Designers have flocked to safari camps across Africa to create some of the most mesmerising ‘treehouses’ on the planet, offering a wild night’s encounter with nature, no other guests, no one but you, the stars and the spellbinding melodies of nature’s orchestra.
It’s a far cry from the treehouses many people spent their childhood days in.
Treehouses offer an additional experience on safari, accompanied with your stay at the primary safari camp or lodge where these treehouses are situated, where you would typically spend 3-5 nights. Travellers combine one night out in the wild, away from the main camp or lodge, in the treehouse – completely serviced with food, secure radio with the main camp and safe comfort for the night.
Why spend a night in a treehouse on safari?
✔️ Peace and quiet away from everyone
✔️ Special time with loved ones or precious time solo
✔️ Observe untouched wilderness all around you
✔️ Witness spectacular star-lit night skies
✔️ Unique way to spend time in nature
Better Safaris introduce you to a selection of some of the most beautiful, wildest sleepout treehouses on the planet. But are you ready for this adventure?
NAY PALAD BIRD NEST
SEGERA RETREAT, KENYA
Nay Palad Bird Nest is a one-of-a-kind accommodation on the grounds of Segera Retreat, an award-winning sustainable luxury destination. Perched amid the treetops on a river teeming with wildlife, the Bird Nest offers views of the plains by day that are matched only by those of the stars at night. In the morning, guests awaken to the magical sounds of animals at play.
Segera lies in the high grasslands of the Laikipia Plateau in central Kenya, sprawling from Mount Kenya towards the rim of the Great Rift Valley. Laikipia boasts the country’s second highest wildlife density.
By game vehicle explore the historic savannah, rich with various plains game as well as lions, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyaenas, elephants, buffalos, reticulated giraffes, African wild dogs, Grévy’s zebras, the Endangered patas monkey, and a recorded 365 bird species. Let a guided nature walk show you less obvious flora and fauna, and wow you with this wilderness’ vastness. Get up close to the animals from a hide, or spot them from afar at one of the local lookout points. Treat yourself to hours of restorative wellness at the spa, whether on the massage table or in the steam room, gym, or salt-water pool.
Equally suited to wild adventure or quiet contemplation, the Bird Nest offers a made-to-measure experience for individuals, couples or a small group of friends. Guests are pampered with bespoke service, tailored to their needs.
Nay Palad Bird Nest is open year round, with rates starting from US$ PLEASE ENQUIRE for 2022/23 rates. Email Better Safaris today to enquire.
CHISA BUSANGA CAMP
KAFUE NATIONAL PARK, ZAMBIA
Chisa is the Nyanja word for ‘birds nest’, and the rooms were inspired by the weaver bird nests that decorate the trees here. Sitting on a small tree-lined island, the camp uses only solar power as do the game drive vehicle and bicycles used to explore the watery dambos beyond.
Hidden away in the trees, the Chisa Busanga Nests weave together luxury and romance while immersing you in the enchanting wilderness of the Busanga Plains. Chisa Busanga Camp celebrates the natural and cultural heritage of the Busanga Plains, a place that will leave an indelible imprint on your mind, as it has on ours.
Wake up to elephants walking through the mist that rises off the drying floodplains below; fall asleep knowing that you sleep a little closer to the stars.
We are passionate about creating safari experiences that are gentle on Busanga’s delicate ecosystem and long-lasting in your mind. Our solar-powered Land Cruiser and mountain bikes are sustainable ways to explore the plains; so too is the hot air balloon that carries you high above them. Back at camp, the plunge pool is absolute bliss in the midday heat and the campfire is where great conversation and stargazing happens.
It’s hard not to be captivated by this fairy-tale!
Chisa Busanga is open 1 June to 15 November 2022, with rates starting from US$700 per person per night. Email Better Safaris today to enquire.
XIGERA BAOBAB TREEHOUSE
OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
Baobab Treehouse is situated one kilometre away from the main Xigera Safari Lodge, with a guide stationed close by. Here, amid the seclusion of this sculptural tree house you will experience Africa at its most raw, and most remarkable.
