Private Villas that Serve a Purpose

Cottars Safari Service has hand selected private villas in key biodiversity and conservation areas for an exclusive high-end private wildlife stay.  Villa choices in Kenya include Cottars Bush Villa in the Masai Mara which has won the best private villa in Africa and is a Global Ecosphere Retreat; Ol Jogi, a luxury residence with exclusive use of a 58,000 acre private ranch; Lengishu, located in the 32,000 acre Borana Conservancy, the country’s newest and most successful rhino sanctuary, or to one of the Alfajiri villas located at Kenya’s Diani coastline. 

Complement Kenya with private villa stays in other African countries including a stay at your own private Thanda island located in the Indian ocean off of Tanzania to Tarkuni Homestead, once the Oppenheimer family home at Tswalu, or the Moste, both located in southern Kalahari, Korannaberg Hills to Deckenia, in Praslin, Seychelles.

These villas offer exclusive use for maximum privacy and exclusivity.

Cottar’s Bush Villa

Accommodation/Location Conservation, Community, Culture Credentials Experiences

Note some experiences may be additional to the cost of accommodation

Award-winning Private Bush Villa

South-East Maasai Mara, Kenya  on an exclusive private concession with a private airstrip

  • Global Ecosphere

  • Highest Standards of guiding

  • Community-owned conservancy

  • The highest number of Gold Guides at one property in east africa

  • Game drives and walks

  • Sustainability Tour

  • Maasai Warrior School

  • Life of a hunter-gatherer

  • Bush Baths

  • Spa & Pool

  • E-Bikes

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COTTAR’S BUSH VILLA

A contemporary, elegant private villa, the only real luxury private villa in the Masai Mara, Kenya. Cottar’s Bush Villa won the World Travel Award for Africa’s Leading Luxury Private Villa 2016 and is Global Eco-sphere Retreat accredited. The award-winning villa borders the latest addition to the ‘7 Wonders of the World’, the Masai Mara and Serengeti game reserves. The Bush Villa provides a luxury private stay option for 10 guests and comes complete with its own private 25-meter swimming pool. Offering an abundance of wildlife, a guarantee of privacy, and the highest standards of professional guiding in a luxurious and elegant safari environment.

The villa was designed by Louise Cottar and built by hand using indigenous and eco-friendly materials. The villa is managed within the same area as Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp, and guests can enjoy the same levels of service and standard for which the camp is known. For those that want absolute privacy in the Masai Mara, combined with dedicated and discrete staff, award-winning guides, and an abundance of wildlife, Cottar’s Bush Villa offers the only real private luxury home in the Masai Mara.

Cottar’s Bush Villa has a breathtaking view onto the savannah plains that carry the great annual wildebeest migration and is set amidst a backdrop of the Olderkesi Hills. Guests can enjoy privately guided game drives, night game drives, bush walks, swimming and fishing. Cottar’s Bush Villa is rented only on an exclusive basis and comes with a dedicated staff of 8. The villa is over 10,000 square feet in size and features a large living room, dining room, a magnificent viewing deck, and 5 en-suite bedrooms, all with stunning views. The villa has internet access throughout, satellite TV and DVD, and is powered with electric and solar energy. A dedicated game drive vehicle(s) and guide(s) are provided to guests throughout their stay.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Private and exclusive stay
  • Private guide/s
  • Private vehicle/s
  • Private dining
  • Private Airstrip
  • Located in their own private conservation area
  • Day and night game drives
  • Bush walks
  • Morning or evening runs with a Maasai warrior
  • Maasai Warrior School
  • Bush breakfast, lunch or dinner
  • Swimming at the waterfall and fishing for catfish (seasonal)
  • Visits to the local Maasai village
  • Visits to our local Olpalagilagi Primary School
  • A 25m swimming pool
  • E-bike bush ride – this is new! And extremely fun!
  • A guided tour around camp to learn about our sustainability efforts
  • A hosted meal with our conservancy managers to learn about our Olderkesi Conservancy and the work we are doing to save land for wildlife use

We will arrange all your ground transfers and flight details in Africa. Please note that you will need to arrange your own flights to and from Africa.

Lengishu

Accommodation/Location Conservation, Community, Culture Credentials Experiences

Note some experiences may be additional to the cost of accommodation

Lengishu is an exclusive-use family home for up to 12 guests, offering unparalleled luxury accommodation in Laikipia at the heart of Kenya’s 32,000 acre Borana Conservancy, the country’s newest and most successful rhino sanctuary.

  • 32,000 acre Borana Conservancy

  • Kenya’s most successful rhino sanctuary

  • Home to The Big Five

  • Hands-on conservation, accompanied by your own private guide

  • Conservation fees are invested into the sustainable conservation of land and wildlife, notably endangered black rhino and its habitat.

