Safaris Staying at Marc's Treehouse Lodge
 

All safaris staying at Marc's Treehouse Lodge have the first night at TREMISANA GAME LODGE

Imagine……………….. inhale the fresh balmy air of African Bushveld. Fall asleep to the gurgling of the river, interrupted by the eerie whoops of hyena, spine-chilling wails of jackals and the plaintive cry of the thick-tailed bushbaby. Awaken to the melodious chorus of birdsong and watch the activity of wildlife drinking at the river or at our spotlit waterhole. Walk along the pristine banks of the perennial Klaserie River amongst huge Sycamore Figs and giant Matumi trees……….this is Marc’s Treehouse Lodge.

View of Breakfast Dam

Accommodation at Marc’s is secure, comfortable and relaxed. We offer 12 treehouses : four original units built in the trees with designated private ablutions on the ground below and eight en suite units built on stilts within the tree canopy. Three treehouses overlook an illuminated waterhole, often frequented by our resident buffalo herd while nine treehouses are discreetly nestled in gallery forest along the river. Each treehouse is equipped with beds and linen, soap and towels, overhead fan, mosquito nets and wooden viewing deck. In addition we have added two brick and mortar guest houses as well as seven equipped canvas tents for those of our clients that prefer these types of accommodation

Rustic treehouse overlooking the dam

Marc’s Treehouse Lodge has a swimming pool, a bush bar and a rustic boma where 3 course meals are served. After your evening meal, which always has a typical African flavour, you can relax around the crackling campfire and share your impressions of the day’s wildlife highlights and adventures.

 

ITINERARIES

LODGE/TREEHOUSE SAFARIS:

 

THREE DAY LODGE/TREEHOUSE SAFARI

1 night TREMISANA LODGE 1 night MARC's TREEHOUSES

3 hour SUNSET DRIVE at BALULE PLAINS Big 5 Reserve
BUSH BRAAI at MARULA TREE BOMA
FULL DAY IN KRUGER ON OPEN GAMEVIEWER
1 hour MORNING BUSHWALK
BLYDE CANYON HIGHLlGHTS

DAY ONE : Pick up from your hostel or Johannesburg Airport and travel in an airconditioned vehicle via Dullstroom or Nelspruit to Tremisana Lodge. After a short break ( swim/ early Sundowner at the bar ) you board the open Landcruiser for a 3 hour sunset drive. Your qualified guide will facilitate your first sightings of Africa's varied fauna. We stop for photos of the magnificent African sunset. After dark, your guide will use a powerful spotlight to locate nocturnal animals. We drive to the beautiful Marula Tree Boma where a ranger awaits you. Around a crackling fire, he expertly prepares your meat. After dinner continue with the night drive and arrive at TREMISANA LODGE where you will be accommodated in an air conditioned en suite chalet.

Vervet Monkey silhouette against African sunset at Marc's.

DAY TWO : After breakfast we board our open Gameviewer that provides unbeatable opportunities for a total sensual wildlife experience. These vehicles offer superior viewing and the absence of windows allows you to hear and smell the African bush and its denizens. Your experienced guide will show you many animals and birds that frequent this wildlife paradise. The Orpen/ Satara region has open plains with numerous herds of giraffe, zebra and antelope that attract the big cats. Dinner and overnight in your fascinating treehouse at Marc’s Treehouse Lodge.

Nyala joins guests for breakfast

DAY THREE : Early morning game walk accompanied by your armed ranger. You will attempt to get close to the numerous animals that have made their home at Marc’s, especially nyala, buffalo and rhino. After breakfast, you drive via the Blyde River Canyon on your return to Johannesburg where you arrive in the late afternoon. Airport dropoff by arrangement.

TARIFFS:

2014 TARIFFS : R 6195 sharing ; R 6695 single ; R 3895 child

TARIFFS include all transfers, all entry fees, all game drives and game walks and accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Excluded are lunches,drinks, gratuities and personal items

Interior of treehouse equipped with fan and mosquito nets.

