Villas & Estates

“Elegance,” Jean-Paul Sartre wrote, “is that quality that transforms the greatest amount of being into appearance.” All the wonderfully private estates and villas on these pages are superbly luxurious and gorgeous, but what sets them apart is their essence, their very being: a love of Africa, a commitment to service and care, a recognition that the greatest of luxuries is serenity.

Micato has long and strong relationships with all these exclusive-use properties, and our staff will discuss and plan a safari to one, or two, or more of them, as part of an extended, completely private Custom Safari, or as quicker getaway into the calm, untroubled World Apart that is safari.

Laikipia Plateau, Kenya

Ol Jogi Ranch

Forbes cautions guests at Ol Jogi Ranch to not get too “caught up in the exquisite details”— the “Murano glass globes over lamps, the sumptuous Hermès linens, the perfectly polished Buccellati silver”— but to savour the vast Ranch’s “enchanting, incredible and diverse” wildlife.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

Kifaru House

Gorgeously set in one of Africa’s pioneering wildlife conservancies, Kifaru House cheerfully embodies Micato’s enduring goal: presenting Africa in thoughtful luxury and privacy while engaging with the triad that makes our home continent so uniquely exciting (and simultaneously serene): Africa’s magnificent wildlife, its vast sceneries, and its vital and ever-engaging people.
Laikipia Plateau, Kenya

Arijiju

“Is this the most beautiful house in Africa?” asks Condé Nast Traveler, then proceeds in enthusiastic detail to a resounding yes. Arijiju reflects a deep and expert love of Africa—its owner took three years to find just the right spot for this magnificent house—and the result is “almost spiritual in its simplicity and beauty.”
Serengeti, Tanzania

The Villas at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

The fabled Serengeti has few—if any—better showcases than the Villas at Four Seasons. Its five deliciously luxurious private villas look out over the animal-rich Plain as if from a quiet, low-flying aircraft. “The Serengeti’s light is dazzling,” wrote Cyril Connolly, “the air is delectable…There is a lightening of spirit.”
Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

Cheetah Plains

A connoisseur of art, architecture and, most importantly, of Africa, Cheetah Plains’ owner Japie van Niekerk set out to create his three secluded Plains Houses with a sharp eye for privacy, imaginative luxury, and joyful communion with the landscapes and animals of his own private reserve within the renowned, quintessentially African Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Delaire Graff Owner’s Villa

South Africa’s Cape Winelands abound in charm, scenery, elegant wineing and dining, and, in the center of it all is the exclusive-use Delaire Graff’s Owner’s Villa, an exquisite exercise in artistically inspired, heartily hospitable luxury created by the diamond merchant, vintner, and philanthropist Laurence Graf.
Thornybush Private Game Reserve,
South Africa

Kubili House

A triumph of modern design coupled with overarching respect for its surroundings in the private Thornybush Game Reserve, Kubili House is the lovingly crafted creation of a New York financier who was born and raised in South Africa, a visionary who succeeded in building an airy, luxurious, and enchanting house in the wilderness.
Tswalu Game Reserve, South Africa

Tarkuni Homestead

The Kalahari: a magic name, and a marvelously sorcerous place, chosen years ago by South Africa’s Oppenheimer family for getaways in their private Tswalu Game Reserve. The great De Beers diamond merchants and philanthropists had a taste for luxury and reposeful remove from the jangled world, and their Tarkuni Homestead in Tswalu graciously provides both.
Cape Town, South Africa

The One Above Cape Town

It’s a natural reaction, so you’ll be excused if you look out from The One Above—at the Southern Atlantic, colossal Table Mountain, and at Cape Town, one of the fizziest cities on earth—and have a certain quiet sense of proprietorship. The ultra-luxurious two-storey penthouse atop the famous One&Only hotel inspires physical and philosophical exultation.
Victoria Falls, Zambia

Sindabezi Island

On a lush river island all to itself, near the natural masterpiece of Victoria Falls, Sindabezi is a luxuriously traditional safari camp available for an exclusive and exhilarating Falls-gazing, game-viewing, joy-sparking, family- and friend-bonding safari experience.
Borana Conservancy, Kenya

Laragai House

For decades the preferred getaway for an aristocratic British family, Laragai House stands in noble splendour, graced with heirloom furnishings, courtly but warm hospitality, imbued with deeply rooted familial affection for Africa, and with soaring views of one of the continent’s finest gamelands.
Thornybush Private Game Reserve,
South Africa

Africa House Royal Malewane

With its own chef and butler, its superb design and manor-house elegance, Africa House is a 12-guest, exclusive-use, family-welcoming villa with a light, pastel-hued touch befitting its location in a splendid land blessed with gentle African airs.