  • Game drives in Borana Conservancy

  • Fish for trout on high altitude lake

  • Mountain bike through herds of zebra

  • Walk with rhino

  • Race through sand rivers on quad bikes

  • Immersive cultural encounters

  • Hands-on conservation experiences

  • Luxurious days by the pool

  • Play Pétanque

  • Use the Gym

  • Get a massage

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LENGISHU

Lengishu is an exclusive-use family home offering unparalleled luxury accommodation in Laikipia at the heart of Kenya’s 32,000 acre Borana Conservancy, the country’s newest and most successful rhino sanctuary Nestled into a ridge with stunning views across the Laikipia plains and deep into the Northern Frontier, Lengishu is a luxury home for up to 12 guests, offering sustainable tourism and safari adventures in one of Kenya’s leading wildlife destinations.

With friendly staff to cater for your every need, Lengishu offers the freedom to choose your own itinerary, not bound by the constraints of other safari lodges. It features six beautifully appointed bedrooms within four cottages, which are situated apart from the main house. All rooms face East over the valley below, offering spectacular sunrise views. Fish Eagle and Goshawk are standalone double rooms, perfect for couples. The Upper and Lower Cottages work well for guests travelling with young children or couples on safari together, with the bedrooms leading off a shared sitting room that is found at the centre of the cottage.

All bedrooms are spacious with fireplaces or wood-burning stoves for the cooler evenings and have en-suite bathrooms with rain showers and freestanding copper bathtubs. Floor to ceiling windows provides majestic views of the undulating plains beyond, perfect for bathtub game viewing.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Situated on a 32,000 acre Borana Conservancy
  • Kenya’s newest and most successful Rhino sanctuary
  • Home to ‘The Big Five’
  • Hands-on conservation experiences, accompanied by your own private guide
  • Conservation fees are invested into the sustainable conservation of land and wildlife, notably endangered black rhino and its habitat
  • Game drives in Borana Conservancy
  • Fish for trout on high altitude lakes
  • Mountain bike through herds of zebra
  • Walk with rhino
  • Race through sand rivers on quad bikes
  • Immersive cultural encounters
  • Hands-on conservation experiences

Alfijiri Cliff Villas

Accommodation/Location Conservation, Community, Culture Credentials Experiences

Note some experiences may be additional to the cost of accommodation

Considered by many as the finest Villa on the East Africa coast, the Cliff Villa overlooks the Indian Ocean and its elevated position ensures privacy and stunning view.Up to 8 guests can be accommodated in 4 bedrooms.

 

 

  • Snorkeling to coral reef using our Ngalawa (local African boats)

  • Massage

  • Visit to a community project, orphanage

  • Visit to local villages in Diani beach area

  • Gym and sauna at a nearby property

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ALFIJIRI CLIFF VILLA

Considered by many as the finest Villa on the East Africa coast, the Cliff Villa overlooks the Indian Ocean and its elevated position ensures privacy and stunning view. The concept is as you please! Private dining is a la carte, served al fresco or in your villa – your choice, as too is the cuisine.

Up to 8 guests can be accommodated in 4 bedrooms, as size and interior decor in the rooms are not the same, the Cliff Villa would not be suitable for 4 couples, but ideal for families. The turret suite has 270- degree view of the sea and must rate as one of the top five most romantic bedrooms ever, on the first floor we have 2 double rooms with their private veranda and 1 twin room on the ground floor.

Alfajiri boasts a range of activities; golf at a nearby 18 hole Golf course, Kite surfing, snorkelling, diving, safaris – even docile whale sharks in the ocean and the elephants in the hills are there for the asking.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED:

  • Snorkelling to coral reef using our Ngalawa (local African boats)
  • Massage
  • Visit to community project, orphanage
  • Visit to local villages in Diani beach area
  • Gym and sauna at a nearby property

ACTIVITIES EXCLUDED:

  • There are various activities that we will arrange for our guests:
  • Diving and Diving Courses
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Kite Surfing and Kite courses
  • Dhow excursion to the Kisite Marine National Park
  • Golf at the nearby 18 holes Golf Resort
  • Quad Bikes excursion to the Shimba Hills
  • Day safaris to Shimba hills

Thanda Island

Accommodation/Location Conservation, Community, Culture Credentials Experiences

Note some experiences may be additional to the cost of accommodation

Thanda Island is one of the world’s most exclusive island getaways, a paradise for guests to enjoy in complete privacy with family and friends. One private villa with five suites accommodating ten adults plus nine additional children sharing. On request, there is an option to accommodate up to four guests each in two traditional Tanzanian Bandas (double-storey beach chalets)

  • Thanda Island is situated within the Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve, and Thanda’s team is partnering with the Tanzanian Marine Parks and the leading NGO, Sea Sense, on a range of marine conservation and education programmes in the region. These include research and conservation projects on the sea turtles, dugongs, dolphins, whale sharks, coral reefs and marine reserves.
  • It is underpinned by a sincere and far-reaching commitment to the Tanzanian people. The Thanda Tanzania team is participating in a range of social upliftment programmes on Mafia Island, which has approximately
    60 000 people.