 

Interior of guesthouse

FOUR DAY LODGE/TREEHOUSE SAFARI

1 night TREMISANA LODGE 2 nights MARC's TREEHOUSES

3 hour SUNSET DRIVE at BALULE PLAINS Big 5 Reserve
BUSH BRAAI at MARULA TREE BOMA
4 hour BIG FIVE BUSH WALK
2 hour GAME DRIVE on BALULE
FULL DAY IN KRUGER ON OPEN GAMEVIEWER
1 hour MORNING BUSHWALK
BLYDE CANYON HIGHLlGHTS

DAY ONE : We collect our clients from all hotels and guesthouses in Gauteng as well as from Johannesburg Airport. We travel via farmlands to the picturesque Lowveld and on to Tremisana Game Lodge in the Balule Section of the Kruger Park. After a short break, during which you may unwind at the bar, have a swim or relax in the tropical gardens, we board the open Landcruiser for a 3h Sunset Drive. Your guide will show you various animals and birds and after darkness falls, we use spotlights to locate nocturnal species. Dinner will be an unforgettable BUSH BRAAI at the amazing Marula Tree Boma. Overnight in comfortable air-conditioned en suite thatch-roofed chalets at Tremisana.

Brilliant lion sighting taken on sunset drive.

 

DAY TWO : Awaken at sunrise for an exhilarating day of unforgettable bush life. Drive to a remote part of the Balule Plains, where you enjoy a 4h Bush Walk. Your experienced field guide will lead you through the bush. The thrill of following Africa’s large animals until you can take a photo will remain with you forever. Adrenalin surges will be acute, notwithstanding the presence of your armed ranger. Return to Tremisana for brunch. At 14h30 we go on an afternoon game drive. Transfer to Marc’s Treehouse Lodge where accommodation is in fascinating and romantic treehouses.

DAY THREE : We travel to the Kruger Park where we board our open Gameviewer. The absence of windows and elevated vantage position allow for excellent photographic opportunities. You will have an amazing chance not only to view game but also to listen to and smell the African bush and its denizens. There will be regular stops at picnic spots and rest camps. Your experienced ranger will show you many animals and birds that frequent this wildlife paradise. The Orpen-Satara region boasts open plains and supports large herds of zebra, giraffe and antelope that attract numerous predators. In fact the zones we visit have the highest concentration of lions in Africa !

DAY FOUR : Enjoy an early morning walk accompanied by an armed ranger. We then drive to the awesome Three Rondawels and the Blyde River Canyon. Return to Gauteng in the late afternoon. Airport dropoff by arrangement.

TARIFFS

2014 TARIFFS : R 6495 sharing ; R 6995 single ; R 4295 child

TARIFFS include all transfers, all entry fees, all game drives and game walks and accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Excluded are lunches,drinks, gratuities and personal items

 

High in the Treetops

FIVE DAY LODGE/TREEHOUSE SAFARI

1 night TREMISANA LODGE 3 nights MARC's TREEHOUSES

3 hour SUNSET DRIVE at BALULE PLAINS Big 5 Reserve
BUSH BRAAI at MARULA TREE BOMA
4 hour BIG FIVE BUSH WALK
2 hour GAME DRIVE on BALULE
FULL DAY IN KRUGER ON OPEN GAMEVIEWER
MOHOLOHOLO REHABILITATION CENTER
3 hour GAME DRIVE at TSHUKUDU Big 5 Game Reserve
1 hour MORNING BUSHWALK
BLYDE CANYON HIGHLlGHTS

DAY ONE : Pick up from your hostel in Johannesburg or Pretoria or O R Tambo airport and drive to Tremisana Game Lodge in the Balule Section of Kruger. There is time for a rest in your air-conditioned chalet or a swim or a drink at the bar. Board our open Landcruiser for a 3h game drive on Balule Plains. After stopping to watch the magnificent African sunset, we use spotlights to identify nocturnal species. Dinner is a Bush Braai at Marula Tree Boma and overnight at Tremisana Lodge.

DAY TWO : Awaken before sunrise for a cuppa and rusks. We drive to the Olifants River where our armed ranger conducts a 4h Big Five Game Walk. Adrenalin rushes will be acute, notwithstanding the presence of your armed field guide. Return to Tremisana for Brunch. At around 14h30 we enjoy a 2hr game drive on the open Landcruiser. Transfer to Marc’s Treehouse Lodge where accommodation is reserved in a charming and fascinating treehouse. Dinner and overnight at Marc’s Treehouse Lodge.

