Treehouses don’t necessarily need trees to be places of adventure and wonder. And that’s definitely the case for the newly-launched Ngala Treehouse in South Africa.

An overview of the treehouse within the South African bush
The Ngala Treehouse is a new retreat and experience launched at the end of January 2020 © andBeyond

Created by andBeyond, a tour company for Africa, Asia and South America, the Ngala Treehouse is a remote overnight retreat that offers its guests the chance to sleep under the stars and observe the South African bush from a unique point of view.

One of the two bedrooms inside the treehouse
The treehouse can sleep ideally two guests but can accommodate up to four, with two people sleeping inside the treehouse and two on the observation roof © andBeyond

Located inside the Ngala Private Game Reserve, at the borders of South Africa’s Kruger National Park, the treehouse is surrounded by a variety of animal species, including the Big Five. For example, the reserve actually supports several large lion prides - lucky guests might catch sight of these big cats wandering around the fence surrounding the treehouse. 

A picture of the treehouse's bathroom including an open shower
The treehouse also includes a bathroom, complete with a design shower © andBeyond

The Ngala Treehouse stands 12 metres above ground and is composed of two sleeping areas - one inside and one on the roof, under a retractable cover. There’s also a bathroom with shower and an open dining area. There isn’t a fully-equipped kitchen, but guests can still enjoy a variety of snacks and drinks - as well as a tapas-inspired picnic upon their arrival to the treehouse.

A picture of the treehouse's open concept dining area
The treehouse doesn't have a fully equipped kitchen but it still has a dining area for guests to have snacks and drinks © andBeyond

The idea behind the Ngala Treehouse was to create “an innovative overnight wilderness experience,” in a fully solar-powered building meant for short stays. Access to the Treehouse is complementary to having booked a room to one of andBeyond’s permanent lodges, the Ngala Tented Camp and the Ngala Safari Lodge.

A picture of the treehouse's roof to sleep under the stars
The treehouse's most unique feature is its roof, where guests can sleep under the stars © andBeyond

If you’d like to know more about the Ngala Treehouse and the Reserve, you can check out andBeyond’s official website here.

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