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Accommodation in Klaserie Private Nature Reserve

Marc's Treehouse Lodge

An Unforgettable Treehouse Experience

Marc’s Treehouse Lodge offers rustic but comfortable accommodation geared to put one in close contact with the sights, sounds and scents of the wild. The treehouses are made of wood and reeds under thatch and blend harmoniously into the dense riverine vegetation.

Creature comforts include electric fans, mosquito nets and comfortable beds, with linen, towels and soap provided. Each treehouse has its own private ablutions and has a viewing deck overlooking the perennial Klaserie River or the “Breakfast” Dam, where animals often come to drink.

The treehouses are unobtrusively located on the elevated banks of the river, providing excellent views of the terrain. Marc’s Treehouse Lodge is part of the Motlala Game Reserve which boasts well-watered grazing for its varied fauna. White and Black Rhino, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra along with the numerous antelope have made the Motlala Reserve a real wildlife paradise.

Among the predators, Leopard and Hyena are more often heard than seen. The nights at Marc’s Treehouse Lodge are enriched by the calls of its denizens : the eerie whoops of hyena; the spine-tingling wail of jackals , the distant roar of lions and the plaintive cry of the thick-tailed bushbaby add an unforgettable aural dimension to one’s appreciation of the bush

Marc's Treehouse Lodge, adjacent to the Cheetah Inn and on the Klaserie River, part of the 3000 ha Motlala Game Reserve, is an easy 5 hour drive from Johannesburg. The tar road comes all the way to the front gate.

Blessed with a romantic aura of unspoiled Africa, Marc's Treehouse Lodge is situated in a game rich bushveld paradise. Twelve rustic reed-and-thatch treehouses, each with individual facilities, accommodate a maximum of 32 guests. Three of the treehouses are built around an illuminated waterhole, often frequented by the resident buffalo herd, while nine treehouses are discreetly situated in gallery forest along the river. There is a swimming pool, outside bar and three Boma venues for dining. The treehouses are rustic and charming and have lanterns to brighten the African night.

The reserve is home to abundant game species: Rhino, buffalo, leopard, hyena, giraffe, zebra, eland, tsessebe, wildebeest, waterbuck, kudu, impala, nyala, bushbuck, duiker, jackal, serval and other small game. The reason for this high concentration of game is the abundance of water on the reserve. The perennial Klaserie River is home to otter, crocodile and hippo and attracts abundant bird life, including such specials as Narina Trogon, Purple-crested Loerie and African Finfoot.

Room Description

Treehouse 1: Privately located and linked to the other treehouses by bridge across a seasonal stream, treehouse # 1 is built on stilts. It has a double bed and is en suite. It has a bench very close to the river and at night the gurgling of the water as it flows through the rapids adds a soothing effect.

Treehouse 2 :One of the original treehouses, this unit has three branches of a Jackalberry tree growing right inside . The view from the deck is unsurpassed. It has two single beds and outside toilet and open air shower.

Treehouse 3: The largest treehouse at the Lodge, this treehouse has a Natal Mahogany tree as its one corner support. It is ideal for families and has a double bed and three single beds. The toilet is just outside the front steps a short way from a double shower under thatch. A bench overlooks a wide bend in the river. Bench outside the front door of the treehouse

Treehouse 4: Another original treehouse, built up high above the ground, supported by a Matumi tree. When the river is in flood, this unit is completely surrounded by water and access to the treehouse is via high wooden stairs. The toilet and shower are under cover at the bottom of the stairs. This treehouse has a double bed.

Treehouse 5 :The highest treehouse at the Lodge, this unit is over 10 m above the ground and is built in a sprawling White Stinkwood tree. The view above the treetops is exceptional. It has two single beds and is serviced by an outside toilet and open air shower.

Treehouse 6: Built on stilts under a dense canopy of trees, this unit has four single beds and is en suite. The outside deck affords a great view of the reeds in the river, a favourite hang-out for buffalo.

Treehouse 7: Built high on a steep bank, this treehouse has an excellent view of the bend in the Klaserie River. It has a double bed and is en suite.

Treehouse 8: Built on stilts alongside a beautiful granite rock extrusion, this unit has five single beds. The deck has a tree growing through it and has place for those who are adventurous enough to sleep on their mattress under the stars. Ablutions are nearby and consist of a double shower and two separate toilets.

Treehouse 9: At the extreme end of the property, this unit is accessed via a path through large rocks. It has a double bed and is en suite. Nyala are often seen here.

Treehouse 10: This unit has an enclosed section with two single beds and two more beds near the windows. It is en suite and overlooks the Breakfast Dam. It is the nearest treehouse to the Boma.

Treehouse 11: Built under the shade of a sprawling Jackalberry tree, this unit is en suite and has a double bed. It has an excellent view of the Breakfast Dam.

Treehouse 12: Originally the manager’s unit, this treehouse has two rooms each with two single beds. It has an excellent view of the top end of Breakfast Dam and is the nearest unit to the main lodge.

Guest houses:

Guest House 1 :
Double Bed , en suite facilities , overhead fan , mosquito net
Guest House 2 : 2 Single Beds . en suite facilities. overhead fan . mosquito net

Marc's Adventure Camp
Built on a separate area of Marc's Camp, the Adventure Camp comprises 8 en suite chalets. A large covered entertainment centre includes a TV room, a lounge and a dining room. Wild animals including buffalo and rhino walk freely through the camp area adding a sense of adventure to our clients' experience.

A swimming pool and open boma are centrally situated within the circle of eight chalets. The chalets are very spacious, are fully tiled and are supplied with beds, linen, soap and towels and overhead fans. Safaris staying at the Adventure Camp are extremely well priced. The chalets constitute unbelievably good value accommodation when compared to other budget safaris offering small tents.

The camp is designed to allow our guests a truly African experience. There is a swimming pool, outside bar and three Boma venues for dining. The treehouses are rustic and charming and have lanterns to brighten the African night.

Inclusions / Exclusions

Rate Include:
Accommodation & VAT @ 14%

Rates Exclude:
Meals and Optional Activities

Extra information

Marc's Adventure Camp is ideal for groups, colleges, churches, adventure clubs and corporate groups. The Camp comprises eight 8-bedded chalets that form a ring around a central boma, swimming pool, volleyball court and basketball court. Each chalet is tiled and has electric lights, toilet, shower and overhead fan. Individual chalets are also suitable for family groups.

A large conference room with wildlife educational displays, doubles up as a covered dinning room, lecture theatre or activities area. A state-of-the art obstacle course, built around a dam, allows for numerous thrills and spills.
Teambuilding, leadership and motivational courses can also be arranged with activities such as abseiling, climbing, raft-building, tubing, white water rafting, clay pigeon shooting and orienteering. There are also courses on bush survival skills and stargazing.

Nearby attractions include the Mokwalo White Lion Project, Kapama Cheetah Project, Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and the Swadini Reptile Park.