 

  • Copper Beach Baths

  • Swimming with Whale Sharks

  • Treatment Spa Beds

  • Floodlit Tennis Court

  • Table Tennis

  • Yoga Sala

  • Stargazing

  • Snorkelling and Scuba Diving

  • Sailing

  • Deep Sea Fishing

  • Jet Skiing

  • Kayaks / Stand-up Paddle Boards

  • Wakeboards / Tubes / Water Skis

  • Beach Volleyball Equipment

  • Outdoor and Indoor Games for Children

  • Bird Walk

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THANDA ISLAND

Thanda Island is one of the world’s most exclusive island getaways, a paradise for guests to enjoy in complete privacy with family and friends. One private villa with five suites accommodating ten adults plus nine additional children sharing. On request, there is an option to accommodate up to four guests each in two traditional Tanzanian Bandas (double-storey beach chalets).

8ha in size, 1,1km in circumference and 350m wide, the Island is surrounded by coral reefs which protect it from stormy seas. Situated within Tanzania’s Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve, the surrounding seas are home to the gentle whale shark, sea turtles, dolphins and dugongs.

Depending on the season, guests may be able to watch turtles nesting and their eggs hatching. Five species of marine turtles occur in Tanzania’s waters. These include green, hawksbill, loggerhead, olive ridley and leatherback turtles. Two species – green and hawksbill – have recently returned to nest on the Island. All are categorised by the IUCN as endangered or critically endangered species. The whale shark, the largest fish in the world, feeds just south of Thanda Island. Its size, gentle nature and tendency to swim at the surface at known sites make it a focal species for marine tourism. Guests are encouraged to rest, rejuvenate and enjoy a variety of water and island activities as they explore this remarkable sanctuary.

CONSERVATION

Thanda Island is situated within the Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve, and Thanda’s team is partnering with the Tanzanian Marine Parks and the leading NGO, Sea Sense, on a range of marine conservation and education programmes in the region. These include research and conservation projects on the sea turtles, dugongs, dolphins, whale sharks, coral reefs and marine reserves.

COMMUNITY

Thanda Island is more than an incredible destination. It is underpinned by a sincere and far-reaching commitment to the Tanzanian people. The Thanda Tanzania team is participating in a range of social upliftment programmes on Mafia Island, which has approximately 60 000 people.

The closest community village on Mafia Island is Ras Mbisi, 8 nautical miles from Thanda Island, and we are committed to the education of young people in sustainable resource utilisation, fish harvesting, marine conservation, and in the development of healthy, sporting activities, such as football.

Sea Sense works closely with coastal communities in Tanzania to conserve and protect endangered marine species. Through training, education and employment, many coastal communities are now participating in marine conservation initiatives.

Tswalu Tarkuni

Accommodation/Location Conservation, Community, Culture Credentials Experiences

Note some experiences may be additional to the cost of accommodation

Tarkuni homestead is the ultimate private sanctuary, with a maximum of 10 guests in 5 suites, and includes a private spa, pool, fire pit area, indoor and outdoor dining spaces, and more. They have had guest feedback about their new Motse. Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest privately-owned game reserve, with a beautiful landscape of arid savannah and grasslands under conservation.

  • Through their Tswlau Foundation, they support conservation, community, land protection and philanthropy

  • Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest privately-owned game reserve, with a beautiful landscape of arid savannah and grasslands under conservation.

  • An award-winning emphasis on conservation tourism (meet with their researchers and conservation team doing exceptional work)

  • There is simply nothing else like it when it comes to the landscape and diversity of endangered species

  • A founding member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges

  • Guaranteed private vehicle, guide and tracker

  • Unique animal viewing such as pangolin, aardvark, aardwolf, African painted wolf/wild dog, desert black rhino, black-mane lion, 240 species of birds, myriad antelope, and the adorable habituated meerkats

  • Game drive

  • Bush walks

  • Horse riding

  • Helicopter flights Conservation Educational Flight or Korannaberg

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TSWALU TARKUNI VILLA in South Africa

They have had guest feedback about their new Motse after a fabulous refashioning, and of course Tarkuni, their 5-bedroom homestead, which is available at pro-rata pricing starting with just four guests. Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest privately-owned game reserve, with a beautiful landscape of arid savannah and grasslands under conservation. They offer an intimate, enriching, safari experience with diverse and unique animal viewing paired with immersive activities. Tswalu is a founding member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, and as such has a platform of philanthropic community and conservation projects guests can participate in. And they have Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, South Africa’s first Michelin-star Chef, inspiring the culinary program at Tswalu.

