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Private villas & houses
Private villas & houses

Vamizi Private Villas offer one of the most exclusive beach holidays in Southern Africa

Private villas & houses

Experience Africa in private

If you are travelling to Africa with your family or a group of friends, you might want to consider staying at a private house or an exclusive-use villa. A number of camps can also be booked in their entirety for an incredible safari shared with just your group.

There are some truly stunning properties in Africa which can have all to yourself, ranging from intimate bushcamps deep in the wilderness through to villas by the Indian Ocean and sprawling houses in vast private areas where you won’t encounter another soul.

They are often fully-staffed, with private chefs, babysitters and hosts to make you all feel at home with highly personalised service. Most private properties in safari areas will include your own safari guide and 4WD vehicle, allowing you the freedom of setting your own activity schedule and being able to change it when you wish. This is the ultimate luxury – you choose when to head out on safari, what to do, when to come back, when to eat, and when to just relax.

Seek out exactly the species you want and take things at whatever pace you fancy. With no strict daily schedule to follow, mornings are as early as you please, with quality time to relax around the pool or entire days spent exploring the bush.

Get in touch with our experts to start planning the perfect private African safari for your family.

Our top trips staying in exclusive-use accommodation

Get inspired for your private safari in Africa.



Azura Benguerra

The Presidential Villa and Villa Amizade are stunning private villas in Mozambique. Located on a pristine beach, they offer great beach and water activities. Both private villas sleep a group or family of up to six people each and come with private staff and a pool.


Somalisa Acacia

Acacia is a standalone satellite camp to the adjacent Somalisa Camp. It is totally self-sufficient with separate guides and staff making it a great choice for families or groups looking for some privacy and flexibility.

Nyamatusi Mahogany

Designed as a standalone satellite camp to the adjacent Nayamatusi Camp, Mahogany is totally self-sufficient with separate guides and staff. It is a great choice for families or groups looking for some privacy and flexibility.


Elsa's Kopje

Elsa’s Kopje has a two-bedroom private house with a large master bedroom and a slightly smaller twin room, both of which are en-suite. The rooms share an open-fronted lounge and dining area and the house has a private infinity pool.

Tortilis Camp

With some of the best views available of Kilimanjaro Tortilis private house consists of two bedrooms, a lounge area and a private pool shared with the camp's family tent. One of the bedrooms can be made into a twin or triple, making this suitable for larger families or groups.


Luangwa Safari House

The Luangwa Safari House is a very luxurious and stylish private house in Zambia’s South Luangwa that was designed to accommodate families and groups of up to eight people. With its own pool and staff, it is a great base for an exclusive safari holiday.


Splash Camp

For small groups or families of six or more people the exclusive use Splash Enclave acts as a camp within a camp complete with it own plunge pool, dining area, lounge, bar and private activities is the perfect way to enjoy the Delta in privacy.


Selinda Camp

A satellite of the main camp the Selinda Suite is a luxurious exclusive use two-bedroom villa offering guests their own private vehicle, safari guide, chef and hosting team.


Elsa's Kopje

Elsa’s Kopje has a two-bedroom private house with a large master bedroom and a slightly smaller twin room, both of which are en-suite. The rooms share an open-fronted lounge and dining area and the house has a private infinity pool.


Shinde Camp

While still part of the main camp Shinde Enclave has its own private main area including a bar, lounge, dining room, mini library, outside fire deck and sun lounger area making it a perfect private get away in the Okavango Delta.


Sirikoi

Sirikoi has a 2-bedroom cottage and 3-bedroom house, each booked exclusively. Each base has a private vehicle and dedicated staff. They are perfect for families or small groups wanting a high-end, exclusive safari with excellent wildlife-viewing.


Zarafa Camp

The Zarafa Dhow Suite is one of the most luxurious private options in Botswana offering up to 4 guests opulent accommodation and privately guided activities in one of northern Botswana’s most prolific wildlife areas.

Best camps & lodges for Private villas & houses in Africa


Shinde Camp

Shinde Camp

While still part of the main camp Shinde Enclave has its own private main area including a bar, lounge, dining room, mini library, outside fire deck and sun lounger area making it a perfect private get away in the Okavango Delta.


94% (100 reviews)
Eagle's Nest

Eagle's Nest

Spaced well apart and with he option of being entirely self contained the chalets at Eagle's Nest are the perfect place to hide aways and sed a couple of night in privacy on your Namibian safari.


