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The Bush Telegraph of luxury East Africa safari houses & villas

22 February 2024

Sirai House | Kenya

This is a magnificent private home in the Borana Conservancy in Laikipia, which should be included in any Kenyan safari. It is available on an exclusive occupancy basis between the months of April to December with a minimum stay of 3 nights.  Boasting 6 spacious premium en-suite bedrooms. 

The house itself is nothing short of world-class with numerous facilities including:

  • 20-metre heated infinity pool plus the master-suite has its own heated plunge pool
  • Basketball court
  • Billiards Table
  • Sonas sound system in each room
  • Boules pitch
  • Croquet lawn
  • Table tennis 
  • Yoga retreat
  • Private wine cellar with 3,000 bottles of wine and Champagne 
  • Cinema with 1,000 films and Apple TV
  • Running track
  • Gym with steam room
  • Private outdoor boma for dining in the large garden
Sirai House in the Laikipia region of Kenya with African Safari Excellence
A private home in the Borana Conservancy in the Laikipia region of Kenya, set on a secluded 250-acre estate

Cottar’s Bush Villa | Kenya

birds eye view of the Cottar’s Bush Villa with African Safari Excellence
One of the only private luxury homes in the Masai Mara

As one of the only private luxury homes in the Olderkesi Conservancy, in the greater Masai Mara National Reserve, we highly recommend Cottar’s Bush Villa which has a breathtaking view onto the savannah plains. Located at the Cottar’s 1920’s Safari Camp, it comes with a dedicated staff of eight, a large living room, a dining room, an expansive viewing deck that surrounds a private swimming pool and 5 en-suite bedrooms.  Rented only on an exclusive basis, Cottar’s Bush Villa provides a dedicated game drive vehicle and guide. 

Cottar’s Bush Villa swimming pool with African Safari Excellence
It comes with a dedicated staff of eight, a large living room, a dining room, an expansive viewing deck that leads out to private swimming pool and 5 en-suite bedrooms

Arijiju House | Kenya

A luxury retreat located on the Borana Conservancy on Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau. We like to combine this with a 1 or 2 night stay in Nairobi, then at least a 3 night stay at Laikipia and then moving onto the Masai Mara area. The luxury East Africa safari house comes with three suites in the main house and two generous cottages on the pathway. Meals are well catered for with the chefs using local produce from the farm and from the kitchen garden with menus tailored to each individual. Activities include horse riding, quad biking safaris, helicopter flips (at a supplement) and Big 5 game drives.

Interior of Arijuju House with African Safari Excellence
This is a private house in the game-rich Laikipia Plateau with 97 000 acres dedicated to conservation

 The house comes with:

  • Candle-lit lounge
  • Bar area
  • Library
  • Office
  • Spa
  • Gym with a yoga-studio
  • Clay tennis courts
  • Squash courts
  • Infinity pool with is 19 metres long
  • Active waterhole
  • Fourteen in-house staff including butler, chefs and ranger

Singita Kataza House | Rwanda

An exclusive-use 4-bedroom house that comes with its own house manager, private chef that prepares mouth-watering meals mostly uses produce from the on-site kitchen garden, host and house staff. This offers premium accommodation and a haven for those that want to tick off the bucket list experience of mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda. In the house your client can enjoy heated pools, a gym, media room, well-stocked wine cellar, indoor and outdoor fireplaces and private cinema. With the location being on the outskirts of Volcanoes National Park, it has remarkable surroundings and your clients can also use the amenities at the sister Kwitonda Lodge. Speak to your dedicated African Safari Excellence to include this secluded East Africa safari house into a gorilla trekking itinerary if you have any friends or family request with luxury in mind.

Thanda Island | off the coast of Zanzibar

The location is off the marine reserve of Mafia Island and a boat ride away from Zanzibar. The premium property is more than an exclusive basis only villa, it is an island paradise that your client will obtain for complete privacy.  The private villa can accommodate up to 10 guests in 5 suites plus there is also space for 9 children. So this is perfect for a large group of friends or a multi-generational family luxurious tropical island beach stay.  Your guests can enjoy 1100 metres of beach with a host of water activities in the turquoise waters.  This is your client’s own private paradise in Africa and is multi-award winning including being voted the World’s Leading Exclusive Private Island, seven years in a row.

White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa | Zanzibar

White Sands is a Relaix & Chateaux luxury Zanzibar 5* property ranging from one-bedroom. two-bedroom presidential five-bedroom beachfront villas. Located on the east coast, within one hour’s easy driving distance from the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport. For any unforgettable and exclusive experience for your clients in Zanzibar, this is the perfect choice with mindful luxury, on the beachfront of one of Zanzibar’s most beautiful beaches.

Traditional sailing boat at White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa with African Safari Excellence
An activity at White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa
  • One-bedroom luxury villas are right on the beachfront and accommodates 2 adults in spacious surroundings with 750 m² of private beach.
  • Two-bedroom are generally for families and come with two en-suite bedrooms connected by an external staircase and a private pool
  • The five-bedroom garden villa boasts 4 bathrooms, a rooftop with hot tub, fully-equipped kitchen, large living room and sleeps up to 11 adults.

Jabali Private House | Tanzania

For a luxury East Africa safari house, there is Asilia Jabali Private House, situated in the Ruaha National Park, in southern Tanzania. The house comes with two master bedrooms and an additional twin bedroom and is located near the Mwagusi River, one of the best wildlife areas in Ruaha. On the Jabali Ridge property – just 200 metres away – and built around three majestic baobab trees.

Pool at Jabali Private House with African Safari Excellence
Luxury East Africa Safari House – exterior pool view at Jabali Private House

The property offers bird watching, night game drives, morning and afternoon game drives, guided walking safaris and there is an in-house spa at Jabali Ridge. Game drives will be a private 4×4 safari vehicle, for the best way to see the big game of Ruaha.  As the drives are private, your client can also opt for a full day game drive with a picnic lunch.

Singita Milele | Tanzania

Singita Milele – opening in May 2024 – is a private 5 individually designed suites retreat in the famous Grumeti Reserve, next to Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania. For a front-row seat to the Great Migration, this is the perfect luxury East Africa safari house. It boasts a boma with firepit, outdoor sala, infinity pool, jacuzzi, 10-person cinema room, fully-equipped fitness centre, well-stocked wine cellar with award-winning wines, The property is based on Sasakwa Hill with endless views of the plains below. Your clients can enjoy gourmet picnics, night game drives, use of tennis courts, guided game walks, cooking classes, rhino tracking, game drives to see the Big 5 animals and more, bird watching, community visits, retail therapy at the boutique shop, massages, high tea and fine dining.

Singita Milele in Tanzania with African Safari Excellence
Singita Milele is a new lodge opening in May 2024

Contact African Safari Excellence to start planning your client’s dream safari. We are East Africa.