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.
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.
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.
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.
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.