breathtaking locations, the Reserve originated in 1992 as the dream of J.A. (Albi) Brückner – to extend desert frontiers by integrating a large number of former livestock farms. To date, thirteen former livestock farms have been rehabilitated into a single continuous natural habitat. The result is a sanctuary free of fences allowing the wildlife to once again roam their habitat unhindered. Whether you discover nature’s miracles on foot, by land rover or from the air you will be astounded by the multi-faceted desert habitat, home to the most intriguing desert-adapted flora and fauna. Scenic drives and/or flights and nature walks with resident field guides reveal the fascinating wonders of the NamibRand Nature Reserve as do picnics in the wild, sundowners on the dunes and dinners by candlelight.


Wolwedans Private Camp


• Exclusive use lodge
• Private vehicle, guide and house staff
• 5 double bedrooms sleep 10
• Access by scheduled or private charter flight
• Anytime game drives, walking safaris, rhino tracking, horseback riding, village visit, rock art site visits

Zarafa Dhow Suites, Selinda Reserve, Botswana


Set just a short distance from Main Camp, yet operating entirely separately, are the magnificent Dhow Suites. Keeping with the theme of early exploration but with an East African coastal style, the Dhow Suites are designed for those seeking an exclusive villa experience unlike any other on offer in Africa. The two 2200 sq foot (210 m2) suites are outfitted with similar appointments to Zarafa main camp but on an even grander scale. The Suites’ main area spreads over two levels, with a main pool deck below the upper dining and fire deck. Photos are then burned to a DVD as a souvenir at the end of your stay. Adjoining the lounge is the main bedroom and dressing area, where the overhead fans and seductive mosquito nets set the ambiance. Exiting the bedroom, a beautiful copper gas fireplace is strategically placed between the bathroom and the bedroom to allay the chill of the winter months. The main bathroom is comprised of a copper bath and shower, double sinks and private toilet. Off the bathroom, the raised walkway leads to the outdoor shower, complete with wrap around showerheads! The private verandah, running the length of the front of the tent, offers a private plunge pool, outdoor lounge and sweeping view of Zibadianja Lagoon's waters. Each tent comes with its own Canon professional camera including a Canon 40D body and 35-135 mm and 100-400mm zoom lenses for use during a stay. Hosted by a private staff and guide, the camp welcomes private groups of up to five (assuming children share with parents).

There are few places in northern Botswana as dynamic as the Selinda Reserve, which is centered on the famous Selinda Spillway, which weaves its way east, linking the far reaches of the Okavango Delta in the south with the Linyanti water systems in the east. The Selinda Reserve is west (upstream) from Savute Channel and Chobe, so it has all the advantages of both of those famous areas but with the tremendous advantage of exclusivity. It is a truly spectacular and unique landscape. On safari it is possible to see a tremendous diversity of species, from resident prides of lion to huge herds of elephant and packs of wild dog. It is also home to the ungulates, from the rare roan to the ubiquitous zebra. Nocturnal wildlife is prolific as well, and there are frequent sightings of aardwolf and civet. Exploration of this vast area defies imagination... by foot, 4x4 open game drive vehicle, and pontoon boat.

*Zarafa is a Pack for a Purpose partner - click here to learn more.


Zarafa Dhow Suites


• Exclusive use camp
• Private vehicle, guide and house staff
• 2 double bedrooms sleep 4 adults + 1-2 children sharing
• Access by scheduled or private charter flight
• Game drives, walking safaris, pontoon boat excursions

River Farmhouse, Victoria Falls at Livingstone, Zambia


The newest part of one of our favorite Victoria Falls lodges, Waterberry, this exclusive use farmhouse was built on the site of the old colonial farmhouse on on the Zambezi riverbank. The bedrooms are grouped around the central living space with lounge and dining area and large sliding windows leading onto the huge shady terrace. The terrace is perfect for outdoor living – with dining table and comfortable alfresco furniture. In the large gardens there are sun loungers around the infinity pool between house and river, seats under the shady trees and around the fire pit (for evening warmth) and on the pontoon boat deck. The L-shaped lounge has comfortable sofas and chairs with amazing views over the terrace, pool and river to the game park beyond. There’s a fireplace for cold evenings and aircon for warm ones. In the kitchen off the lounge chef prepares meals which are served inside or outside depending on the weather. The infinity pool, lined with Kariba stone that sparkles slightly in the sunshine, lies between house and river so you can sit on the terrace with an almost uninterrupted view of water. It’s deep enough for a good swim, and also has a gently sloping ‘beach’ end making it safer for children. Perfect after a hard day enjoying yourself around Victoria Falls!

The Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and are the largest sheet of falling water on earth - a spellbinding and mesmerizing spectacle. The sheer mass of water cascading down the 100m drop across nearly 2km makes a thunderous roar in full flood and creates a magnificent spray of water that can be seen for miles - hence the local name 'Mosi oa Tunya' meaning 'the smoke that thunders'. At the Farmhouse your private boat can take you on sunset, dawn or daytime cruises, fishing and island picnics. There’s guided birding with our local guides, and guided tours to the village (many of our staff live in the local villages and are proud to explain how rural Zambians lead their lives) support the local preschool. The tour of Livingstone town, museum and markets shows you past and present in this town that used to be the country’s capital. The Falls visit and activities run from the Farmhouse will be organised for you – other activities run by outside operators can be booked and paid for in advance or at the Farmhouse.


Waterberry River Farmhouse


• Exclusive use farmhouse
• Private vehicle, guide and house staff
• 4 bedrooms sleep 8
• Access by road transfer, scheduled flight or private charter flight
• Victoria Falls visits, birding, village and market visits, river cruises, fishing, island picnics

Chongwe River House, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia


Chongwe River House sleeps eight in four spacious en suite bedrooms, making an ideal safari base for a family or a group of friends wanting a private safari. This unique house stands on the banks of the magical Chongwe River, close to the Zambezi, and with a sensational view of the dramatic mountainous escarpment beyond. The bedrooms all have kingsized plus beds under waves of netting. From each bed there is a stunning view of the bush or the escarpment. The bathrooms have waterfall showers and exquisite basins carved from wood and white marble by the Zambian artist Eddie Mumba. From your outside baths you can lie and gaze out across the bush. Sitting on the deck, under a huge winterthorn tree and next to the large pool, your view across the Zambezi escarpment is magnificent. Many animals come to the Chongwe River to drink and from the deck the game viewing can be as good as any safari activity. The property comes fully staffed with Chongwe’s resident head guide Matt Porter, house managers Scott Simpson and Kim Bailey, private chefs and a full complement of support staff – all of whom will tailor your private safari.

Zambia's Lower Zambezi is renowned throughout Africa for its magnificent herds of wild elephant, exceptional predator viewing and of course the Zambezi River. As the Zambezi flows east, close to the Zambezi escarpment, the land between the two forms the Lower Zambezi National Park. The 4000 sq km park was only declared in 1983 and tourism started some seven years later. This area is known for large bull elephants, buffalo herds, excellent lion viewing and the elusive leopard along with the ubiquitous impala and other antelope species. As in all riverine areas, the birding is also excellent. What really makes this area is unique is the Zambezi River, which is 1.7 kilometers wide where it meets the Chongwe. This wide, clear river is dotted with sandy islands with reed beds - the perfect feeding grounds for elephant, buffalo, various species of antelope and exceptional bird life. So boating or canoeing quietly past there islands makes for excellent game viewing.

*Chongwe is a Pack for a Purpose partner - click here to learn more.


Chongwe River House


• Exclusive use lodge
• Private vehicle, guide and house staff
• 4 bedrooms sleep 8
• Access by scheduled charter flight or private charter flight
• Game drives, walking safaris, canoeing, fishing, boat safaris

Villa Santorini, Vilanculous, Mozambique


The multi-level design creates areas of solitude and space. Villa Santorini boasts two dining areas as well as a beach boma, a martini deck, TV room with library, a communal computer terminal with internet access and multi-functional levels tucked away for your inner serenity. Five majestic en suite bedrooms that feature private balconies and breathtaking sea views. The shaded pool courtyard holds claim to an eternal view and an al fresco seating area beside a pizza oven and gas BBQ. The ocean front deck has a pale blue martini pool which faces directly onto the sea. Relax, meditate, and entertain on the covered sala, upstairs from the courtyard. Tucked below this is another deck for private massages or romantic dinners. The Villa has a staircase to the beach.

Vilanculos is well known as the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago and was one of Mozambique’s first well known tourist destinations. The town itself is only about 5km long filled with all the amenities needed to make your visit comfortable yet local. The Bazaruto Archipelago, a chain of islands strung out like a pearl necklace, is a protected National Marine Reserve (declared so in 1971) that lies parallel to the historical Mozambican channel. Explore, island hop, snorkel, laze in the warm Indian ocean or around the courtyard pool dreaming of dinner, prepared by the expert chef. Listen to the tinkle of ice, perched on the lip of the martini pool or to the slap of waves against fishing dhows while being massaged on the viewing deck. The choices and our contact list are endless. It’s the perfect seaside holiday: a sprawling villa with extensive and enchanting hideaways.


