“An intimate and authentic stilted lodge with a One Tribe ethic and great game viewing”
The camp sleeps just 8 guests in 4 tented and stilted huts, which are linked to the main lodge by high planked walkways that snake through the treetops. Each has a clear line of vision down to the water hole (tents 3 & 4 steal the best views) so you can laze in bed whilst watching the comings and goings of the animals: simply magical.
These are really tent-hut hybrids with drop-down canvas walls, mozzie-netted beds and a planked floor and deck. The feel is 100% bush with rough hewn stools as bedside tables, fold-away canvas director's chairs, a whirling retro fan and high pole-and-thatch roofs which are works of art in their own right.
Extra long twin beds are wrapped within mosquito-netting and dressed with duck-down duvets, a double bank of pillows and olive green chenille throws, which double as shawls when you sit out on your deck on chillier evenings. In a simple, open-sided wardrobe you'll find hanging shelves, hooded bathrobes, extra towels as well as a safety box, an emergency horn and mozzie repellent.
The tents' bathrooms have been ingeniously designed to incorporate the sink and vanity unit within the tent, though if you prefer, you can zip them away behind a canvas flap. Your toilet and indoor shower are hidden behind canvas walls and there's a second rain shower out on the deck with invigorating water pressure! Shower gel and shampoo are provided in chunky glass dispensers by the sink as well as in the showers.
As is the case at all Onguma lodges and camps, the quality of the food is excellent. Treetop Camp is unique in so far as you eat with your fellow guests at one table, and the kitchen is slotted in a corner of the open deck. It would be great fun, and a learning experience too, to watch meals in the making.
On arrival, your camp manager will check dietary likes or dislikes; if you're a vegetarian you can expect to eat as well as omnivorous guests. The structure of meals follows that of the other camps. Breakfast combines a big buffet with cooked option (eggs, bacon and so on). Light lunches are perhaps chicken with salad and freshly baked bread or pork chops with a salad and new potatoes, then supper is a 3-course feast. Expect a choice of white and red meat and the chance to try local game like oryx, kudu or impala: this will often be braaied on the deck brazier and you may eat starters around the fire, too: the vibe is extremely chilled.
Guests help themselves to drinks from a well-stocked honesty bar and the price of your stay includes wine with lunch and dinner. If the house wine isn't too your liking (unlikely) there's a small wine list showcasing Fair View Estate wines from South Africa, a feature of all the Onguma lodges and camps.