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Staying in a treehouse in Africa is a unique experience. Many African treehouse lodges are luxurious chalets nestled in Baobab, Leadwood, Mahogany or Marula trees, and come complete with sunken baths, four-poster beds, and wildlife at your fingertips. Private decks provide a wonderful view of the forests and riverbeds at these gorgeous locations, and some allow you to roll out your bed for an evening under the stars. Waking up and staring into the eyes of a giraffe is surely something we all aspire to. Enjoy this selection of treehouse hotels in Africa and click on the headings for more information.
Chalkley Treehouse, Lion Sands, South Africa
The Chalkey Treehouse is built around a beautiful 500-year-old Leadwood Tree. Guests are driven out to the treehouse suite at dusk, given a picnic dinner and then left alone to soak up the evening sounds of the African bush. This is certainly a luxury treehouse and comes with its own toilet (yes, up in the canopy, so you don't have to brave the wildlife in the middle of the night), king bed and of course a mosquito net. The Chalkey Treehouse is in the family-run Lion Sands Game Reserve, a private reserve in the greater-Kruger area, in South Africa's Mpumalanga province. A treehouse stay is an option extended to guests who book at one of Lion Sand's three lodges.
Chole Mjini, Tanzania
Chole Mjini is an eco-friendly treehouse lodge on a tiny island, near a small island called Mafia about 60 miles south of Zanzibar (Tanzania). There are 6 treehouse rooms built on stilts around baobab trees. The rooms are simple but comfortable and overlook the gorgeous blue Indian Ocean. They're furnished with 4 poster beds, a private bathroom (on level ground) and all romantically lit with oil lamps. Food is freshly prepared daily (there are no fridges on the island) and should fill you up enough to spend an idyllic day snorkeling or diving. You can take dhow trips, watch turtles hatch and visit the local community that you help support by staying here. Full board rates start at USD 175 per night.
Tongabezi Treehouse, Zambia
Tongabezi is a wonderful lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River, just up from the Victoria Falls. The tree house is nestled in a huge Ebony tree, offering wonderful river views, filled with snorting hippos. With a king-size bed and personal valet service, this is a very romantic option. The treehouse is beautifully furnished, with lots of seating nooks. A claw foot tub rounds out the special experience. Tongabezi is a beautiful lodge and one of my favorite in Africa. The location, service, and the food is top notch and many of their activities are unique and included in the price. They have a lovely rustic property on a river island, Sindabezi and also own the concession at Devil's Pool, a plunge you have to take on the edge of the Victoria Falls.
Tsala Treetops, South Africa
The Treehouse Suites at Tsala are built of stone, wood, and glass and offer sumptuous luxury at canopy level. Not only do the private decks extend way out to enjoy spectacular forest views, but if you need a rest after a gourmet meal, you can plunge into your own private infinity pool. This is about as far removed from the treehouse your dad built in the backyard as you can get. These gorgeous suites are located between Knysna and Plettenberg, along with South Africa's famous Garden Route, in the Tsitsikamma forest. Rates start at USD 220.00 per night for a double room during low-season.
Tarangire Treetops, Tanzania
Tarangire Treetops offers 20 luxury tents, built atop tree-attached platforms high up in Baobab and Marula trees. The suites overlook the Tarangire Sand River, a major elephant migration route. The lodge is located right next to northern Tanzania's Tarangire National Park. Each en-suite unit has a private veranda and lounge area, with sweeping views of wildlife down below. The dining room, lounge, and reception area are built around a huge 700-year-old baobab tree. There's a swimming pool to cool you off after a hot game drive. Rates start at around USD 400 per suite during the low-season.
Jaci's Tree Lodge, South Africa
Jaci's Tree Lodge has 8 luxury tree houses each built around a giant Leadwood tree about 6 meters off the ground. There are outdoor jungle showers as well as en-suite bathrooms. Raised wooden walkways lead to a restaurant and bar. To top it all off, Jaci's Tree Lodge is situated in the excellent (malaria-free) Madikwe Game Reserve, in South Africa, near the border of Botswana . This is a very child-friendly lodge with special safari activities for those aged 4 and under. For rates email the lodge directly -- email@example.com.
Ndovu Bonde Treehouse, Kenya
The Ndovu Bonde Treehouse is located in the Shimba Hills National Reserve, less than an hour from Mombasa on Kenya's coast. The two treehouses are both luxurious and come with a jacuzzi, 4 poster bed, and butler service. You can roll your bed out onto your huge private balcony and sleep under the stars. Guests who leave a little sugar out, get nightly visits from bushbabies. A personal chef will serve you a candlelit dinner for two. Obviously a wonderfully romantic experience. There's plenty of wildlife nearby including an elephant sanctuary. Rates start at USD 250 per person per night.
The Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is located in the Lake Manyara National Park, a beautiful wildlife reserve in northern Tanzania, close to Arusha and Tarangire National Park. The 10 luxury stilted tree house suites are situated in the heart of a mahogany forest. Each suite comes with a private en-suite bathroom, and private deck overlooking the forest. Guests have reported elephants wandering below them as they sip their sundowners after a perfect safari drive. All-inclusive rates start at USD 625 per person, per night in low season.
Kwetsani Safari Camp, Botswana
Kwetsani Camp is located in a remote, private reserve close to Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve, its accessible by air only. There are 5 tree-house chalets built of wood, stone, and glass. Each canopy level chalet has an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and open-air shower. The private decks overlook a floodplain populated with all the large game that you expect to see in the Okavango Delta region. During the rainy season, safaris start with a boat ride to Hunda Island. You can opt for a night under the stars in a hideout about 40 minutes away from camp.
Pezulu Treehouse Game Lodge, South Africa
The Pezulu Treehouse Lodge is located in South Africa's Limpopo province, in the Guernsey Private Nature Reserve just 40 minutes from Kruger National Park. There are seven unique thatch and reed tree houses, each built around an individual tree. Each treehouse has its own private balcony and there are two family suites to choose from as well as a honeymoon suite. Wooden walkways lead you to the canopy level rooms where you may find yourself eyeball to eyeball with a giraffe browsing on your tree. There's a swimming pool to cool off as well as a communal boma area for dining. Rates start at USD 100 per person, per night, excluding game drives.