96% (85 reviews)
Splash Camp

Splash Camp

For small groups or families of six or more people the exclusive use Splash Enclave acts as a camp within a camp complete with it own plunge pool, dining area, lounge, bar and private activities is the perfect way to enjoy the Delta in privacy.


96% (78 reviews)
Selinda Camp

Selinda Camp

A satellite of the main camp the Selinda Suite is a luxurious exclusive use two-bedroom villa offering guests their own private vehicle, safari guide, chef and hosting team.


96% (67 reviews)
Tongabezi

Tongabezi

Tongabezi’s small Garden House is a lovely hideaway, booked exclusively by small groups or families of up to four. It makes a great starting point for a wide range of water- and land-based activities near Victoria Falls.


93% (64 reviews)
Chobe Princesses

Chobe Princesses

Although not a villa or a house, each of the Chobe Princess Houseboats comes with a private chef, a guide, four twin cabins and motorboats for excursions. So it’s like a floating villa; a unique base on the Chobe – great for generally relaxing and wildlife-viewing.


96% (63 reviews)
Onguma Camp Kala

Onguma Camp Kala

Onguma Camp Kala’s four tents can be booked privately for small groups or families travelling together. Having the camp to yourselves, with your own private guide, gives the ultimate flexibility to enjoy the Onguma Reserve and Etosha.


97% (43 reviews)
The Hide

The Hide

Tom’s Private Hide and The Private Hide, next to The Hide in Hwange National Park, are ideal options for a private safari holiday in Zimbabwe. With your own guide, vehicle and hosting team, you will be able to organise activities according to your personal interests and needs.


95% (36 reviews)
Hog Hollow Country Lodge

Hog Hollow

Hog Hollow's villas are a great for a family or group of up to six people travelling together. It offers stunning scenery from its private pool and fantastic walks through the indigenous forest. It’s a superb base if you want to explore this area of the Garden Route.


95% (30 reviews)
Tortilis Camp

Tortilis Camp

With some of the best views available of Kilimanjaro Tortilis private house consists of two bedrooms, a lounge area and a private pool shared with the camp's family tent. One of the bedrooms can be made into a twin or triple, making this suitable for larger families or groups.


95% (28 reviews)
Sarara

Sarara

Sarara’s Loimugi House has two bedrooms, a private dining area, a lounge and a pool. Set near Sarara’s main communal area, you can enjoy the camp’s wonderful atmosphere and location while being able to retire to your private house whenever you like.


98% (21 reviews)
Zarafa Camp

Zarafa Camp

The Zarafa Dhow Suite is one of the most luxurious private options in Botswana offering up to 4 guests opulent accommodation and privately guided activities in one of northern Botswana’s most prolific wildlife areas.


100% (19 reviews)
Elsa's Kopje

Elsa's Kopje

Elsa’s Kopje has a two-bedroom private house with a large master bedroom and a slightly smaller twin room, both of which are en-suite. The rooms share an open-fronted lounge and dining area and the house has a private infinity pool.


97% (19 reviews)
Okonjima Villa

Okonjima Villa

Okonjima Villa is an amazing private villa that is fairly secluded from the main property. Suitable for a group or family of up to eight adults and four children travelling together, it guarantees a very exclusive feel to your stay at Okonjima.


100% (15 reviews)
Azura Benguerra

Azura Benguerra

The Presidential Villa and Villa Amizade are stunning private villas in Mozambique. Located on a pristine beach, they offer great beach and water activities. Both private villas sleep a group or family of up to six people each and come with private staff and a pool.


98% (16 reviews)
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve

Bushmans Kloof

Bushmans Kloof ‘s Koro Lodge is an exclusive private villa. Located 3km from the main lodge at Bushmanskloof, it can accommodate up to ten people and comes complete with private staff. It is a great base to explore the Cederberg area.


97% (15 reviews)
Little Tubu

Little Tubu

Although not a villa or a house, with just three tents Little Tubu can easily be booked out on an exclusive basis for groups or families wanting a little privacy on their Botswana safari.


100% (14 reviews)
Luangwa Safari House

Luangwa Safari House

The Luangwa Safari House is a very luxurious and stylish private house in Zambia’s South Luangwa that was designed to accommodate families and groups of up to eight people. With its own pool and staff, it is a great base for an exclusive safari holiday.