DAY THREE : Full day on an open Gameviewer in Kruger Park. Your ranger will attempt to show you all of the Big Five. The area we visit has excellent visibility of open plains, home to numerous herds of zebra, giraffe, wildebeest and other antelope, that attract many lions. Elephant, buffalo and rhino are also abundant.

DAY FOUR : After breakfast, we travel to the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre for injured and orphaned animals and birds. You will have an opportunity to get close and personal to some of the residents, including lions and leopards. After lunch, you drive to Tremisana. At around 15h00 we drive to TSHUKUDU GAME LODGE. After High Tea, we enjoy a 3 hour game drive in the Big Five Tshukudu Game Reserve.

DAY FIVE : Early morning game walk accompanied by an armed ranger who will show you spoor and droppings of animals big and small. The walk concentrates on plants, birds and insects that are not normally appreciated from a vehicle. From time to time, dangerous animals such as Buffalo, Black Rhino and Leopard are encountered. After breakfast, we drive via the Three Rondawels of the Blyde River Canyon en route to Johannesburg where we arrive in the late afternoon.  Airport drop off by arrangement.

TARIFFS

2014 TARIFFS : R 7195 sharing ; R 7695 single ; R 4695 child

TARIFFS include all transfers, all entry fees, all game drives and game walks and accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Excluded are lunches,drinks, gratuities and personal items

 

SIX DAY LODGE/TREEHOUSE SAFARI

1 night TREMISANA LODGE 4 nights MARC's TREEHOUSES

As per the FIVE DAY SAFARI above, with an additional day spent game viewing in the Kruger Park.

TARIFFS

2014: R7895 sharing ; R8395 single; R4995 child

 

LODGE/TENT SAFARIS:

Accommodation consists of three double-bedded, two twin-bedded and two four-bedded tents supplied with beds, bedding, towels and soap, electric lights and electric fan. Ablutions include three separate showers and three separate toilets. We offer 3, 4 and 5-day packages.


Comfortable double bed and bedding in secure tent

THREE DAY LODGE/TENT SAFARI

1 night TREMISANA LODGE 1 night TENT

Day One :Pick up from your hostel or Johannesburg Airport and travel in an airconditioned vehicle via Dullstroom or Nelspruit to Tremisana Lodge. After a short break ( swim/ early Sundowner at the bar ) you board the open Landcruiser for a 3 hour sunset drive. Your qualified guide will facilitate your first sightings of Africa's varied fauna. We stop for photos of the magnificent African sunset. After dark, your guide will use a powerful spotlight to locate nocturnal animals. Dinner will be an unforgettable BUSH BRAAI around a crackling fire at our new MARULA TREE BOMA. After dinner, we continue with our night drive and arrive at TREMISANA LODGE where you will be accommodated in comfortable en suite chalets.


Our tents are on elevated concrete bases thus avoiding muddy conditions

Day Two : After breakfast you travel on the open-sided Gameviewer to the Orpen Gate of Kruger. The added elevation and absence of windows allow for excellent viewing and photographic opportunities. Your qualified guide will show you various animals, large and small, that frequent this outstanding wildlife paradise. The zone of Kruger you visit has the highest percentage population of giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and impala that attract numerous lions and other predators. Dinner and overnight in well-appointed tents with bed and bedding, soap and towels, electric light and fan.

Day Three : We have an early morning Bush Walk accompanied by an armed ranger. You will be shown various interesting details of the bush, including insects, spoor and scats. You have an excellent chance of encountering buffalo, nyala and other game on foot. After breakfast, we drive to the Three Rondawels of the Blyde River Canyon. We return you to your hostel or airport at around 17h00.


Interior of four bedded tent

2014 TARIFFS : R 5195 sharing ; R 5695 single ; R 3495 child

Tariffs are all-inclusive. Excluded are lunches, drinks and personal items

FOUR DAY LODGE/TENT SAFARI

1 night TREMISANA LODGE 2 nights TENT

The itinerary is the same as for the Three Day Tented experience with the additional day as follows : Wake up early and drive to the Olifants River where armed rangers will conduct a Bush Walk. They will try to track and approach the Big Five on foot. Return to Tremisana for Brunch. At 15h00 board the open Landcruiser for a 2 hour afternoon game drive. Transfer to Marc’s Treehouse Lodge where you have dinner and overnight.

