The best Safari Treehouses Life in the Trees

We’ve gathered just a few of the best Safari Treehouses in South Africa and Botswana. Yes thats right, the humble treehouse! For us (we’re obsessed), sleeping in a treehouse is an experience like no other. Imagine being alone deep in the wilderness, surrounded by nothing but the sounds of nature and the soft glow of lanterns. It’s like stepping into your own dreamy world, where anything is possible, and adventure is just a step away – or a few metres below. 

Perched high up in the branches offers a unique perspective on the world. You’re in the heart of nature, surrounded by creatures great and small, yet somehow, you feel completely at peace. Listening to the sounds of the wild, sipping on a chilled bottle of the Cape’s finest and watching the sunset. It’s a surreal experience, one that will leave you in awe of the world we live in.

A front row seat to the greatest show on earth

And the best part? It’s fun. You get to reconnect with your inner child! Something about being up high in the trees brings us a sense of wonder and imagination. It’s like a magical escape from the real world, where you can let go of all your worries and just be.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t this just rustic camping? “Fear not. These treehouses are the perfect blend of comfort and adventure. They’re set up with everything you need for a cosy night’s sleep, including soft bedding and warm blankets. And a guide is stationed close by to ensure you’re safe and sound.

A treehouse on your African safari is a front-row seat to the greatest show on Earth. And Southern Africa has some of the best treehouses that offer this unique experience, so let’s peek at a few. Ready? Let’s go!

Ngala Treehouse

The Ngala Treehouse is a must-visit for anyone staying at the romantic Ngala Tented camp. This designer treehouse (our favourite) is located in the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa. Still, it’s probably more extensive than most apartments in New York. With four stories, including a bedroom, bathroom, and lounge area, the treehouse also boasts an open-air deck on the top floor, perfect for stargazing. Overlooking a dry riverbed, the treehouse provides an excellent location for spotting wildlife, including the famous white lions of the Timbavati. 

Sky Beds

The Sky Beds in the Northern Okavango Delta are a wild experience. Perched in the northern region of the Khwai private reserve, the treehouse overlooks a large waterhole frequented by herds of rumbling elephants. The best part? You get there in style! Suppose you’re staying at Tuludi Lodge, Sable Alley or Little Sable. The transfer from the lodge is by helicopter, adding to the sense of excitement. Not only is it thrilling, but it also gives you a breathtaking aerial view of the surrounding area and the animals below. The treehouse boasts three elevated platforms, a cosy double bed, and a communal lounge area. Walkways connect the platforms, with each offering a unique vantage point of the breathtaking landscape, so you’re not entirely on your own. And there’s a guide and chef too. The open-air concept allows you to fully immerse yourself in nature, so you can fall asleep under the stars to the soothing sounds of the wild.

Kingston Treehouse

The Kingston Treehouse in Greater Kruger Park is in a remote and hidden place. Located in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, it’s an elevated masterpiece of a treehouse that will leave you breathless. With a cosy bedroom and bathroom, you can relax in style while enjoying the stunning wildlife views. A viewing deck awaits you. From here, you’ll have a front-row seat from which to watch all the creatures of the wild. This place is known as the land of the leopards. You can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll see these magnificent creatures in action. It’s a unique and unforgettable experience guaranteed to leave you longing for more.

Xigera Treehouse

Xigera Treehouse in the Okavango Delta is not exactly a treehouse, mind you. It’s more of an elaborate art installation that wouldn’t be out of place at Burning Man. It’s designed to resemble a tree. (a giant ancient baobab) but don’t let that fool you; it’s an architectural sight to behold. You’ll feel like you’re in the lap of luxury, surrounded by water and wilderness. Sometimes you just need a little pampering. And let’s face it, who doesn’t want a bit of glamour in their treetop retreat? So indulge in some solitude, take in the scenery, and watch the wildlife from your elegant, elevated perch. It’s more than a treehouse, it’ll make you wonder, why you don’t live permanently in a baobab – we did.  

The Silo

If you’re looking for an unconventional hotel experience in Cape Town’s Waterfront, the Silo is the perfect pick. While it’s not a traditional treehouse, it’s built atop an old granary. It offers a similar feel to an urban treehouse. The rooftop provides a 360-degree view of the city, the harbour, and Table Mountain, and on clear nights, you can stargaze just as you would from a treehouse. But wait, there’s more! The Silo’s rooftop also boasts a swimming pool, making it the ultimate spot to soak up the sun and enjoy the views. The Silo’s contemporary design and unique location make it a popular choice, and it’s our VIP, honourary urban treehouse. The Silo is a luxury property but well worth every penny – it’s a memorable experience you’ll be talking about for years.

Tongabezi Treehouse room

Nestled among rocks and trees on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, the Tongabezi Treehouse room is the perfect place to experience the thrill of sleeping in the wild while still enjoying the comforts of a luxurious room. Technically, it’s not a treehouse, but it feels like one!

One of the highlights of this unique accommodation is the beautiful ball and claw bath on the balcony, which offers stunning views of the Zambezi River below. Imagine soaking in warm bubbles, sipping a glass of wine, and watching the sunset over the African horizon – pure bliss!

And if you feel like staying in the comfort of your treehouse, you can order dinner and enjoy a romantic meal for two from your balcony. The peaceful sounds of the river will make for a magical evening you’ll never forget.

Victoria Steinhardt

Senior Africa Travel Expert

Victoria is one of those people who seems to have been born with a passport in her hand. She's a true citizen of the world, with roots in Germany, the UK, the USA, Australia and South Africa. She’s the adult in our team but her charm is her real superpower - be warned.

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