5 of the best luxury sleep-outs and treehouses in Africa
5 of the best luxury sleep-outs and treehouses in Africa
From simple tented campsites around a fire to large luxury lodges with air conditioning and private pools, there is a wide range of accommodation in Africa to suit all tastes and budgets.
One of the most interesting developments in recent years has been the growing popularity of sleepwalkers and luxury cabins. These don’t offer a wild homecoming experience, but rather are well-appointed luxury platforms in the best safari lodges that allow guests to spend a romantic evening in the heart of the African bush without sacrificing anything. comfort.
These dormitories all offer suitable king-size beds with mosquito nets, sitting areas with spectacular views and bathrooms with running water, showers and flush toilets. After enjoying a drink and a meal at sunset overlooking the reserve, you can sit back to watch the stars and listen to the nocturnal animals of Africa begin to move. These are magical and unforgettable experiences, and a wonderful addition to any luxury safari adventure.
Ngala Treehouse, South Africa
It is one of the newest and most spectacular luxury cabins in Africa.
Located in the heart of the Timbavati game reserve, at the edge of Kruger Park in South Africa, the Ngala Treehouse is available to guests staying at the Ngala Safari Lodge or the Ngala Tented camp.
Timbavati is well known as one of South Africa’s first private game reserves, and game viewing in the region is often spectacular, with regular sightings of the Big 5 and many other species.
A stay at the Ngala Treehouse allows customers to discover the images and sounds of the African bush in complete privacy and security, far from Wi-Fi and artificial light and yet with a level of refinement and luxury that will certainly impress customers.
The tree house consists of 4 levels and 2 sleeping areas. The ground floor includes an open-plan dining area, where you can sit for a delicious picnic or a tapas-style dinner.
If you continue to climb the stairs, you will reach the bathroom. You will find a hot walk-in shower, a dressing table with a single sink and a separate toilet.
The third level has a king-size bed surrounded by glass panels so you always have a view to enjoy it. The raised sleeping platform is at the very top under a retractable awning, surrounded by the canopy of bushes and trees. The platform also acts as a comfortable outdoor lounge during the day.
Lion Sands, South Africa
These are perhaps the most famous and most photographed treehouses in Africa.
Located in the heart of the world-renowned Sabi Sands Game Reserve, the Lion Sands offers a number of exclusive luxury treehouses for guests staying at the Lion Sands River Lodge or the Lion Sands Ivory Lodge.
These treehouses all offer a fantastic “bush room” on a secure platform with all the comfort of a 5 * safari lodge, but surrounded by the African bush and open to the sky. Guests who have booked a night in the tree house are taken there at sunset after their evening safari, and drinks and a gourmet picnic dinner are provided. The hours of African twilight can be enjoyed by relaxing and absorbing the vastness of the bushveld as it turns from day to night, before falling asleep under the incredible night sky.
You will wake up at sunrise and the lodge will offer you a light breakfast to enjoy as the reserve comes alive around you. Your ranger will pick you up at the agreed time and take you on your morning safari.
Marataba, South Africa
Marataba Safari Lodge is ideal for anyone looking for a wonderful Big 5 safari experience in a beautiful malaria-free reserve at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains. This region is a paradise for an impressive variety of wild animals and offers a varied landscape of majestic mountain landscapes, grass-covered hills and deep valleys.
Marataba is owned by the same people who own Lion Sands, so it’s not surprising that they have now added a spectacular treehouse experience for customers. The Thabametsi tree house has a configuration similar to that of Lion Sands, and again you will arrive at the tree house just before sunset and can enjoy the sunsets from your private terrace while the freshness of the approaching evening brings the animals outdoors. A gourmet picnic can be enjoyed at your table on the deck, from where you have front row seats to the wildest theater, and the comfortable king-size bed will give you
Abu Elephant Boma, Botswana
Abu Camp is located on the edge of a large lagoon in a large private reserve of 180,000 hectares in the heart of the Okavango Delta.
Abu offers the extraordinary privilege of allowing guests to interact with the resident elephant herd during their stay – watch the evening feed, accompany them on foot as they move through the bush and share the simple joy of a frolicking kid.
Abu’s unique star bed is located above the herd’s boma and you can spend a night here, fall asleep listening to the roaring snores of the elephants below.
Baines Camp Botswana
Set amidst the shaded trees and water of the Okavango Delta, the intimate Sanctuary Baines ’Camp is named after the famous 19th century explorer and artist, Thomas Baines. This area, located on a large private concession adjacent to the Moremi game reserve, offers superb game and bird watching.
The six suites at the Sanctuary Baines are opulent and luxurious, with private bathrooms and four-poster beds. Traditional safari ceiling fans create a refreshing breeze even at the hottest times of the year.
Unlike the other places presented in this list, the sleep experience at Baines camp is available in each suite and must not be reserved before your arrival at the camp. If desired, your bed can be moved to the private wooden deck for a night under the stars, overlooking the shimmering waters where hippos can often be spotted. Or take an indulgent bath under the stars on your own private viewing deck in an opulent star bath. At Baines camp, the sky is the limit.
Paul Campbell is co-founder and managing director of Travel Butlers. Travel Butlers are specialists in safaris and tailor-made beach holidays in Africa and the Indian Ocean.
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