A night out with a difference in South Africa

At this treetop retreat, the safari continues long after the sun sets.

Georgia Hinkley
Origin travel curator
The ultimate sleep-out experience

Nothing connects you to nature like sleeping under a sky of star constellations in the wilderness of South Africa. In the Thabametsi Treehouse, you can elevate the experience even more with a stay in their luxury treehouse, and fall asleep to the sounds of lions roaring in the distance.

The treehouse sleep-out deck
Sunrise at Marakele National Park
Thabametsi Treehouse

In the heart of Marakele National Park, a private concession in the Waterberg region, lies the Thabametsi Treehouse. After a day out in the wilderness in an open safari vehicle, meandering through mountainous landscapes and winding waterways, guests can head here and recount stories of their wildlife encounters over a glass of wine and gourmet tapas in the treehouse hideout.

The safari continues throughout the evening, as antelopes and elephants can be spotted in the distance, framed against a vivid orange sky that eventually darkens to reveal millions of stars. There's no constellation pre-reading required either – the treehouse comes with an iPad that has a stargazing app to help guests identify constellations and planets.

The incredible dining area of the treehouse
A luxurious bathroom in the treehouse
Introducing Marataba Mountain Lodge

A night in a treehouse is hard to beat, but when it's combined with two or three nights at Marataba Mountain Lodge, perched in a secluded location in the heart of the park, it makes for a trip that is truly unforgettable.

The lodge is fully solar-powered and the Scandi-style design allows the wild environment to really take center stage. This lodge also has just five suites, so you can connect with nature without any distractions.

Marataba Mountain Lodge nestled in the hills
Suite at Marataba Mountain Lodge
On safari in Marakele National Park
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