Amid a stand of indigenous Croton trees, the striking steel structure – built in the evocative shape of a baobab tree – ascends nearly 10 metres above the floodplain, offering panoramic views from each of its three levels. The structure’s design was inspired by an iconic painting of a solitary baobab tree by Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef, one of South Africa’s master landscape artists. The bedroom is located on the second level, beautifully appointed with carved timber furniture by celebrated designers such as David Krynauw, John Vogel and Adam Birch. Both the bedroom and bathroom spaces have canvas walls that can open up entirely to the outside environment, or be zipped closed to allow for privacy and protection from the elements. Sounds from the surrounding bird-life, animals and insects drift through the tree-like branches and screened windows into the tented structure.
Xigera and the Baobab Treehouse is situated in the western reaches of Botswana’s iconic Moremi Game Reserve, gazing out on the seasonal floodplains of the Okavango Delta, Xigera’s unique location offers unrivalled access to extraordinary safari experiences. Our guests can expect incredible wildlife sightings from the moment they fly into camp, with our beautiful leopards and lions a regular sight in and around the Lodge…
Baobab Treehouse and Xigera Safari Lodge is open year-round, with rates starting from US$2,784 per person per night. Email Better Safaris today to enquire.
LIONSANDS GAME RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA
Beyond an outcrop of boulders, across a small drawbridge, Kingston Treehouse is a private vantage over Africa opening up in front of you. Sheltered by its wood and glass structure, you can savour this true getaway in comfort – complete with soft beds and a hot shower.
Lion Sands is an award-winning private game reserve, situated in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and is the only private reserve to have access to the perennial Sabie River, which it shares with the Kruger National Park. With 10 kilometres of riverfront ensuring a great diversity of wildlife, Lion Sands Private Game Reserve in South Africa promises an African safari of a lifetime.
Soak up the sounds of the bush and sleep under a canopy of a million stars whilst staying overnight in one of the Lion Sands treehouses. A night in a treehouse can be booked as an add on when staying at one of the Lion Sands lodges. Our team will help you select the perfect option for you.
Kingston treehouse and Lionsands Game Reserve is open your-round, with rates starting from US$295 per person per night. Email Better Safaris today to enquire.
KHWAI PRIVATE RESERVE, BOTSWANA
Skybeds, located deep within the 200,000 hectare Khwai Private Reserve. As the name suggests, this is no ordinary safari camp. Each “room” is actually a three-story raised platform, overlooking the wildlife-spotted plains of Khwai.
Charmingly rustic yet perfectly stylish, you’ll find a bathroom with flushing loo on the first floor, a dressing area, and the ultimate cherry on the top floor, an enormous double bed, draped in white linens and a feather duvet and completely open to the stars. With such spectacular skies overhead, you could be forgiven for forgetting about what’s happening down below. But keep one eye on the ground, for the Skybeds overlook a busy waterhole.
In one night we’ve seen wild dog, lion, elephant and hyena – and that’s just the beginning. So, whilst we can’t guarantee you’ll get much sleep, we can guarantee one of the wildest and most wonderful safari experiences you’ll ever have.
SkyBeds and Khwai Private Reserve is open your-round, with rates starting from US$565 per person per night. Email Better Safaris today to enquire.
LOISABA STAR BEDS
LOISABA CONSERVANCY, KENYA
Poised on a rocky kopje, the Elewana Loisaba Star Beds command sweeping views over an undulating valley and a permanent waterhole, frequented by resident wildlife. Handcrafted four-poster wooden beds sit on raised wooden platforms jutting out from a thatched-roof accommodation and are rolled out each night for guests to enjoy the most memorable sleep under the endless African sky.
Loisaba is a 57,000 acre conservancy within Laikipia County that is owned by Loisaba Community Trust, a Kenyan Trust incorporated under the Perpetual Succession of Trustees Act, and is committed to wildlife and ecological conservation. The Loisaba mission is to protect and enhance critical wildlife diversity, abundance and habitat in the Loisaba landscape, which sits on the western edge of one of Kenya’s most important elephant movement corridors, while concurrently supporting sustainable livestock production and improving the lives of neighbouring communities.
Loisaba Sky Beds and Loisaba Conservancy is open June-March, with rates starting from US$747 per person per night. Email Better Safaris today to enquire.
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