Best exclusive-use lodges

Sometimes getting away from it all isn’t just about going under the radar or wandering into the unknown. It’s also about getting away with your favourite people to the most exquisite of places. So, if you enjoy multi-generational holidays with the whole family, or you just have a lot of very close friends you want to explore with, check out the below lodges which are available for exclusive-use. That’s right, just you and your loved ones in paradise.

The Morukuru Family

The Morukuru Family boasts not one but three fabulous exclusive-use lodges within South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve. Their aim is simple: reconnecting you, your friends and your family with nature. The Farm House is a modern take on a contemporary African homestead offering a five-suite abode within a 100-hectare fenced-in area.

The River House is perched on the banks of Marico River, one of the reserve’s most important body of water. Kids will love hanging out in the study which comes decked with a Playstation, computer and DVDs – once they’ve gone out to explore the bush, of course!

The Owner’s House is within walking distance of the River House yet still very much a private retreat, ideal for honeymooners, couples or a small family. The design is a mix of contemporary European with handpicked African pieces.

Where: Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

How many people: The Farm House sleeps 10, the River House sleeps 6 adults and 4 children, the Owner’s House sleeps 4

Grootbos Villa

Just a 2-hour drive from Cape Town lies Grootbos Villa, the ultimate coast-side retreat. The six-suite villa is home to over 100 square meter of luxury living. The panoramic views over the ocean are incredible, and guests can enjoy them from sheltered decks and courtyards. Not only is the Villa exclusive-use, it’s practically all inclusive with breakfast buffet, light lunched, 5-course dinners and drinks but also a private guide, private chef, walking tours, wine tours and much more.

Where: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa

How many people: The Villa accommodates up to 12 adults


Singita Serengeti House

Welcome to your private safari home in the Grumeti Reserve. Located on the slopes of the Sasakwa Hill lies the Singita Serengeti House. A total of four suites – spread across the main house and on either side – blending European décor with African artefacts make for the perfect home away from home. The best part? Singita’s award-winning wine list – just what you need to unwind by the 25-metre pool after a day of adventure.

Where: Grumeti Game Reserve, Tanzania

How many people: Up to 8 people


Chongwe River House

The award-winning Chongwe River House was names after the river on which it is located. Renowned architect Neil Rocher, the mastermind behind this unique private house, was inspired by the towering spired of termitariums when designing Chongwe River House. The area is famous for its huge elephants, which like to stop by to feed, drink and play along the river.

Where: Lower Zambezi, Zambia

How many people: Up to 8 people


Wolwedans Private Camp –

If you are planning on staying at Wolwedans Private Camp, the staff required one crucial task from you: to do nothing but relax and gaze at the ever-changing colours of the desert. Tucked away in a remote valley, the Private Camp is everything you need to cut away from the rest of the world. Its open-plan design means that guests can admire nature from wherever they are.

Where: NamibRand Reserve, Namibia

How many people: Up to 6 people

Cottar’s Bush Villa

For those in the know, Cottar’s 1920s Camp is a household name in the safari lodge family. To up the ante, Cottar’s has created an exclusive Mara villa, the Cottar’s Bush Villa. The mouth-dropping views of the savannah plains (where the annual wildebeest migration takes place), the exquisitely designed villa and the second-to-none service makes Cottar’s newest addition to its portfolio the ultimate indulgence.

Where: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

How many people: Up to 10 people

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