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There are a wide variety of accommodation options in Africa to suit every type of traveler, from basic tented camps set around a fire, to huge, opulent lodges with air-conditioning and individual plunge pools.
However, if your client is looking for something a little out of the ordinary but equally as magical, a luxury treehouse-inspired lodge in Africa may be for them. These are luxurious accommodations at top safari lodges that don’t provide a back-to-basics wilderness experience, but rather allow guests to have an intimate experience, in a truly unique setting. They are set right in the thick of the African bush without sacrificing anything in terms of comfort.
Read on for a list of our hand-picked collection of the top luxury treehouse-inspired lodges in Africa.
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Part of the Natural Selection portfolio, Duke’s Camp is a stunning new safari lodge set on a channel in the northern Okavango Delta, in a vast game-rich concession. Eight opulent safari tents (with four more scheduled to open in March 2023) are set up on elevated wooden decks beneath a canopy of ebony and leadwood trees, and offer an amazing under-canvas experience in the middle of untamed Africa.
Located on Singita’s private concession within the world famous Kruger National Park in South Africa, this strikingly unique lodge boasts 15 loft-style suites inspired by an eagle’s nest. The luxurious tree houses tower over the N’wanetsi River in a manner that mimics the bird nests seen inside the distinctive Lebombo Euphorbia trees that are present in the region and give the opulent African safari lodge its name.
This incredibly special tree lodge, located in northern Kenya’s 850,000-acre Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, embodies the atmosphere and spirit for which Sarara has come to be known. It also provides a fantastic setting from which to explore the Matthews Range’s profusion of wildlife and rich Samburu culture. Eight stunning tents are elevated above the ground into the forest canopy, giving elephants, buffalo and other wild animals access to the forest floor below.
Close to Arusha’s main airport and part of the famed Tarangire National Park, the Elewana Collection’s Tarangire Treetops lodge is the epitome of glamping. Stilted rooms tucked away among century-old baobab, mopani and wild fig trees is just one of the features that make it so special. The 20 tree houses each have a floor area of 65 square meters, a luxurious double shower, ensuite bathroom, a private viewing terrace, and a living room.
Located near the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters, the incredible Bisate Lodge is a great illustration of how to develop in a natural area without harming it. Highlighting rural Rwanda’s rich culture, six magnificent luxury treehouses with ensuite bathrooms enhance comfort and boast stunning vistas while abiding by eco-friendly practices. So spectacular, this opulent forest lodge was named the best in Africa in 2022 according to Travel + Leisure readers.
The quaint Ivory Lodge is located in the Sikumi Forest Reserve, a section of protected land in Zimbabwe positioned between Hwange National Park and the main Victoria Falls-Bulawayo road. Seven well-furnished tree houses are built high on stilts, each with large mesh windows and a balcony for guests to enjoy views of the nearby waterhole that attracts elephants in their hundreds. This treehouse-inspired lodge is an ideal option if your client wishes for easy access into Hwange National Park.