Every kid loves their tree house and has probably begged mom and dad to sleep it in at least once. But tree houses are just for kids anymore; tree house hotels offer adventurous travelers (read: not afraid of heights) a chance to bring out the inner tree-climbing kid inside. Built into the branches of thousand year old baobab trees, you can realize your childhood dreams of sleeping in a tree house with the sounds of the African bush all around you at Tarangire Treetops.
The Tree House Rooms
Led by Maasai tribesmen to our tree house, we climbed up the spiral steps and threw open the trap door to our new home during our stay in Tarangire. During daylight hours, it is safe to walk to and from the tree houses to the main lodge, but the Maasai do all the heavy lifting of your bags and make sure you get settled in okay.
The rooms are incredibly spacious with a sitting area for relaxing, comfy king size bed, private balcony, and desk (in case you need to get a little work done while on safari like us). Our tree house looked out across the tops of the baobab and marula trees and it was serene listening to the birds sing their songs.
Our glamping experience was complete with a full en-suite bathroom with dual rain shower heads and hot water heated by the Maasai building a fire beneath our tank below. At nighttime when you cannot leave your tree house without an escort, we never had to worry about needing a middle of the night bathroom break because we had that convenience right in our room.
Other in-room amenities included slippers, a hair dryer that actually had enough power to dry my hair in a reasonable amount of time, universal adapter plugs, and whiskey and snacks to enjoy while relaxing in your tree house. Laundry services are also available and after a dusty day of game drives, you’ll definitely be taking advantage of this amenity.
I was continually impressed with the food all throughout our SkySafari. The tree houses, camps, and lodges are almost all in remote locations where delivery of supplies is a challenge. Yet, chefs at each of the camps and lodges created delicious menus with a range of variety. Tarangire Treetops was no exception.
To prepare you for a full day of game drives and bush walks, the breakfast menu offered several different options from omelets to pancakes served on the main lodge deck overlooking the pool and a watering hole where elephants and other animals regularly come to drink. On Valentine’s Day, we even enjoyed mimosas with our breakfast.
Lunch was equally as good, with one meal enjoyed on the deck of the main lodge and a bush lunch. While we saw others with their box lunches with sandwiches wrapped in plastic wrap, we enjoyed hot soup, baked chicken, pasta salad, and fruit. Wine, water, and sodas were always on offer.
Both of our dinners were served in the boma, a type of fenced in enclosure surrounded by acacia thorns with a central fire pit. Because we dined by candle light, we weren’t able to capture dinner photos for you, but dinner was always a three-course affair with starter, main course, and dessert.
The main lodge is set around a huge baobab tree with a lounge area overlooking the watering hole that is perfect for enjoying sun downers. An huge in-set fire pit offers another place to relax and sip a glass of wine before heading back to your tree house for the night. The main lodge is also equipped with wifi just in case you don’t want a total digital detox while on safari.
Admittedly we didn’t sleep the best at Tarangire Treetops, but we ran into some couples doing SkySafari in reverse. They didn’t sleep a wink at Serengeti Migration Camp and we slept fantastic there – hippos, baboons and all! I think that if you are on your first African safari, it just takes a few nights to get used to the sounds of the African bush. After all, Tarangire Naitonal Park is teeming with wildlife and as we saw on our night safari game drive, the animals don’t sleep just because the sun goes down.
Our trip to Tanzania was hosted by SkySafari by Elewana in order for us to bring you this story. As always, all opinions are entirely our own.