Nthambo Tree Camp, Klaserie Private Game Reserve, South Africa
When I was a kid, I never had a tree house. We had an outhouse at my grandmother’s, but that’s not quite the same now is it?
“Hey kids, wanna come over and play in the outhouse? Don’t mind the smell — you’ll get used to it after a while.”
So as an adult, I’ve always wanted to stay in one. (A tree house that is, not an outhouse.)
I got my wish at Nthambo Tree Camp in South Africa recently. It’s a luxury tree house, and although it’s not really built into a tree, it is made out of trees, and it is surrounded by trees, and well, that’s plenty good enough for me.
Plus it’s surrounded by animals like these.
Nthambo is part of the Klaserie Private Game Reserve, which along with Kruger National Park and a few other game reserves makes up the Greater Kruger Park. What that means is that is shares the same unfenced border with Kruger National Park, so the same animals that you see at there you can see here.
The treehouse itself is a well thought out affair. Part house, part tent, one wall is completely open to the savannah, but with a zippered canvas that can be closed up at night. The screened windows can also be zippered shut for privacy. Throw in a bathroom and queen size bed, and it’s certainly a lot nicer than your run-of-the-mill treehouse.
Since Nthambo is not in a national park, it exudes that “middle of nowhere” feel. In fact, during the game drives we never saw more than 3 other vehicles from other camps.
And since there are only 5 tree houses in the entire camp, you rarely run into any other people there either. Except at meal times and during game drives of course. And in a country where there’s a safari camp around every corner, keeping that small, intimate feel is pretty impressive.
The thing I was most impressed by though was the knowledge of my guide Kevin. Soft-spoken, good-humoured, and a walking encyclopedia, it’s easy to see he was born to do this.
And with surroundings like these, I think many of us wish we were born to do this too, if only for a few days.
Note: I was a guest of Nthambo Tree Camp, but the opinions are mine.