PRIVATE HOUSES & VILLAS
Staying in your own private safari lodge or camp, once the exclusive domain of the very rich, is now a real possibility. If you are travelling with family or friends, you may want to consider one of the safari houses and villas across East & Southern Africa which offer people an exclusive home in the bush.
Many of them are associated with an existing lodge or camp, but offer greater luxury and features not found in normal camps and lodges. Staying at a villa will give you ultimate privacy, as well as much more flexibility since you are the only guests. They normally include a private chef and domestic staff as well as a private guide and vehicle, so you can tailor-make your daily schedule to suit your needs.
If you want to take your family on safari but have been frustrated by age-related restrictions on activities and accommodation, booking a safari house often gives you some leeway on minimum ages. The greater flexibility can be particularly helpful for families with younger children, who may prefer a series of shorter activities to the normal 3-4 hour game drives.
Families and groups may also want to consider booking out an entire camp or lodge - some camps have as few as three or four rooms, so this is a possibility for even relatively small groups. In addition to providing a private safari experience, this may also provide the added flexibility of multiple vehicles and guides.