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Top 9 Private Luxury Safari Villas for Group Travel in the Kruger National Park

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By Luke Lalin on
May 26, 2021

Staying in private luxury safari villas is arguably the best way to experience an African safari as a family or group of friends. 

Imagine being able to experience the exceptional service and all the bells and whistles that a luxury safari lodge offers, but with a fully customisable schedule. In other words, you decide when, where, and how you want to do things instead of following a set itinerary planned for all guests staying at the lodge.

Furthermore, you have the ultimate luxury of your own private amenities, space, and staff like a chef, butler, guide and tracker at your beck and call. In our humble opinion, there’s just no better way to experience a safari.

Your Own Travel Bubble

Africa is becoming an increasingly popular destination for families and groups. As a result, exclusive private luxury safari villas are also becoming sought-after accommodation options. Private villas in remote African destinations have also made multi-generational family travel, especially with children, more accessible.

Since all the lockdowns, travellers around the globe are hungry for Africa’s remote landscapes. However, with Covid-19 still very much part of our reality, the way we used to travel is also changing. Therefore, private luxury villas in remote safari destinations have become like a safe travel bubble for families and friends who would like to spend quality time together.

There are several exquisite options available in the Greater Kruger National Park. However, sometimes you have to pick favourites! 

Here are nine private luxury safari villas to add to the top of your list.

Our Top 9 Private Luxury Safari Villas in Kruger

1. Royal Malawane – The Farmhouse

The Farmhouse is Royal Malewane’s private villa option located in the Private Thornybush Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park. 

The Farmhouse has three and a half bedrooms, with its own chef, housekeeper, butler, and private game drive vehicle. This villa is something truly exceptional, and promises a safari experience you will never forget.

Royal Malewane brand photography. Client: The Royal Portfolio, South Africa. Stylist: Nathalie Williams

 

2. Londolozi – Private Granite Suites

The Private Granite Suites at Londolozi offers the ultimate personalised, luxurious, and meditative luxury in the heart of Africa’s wilderness. Situated in the famous Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, sharing an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, the Private Granite Suites offer three luxurious Suites, seamlessly integrating the exceptional views with interior splendour. With a maximum of six people at this lodge, you won’t find a more private and secluded safari experience out there.

Private Granite Suites Londolozi

 

3. Silvan Safari 

Silvan is not a private villa in the true sense of the word. However, you can book out the entire lodge for exclusive use. Located in Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, it has been awarded the “World’s Leading Luxury Lodge” for the past three years. 

It can host a maximum of 14 people in six luxury suites, offering guests the opportunity to book the lodge on an exclusive-use basis for the ultimate holiday with friends or family.

The luxurious interior of Silvan Safari

 

4. Cheetah Plains 

This architectural and design masterpiece provides exceptional luxury in Africa’s wilderness. There are three unique villas to choose from, but each villa comes with two lounge areas, a heated private pool, wine cellar and outdoor boma. And, not to forget, a team to make your every safari dream come true!

Photo Credit: Cheetah Plains

 

5. Singita Castleton

This villa is the former home of the founder’s grandfather. Therefore, this exclusive-use villa offers a contemporary, stylish Singita experience within the charm and intimacy of a country home. 

Situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Castleton consists of six luxury en-suite cottages that sleep a maximum of 12 guests. In addition to this, it has an extensive wine cellar, tennis court, and wellness facility, so there is something for every member of the family to enjoy.

Photo Credit: Singita Castleton

 

6. Lion Sands Fish Eagle Villa

The Fish Eagle Villa falls within their Ivory Lodge set-up. However, what makes it unique is that it offers the perfect secluded safari experience for a small group or family. 

The villa consists of two luxury en-suite rooms which can accommodate two adults and another two children in single beds in the parents’ room. The villa can also be booked with the Bateleur Villa, thereby accommodating another four adults.

Photo Credit: Lion Sands

 

7. Chitwa House

Chitwa House is a luxury villa within the Chitwa Chitwa lodge in the Sabi Sand Private Reserve. The African chic décor is striking, and the villa features two luxuriously appointed en-suite rooms. Each have private decks, and subsequently provide an elegant safari offering for the discerning traveller. 

With a spectacular view of the Chitwa dam, you might even decide to stay in to watch the game drink from the dam from the comfort of your villa.

Photo Credit: Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge

 

8. Kings Camp – Waterbuck Private Camp

Waterbuck Private Camp can accommodate up to eight guests in their villa located in Timbavati. More importantly, here you get to decide on your safari pace.

You’ll have everything you need at your fingertips, including a chef, luxury open game vehicle, ranger, and tracker.

Photo Credit: Kings Camp

 

9. Tintswalo Manor House

This private luxury safari villa is located in Manyeleti Game Reserve, sharing an unfenced border with Kruger National Park. It accommodates a total of ten guests in four en-suite bedrooms.

Enjoy spectacular game viewing experiences in the most incredible setting — that you have all to yourselves!

Photo Credit: Tintswalo Manor House

 

Book Your Private Luxury Villa in Kruger Today 

In conclusion, a holiday should be just that — a holiday! Therefore, we believe in making your entire journey a breeze, and that includes planning it! Leave your dream African safari in the hands of our Travel Experts.

Contact us for an obligation-free quote today!


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About the author 

Luke Lalin

Born and raised in Johannesburg, Luke ventured to a small town in the Eastern Cape, Grahamstown, where he studied at Rhodes University. Clearly not having studied enough, he then completed a finance degree just for fun - who even does this? Luke is passionate about travelling and was lucky enough to work in the USA for almost 2 years. However, his love for Africa was too strong and he returned home and moved to the spectacular city of Cape Town to pursue a career in the travel industry. Having once been a competitive swimmer, Luke can often be found doing laps in the pool. He is, however, a general fitness junkie and can be found doing anything from cycling, running, mountain biking, triathlon, tennis, squash or anything that gets the heart rate up.

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