Gone are the days when it was deemed appropriate only for children to hide out in a fort wedged between the branches of a tree. Nowadays it's perfectly acceptable, nay encouraged, for grown adults to climb up into a leafy enclave where they can fall asleep to the sounds of the wilderness.
If you fancy sleeping out under African skies while on a luxury safari, or indulging in the height of opulence in the Western Cape, here are seven dream getaways that will channel your inner Tarzan.
1. Phantom Forest Eco Reserve, Garden Route
Share your view with African fish eagles and make friends with the monkeys from the privacy of your shaded deck in the lush afromontane forest near Knysna. The four upper tree camp suites are large and luxurious, making this the perfect place from which to experience the work of Mother Nature. So count the stars from the jetted outdoor bath or snuggle up on the indoor day bed with a good book at this recent nominee for the title of World’s Leading Luxury Green Resort.
2. Vindoux Guest Farm, Tulbagh
On a working wine and fruit farm in the foothills of the Saronsberg Mountains lies an intimate hideaway that is ideal for those looking for a romantic getaway. Each luxury treehouse boasts a large spa bath and views of the majestic mountains, while the honeymoon treehouse overlooks the waterhole where you can watch zebra and springbok quench their thirst. Enjoy a three-course meal under the stars and request a romantic turndown if you’re looking to really woo your beloved.
3. Jaci’s Tree Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve
Eight luxury treetop cabins lie nestled in a canopy of lush tamboti and leadwood trees, and have been beautifully built on stilts and connected to the main lodge via raised wooden walkways. Each treehouse has been vibrantly decorated and has the added bonus of an outdoor ‘jungle’ shower and stone bath.
4. Synergy Treehouse, Scarborough
A stone’s throw away from the Cape Point Nature Reserve, this stylish retreat in the sleepy village of Scarborough sleeps four people who are looking for a Robinson Crusoe-esque hideaway with a luxury twist. Multiple entertainment areas are impeccably staged amidst gnarled trees and rocks, and are connected by beautiful belau walkways. Thanks to a plunge pool and two wood-burning fireplaces, this is a comfortable and intimate getaway in all seasons.
5. Anna’s Country Accommodation, Greyton
A quirky and romantic escape set amongst old oak trees, the Treehouse borders a ‘jungle’ garden in the delightful town of Greyton. An outdoor shower and a bath in front of floor-to-ceiling windows make even bathing a magical experience here.
6. Kingston and Chalkley Treehouse, Lion Sands Game Reserve, Sabi Sand
The Lion Sands Game Reserve takes bush bedrooms to a new height in the Sabi Sand. Either the Kingston or Chalkley Treehouse can be booked in conjunction with your lodge accommodation, making it a brief luxury vacation from your luxury vacation.
Pack your bags for a night and drive away from the lodge to the complete privacy of a secure wooden platform where you will enjoy a picnic dinner and appreciate the vastness of the bushveld. Both treehouses come with all the creature comforts you could need - with the moon, shooting stars and the sounds of the wild thrown in for good measure.
7. Tsala Treetop Lodge, Garden Route
Tucked away between the treetops in a beautiful part of the Garden Route, here you can become one with the indigenous forest while enjoying the comfort of a luxury suite with a private infinity pool. Whether you choose to relax on a large deck or in an intimate glassed-in lounge, the view of the surrounding forest and rolling valleys will be sure to leave you spellbound.
Dare to dream? Then contact Elite Travel Concept so that you can be counting your lucky stars from your elevated bedroom soon.