These will exceed your dreams of what is possible out in wildest Africa! These places are uniquely designed with a real sense of style and flair, usually with two bedrooms, each with luxury ensuite bathroom and a living and private dining area with room for a couple more beds. Invariably your family suite will have superb views across miles of virgin bush and often comes with its own private safari guide and open vehicle.
Kiba Point is a private lodge situated just down river from Sand Rivers main lodge and is an ideal base for an exciting Selous adventure for either a family or group of friends. The lodge can be booked on an exclusive basis for groups of four or more and guests who have booked the lodge on an exclusive basis enjoy the services of their own private guide and chef.
Each of the four huge, airy cottages has an elegant bedroom and lounge area, a beautiful en-suite bathroom and a veranda where you can find your own private plunge pool and sun-bed for chilling out. The main area of the lodge consists of a dining area, a library of books, your own bar, and a large swimming pool and is a good size without being too large for more intimate groups. There are magnificent views across the Rufiji where you can relax and while away the hours and enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the adjacent dining lodge.
Elsa’s Kopje sits on a huge rocky outcrop with views in all directions across the Meru National Park. The lodge is so named because it is the site of George and Joy Adamson’s first camp where Elsa and other lions were reared.
One cottage is set slightly apart from the others, providing complete privacy and exclusivity. The Private House consists of one double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with a large bath-tub. There is also a spacious twin room, also with en-suite bathroom. The living area spills into your very own private ‘infinity’ swimming pool which falls neatly into the horizon beyond the Meru plains, providing guests with their very own piece of Kopje paradise.
Cottars private house is a luxurious two story private lodge especially designed for a large family or a group of friends who are seeking a private safari with top quality intimate accommodation. The private house can take ten guests in five comfortable bedrooms, each with en-suite luxury bathroom. The bedrooms have verandas with beautiful views from the hilltop location across the Mara plains.
Downstairs there is a private dining facility and a very spacious lounge with an open fire, books and very comfortable furnishings. Outside there is a spacious area of decking into which is set a private pool, also with fine views of the surrounding plains. Cottars private house comes complete with its own private staff, chef and guide and represents the ultimate private Masai Mara safari.
Ant’s Nest is one of the best places in Africa for a family safari, purpose built for families with children ranging from the very young through to teenage years. It is located in the malaria free Waterberg Game Reserve north of Johannesburg (three hours by road or forty five minutes by private plane) and is surrounded by stunningly beautiful country with hills, forests, areas of open savannah and rivers.
Ant’s Nest is hosted by Ant and Tessa Baber who built the lodge and who create a wonderful sense of friendly hospitality combined with vast experience of conducting safaris for people of all ages in this pristine wilderness environment. Ant’s Nest can take up to twelve guests, most being accommodated in the main two storey thatched house which has several guest bedrooms, each with en-suite facilities, a large living room and comfortable lounge on the first floor, while outside is a lawned area and a heated fifteen metre swimming pool. The house is comfortably furnished with hand carved furniture, plenty of big cushions and comfy chairs and log fires for cooler wintery evenings.
Kigelia House is the latest addition at Sausage Tree Camp and comprises two spacious bedrooms both with en suite including bathtubs, twin showers and basins. There is a fully stocked bar and dining table for private meals, whilst outside there is a large infinity pool and a huge open plan living area with leather loungers, day bed and sun deck chairs. Situated on a high bank right next to the Zambezi River with a beautiful teak deck sweeping across the entire front of the suite, Kigelia House offers amazing panoramic views. Ideally suited to small groups (two couples or families) both bedrooms are large enough to occupy a third bed if required.
The Zindoga Villa has been designed for the guest who prefers the more exclusive touch, for the smaller group, or for the family traveller with younger children. The Villa is a mammoth 424m2, with an additional 225m2 of wooden decking overlooking the wild African bush.
A completely self-contained facility, the Zindoga Villa has two individual suites that are connected by a joint lounge and dining area. Each unit has a large bedroom with en-suite bathroom, expansive wooden deck, and a private heated plunge pool. The Zindoga Villa is serviced by its own dedicated team – including ranger (and private vehicle), chef and butler.
Every day brought new adventures and we learnt so much about every aspect of Kenya, its people and the wildlife. Within 24 hours of leaving home we were sitting overlooking Samburu, eating a bush picnic lunch while watching elephants and getting to know our two Samburu guides. How amazing is that?!
Africa Exclusive provided me and my family with an unforgettable, life changing adventure. It was an ethical and authentic African experience and the treatment and service was first class. We felt like participants rather than merely tourists. Amazing.
You have given us so much more than we ever had the right to expect. This was the perfect holiday in every sense – exciting, comfortable, educational, brilliant fun, a wonderful itinerary and every last detail organised and delivered to perfection. I do hope you all have the time and the opportunity to enjoy the sort of life enriching experience you have just given to us.
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We got back home yesterday after the most fantastic trip to Botswana that one could imagine. Everything worked well and the various organisations looking after us were extremely efficient so that our travel and accommodation arrangements could not have been better organised – and the people of Botswana are lovely. For us it really was the holiday of a lifetime. Worth every penny.
We have now returned home from our African adventure and would like to send a big THANK YOU to Africa Exclusive. We had the most amazing holiday, far beyond our wildest dreams and will remember it as a trip of a lifetime.
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There is a world of difference between one of our tailormade safaris and most package holidays printed in a brochure. Package holidays are usually designed to be as cheap as possible and of course involve large numbers of people doing the same thing. Our safaris use small, more exclusive and remote camps usually with guests flying in, and often virtually everything is included in the price. The experience is completely different.
Many of these small lodges and camps have broadly similar prices, and it is possible to arrange a superb two week safari for between £4,000 to £7,000 per person ($7,000 – $11,000) season dependant, all inclusive. Realistically it is difficult to reduce that figure, and by including Botswana in peak season, chartering a private plane, disappearing to some magical desert island, or flying at the front of the plane it’s easy to substantially increase that figure!