Villa Santorini


• Exclusive use lodge or book by the room
• Fully staffed
• 5 bedrooms sleep 10 (add the stand-alone 1 bedroom villa next door to accommodate up to 12)
• Access by scheduled flight or private charter flight
• Non-motorized beach activities, a guided market tour and a return boat trip with a picnic lunch to Margaruque Island

Singita Serengeti House, Grumeti Reserve, Serengeti, Tanzania


Singita Serengeti House, located on the slopes of Sasakwa Hill in the expansive 350,000 acre Grumeti Reserves, is specifically designed to welcome families and friends and create an environment of total relaxation for a carefree stay. Up to eight guests can feel at home at the ultra-luxurious bush home, with two suites in the main house and two garden suites situated on either side with daily onsite staff and management. The property enjoys picturesque views of a watering hole from its perch on the south-east slopes of the hill. Inside, a décor blended of European country designs and African artifacts create a comfortable and unpretentious style. Children of all ages are welcome. There are baby-sitting services available and tailormade activities to suit each family. Children’s participation in game activities is at the discretion of your guide

Singita Grumeti, situated adjacent to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, is an integral part of the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem, the home of the Great Migration. The reserve was created by the Tanzanian government in 1994 in order to protect the path of the annual wildebeest migration and the indigenous biodiversity of this vast and important ecosystem. In 2002, the Grumeti Community and Wildlife Conservation Fund, a not-for-profit organisation, was granted the right to manage and conserve these 350,000 acres, for the benefit of Tanzania, Africa and the world. Four years later, Singita took over the management of the property, at the request of the concessionaire and began the task of generating, via low impact tourism, the funds necessary to ensure the long-term sustainability of the reserve through conservation and community partnerships.


Singita Serengeti House


• Exclusive use house
• Private vehicle, guide and house staff
• 4 double bedrooms sleep 8
• Access by scheduled or private charter flight preferred
• Game drives, horseback riding, spa, gym, environmental education center, hot air ballooning, boutique & gallery

Cottar's Bush Villa, Maasai Mara, Kenya


‘Cottar’s Bush Villa was designed by Calvin and Louise Cottar and built by hand using indigenous and eco-friendly materials. For those that want absolute privacy in the Masai Mara, combined with dedicated and discrete staff, award-winning guides, and an abundance of wildlife, the villa offers the only real private luxury home in the Masai Mara. The house is over 10,000 square feet in size, and features a large living room, dining room, a magnificent viewing deck, and 5 en-suite bedrooms, all with stunning views. The house has internet access throughout, satellite TV and DVD, and is powered with electric and solar energy. A dedicated game drive vehicle(s) and guide(s) are provided to guests throughout their stay.

The Villa is in a 6,000 acre private conservancy and is situated one kilometer from the Masai Mara game reserve gate. The location provides easy access for day and night game drives to the Masai Mara game reserve and the conservancy, game walks, and cultural interactions with the Masai community. No other place on earth compares with the multitudes of wild animals found in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, part of the vast Serengeti ecosystem spanning Kenya and Tanzania. During the summer months (approximately July–September), the Great Migration comprised of 1.5 million wildebeest and several hundred thousand zebra make the Masai Mara their home. Here herds of zebra, wildebeest, and topi mingle on the short grass plains keeping an eye out for numerous predators, including lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena. Masai giraffe and impala graze in the woodlands and hippos and crocodiles bask along the shores of the Talek and Mara Rivers. The Masai Mara is also home to one of the great fighting tribes of Africa, the Maasai whose culture is both fascinating and truly unique.

*Cottars a Pack for a Purpose partner - click here to learn more.


Cotters Homestead


• Exclusive use house
• Private vehicle, guide and house staff
• 5 double bedrooms sleep 10
• Access by scheduled or private charter flight preferred
• Day and night game drives, walking safaris, village and community visits

Jack Hanna House, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda


Famous zookeeper and television presenter Jack Hanna feel in love with Rwanda and built a home right at the foot of the Virunga Mountains next to Volcanoes National Park. When Hanna is not in residence, visitors can rent out this charming house. It has two en suite bedrooms, a cozy living room with a fireplace, dining room and small but perfectly equipped kitchen. The house is rented on an exclusive basis only and is fully staffed.

The magnificent Virunga Mountains, situated in the Northern Province of Rwanda, on the border of Rwanda, DRC and Uganda. These mountains consist of six Volcanoes, 125 km2 of mountain forest, and are home to the famous gorilla families. The Volcanoes National Park was first gazetted in 192 5, as a small area bounded by Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno Volcanoes, intended to protect the gorillas from poaching. It was the very first National Park to be created in Africa. There are many activities to be enjoyed in this area apart from Gorillas trekking in the Volcanoes National Park. This area is home to numerous caves, a number of Cultural and Community Tourism initiates as well as being an excellent location for bird watching.


Jack Hanna House


• Exclusive use house
• Private house staff
• 2 double bedrooms sleep 4
• Access by road transfer or private charter flight
• Gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, birding, village and community visits
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