Are you planning to take your whole family on a luxury African safari adventure?
We know that there are not many safari lodges that allow kids younger than 12 years old, but if you want to bring your little ones along and introduce your family to this amazing experience, here is our selection of some of the best luxury safari houses and villas stretching from the Cape of Good Hope to the plains of the Serengeti National Park.
Star Dune Suite, Sossusvlei, Namibia
Creating an ideal family environment, or an ideal option for groups of friends, the Star Dune Suite consists of two suites linked by a covered walkway, with a private lounge and dining space. The combined amenities of this extended accommodation provide the perfect space for one and all to enjoy. For those family groups, our &Beyond guides and lodge team will provide a host of fun and interactive children’s activities.
Serengeti House, Serengeti NP, Tanzania
Singita Serengeti House, an exclusive-use retreat designed for families and friends, has opened in the 350,000-acre Grumeti Reserves in the heart of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania. Located on the slopes of Sasakwa Hill with breathtaking vistas of the endless, open plains of the Serengeti, the house is Singita’s response to a growing demand from discerning travellers for privacy and flexibility. Itineraries, activities and meals are tailor made and tweaked as guests dictate the day-to-day pace and rhythm of their vacation according to their interests and needs.
Ellerman House, Villa One, Cape Town
Modern architecture and a breathtaking private location with uninterrupted Atlantic Ocean views define Ellerman House’s original exclusive-use accommodation, Villa One. Separate to Ellerman House yet on the same property, Villa One offers all the benefits of being attached to an exclusive small hotel coupled with life’s ultimate luxuries – complete privacy and discreet, highly personalised service. Designed with the discerning luxury traveller in mind, Villa One is ideally suited to families or groups of friends. A compliment to the elegance of the original Ellerman House, Villa One and its sister residence, Villa Two, add a contemporary edge to the hotel’s classic style and refined ambience.
Jao Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
02 x Villas comprising: Each Villa has two identical tents (four beds in total) each with own en-suite facilities, sharing a lounge and dining area, private butler, kitchenette with private chef, fire deck and private plunge pool, plus private vehicle and guide.
Singita Castleton, Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Singita Castleton found in the heart of the Sabi Sand offers a new concept of exclusivity and lifestyle safari. A private and intimate lodge, Singita Castleton is designed as the ultimate customised rental, with accommodation in six individual cottages complemented by a swimming pool, wine cellar, gym, tennis court and spa. Castleton retains the inviting, soulful ambience and elegance of the original camp in a series of revitalised spaces that encourages relaxation, togetherness, and a deep engagement with nature.
Matetsi River House Private Villa, Victoria Falls
For those in search of the ultimate in seclusion and privacy, there’s River House – an exclusive-use, four-bedroom villa that is ideal for a large group, family or trans-generational group travelling together. River House is equipped with every luxury necessary in the bush from a full kitchen and indoor and outdoor dining areas that lead out to a spacious veranda with a private swimming pool and fire pit bowl. River House also comes with the dedicated services of a private chef, butler, guide as well as a dedicated game drive vehicle.
Olonana Geoffrey Kent Suite, Masai Mara
The Masai Mara is arguably the most renowned safari destination in Africa, home to the big five and stage to the great annual wildebeest migration. Now, the most luxury travellers can immerse themselves in this wildlife experience, connecting with ancient forces of nature, from the secluded ultra-luxury Geoffrey Kent Suite at Sanctuary Olonana.
With an abundance of wildlife, and the dramatic Mara River which runs right past its forest setting, this exceptional enclave will be an exhilarating environment which connects you to this extraordinary Kenyan landscape in a truly enriching way. The sophisticated free-flowing space contains two private bedrooms, each fully en-suite, and is accessed by a private road – this world of luxury awaits only you and yours.
Fish Eagle Villa, Lion Sands Private Game Reserve
Fish Eagle Villa gives you your own private piece of Africa, between the bush and the river. They say if you sit long enough in the same spot you’ll see a little something of all creatures great and small as they gather at the water.
Fish Eagle Villa has more than enough space to spread out and make yourself completely at home. Two en-suite bedrooms can sleep four adults and another two children, each on an extra single bed in their parent’s rooms. The Villa can also be booked in conjunction with the two-sleeper Bateleur Villa, allowing all eight guests to enjoy Fish Eagle’s exclusive facilities.