100% (14 reviews)
Robin's House

Robin's House

Robin's House comes with a private 4WD safari vehicle and an expert guide, fully qualified to lead walking safaris as well as 4WD safaris; park rules also allow night drives and some off-road driving. Hence Robin's House offers a really superb wildlife safari experience.


95% (11 reviews)
Okonjima Bush Suite

Okonjima Bush Suite

The Okonjima Bush Suite is a private house that is fully staffed and suitable for up to four people travelling together. It consists of two en-suite bedrooms, with a long plunge pool and is an ideal spot for visiting the AfriCat Foundation.


100% (7 reviews)
Kasaka River Lodge

Kasaka River Lodge

The Hippo Pod at Kasaka River Lodge is a great value private house for families or small groups of up to four people. It offers various private safari activities by vehicle, boat and canoe, plus further options such as fly-fishing or visits to a cultural village with your guide.


93% (6 reviews)
Beho Beho Bailey's Banda

Beho Beho Bailey's Banda

Bailey’s Banda is a great private safari house for an exclusive holidays. It can host up to five people travelling together and comes with a private chef, 4WD and your own guide so you can arrange your private game drive for an amazing safari holiday.


100% (5 reviews)
Sirikoi

Sirikoi

Sirikoi has a 2-bedroom cottage and 3-bedroom house, each booked exclusively. Each base has a private vehicle and dedicated staff. They are perfect for families or small groups wanting a high-end, exclusive safari with excellent wildlife-viewing.


100% (5 reviews)
Vamizi Lodge

Vamizi Lodge

Vamizi Island is the ultimate barefoot getaway, with stunning beaches, wonderful private villas and fantastic food.


92% (5 reviews)
River Bend Lodge

River Bend Lodge

Long Hope is a fully staffed private villa in South Africa’s Cape sleeping up to six travellers. About one kilometre from the main River Bend Lodge, it’s ideally located for visits to Addo Park, which is famous for elephant viewing.


92% (5 reviews)
Villa Mushara

Villa Mushara

The private villas at Villa Mushara promise luxury and opulence very close to Etosha. The lounge, bathroom and your private terrace are all spacious and stylish. Enjoy your own pool and private meals on request.


95% (4 reviews)
Otjimbondona Kalahari

Otjimbondona

By booking the four villas at Otjimbondona exclusively a family or small group can have the whole manor house and its 30km2 reserve to themselves. Perfect for a bit of R & R at the beginning or end of a Namibian adventure.


100% (4 reviews)
Serengeti Walking Mobile Camp

Serengeti Walking Mobile

A more rustic but still comfortable option for exclusive accommodation for groups and families is the Serengeti Private Mobile. It is pretty flexible in its location, moving between campsites for good game viewing and offers a real private safari feel for your group.


85% (4 reviews)
Somalisa Acacia

Somalisa Acacia

Acacia is a standalone satellite camp to the adjacent Somalisa Camp. It is totally self-sufficient with separate guides and staff making it a great choice for families or groups looking for some privacy and flexibility.


100% (4 reviews)
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

The Baobab Villa at Bumi Hills is a 2-bedroom private villa, complete with its own living room, bar and indoor and outdoor dining decks. This is a perfect option for those wanting some privacy on their Zimbabwean safari.


95% (4 reviews)
Jackalberry Tented Camp

Jackalberry Camp

With just four tented rooms, Jackalberry Tented Camp on the Caprivi Strip can be booked on an exclusive-use basis for groups or families travelling together. This would be a fantastic way to enjoy this spectacular corner of Namibia.


93% (3 reviews)
Huab Under Canvas

Huab Under Canvas

Booked on an exclusive basis as part of your safari staying at Huab under Canvas is the ultimate way to explore Damaraland and enjoy additional flexibility and privacy on your Namibian holiday.


100% (2 reviews)
Camp Sossus

Camp Sossus

Camp Sossus is booked on an exclusive basis. As a private camp you'll have the ultimate flexibility when it comes to exploring the dunes of Sosussvlei and surrounding areas with your guide.


100% (2 reviews)
Nyamatusi Mahogany

Nyamatusi Mahogany

Designed as a standalone satellite camp to the adjacent Nayamatusi Camp, Mahogany is totally self-sufficient with separate guides and staff. It is a great choice for families or groups looking for some privacy and flexibility.


