Getting waaaay away right now is high on my list; how about you? In fact, a trip to Africa would be wonderful right now! For post-quarantine travel, one of the things I am most looking forward to is sleeping in a treehouse in nature! Apparently, there are many options for sleeping in the trees, or at least perched over the plains in Africa. In Kenya, there is a treehouse that looks like a bird’s nest where you can live out your aviary dreams, and in Zambia, you can sleep in a treehouse next to a tranquil river. Here are 6 options that you should save and put on your Africa travel bucket list!
#1 Sanctuary Baines’ Camp (Botswana)
For me, the image of Botswana always evokes rivers giving life source to large animals! The sky beds located at Sanctuary Baines’ Camp have private decks that you can sip tea while taking in the view near a grove of trees, surrounded by papyrus beds. There are 5 eco-friendly treehouses made from local materials located next to the Boro River in a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve in northern Botswana. This is one of the only camps in the region where you can walk with elephants!
#2 Tongabezi (Zambia)
Overlooking Zambia’s Zambezi River, Tongabezi’s Tree House is set against a basalt rock bed and has views of the surrounding branches of three riverine Ebony trees. Perfect for viewing wildlife in the distance (or nearby!), the front facade of the house is completely open. Some things to see in the river include flitting kingfishers and hippos. When open for guests, the property also has a hidden path that leads to river decks; two swimming pools; and several private dining spaces.
#3 Tarangire Treetops (Tanzania)
Tarangire National Park has a resort that has 20 treetop guest rooms and restaurants- all elevated above ground allowing for incredible views of the landscape. Elewana Collection’s Tarangire Treetops gives you access to go on game drives and view the park’s huge number of elephants, baobab trees and tree climbing lions. Don’t forget to check out the main lodge, which is encased by a thousand-year-old baobab tree.
#4 Khwai Private Reserve (Botswana)
Another gem located in Botswana, in the Khwai Private Reserve, are the Skybeds: three-story raised platforms that resemble stand-alone treehouse, standing tall among the trees. The 200,000-hectare reserve has a local watering hole where the architects decided to build the Skybeds. Keep your eyes peeled for elephants, lions, hyenas, wild dogs, and other wildlife. The Skybeds are pretty rustic- in a glamping way! They have no electricity, but you can light your way by lanterns, and cook lunch and dinner over a fire. You can sleep either under open skies or a mosquito net on the third floor.
#5 Singita Lebombo Lodge (South Africa)
Planted within South Africa’s Kruger National Park, Singita Lebombo Lodge is a treehouse suspended above the N’Wanetsi River. The river runs through Singita’s privately leased 33,000-acre concession. The property has eco-friendly features including a Tesla Powerpack system in the Lebombo Lodge, which adds storage capabilities to Singita’s existing solar project, providing a stable source of energy.
#6 Bird’s Nest at the Segera Retreat (Kenya)
The Bird Nest at the Segera Retreat in Kenya was designed using farmed wood and real tree branches to give the impression of “sleeping like a bird” from above. The property is nestled alongside the Segera River where giraffe and elephants refresh themselves in the heart of Laikipia, Kenya. The Nest-treehouse gives a 360-degree bird’s eye-view of the surrounding woodlands. The interior suite features a fully-equipped bathroom with running, solar heated water, and a flushing toilet.