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Family Safari Adventure: Exploring South Africa’s Exclusive Bush Villas

Family Safari Adventure - Kwandwe

In a world that is constantly on the move, seeking solace in nature while bonding with family has become more precious than ever. And what better way to reconnect with loved ones than embarking on a family safari adventure with grandparents, parents, and children, in the heart of South Africa’s untamed wilderness?

South Africa boasts an array of luxurious bush villas, each offering a unique blend of opulence and immersion in the natural world. These exclusive retreats provide a sanctuary where families can create lasting bonds amidst breathtaking landscapes and unparalleled wildlife encounters.

Mallerby’s Luxury Travel presents a curated selection of exclusive bush villas across the South African Provinces, perfect for a family safari adventure, promising unparalleled experiences and cherished memories for generations to come.

South Africa’s Exclusive Bush Villas for your Family Safari Adventure

Family Safari Adventure - Singita Castleton

Singita Castleton House, Sabi Sands, Greater Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga

Nestled within the expansive 45,000 acres of private reserve, Singita Castleton combines the most refined elements of a private safari lodge with the rustic charm of a country house. The beautiful stone-walled homestead, with its serene setting overlooking tranquil lawns and a busy waterhole frequented by game, invites guests to indulge in a wealth of amenities and activities while immersing themselves in the breathtaking wilderness of ‘Big Cat Country’.

What we love about Singita Castleton:

  • Exquisite accommodation: Six double en-suite cottages, accommodating up to twelve guests.
  • Abundant facilities: Expansive swimming pool, Bocce court, tennis court, trampoline, state-of-the-art wellness facilities including a fitness centre, yoga pavilion and massage treatment rooms.
  • Exceptional dining: Country style kitchen, extensive wine cellar, and outdoor boma for magical fireside dinners under the stars. Kosher and halaal can be arranged.
  • Exclusive game-viewing opportunities: Venture on daily game drives and guided safari walks with your experienced private field guide and tracker.
  • Mini Game Ranger’s Course: Specially crafted and fun-filled for your young explorers, teaching everything from outdoor survival and animal tracking skills to more about the wonders of astronomy and the secrets of tree and bird identification.
  • Family friendly: children of all ages are welcome with a range of activities tailored to their interests – cooking interactions, board games, stargazing, bush walks (minimum age 16), arts & crafts, movies, and swimming as well as activity booklets with a variety of games, quizzes, and puzzles.
  • Educational experiences: Visit the Anti-poaching Canine Unit for an interactive experience.

Exclusive use rates are from R 413 165.00 per night on a fully inclusive basis.

Family Safari Adventure - Kwandwe

Kwandwe Fort House, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, Eastern Cape

Nestled within the rugged landscape of Kwandwe, this exclusive-use private villa offers a serene retreat amidst the untamed wilderness. With sweeping views of a productive waterhole and the Great Fish River valley, Fort House provides the ultimate malaria-free game viewing experience right from the comfort of its veranda and boma. Designed to accommodate up to 8 guests, this elegantly appointed villa boasts luxurious amenities and a dedicated team to ensure a seamless and memorable stay.

What we love about Fort House:

  • Breathtaking views: Elegantly designed to complement the landscape, enjoy panoramic vistas of the waterhole and expansive flatlands as the wildlife wanders by.
  • Elegant accommodation: Featuring four en-suite bedrooms for eight guests, free flowing living and entertainment areas, a wine cellar, spa treatment room, and a refreshing pool.
  • Dedicated Team: Discreetly on hand to ensure everything is taken care of.
  • Flexible Days: A private safari vehicle with a ranger and tracker allows for a flexible daily itinerary. Explore the reserve at your own pace on game drives, nature walks, big game walking safaris and fishing expeditions.
  • Family-Friendly: Children of all ages are welcome, with an abundance of activities to suit the whole family’s sense of adventure.
  • Kids Activities: On arrival, children receive a welcome gift – an activity book with animal checklists and themed games. During your stay, there’s scavenger hunts, treasure hunts, Minnow’s fishing trips, beading, a ‘Chefs-in-Training’ cooking lesson, eco-educational board games, sand art, and African bedtime stories.
  • Family – Community Engagement: Plant spekboom, participate in volunteerism activities through the Ubunye Foundation, assist with gardening projects, get involved with the arts and crafts activities, and toddlers are invited to join in playtime at the pre-school!

Exclusive use rates are from R 106 400.00 per night on a fully inclusive basis.

Family Safari Adventure - Tintswalo Tarkuni

Tarkuni Homestead, Tswalu Kalahari Private Wildlife Reserve, Northern Cape

Escape to the vastness on the southernmost edge of the Kalahari Desert with a stay at Tarkuni Homestead, a haven of luxury and seclusion within the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve. Surrounded by sweeping savannahs and rugged mountains, this exclusive villa offers unrivalled privacy and personalized service for your malaria-free safari experience.