Tarkuni homestead is the ultimate private sanctuary, with a maximum of 10 guests in 5 suites, and includes a private spa, pool, fire pit area, indoor and outdoor dining spaces, and more.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • There is simply nothing else like it when it comes to the landscape and diversity of endangered species
  • A founding member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges
  • Through their Tswlau Foundation, they support conservation, community, land protection and philanthropy
  • Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest privately-owned game reserve, with a beautiful landscape of arid savannah and grasslands under conservation.
  • Guaranteed private vehicle, guide and tracker for every booking (every moment is tailor made to your guests interests)
  • Unique animal viewing such as pangolin, aardvark, aardwolf, African painted wolf/wild dog, desert black rhino, black-mane lion, 240 species of birds, myriad antelope, and the adorable habituated meerkats
  • An award-winning emphasis on conservation tourism (meet with their researchers and conservation team doing exceptional work)
  • Near endless activities such as game drives, bush walks, night safaris, horse riding, participation in conservation projects, and so much more
  • Helicopter flights (should pre-book): Conservation Educational Flight or Korannaberg Mountain Picnic Flight to see ancient San Bushman rock etchings
  • Malori sleep-out (should pre-book) for a truly off-the-grid experience under the Kalahari sky

Tswalu Moste

Accommodation/Location Conservation, Community, Culture Credentials Experiences

Note some experiences may be additional to the cost of accommodation

A secluded ‘village’ of nine legae (dwellings), each with an open viewing deck and open fireplace. Casually elegant with a focus on simplicity and comfort. It evokes a mood of peace, authenticity and intimacy and it delivers a new world of luxury and privacy.

6 luxury legae & 3 luxury family (2-bedroomed suites) legae (maximum 18 adults and children welcome)

  •  Through their Tswlau Foundation, they support conservation, community, land protection and philanthropy
  • Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest privately-owned game reserve, with a beautiful landscape of arid savannah and grasslands under conservation.

  • An award-winning emphasis on conservation tourism (meet with their researchers and conservation team doing exceptional work)

  •  Through their Tswlau Foundation, they support conservation, community, land protection and philanthropy
  • Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest privately-owned game reserve, with a beautiful landscape of arid savannah and grasslands under conservation.

  • An award-winning emphasis on conservation tourism (meet with their researchers and conservation team doing exceptional work)

Deckenia

Accommodation/Location Conservation, Community, Culture Credentials Experiences

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With the ocean in clear sight and the landscape looking like a painting, Deckenia, a 5 bedroom villa welcomes you to its oasis of peace and serenity. Nestled on Anse Gouvernement beach, in Praslin, Seychelles, the villa of this sumptuous property opens out onto the sea and transforms itself into your shelter.

  • Deckenia is one of the 5 endemic species of palm trees found in the “May Valley“ forest in Praslin, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • World-renowned for its flora and fauna, turquoise sea and heavenly beaches

  • Home to a myriad of endemic species

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DECKENIA in the Seychelles

With the ocean in clear sight and the landscape looking like a painting, Deckenia welcomes you to its oasis of peace and serenity. Nestled on Anse Gouvernement beach, in Praslin, Seychelles, the villa of this sumptuous property opens out onto the sea and transforms itself into your shelter. Here, as the seasons pass by, time stops, nature takes over, and you will forget everything else.

It’s a 5 bedroom luxury villa with an infinity pool and two guest houses with a private pool. Ideal for accommodating large families or groups of friends, the villa and guest houses all offer beautiful views of the ocean.

World-renowned for its flora and fauna, its turquoise sea and heavenly beaches, the reputation of The Seychelles is second to none. Among the hundreds of islands that form the archipelago, “Praslin” is the most famous. A symbol of serenity and harmony with nature, it is home to a myriad of endemic species, especially in its “Vallee de Mai”, classified as a World Heritage Site.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Deckenia is one of the 5 endemic species of palm trees found in the “May Valley“ forest in Praslin, classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • World-renowned for its flora and fauna, turquoise sea and heavenly beaches
  • The promise of paradise
  • Off the beaten path – offers incomparable intimacy
  • Spacious, luxurious and flooded with natural light
  • Home to a myriad of endemic species