Top 5 Exclusive-Use Safari Lodges

|Top 5 Exclusive-Use Safari Lodges



A growing trend among travellers is the pursuit of glamourous, private and bespoke safari experiences.

There is something special about experiencing exclusivity and luxury in the heart of the African savannah – it highlights the vastness and beauty of the African bush.

Whether you’re in search of luxurious privacy, or you’re seeking quality time with your travel companions, a private villa or camp is the way to go. Here are some of the game reserves offering the best exclusive-use accommodation options:

1. Entim Camp, Kenya

Situated in the iconic Maasai Mara with its vast savannah, acacia trees and magnificent wildlife, Private Wing of Entim Camp offers one of the most luxurious and immersive safari experiences. The camp is designed so that travellers experience the enchanting wilderness of the Mara in simple, stylish and private luxury. The tented accommodation is designed with modern simplicity that serves to echo and both highlight the beauty of its surrounds.

With a massage tent, exclusive game drives, balloon safaris, village visits and a photographic pavillion, the camp brings a feeling of serenity and privacy to the Maasai Mara experience.

2. Mashatu Euphorbia, Botswana

If you’re looking for a safari experience that combines luxury with sustainability, Mashatu Euphorbia in Botswana is the place to go. Elevating the private safari experience to one that sustains its local environment, this ‘green’ camp is the ultimate luxurious getaway.

The camp is set in a cliff face nestled in a forest of succulents with exquisite panoramic views of the Majale River and expansive plains. It’s a wonderfully intimate, bespoke safari with a maximum of 16 guests. The private villas are designed to mimic the curves of the local Mopane tree and run on solar power – creating a feeling of natural elegance and relaxation.

With daily game drives of only four guests per vehicle, the camp ensures a wonderfully intimate experience of the diverse wildlife from lion, leopard and cheetah to elephant and hyena. Guests can immersive themselves in the splendour of the African plains with heated plunge pools, horseback riding, an underground photographic hide and mountain biking.

3. Mills Manor, South Africa

Situated in the Eastern Cape, Lalibela Game Reserve offers a unique South African safari experience. Lalibela is a conservation site with unique savannah grassland that is home to vast herds of zebra, elephant, impala, wildebeest and free-roaming lions. Mills Manor is the reserve’s exclusive-use private villa that highlights the beauty and vastness of the South African bush.

The décor combines European with African design to creates a unique ambience and put a twist on the traditional safari lodge. With maximum 10 guests at the villa, it exudes a private safari experience. The villa comes with its own private game ranger and vehicle, chef and housekeeper. Wide stack doors, a swimming pool, sun deck and outdoor dining area connect the classic interior to the surrounding natural wilderness.

The villa overlooks a waterhole which means guests do not have to rely on game drives to experience fantastic wildlife sightings. It’s the ideal getaway for those looking to experience a truly unique, exclusive and elegant South African safari.

4. Makanyi Private Game Lodge, South Africa

Makanyi Private Game Lodge in Timbavati Game Reserve combines exclusivity with bespoke safari experiences. The emphasis is on complete privacy with a two-bedroomed villa sleeping maximum 4 guests. With a private game ranger, the villa allows for a truly intimate experience of the reserve’s game drives, walking safaris and stargazing.

In order to elevate this level of exclusivity, the lodge is introducing a bespoke safari menu in 2020. Guests at the villa will be able to tailor their experience to include yoga and mindfulness sessions, spa treatments, bush education, South African food and wine tastings, and photography sessions with professional wildlife photographers.

The décor is understated and restrained which serves to emphasis the elements of African design. Striking the balance between luxurious modern comfort and natural furnishings, it creates the ambience of being at home in the bush.

5. Wolwedans Private Camp, Namibia

Situated in the NamibRand Nature Reserve in the south of Namibia’s Sossusvlei, Wolwedans Private Camp is uncompromising in its privacy. The Sossusvlei is the epitome of Namibia’s untouched desert landscape. The NamibRand Nature Reserve itself is the ideal place to witness the ever-changing tapestry of colours reflected on the sand dunes.

The Private Camp caters exclusively for 6 guests and is situated in a tranquil and quiet valley. It is designed for guests seeking to immerse themselves in the peace and solitude of the Namibian landscape.

The décor is reminiscent of the golden-age of safari with neutrals, burnt oranges and golden yellows used throughout the space creating a wonderful sense of the dunes within the interior. The open-plan design provides uninterrupted views of the striking surroundings. Private game drives, flights, hot-air balloon safaris and nature walks are all available.