These grown-up luxury treehouse holidays serve romance with a playful twist.
From the Busanga Plains in Kafue National Park to the Zambezi River and her dramatic plunge at Victoria Falls, Zambia’s wilderness areas epitomise the rich natural beauty and diversity of the African bush. These are the spaces that make for unforgettable safaris, where lovebirds can go to celebrate the adventure that is spending life together.
If you’re a romantic, we have no doubt that these luxury treehouse holidays with Tongabezi Lodge and Chisa Busanga Camp will set your heart aflutter!
A luxury treehouse for romance by the river
When you step inside the Tongabezi Tree House it feels like crossing over into your own secret kingdom, hidden within the boughs of ancient ebony trees above the Zambezi River. You will feel far, far away from land-bound civilisation and, as you become immersed in the peaceful riverfront wilderness, you may never want to go back. And you wouldn’t be the first to think ‘maybe later’ when your scheduled departure date comes around!
The Tree House is built on top of one large wooden deck, which has been set into a basalt cliff front and opens out in the front for near 180-degree views of the river. The only way to reach this haven is by a single stone path that winds along the cliff face, so you and your partner get to enjoy this piece of the Zambezi all to yourselves. Well, there are some exceptions, but we think you’ll like them!
Dine on the elevated deck at eye level with the fish eagles, and cosy up on the loungers for a nightcap whilst listening to the calls of nocturnal birds – you may be some of the lucky few to hear the elusive Pel’s fishing owl. The shower is so close to the river that you could spot the eagle’s dinner swimming around, while the hippos might entertain you from below as you soak in a bubble bath.
When you’re ready to head out from the Tree House, the Zambezi is waiting to be experienced up-close – enjoy a boat cruise at sunrise, picnic lunch on a sandbar, and dinner on Tongabezi’s famous floating sampan. And of course, just over 10kms downstream from Tongabezi, Victoria Falls shows off beneath a halo of spray and rainbows.
A unique treehouse among the birds
Looking out from inside your Nest at Chisa Busanga Camp, you’ll have to pinch yourself to remember that you don’t have wings with which to fly over the Busanga Plains. The camp’s four suites have been inspired by the beautiful and ingenious design of the weaver bird’s nest and lined with the creature comforts needed for (human-sized) luxury treehouse holidays.
Nesting in the privacy and luxury of your own treehouse is made even more unforgettable by the quiet, enchanting wilderness of the Busanga Plains. The Nests sit four metres off the ground, so they share the shade of the terminalia and sausage trees with the birds that call them home. Each Nest has a short flight of wooden steps (one Nest has an elevator for travellers with limited mobility) that lead you to your home in the trees.
Inside each Nest is a private deck with a perch to give you a bird’s eye view of the plains and any of their wild residents that might be passing by. You can still enjoy the view from the comfort of the covers or the indoor shower, even though both the bed and the washroom are set back under the Nest structure. Keep a look out for elephants, zebra and buffalo!
From misty mornings to starry nights, the Busanga Plains puts on a spectacular show throughout the day. You’ll get to experience them quietly and softly on a solar-powered Silent Safari, using an electric safari vehicle (aka the ‘e-Cruiser’) and mountain bike. You can also ditch the wheels for a couple of hours and explore the bush on foot with one of the camp’s fun and knowledgeable guides.
Ready to have an adventure in Africa with your favourite person? Chat to us about these and other romantic safaris in Zambia and Malawi. We invite you to toast to long-lasting love in the African bush!
All images of Chisa Busanga Camp and the safari activities on the Busanga Plains were photographed by Chase Björnson Creative.