2014 TARIFFS : R 5495 sharing ; R 5795 single ; R 3795 child

Tariffs are all-inclusive. Excluded are lunches, drinks and personal items


Exterior of double-bedded tent

FIVE DAY LODGE/TENT SAFARI

1 night TREMISANA LODGE 3 nights TENT

The itinerary is the same as for the Four Day Tented Experience with the additional day as follows : Morning visit to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre where you will learn a lot about conservation and get close and personal to all the inmates including lions, leopards and cheetah. After lunch drive to Tremisana. At 15h00 we drive to Tshukudu Game Lodge in time for High Tea. Then we enjoy a 3 hour game drive at Tshukudu Big Five Game Reserve. Dinner and overnight at Marc’s.

2014 TARIFFS : R 6195 sharing ; R 6695 single ; R 4195 child

Tariffs are all-inclusive. Excluded are lunches, drinks and personal items

 

SIX DAY LODGE/TENT SAFARI

1 night TREMISANA LODGE 4 nights TENT

The itinerary is as for the 5 day tented safari with the additional day spent game viewing in Kruger Park.

2014 : R 6995 sharing ; R 7995 single ; R4695 child

Tariffs are all-inclusive. Excluded are lunches, drinks and personal items

 

RECENT GUEST FEEDBACK

“Excellent hosts Thalitha and Pretty”
- Haresh R, Irvine, California, October 2013

My family is so jealous after looking at over 2600 pics and videos. They so badly want to go back to this place. I just love the way they (Thalitha, Pretty and Nerai) treat people. They make you feel like you known them from ages. I just come back from the 3 day Safari with Viva Safari's staying at both Tremisana & Marcs Treehouse Lodge. We are mature travellers who normally like a bit of luxury but what an amazing experience we had staying with them. We certainly enjoyed staying in the Treehouses, you can't get an experience like that in too many places... waking up to the Impala's drinking from the river belong you & on your morning walk around the reserve coming face to face with 4 Buffalo & a family of niyalas. We even had breakfast sitting on rocks watching the Hippos. The staff are amazing. Reymond and all the other staff have a wealth of knowledge & went out of their way to enable us to see 4 of the BIG FIVE - sadly no Leopards on this trip. Thalitha, Pretty and Nerai provided good wholesome fresh food & it was great to share stories with other guests from around the world over breakfast & around the fire in the evening. We found all costs reasonable & would recommend if you want something a little different - I can't wait to go back with my family next year.

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“Such great memories”
April 2013

Its taken a long time to finally make time to write this review. To all the kind and friendly staff at Marc's Tree House I am really sorry it did not come sooner.

For anyone who truly wants a bush experience and isn't into over-pretentious lodges - this is the place for you! The tree lodge is truly a unique experience. I would really recommend this for couples who are looking for a rustic yet romantic getaway. Every morning we awoke to the sounds of nature and the smell of the forest!! For those on a tighter budget - the tented accommodation is great for a boys weekend or even a family with kids!

The food is basic but tasty and I simply loved the way we all sat at one big table - its a great way to meet the other guests and share your stories.

One recommendation for the ladies who are frightened of spiders - ask for a cabin with a shower in the room - there are ones with outdoor showers and toilets.

Thanks once again to all the staff at the lodge who made our stay so enjoyable - you were amazing !!

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“Coolest room yet, great safari, awesome staff- amazing time!”
Marc's Treehouse Lodge
 
LanaKB - California, USA
May 26, 2012

My husband and I are on a world tour and both said we have to do a safari in Africa! Our backpackers place, Mbizi (which was also a great place to stay in Jo'berg) set it all up for us and we did a 3 day safari staying at Marc's. When we read treehouse we didn't think "actual treehouse" but that's what we got and it was the experience of a lifetime, truly! The staff is great there, breakfast & dinner are all made there and delicious ! It was an all around fantastic time! can't recommend enough! If you want to see the actual treehouse go to our site chasethesummer dot com and you can see our room, the place and the safari.

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