The Lion Sands Private Reserve holds fast its status as a top destination for luxury holidaying in one of South Africa’s most sought after wildernesses. The Sabi Sand Reserve hosts this smaller, more exclusive nugget of safari gold since the early year of 1933. Founded by Guy Aubrey Chalkley, Lion Sands is one of the oldest private reserves in the country and has developed its sterling reputation as one of the most successful reserves in South Africa.
It is home to an array of wild creatures and is located in a region that can easily considered a photographer’s dream. Leopards prowl the area less secretively than in others, providing guests with the exciting opportunity to behold this gracious cat. The giant amble of the elephants can be observed from the supported comfort of a 4×4 vehicle or from the more exhilarating perspective of an on-foot safari. Buffalo, rhino and lion magnificently complete the Big Five, while various species of antelope can be found grazing and browsing around the reserve, ears alert to the sounds of a predator. Beautiful birds decorate the trees and their calls conduct the sounds of dusk and dawn in this area of the Greater Kruger Park.
There couldn’t be a more memorable way to experience Lion Sands than to begin a day with the rising sun and to end it under the stars. In recognition of guests’ widespread desire to sleep under an African sky, Lion Sands has built a number of Treehouses that offer a precisely that – a bed beneath the twinkling sky. The latest addition, completing the trio, is Kingston Treehouse. Located only 1.6km from the main lodge, yet far away enough to eliminate any influence from basecamp. Less light, less noise, more atmosphere, more romance.
Kingston Treehouse settles above some trees, but below the greenery of others. Raised beautifully to take advantage of the view below, a wooden platform is adorned with the luxurious comforts of a bedroom suite. Wooden and wicker materials dress the smoothly sanded deck, creating comfort in the sky. A gloriously enticing double bed welcomes slumber beneath elegantly hung mosquito netting, while the lanterns provide soft lighting for after-dark. Private dining in the treetops offers guests a truly magical end to an evening before reclining in the comfort of bed to enjoy the exclusive view of the African veld.
Without Wi-Fi and electricity, this experience is designed to tantalise the senses and create a feeling of unity with nature without compromising on luxury treatment. An ensuite bathroom is located behind the ‘bedroom’ and looks through vast, glass windows onto the reserve below. Champagne and tasty tapas are served in style on the Treehouse deck, while lengthy massages are offered under the evening sky. Here, guests are encouraged to feel unified with the natural elements and take advantage of this unique setting in which to do so.
So stylishly built and so lavishly equipped, Kingston adds to Lions Sands’ collection of Treehouses, which are offered to guests at the lodges as an alternative sleeping arrangement for a night or two out of their stay. It can be made up to accommodate families, giving children an enchanting opportunity to camp out in the African wild. Ideal for honeymoon getaways, Kingston Treehouse soars up the list of romantic destinations with its exclusive privacy and lullabies unique to the South African wild.
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