Tinyeleti Treehouse at Lion Sands Game Reserve in Kruger National Park is as magical as it gets. Imagine sleeping under a canopy of stars listening to the sounds of the bush all around. Its a once in a lifetime experience and one I will cherish forever.
This luxury treehouse derives its name from the skies above and Tinyeleti literally translates to “Many Stars”.
Its a popular experience for honeymooners or anyone else that is in love and ready to celebrate. We were booked into the gorgeous Tinga Lodge for four nights and on one of them we chose the Treehouse experience. The weather played alone and we got a beautiful wind free evening to stay over.
You get dropped off in the afternoon with a picnic basket full of delicious food, a cooler box with drinks of your choice, a walkie talkie for emergencies and an ipad with a stargazing app.
The whole treehouse gets lit up with kerosene lamps and there are double doors at the bottom so you wont have any unwanted guest. Once the ranger drives off into the distance its just you, your partner and the incredible sights and sounds of nature.
We were lucky enough to have a crocodile and two buffalo relaxing on the banks of the Sabie river as we poured ourselves a celebratory drink. I can tell you this much, the experience almost takes your breath away.
As the sun dipped and the sky turned orange we sipped on our G&T’s and jumped at the slightest sound. Its so exhilarating but also totally safe so don’t worry about the animals.
“You have to know your roots in order to find your wings.”
Guy Aubrey Chalkley – founder of Lion Sands Game Reserve.
Dinner consisted of baguettes, salads, and delicious snacks with a chocolate fondue to top it off. You definitely wont get hungry and they even have goodies for coffee the next morning.
With the sounds of hyenas and leopards in the distance we fell asleep after staring at the bright starry skies. Once you let go and become part of nature the dark night surrounding us seemed calming instead of scary. I had one of the best nights sleep ever in this treetop bedroom. I might just have to make a habit out of it.
When we were ready to leave an all too relaxed we were reminded that nature can be wild and awesome. An elephant on musth paid us a visit, angry at us for making a noise chasing naughty monkeys away. He tusked the ground and let out loud trumpets. Adrenaline pumped again but we were as safe as could be and watched him walk off in a huff a while later.
You never know what the bush has in store for you and even more so when you have a birds eye view! If you want a very special experience then this is definitely it!