Talk about bragging rights. There’s a new place to stay in the South African bush, and it’s 39 feet up in the air. The latest from andBeyond—the high-end travel company with tour offerings in 13 countries in Africa, five in Asia and four in South America—has unveiled an unusual, private, treehouse-style accommodation complete with a stocked bar and a rooftop lounge for sundowners or snacks under the stars. andBeyond Ngala Treehouse is affiliated with andBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge and andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp, situated on the border of Kruger National Park. (Home to abundant wildlife, including the Big Five, the andBeyond Ngala Private Game Reserve shares an unfenced boundary with the famous park.)
There’s a wonderfully remote feeling to this solar-powered treehouse, located three miles away from the nearest lodge. Rising four levels above the ground, andBeyond Ngala Treehouse is equipped with an indoor bedroom, a full bathroom with an outdoor shower and rooftop deck with an outdoor bed and lounge area. The treehouse is surrounded by a thorn boma fence (there are lions roaming in the reserve, after all) and serviced by a dedicated treehouse attendant. Here’s how it works: Couples pack up their necessities for the night and are escorted on a game drive to the treehouse. Following an overnight in the bush, the guests return to their lodge—tall tales in hand.
First established in 1991, andBeyond owns and operates 29 lodges and camps in Africa and South America. The company is devoted to local communities and conservation, its impact measured at more than nine million acres of land and 1,240 miles of coastline.