What We Love About Tarkuni Homestead:

  • Luxurious Accommodation: Five spacious suites, all under one roof, offer elegant comfort and privacy for up to ten guests, with children of all ages.
  • Personalized Service: A dedicated host, private chef, safari vehicle, guide, and tracker ensure every aspect of your stay is tailored to your preferences.
  • Sustainable Design: The entire homestead is thoughtfully redesigned with sustainability in mind, ensuring minimal environmental impact without compromising on luxury.
  • Exceptional Amenities: From sun-drenched verandas and a water-wise plunge pool to an intimate boma for barbecue dinners and a well-stocked wine cellar, Tarkuni Homestead offers a wealth of amenities for relaxation and enjoyment.
  • Gourmet Dining: Dining experiences range from private meals on the veranda to barbecue dinners under the stars, with the opportunity to savour a seasonal tasting menu at Klein JAN, celebrating the best of the region’s cuisine. There’s also a 24-hour snack pantry filled with homemade treats!
  • Exclusive Reserve Access: With exclusive access to the vast 114,000-hectare Tswalu Reserve, guests can explore the dramatic landscapes and incredible wildlife at their own pace, with interpretative game drives, birding, tracking, nature walks, and horse-riding adventures.
  • Unforgettable Wildlife Encounters: An early morning visit to Tswalu’s habituated meerkats offers a rare opportunity to observe these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat, providing an unforgettable wildlife encounter.

Exclusive use rates are from R 284 800.00 per night on a fully inclusive basis.

Family Safari Adventure - Phinda Homestead

Phinda Homestead, Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal

Nestled within the verdant greenery of Phinda Private Game Reserve, Phinda Homestead offers a tranquil haven for families seeking a blend of adventure and relaxation in the heart of the African bush. With its contemporary design and warm hospitality, this private villa provides a home away from home, where guests can embark on thrilling safari excursions, enjoy bush picnics surrounded by wildlife, and unwind in the comfort of their own secluded sanctuary.

What We Love About Phinda Homestead:

  • Contemporary Accommodation: Blending seamlessly into its natural surroundings, the bush farmhouse offers four private bedrooms with spacious bathrooms, and expansive guest spaces, including a gym and spa.
  • Exclusive Service: Complete with a dedicated ranger, tracker, butler, and chef for personalized service.
  • Abundant Wildlife: Set within the expansive Phinda Private Game Reserve, encounter Africa’s Big Five and a diverse array of bird species across 29,866 hectares of protected wildlife land.
  • Tailored Safari Activities: Game drive times and meals are fully personalised.
  • Family-Friendly: Safaris are designed with specialist guides to accommodate children of all ages, with tailored activities, a WILDchild program, special children’s menus, and optional childminding services. Kids activities include bark rubbing, bug collecting, frog safaris, ‘poo walks’, baking with the chef.
  • Phinda Adventures: Choose from a range of exciting adventures, including walking and tracking safaris, sleepouts under the stars, and participative conservation experiences.
  • Further afield: Zulu village tours, beach trips, marine safaris, and more can be arranged, offering a diverse array of experiences for long stays.

Exclusive use rates are from R 180 000.00 per night on a fully inclusive basis.

Family Safari Adventure - Morukuru

Morukuru River House, Madikwe Game Reserve, North West Province

Nestled within the pristine wilderness of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, Morukuru River House offers a luxurious and secluded retreat for families seeking privacy and comfort. Perched on the banks of the main perennial Marico River, this exclusive-use safari house provides an idyllic setting for unforgettable safari experiences amidst the natural beauty of South Africa.

What We Love About Morukuru River House:

  • Exquisite Accommodation: Featuring three double en-suite bedrooms and a ‘bunk in the fun’ room, comfortably accommodating up to 6 adults and 4 children (under 16 years).
  • Dedicated Staff: Complete with an experienced personal Chef, butler, housekeepers, safari guide, tracker, and private vehicle, guests receive unparalleled service and attention to detail throughout their stay.
  • Family-Friendly: Children of all ages are welcome. On arrival, children receive a Morukuru Kidz Backpack filled with Safari treasures, and are kept busy with baking, outdoor mini adventures, swimming, fishing and much more. Childminding services are also available.
  • Safari Activities: Your dedicated safari team provide thrilling game drives, private walking safaris, guided reserve walks, birdwatching, catch-and-release fishing, cooking classes, wellness therapies, drumming sessions, and even a sleep-out experience under a canopy of stars.
  • Morukuru Freedom Concept: Designed to offer guests total freedom in choosing their activities and meals, with no fixed time schedule.
  • Safari with a Purpose: The Morukuru Family is committed to conservation and community empowerment, with the Morukuru Goodwill Foundation involved in various projects. Guests are invited to participate in initiatives such as wildlife preservation, education support, and community development during their stay, contributing to the conservation and well-being of the local environment and communities.

