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Our top 10 private houses in Africa

Enjoy the flexibility and privacy of a home from home, combined with the same level of service and gourmet dining you’d expect from a five star hotel.

From the banks of the Zambezi river to the white sand beaches of Mozambique or the rolling plains of the Kwande Reserve, we have stunning private houses and villas which offer all the flexibility and privacy of a home from home, combined with the same level of service and gourmet dining you’d expect from a five star hotel.

Alfajiri Cliff Villa, south coast of Kenya

This stunning villa, with four bedrooms, a kitchen, large verandah overlooking the Indian Ocean and its own private pool, really is ideal for a family vacation. The white sandy beach borders the villa, and with its very own team of staff your every need is catered for, allowing for total flexibility. The food is delicious and fresh, and there is a huge variety of activities on offer both within and nearby the villa.

Ellerman Villa, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

Ellerman Villa is a beautiful luxury property with exceptional levels privacy and sweeping views over Bantry Bay. Why not retreat to the study with a book whilst the children enjoy the entertainment room or head to one of the local beaches with a picnic. With your own private butler your every need will be catered for, and when taken on a fully exclusive basis the villa sleeps 10, and has sole use of the spa and infinity swimming pool.

Kurland Villa, Garden Route, South Africa

A glorious family home situated mere minutes from the wonderful Plettenberg Bay on South Africa's Garden Route, Kurland Villa has been sumptuously decorated and is a perfect base from which to explore the Bay and further afield. The villa has been designed in the Cape Dutch tradition, incorporating contemporary elements and catering to all the wishes of modern living - it has been finished in style, and elegantly decorated and appointed.

Uplands Homestead – Kwandwe, Eastern Cape, South Africa

For those looking for utter privacy, the Kwandwe Updlands Homestead is a superb option. Sitting in beautiful surroundings of rolling hills and open plains dotted with aloes, the Homestead is a farmhouse dating back to 1905 with contemporary touches and a full size swimming pool for whiling away those balmy days. Explore the Karoo Basin by day with your expert guide, looking for lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo, before returning to the Homestead for a delicious bush banquet under the stars.

Luangwa Safari House, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

In an impressive location in South Luangwa National Park stands Luangwa Safari House, offering families and groups a home-from-home deep in the African bush. Built from local materials, with a shaded deck and plunge pool, the house accommodates eight guests in four beautiful and individual bedrooms. A spectacular chandelier dominates the huge main area, with its enormous squishy sofas. With a private guide and hostess, the days run according to your schedule; activities include game drives, walks, and fishing trips.

Mara House

Located in the heart of the game rich Maasai Mara is this fantastic 4-bedroom private house with swimming pool. The house comes with its own team of dedicated staff, private vehicle and game ranger to be at your disposal for the duration of your stay. It is one of our most favorite destinations for families in Kenya, children are kept entertained by the hugely interactive and energetic staff. Travel between July and October to witness the great wildebeest migration.

The Manor, Samara, South Africa

Located in the malarial free Samara Private Game Reserve is this beautifully designed house, accommodating up to eight guests in four luxury rooms and ideal for families. Activities include exciting game drives, treks through the bush or simply relaxing by the swimming pool. Enjoy a spa treatment whilst the children are kept busy on the Aardvark program where they take part in activities such as learning how to track animals, go on treasure hunts or make beaded jewelry.

Tangala Private House – Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zambia

Tangala, a beautiful four-bedroom private house on the banks of the Zambezi River, is available to families and groups of friends and is the perfect base from which to explore all the attractions that Livingstone has to offer. The house has a good size swimming pool and plenty of room outside for children to run around. It comes with its own staff to cater for every need, including a personal chef and a private guide. Just across the river is the Zambezi National Park.

Tarkuni Private House – Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa

Tarkuni Private House, situated in the Oppenheimer Family’s private reserve; Tswalu, is the ultimate safari experience. With room for ten guests, the house is taken exclusively and days are your own to plan. Your private guide will take you out to explore the reserve on day and night game viewing excursions, there is horse riding available and sleep-outs for those more adventurous guests. In the evenings, relax in one of the house’s lounges while your private chef prepares supper for you.

Vamizi Private Villa, Quirimbas, Mozambique

With stunning views over the dazzling turquoise waters and brilliant white beach, Vamizi’s private villas are the ultimate in barefoot luxury. Sleeping twelve guests in five en-suite bedrooms, the interiors are understated and cool, with billowing white muslin curtains and four-poster beds. Relax on your private sundeck, enjoy a holistic beauty treatment and be looked after by your personal hospitality team. For the more active scuba dive at world class dive sites or try your hand at deep sea fishing.

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