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Teniqua Treetops specialise in self catering honeymoon tree houses | Courtesy of Teniqua Treetops
Teniqua Treetops specialise in self catering honeymoon tree houses | Courtesy of Teniqua Treetops
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Sleep Under the Stars in These South African Tree Houses

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Updated: 25 April 2017
Whether you’re looking for a Big Five expedition, a romantic getaway or a simple break from city life, these magical tree house stays in South Africa offer all of this and more.

Jaci’s Tree Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

Jaci’s Tree Lodge is a luxury safari getaway set within the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Guests can choose between eight luxurious tree houses set on the colossal Marico River. The treehouses are decorated with African touches and each includes a private outdoor shower – perfect for getting close to nature and truly unwinding. More than 340 bird species have been recorded in the reserve and tree lodge guests will experience this vast birdlife first- hand.

Jaci’s Tree Lodge bedroom
Each of the eight Tree Houses is made from a combination of Gum poles, canvas and African rosewood | Courtesy of Jaci’s Tree Lodge

Lions Sands Game Reserve, Mpumalanga

Lion Sands in Mpumalanga is spread between Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park and the tree houses set the scene for the ultimate romantic holiday. There are three to choose from: Chalkley’s and Kingston (situated in Sabi Sand) and Tinyelei (in the Kruger National Park), and guests book in conjunction with their “normal” accommodation. This is Big Five territory, but the tree houses are within a safe distance from the wildlife on the ground.

Lion Sands Game Reserve tree house
The Lion Sands Treehouses are the ultimate romantic bush bedrooms | Courtesy of Lion Sands Game Reserve

Teniqua Treetops, Sedgefield

From honeymoon suites to single and two-bedroom tree houses, Teniqua Treetops is the epitome of tree house living. Each self-catering tree house is unique with amazing mountain or forest views, large baths and an eco-friendly focus. The tree houses are situated close to Sedgefield and are within driving distance from Knysna. Remember to pack comfortable walking shoes and a swimsuit.

Teniqua Treetops
The tented tree house resort offers eco accommodation, high on the foothills of the ancient Outeniqua mountain range | Courtesy of Teniqua Treetops

The Phantom Forest Eco Reserve, Knysna

The six treehouses at Phantom Forest are all named after indigenous trees and each includes a relaxing deck on which guests can spend hours enjoying the views over the Knysna lagoon or forest. The tree houses are styled in typical Xhosa style using natural fabrics in earth tones and black and are extremely private, making them ideal as a honeymoon destination or for a romantic holiday. Spoil yourself and book one of the four Upper Tree Camp suites which boast jetted outdoor baths on their decks.

The Phantom Eco Reserve
The Phantom Forest Eco Reserve is set in the magnificent Garden Route | Courtesy of The Phantom Eco Reserve

Vindoux Luxury Tree Houses, Tulbagh

Vindoux Luxury Tree Houses offer hotel suite indulgence in a unique setting. Each secluded tree house sleeps two and is beautifully styled. Breakfast can be served directly to the tree houses and dining under the stars at night is a must. An approximate 125 kilometres from Cape Town, Vindoux also boasts a spa offering fynbos-inspired treatments designed to ensure you are thoroughly relaxed.

Vindoux Luxury Tree House
Each of the treehouses is set among the trees bordering the game camp or orchards, with views of the wildlife, orchards and mountains | Courtesy of Vindoux Luxury Tree Houses