Exclusive use rates are from R 57 000.00 per night on a fully inclusive basis.

Family Safari Adventure - Tintswalo manor

Tintswalo Manor House, Manyeleti Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga

Nestled within the Manyeleti Nature Reserve in the Greater Kruger Region near Hoedspruit, Tintswalo Manor House offers a luxurious sanctuary amidst the untamed beauty of the African wilderness. Exclusively booked for your family, this retreat promises a fully catered vacation, providing an unforgettable escape into nature.

What We Love About Tintswalo Manor House:

  • Exclusive Accommodation: A five bedroomed luxurious retreat.
  • Spectacular Setting: Overlooking a waterhole frequented by wildlife, the manor house boasts spacious lounge areas, a fully equipped kitchen, a large veranda with stunning views, a separate thatched bar area, a swimming pool, and a boma with a fire pit for magical evenings under the stars.
  • Exceptional Safari Experiences: Accredited guides and local trackers lead authentic African safari experiences twice daily, offering intimate encounters with a variety of animals, including the Big Five.
  • Culinary Delights: Dining is a culinary adventure served throughout the day, often in surprise locations within the wilderness!
  • Child-Friendly Environment: With a focus on families, the manor house provides a child-friendly environment, complete with personalized programs and amenities for young ones.
  • Tintswalo Little Rangers Program: For children of all ages, it includes a Junior Ranger gift bag, bush walks, tracking activities within the fenced camp area, a Junior Ranger Menu. Childminders are available upon request.

Exclusive use rates are from R 98 700.00 per night on a fully inclusive basis.

Family Safari Adventure - Malewane Africa House

Africa House at Royal Malewane, Thornybush Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga

Experience the epitome of luxury at Africa House, nestled within the pristine wilderness of Thornybush Private Game Reserve. This exclusive villa seamlessly blends the elegant and the eclectic, inviting the outdoors in to create a space that you can call your own. Every artwork, every piece of furniture tells a story – and the villa forms the perfect backdrop for you to create your own perfect safari memories.

What We Love About Africa House:

  • Luxurious Accommodation: Welcoming children of all ages, Africa House has six light-filled en-suite bedrooms, offering a private bushveld paradise for families of up to 12 guests, complete with a dedicated hospitality team.
  • Elegant Design: The villa features generous spaces, fearless use of colour, and quiet corners for reading, creating an atmosphere where anything is possible.
  • Family-Friendly Safari: Watch your kids fall in love with safari under the careful and thoughtful guidance of the expert Guides and Trackers who love to share their knowledge.
  • Reconnection and Relaxation: Indulge in wellness treatments, yoga, meditation, and world-class wine tastings, or slip into the infinity pool for the ultimate vantage point over the river below and watch as wildlife comes to drink.
  • Unique Dining: Experience a culinary journey in a wide variety of beautiful settings to savour soul-stirring recipes and South Africa’s finest wines. Menus can be tailored to personal tastes and dietary preferences.
  • Further afield: Venture on exciting excursions from arranged helicopter flights over the Blyde River Canyon, to golf at Africa’s exclusive bushveld golf course, Leopard Creek, and visits to local attractions like the Timbavati Museum and Mololoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

Exclusive use rates are from R 470 500.00 per night on a fully inclusive basis.

Family Safari Adventure - Aviation

A family safari adventure in South Africa’s exclusive bush villas promises an unforgettable experience for the entire family. From luxurious retreats to exceptional dining to thrilling wildlife experiences for all ages, these retreats offer the perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and bonding opportunities.

So, as you dream of embarking on a family safari adventure amidst the enchanting landscapes of South Africa, let Mallerby’s Luxury Travel be your guide. Our team is based in Cape Town and dedicated to crafting personalized journeys that will exceed your expectations, ensuring that every moment is filled with wonder and delight. From the moment you reach out to us, we’ll personally tailor your safari experience to your family’s unique preferences and desires.

Whether you envision days spent tracking wildlife on exhilarating game drives, evenings gathered around a crackling fire sharing stories under the African sky, or simply basking in the serenity of your private bush villa, we’re here to bring your safari dreams to life.

And why stop there? Extend your adventure to include the vibrant cityscape of Cape Town and the idyllic shores of a tropical island paradise for the perfect Bush and Beach vacation. With Mallerby’s, every detail will be meticulously planned and executed, leaving you free to immerse yourselves in the magic of Africa.

So, what are you waiting for? Reach out to us today at and let’s begin crafting the family safari of your dreams.

Your African adventure awaits – let’s make it extraordinary.


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