Sleep above the lions in these luxury treehouses

It goes without saying that, even as an adult, there are few places to spend the night as cool as way up in a tree.

The Kingston tree house at Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa (Photo courtesy of Lion Sands)
All images courtesy of Lion Sands

But what if you’re looking for something more exclusive than your standard arboreal accommodation? This trio of tree huts on the Lion Sands Game Reserve in South Africa offer privacy, luxury, and a 360-degree view of the beautiful, sometimes frightening natural world below.

The Chalkley tree house at Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa (Photo courtesy of Lion Sands)
The Chalkley tree house at Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Apart from the fact that they all have no Wi-Fi access (sigh) and limited cell reception (you’ll have radio contact with a park ranger), each of Lion Sands’ three treehouses are distinct.

Chalkley was built in the same tree that the park’s founder, Guy Aubrey Chalkley, once spent the night in to avoid hungry predators on the ground.

The Kingston tree house at Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa (Photo courtesy of Lion Sands)
The Kingston tree house at Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

The 60m² Kingston is the largest of the three and features an onsite shower, as well as a corrugated roof. A champagne dinner/massage is also available for guests eager to relax after a long day on safari.

The Tinyeleti tree house at Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa (Photo courtesy of Lion Sands)
The Tinyeleti tree house at Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Situated opposite the Sabie River, guests in the Tinyeleti will enjoy the soothing soundtrack of gently rushing water while spying the wildlife out for a sunset drink.

The Chalkley tree house at Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa (Photo courtesy of Lion Sands)
The Chalkley tree house at Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

And don’t forget the unspoiled view overhead once the sun goes down.

Hit the following links to book the Kingston, the Chalkley, or the Tinyeleti.

Original article by Gianni Jaccoma. Gianni is a New York City native, a tech junkie, and a firm believer in the healing powers of pudding.