Make your childhood dreams come true when you check into one of these treehouses. You can’t get closer to nature than this. By Magriet Kruger
The Solitude Seeker recommends
Kameeldoring Treetop Chalet, Mokala National Park
It’s an iconic African scene: grounded in rich red earth, a camelthorn tree spreads its branches umbrella-like against a blue sky while nearby antelope drink at a lonely wa¬terhole. What makes the setting wonderfully different is that the camelthorn cradles a wooden cabin among its branches. The thatched-roof hideaway has a double bed, bathroom cubicle and kitchenette with gas burner. Rustic but comfortable. Best of all is the large deck that looks down onto the waterhole. By day you can while away hours watching the parade of wildlife; at night you can braai and dine under the stars.
Rate: Treehouse from R1,270 a night, minimum two nights, maximum four
Contact: Book directly with the park on +27 (0)53 204 8000
The Stargazer recommends
Tinyeleti Treehouse, Kruger National Park
At the luxurious Tinyeleti Treehouse, situated on the Sabie River, enjoy your exclusive gallery seats to Mother Nature’s grand stage. This performance is one you’ll want to experience over and over, enhanced as it is by the many animal characters, the spectacular backdrops and the orchestra of sounds that are something celestial. Be warned, it’s addictive… #LionSands #TinyeletiTreehouse
Situated in the canopy above the Sabie River, this luxurious treehouse is a large wooden deck open to the sky. The name Tinyeleti, meaning ‘many stars’, couldn’t be more apt. Deep in the wilderness, you’ll find the night sky velvety dark and the stars impossible to count. But don’t let that stop you from trying. The platform has a telescope for your use and you can stargaze from the comfort of the couch or the four-poster bed. A night at Tinyeleti starts just before sunset when twinkling paraffin lamps foretell the impressive night sky and sundowners are followed by a gourmet picnic hamper.
Rate: R3,850 a person for the treehouse, in addition to the nightly tariff of R9,975 a person at Lion Sands, which includes meals, beverages and activities
Contact: +27 (0)11 880 9992, [email protected]
The Romantic recommends
Marataba Treehouse, Marakele National Park
Spring is around the corner in South Africa, and the idea of blossoming blooms and new starts has got us thinking about romance. Spring weddings mean spring honeymoons, which is where our mind is this week… the best places for a romantic getaway in the diverse and multifaceted country of South Africa! First up, we've come to the Waterberg – Marakele National Park – where Marataba Safari Lodge offers some sublime luxury and utterly unique views. If you're into fresh air, silence, and nature's bounty, this is where you'll want to honeymoon with your better half. Look at that view! Photo courtesy of @maratabasouthafrica #honeymoon #romance #marataba #Marakele #southafrica #safari #Africa #travel #Africanhoneymoom #romantictravel #romanticgetaway #tablefortwo #mountains #waterberg #sunsafaris #sunsafarissays #weddingvenue
Want a night the two of you will remember for the rest of your lives? A stay at this dreamy refuge is a treat for the senses. Picture an indulgent picnic dinner, an unpar¬allelled panorama of the Waterberg and the music of the bush as your soundtrack. The treehouse is unfenced and has no electricity, but comprises all manner of creature comforts including a deluxe king-size bed. The platform puts you at a safe distance above the ground while allowing for close sightings. Due to open in October, the Marataba Treehouse is a unique place for a honeymoon or special anniversary.
Rate: R2,750 a person for the treehouse, in addition to the nightly tariff of R6,895 a person at Marataba Safari Lodge, which includes meals, beverages and activities
Contact: +27 (0)11 880 9992, [email protected]
The Woodland Lover
Harkerville Forest Treetop Chalet, Garden Route National Park
Perched on a platform high above the forest floor, this enchanting retreat puts you at eye-level with the woodland birds. Listen for the call of the Knysna warbler and keep your eyes peeled for a giveaway flash of red signalling a narina trogon. The four-star chalet boasts two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen and a cosy lounge with a fireplace. Running the length of the chalet, the deck is where you can braai, have dinner, relax on loungers, read and birdwatch. Head into the forest on your mountain bike or take a wander along one of the trails.
Rate: R1,495 a night for one or two people, R480 an extra adult, R240 an extra child
Contact: SANParks Central Reservations +27 (0)12 428 9111