Have you been travelling across Africa but haven’t had it differently? If you want a unique experience in your next trip, then stay in a treehouse! You don’t need anyone to tell you the stories of woods, wild animals, or the beautiful forest view. Experience it! 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. Enjoy this selection of treehouse hotels in Africa.
Luxury Bush Bedroom: Chalkley Treehouse
Radio Communication & mobile phone signal
No Children Allowed
Distance from Lodge: 4.5km/ 2.7mi
Seasonal: All year
Romantic tapas-style dining
Location: Lion Sands, South Africa
Built around a beautiful 500-year-old Leadwood Tree, the Chalkey Treehouse leave guests with all the 5-star comforts and some wild experience as the animals roam beneath it. The treehouse is a secure and lavish platform under the stars 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. 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!
Beautiful River-views: Tongabezi Treehouse
Secure digital safe
Location: Livingstone, Zambia
Nestled in a huge Ebony tree, offering wonderful river views, and filled with snorting hippos, Tongabezi is a wonderful lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River, just up from the Victoria Falls. The tree house comes 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. The location, service, and the food are top notch and many of their activities are unique and included in the price.
Eco-friendly: Chole Mjini
Swimming with Whale Sharks
Locations: Mafia, Zanzibar 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 snorkelling or diving. You can take dhow trips, watch turtles hatch and visit the local community that you help support by staying here.
Stylish Glamping: Ndovu Bonde Treehouse
Jacuzzi out on the deck
Location: Shimba Hills, Kenya
Jacuzzi, check; 4 poster bed, check; butler service, check… The Ndovu Bonde treehouse is a fantastic way to spend a vacation or a honeymoon. Located in the Shimba Hills National Reserve, less than an hour from Mombasa on Kenya’s coast, the two treehouses offer wonderfully romantic experience. 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 bush-babies. A personal chef will serve you a candlelit dinner for two. There’s plenty of wildlife nearby including an elephant sanctuary.
Intimate Camp: Kwetsani Safari Camp
Game Drive (Day)
Night Drive (Seasonal)
Guided Walks (Seasonal)
Locations: Okavango Delta, Botswana
Website: Wilderness Safaris
Beautifully furnished Kwetsani Camp offers five ‘tree-house’ chalets each with its own en-suite bathroom, provide guests with open, airy accommodation of thatch, wood, glass and canvas. The Camp is located in a remote, private reserve close to Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve, its accessible by air only. The 5 tree-house chalets are built of wood, stone, and glass. 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. Guests can watch the animals from the pool or the privacy of their rooms.
Child-friendly: Jaci’s Tree Lodge
· Large indoor bath
· Private outdoor shower
· Private viewing deck
· Eco-friendly amenities
· Airconditioner and ceiling fan
· Main Lodge swimming pool
· Twice-daily game drives
· Afternoon tea, dinner and brunch
· Local and specialised teas and fabulous filter coffee
· Special wines and non-alcoholic beverages
· Fireside starlit dining
· 24-hour access to submerged Terrapin Hide
· Transfers to and from Madikwe’s Eastern Airstrip with FedAir/Unique Air/FlexeFlyer/private charter
· Location: Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
· Website: Jaci Lodges
Jaci’s Tree Lodge has 8 luxury tree houses each built around a giant Leadwood tree about 6 metres 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.