100% (2 reviews)
Kiba Point

Kiba Point

For an elegant small private safari camp, consider Kiba Point in the Selous. Complete with a private vehicle, guide and chef, it adds an exclusive feel to your holiday and allows you to create your own itinerary. It can host up to eight people travelling together.


100% (2 reviews)
Safari House

Safari House

Safari House offers an exclusive stay on the impressive Etosha Heights Reserve for up to six people. Supplied with a chef and a private vehicle and guide for activities, guests staying here have the ultimate flexibility on a Namibian safari.


100% (1 review)
Wolwedans Plains Camp

Wolwedans Plains Camp

Relax and enjoy scenic drives and walks in Wolwedans Plains Camp in the Namib Desert. With your own private chef and private guide - on request - you can enjoy exclusive private holidays in Namibia for a family or group of up to four people.


100% (1 review)
Kwandwe Uplands Homestead

Uplands Homestead

Uplands Homestead is a private villa in South Africa’s Cape, which sleeps up to six guests on an ‘exclusive-use’ basis. It is - fully fenced - situated in Kwandwe Game Reserve and comes with a private chef, guide and 4WD safari vehicle.


100% (1 review)
Kariega Homestead

The Homestead

Kariega Homestead in the Cape is a safari house for exclusive-use by up to 14 travellers. Compared with other private villas and houses in South Africa it’s a relatively affordable option – though fairly basic. Expect a private chef and guide.


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Cottars Private House

Cottars Private House

There are relatively few private accommodation options in the Maasai Mara and if you're looking for an exclusive and modern, fully staffed house, providing very spacious and comfortable accommodation, you could not do better than this.


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House on the Beach

House on the Beach

House on the Beach is a lovely house, with direct access to the quiet Tiwi Beach, just north of Diani. Available to groups of up to 11 guests, this beautiful, fully-staffed private house features a fantastic pool and waterslide, gorgeous gardens and a huge coral cave.


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North Island

North Island

North Island is the amazing location of one of the world’s most exclusive retreats. Each of its 11 private villas sleeps up to four guests, and comes with a butler and a buggy. It’s the ultimate in private beach villas in the Seychelles!


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Kwandwe Melton Manor

Melton Manor

Kwandwe Melton Manor is a private safari villa in South Africa for groups of up to eight travellers. Having your private guide, 4WD vehicle, butler and chef will allow you to time your activities and meals according to your wishes.


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Vamizi Island Villas

Vamizi Villas

Each of the six separate Vamizi Island Villas in Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago has four or five bedrooms. These luxurious, remote beach hide-aways come with private beach access and a team to organise activities.


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Khulu's Retreat

Khulu's Retreat

Nestled within the teak forest of the Sikumi Forest Reserve is Khulu's Retreat. An exclusive villa with a private chef, guide and vehicle offering personalised service and flexible activities - a fantastic option for a private safari in Zimbabwe.


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Ndomo Point House

Ndomo Point House

Ndomo Point House is part of Kaya Mawa and is a fully staffed private house/villa in Malawi for up to eight people. It is located on its own private beach and is a great spot for water and land based activities, or just relaxing beside the lake.


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Galdessa

Galdessa

Downstream from the main Galdessa Lodge, Private Galdessa consists of three exclusive bandas with a private dining area. Together these can accommodate a group of up to six people – who can share a real degree of privacy in this idyllic riverbank location.


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Khayelitshe House

Khayelitshe House

Although no one from Expert Africa has visited Khayelitshe House yet, we have a long relationship with property's owners and have no doubt this will make a superb and luxurious stop for groups or families that want to explore Matobo Hills.


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Matemwe Beach House

Matemwe Beach House

Matemwe Beach House accommodates up to four adults and two children who wish to have a private house exclusively to themselves for their private beach holidays in Zanzibar. With its own small pool and a veranda, the house also comes complete with a private chef and butler.


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Tangala House

Tangala House

The stylish Tangala House is a lovely private house in Zambia’s Victoria Falls area that feels like a home - hosting up to eight guests. Expect excellent service from your private staff and enjoy activities like trips to the Falls or exploring the wildlife area near Livingstone.


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Located in several of the country's most amazing safari reserves, Zambia has a handful of very ...

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