Kingston Treehouse – South Africa

April 23rd 2019  |   Travel, Countries, Unique Experiences, Miscellaneous, South Africa  |  by   Richard Smith
Kingston treehouse bedroom, Sabi Sands, South Africa

The ultimate bush bedroom, Kingston Treehouse is a secure and lavish platform under the stars, the treehouse has all the 5-star comforts, but affords an experience as wild as the animals that roam beneath it.  Utterly private and intimate, located in the heart of some of South Africa’s prime wildlife country offering guests the chance to discover the resident wildlife in almost total seclusion.

Why is the Kingston Treehouse special?

The Kingston Treehouse is constructed entirely from wood and glass with contemporary decor. Guests sleep in a luxury king sized bed on raised platform in the middle of the game reserve, surrounded only by the calls of nocturnal animals and the brilliant stars of the African night sky. It also features a drawbridge so you can feel like a king or queen in your castle among the savannah treetops.

Kingston Treehous is a couple or a family's private vantage over the Sabi Sands

Kingston Treehouse is a couple or a family’s private vantage over the Sabi Sands

Best time of year?

The treehouse is open all-year round to guests at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, however the wildlife differs as well as the rainfall, depending on the season. The bush is thinner during dry season, therefore you are more likely to spot wildlife at night with less cover. The Kingston Treehouse is covered so suitable for wet days. There is a hot shower and cosy feather duvet for the cooler months in the Sabi Sands. The two-story height and open sides offer cooling breezes during the warm summer South African nights.

High above the treeline, Kingston Treehouse

High above the treeline, the Kingston Treehouse in seclusion

Where is Kingston treehouse?

The treehouse is 1 mile (1.6 km) from the Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, in the southern Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Lion Sands is the only reserve in South Africa to offer a safari in both the Sabi River and Sand River ecosystems. The reserve is family owned and managed by the fourth generation More Family, and at its heart Ivory Lodge has a superb panoramic view of the Sabi River from its setting on the riverbank.

Elephants in the Sabi River, South Africa

Elephants in the Sabi River, South Africa

Ivory Sands River Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa at night

Ivory Sands River Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

How to get there?

To access the lodge international flights are into Johannesburg airport, followed by a safari plane transfer direct to Sabi Sands Game Reserve and onward to the lodge via safari vehicle.

A sundowner picnic to remember forever at Kingston Treehouse - lady

A sundowner picnic to remember forever at Kingston Treehouse

What is inside the treehouse?

There is a Deluxe king-sized bed, and twin pull-out beds. The lodge will provide a gourmet picnic basket for dinner and drinks and snacks for midnight feasts and breakfast the following morning. The treehouse is luxurious with a rain-shower, two basins and next door to the sleeping platform. There is solar lighting in the bedroom and bathroom, and along the balustrades. There are no electricity charging points inside the treehouse, but your lodge room will have these.

Luxury ensuite bathroom and a hot shower, Kingston Treehouse

Luxury ensuite bathroom and a hot rain-shower, Kingston Treehouse

Private dining with a gourmet picnic and drinks, Kingston Treehouse

Romantic private dining with a gourmet picnic and drinks, Kingston Treehouse

Insider tips…

The treehouse is popular therefore prebooking this activity is essential. Most guests try it for one night as part of a longer stay at the lodge. If you decide that you have had sufficient of the wilderness experience you can contact the lodge via two-way radio contact who can pick you up in a safari vehicle within the hour and return you to your own room back at the lodge.

Suitable for solo travellers and families?

Yes, solo travellers can book the treehouse and it is suitable for families, up to two children aged 10-14 only.

There are plenty of lion cubs in the Sabi Sand reserve

There are plenty of lion cubs in the Sabi Sand reserve, famous for is wildlife in abundance

What wildlife will I hear in the treehouse?

Expect to hear the Big 5 of rhino, leopard, lion, buffalo and elephant, and some surprising nocturnal creatures like hyena calls.

Leopard at Sabi Sands in a tree

Big Five are possible to see in the Sabi Sands, South Africa including the elusive leopard

What wildlife and activities are at the lodge?

Activities here include day and evening game drives and bush walks in an area renowned for its extraordinary game: here you can expect to see the Big 5 of rhino, leopard, lion, buffalo and elephant, plus an abundance of plains wildlife and some surprising nocturnal creatures. Kaleidoscopic birdlife and stunning natural beauty complete the picture, with an experienced tracker and guide helping you get the most from your time here.

Viewing lions by vehicle in the Sabi Sands

Viewing lions by vehicle in the Sabi Sands, with experienced tracker and guide

How much for a safari night?

$1,080 per person per night sharing (meals, drinks and safari activities). Included in this rate, you keep your own room at the lodge in case you get scared or the weather turns.

What other treehouses are there?

There are a few other treehouses at the Lion Sands Ivory Lodge that are available such as the Chalkley’s Treehouse, popular with honeymooners and several other safari lodges that feature safari night sleep outs, or ‘starbeds’ all over Africa.

Chalkley's Treehouse, Lion Sands

Chalkley’s Treehouse, also at Lion Sands for adults

Any questions?

If you’ve got this far and not found an answer to a question you have that we should have included, please ask in the comments section below, or pop us an email. We’ll be sure to reply and may amend the article to include our answer.

What next?

We would be delighted to help you plan a holiday, or answer any questions if you’re at an earlier stage. Our team of experts have travelled widely throughout Africa. They can offer expert advice on every type of safari from family and beach holidays to riding and primate safaris.  If you would like to talk to someone who has been there and done it, please just send us an email or give us a call.

2 responses to “Kingston Treehouse – South Africa”

  1. kate says:


    I am trying to plan a safari for September next year and have fallen in love with the Kingston Treehouse ad the Chalkley’s treehouse also at Lion sands the romantic one. Could you please get back to me with prices for this and availablity?

    • Richard Smith says:

      I’m not surprised as it’s a fabulous place to spend a night. Let me get one of the team to send you an email with information.

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