Private villas & houses in Africa

Private villas & houses in Africa

If you are travelling with your family or a group of friends, you might want to consider staying at a private house or a private villa in Africa. Most of Africa’s sub-Saharan countries have properties where you can keep completely to yourselves and enjoy your privacy.

Most of private villas and houses in Africa come fully staffed, and are therefore great for a really exclusive holiday. The staff will concentrate completely on you and your group, provide excellent service and make you feel comfortable and at ease. There’s often a private chef who will prepare what you wish, and when you wish – and most of these private properties also have their own swimming pool.

Most private villas in safari areas will include a private safari guide and 4WD– allowing you the freedom of setting your own activity schedule and being able to change it when you wish. This is the ultimate in flexibility: you choose when to head out on safari, what to do, when to come back, when to eat, and when to just relax.

The experiences and luxury levels vary from having a private camp to a private house and even an exclusive private villa in Africa to yourselves. Read on, below, for ideas in each country – and then call us to discuss your needs.

Private villas & houses in Botswana

Private villas & houses in Botswana

While private villas and houses are not the norm in Botswana there are a number of tented camps - one which we have featured here - that are set up purely for private use. Great for small groups of friends and families.

Ideas for private villas & houses in Botswana

Private villas & houses in Kenya

Private villas & houses in Kenya

There currently isn't a big choice of villas or private houses in Kenya's safari regions. We have chosen one or two of the best options.

Ideas for private villas & houses in Kenya

Private villas & houses in Malawi

Private villas & houses in Malawi

There's currently really only one private villa in Malawi - and this offers you the possibility to discover Likoma Island exclusively with your family or friends. It also doubles as the luxurious private house of Kaya Mawa's owner and his family.

Ideas for private villas & houses in Malawi

Private villas & houses in Mozambique

Private villas & houses in Mozambique

Mozambique is well-known for its stunning beaches and wide range of land- and water-based activities. Relaxing in your own private villa here is a great way to ensure a holiday of total privacy.

Ideas for private villas & houses in Mozambique

Private villas & houses in Namibia

Private villas & houses in Namibia

There are a handful of great private villas and houses in Namibia as well as a private camp, and even a private boat! These are scattered around Namibia, and can be linked by road, or light aircraft flights, into a really special holiday for a family or small group.

Ideas for private villas & houses in Namibia

Private villas & houses in Seychelles

Private villas & houses in Seychelles

The Seychelles isn't short of luxurious beach retreats - or five-star resorts - scattered around its very lovely beaches. Some of these do 'exclusivity' very well indeed.

Ideas for private villas & houses in Seychelles

Private villas & houses in South Africa

Private villas & houses in South Africa

South Africa's Cape lends itself well to family and relaxed group trips. There are several lovely private houses and villas in South Africa for travellers. Most include a private chef and a private guide and vehicle for activities - so you can set your own schedule each day.

Ideas for private villas & houses in South Africa

Private villas & houses in Tanzania

Private villas & houses in Tanzania

There are a couple of great private villas and safari houses in Tanzania, and also some excellent tiny safari camps which can be hired on an 'exclusive use' basis. For a family or a small group, these can provide the ultimate in exclusivity: your own safari at your own pace.

Ideas for private villas & houses in Tanzania

Private villas & houses in Zambia

Private villas & houses in Zambia

Located in several of the country's most amazing safari reserves, Zambia has a handful of very good private villas and houses. Offering a private guide and vehicle, these are booked exclusively and are brilliant for families and groups of friends.

Ideas for private villas & houses in Zambia

Private villas & houses in Zanzibar

Private villas & houses in Zanzibar

Enjoy the powder-white beaches, coconut palms and turquoise water of Zanzibar from your own private villa. On the east coast, there is a lovely private house for use by a family or small group travelling together - who can also use the facilities of a very good nearby lodge.

Ideas for private villas & houses in Zanzibar

Private villas & houses in Zimbabwe

Private villas & houses in Zimbabwe

For a group or a family, private travel using villas or safari houses is the ultimate in exclusivity. Zimbabwe has only one purpose-built house for guests, but it does have some very private options for small, tented camps - and combining the two would make a great holiday.

Ideas for private villas & houses in Zimbabwe