Imagine sitting 33 feet above Botswana’s Okavango Delta, watching African wildlife roam by below you.
That’s exactly the kind of experience you’ll get at the new Baobab Treehouse at Xigera Safari Lodge.
Botswana’s Xigera Safari Lodge has been open since 2020, but its new Baobab Treehouse didn’t open until January of this year.
The treehouse, which is perched amid a stand of indigenous Croton trees, is located about a kilometer from the lodge itself (with a guide stationed nearby in case of emergency). Its stunning design was inspired by a painting of a baobab tree by South African artist Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef.
While the treehouse is not actually built into a tree, it’s designed to look like it is, with a spiral staircase twisting through a cylindrical “trunk” and steel branches that will gradually rust and blend in with the surrounding foliage.
The “canopy,” meanwhile, includes an outdoor space for reading and relaxing, a bathroom, and a gorgeous bedroom appointed carved timber furniture by acclaimed designers like David Krynauw, John Vogel and Adam Birch. Both the bedroom and bathroom feature canvas walls that can open up entirely, or zipped closed for privacy and protection from the elements.
From three treehouse’s cozy canopy, lucky guests can glimpse a range of amazing African wildlife, such as kudu, zebras, giraffes, lions, and even elusive leopards—not to mention a plethora of bird species that make their home in the surrounding foliage.
Rates at the Xigera Safari Lodge start at $2,320 per night. Guests will be charged a 30% deposit on reservation, which can be changed to a future credit should the reservation be cancelled due to Covid-19 related illness or restrictions.