The summer is coming to an end and I’m not quite ready to grow up, head back to college and get back to responsibility. I can’t say I want to be a kid all the time but the thought of staying in a tree house and remembering younger years is a definite plus. Just like my child self, I still love animals, especially large animals; elephants, lions and anything else that isn’t the norm.
Africa, a place that doesn’t immediately come to mind for tree houses and relaxation, rather than four wheel drives and jungles, but on closer inspection is one of the most beautiful and romantic. Depending on where you stay, you will get a variety of options. Chole Mjini in Tanzania is on the top of my list. With open rooms, four poster beds and your own private bathing area it is the place to unwind, relax and get back to nature. Each room is private yet open. You can walk around without feeling intimidated someone at one of the six other tree houses can see you.
When you’re ready to leave your room you can go down to the picnic area next to the ocean for an intimate dinner; dining on fresh fish, coconut milk and lemon papaya soup. During the day you can go to the sand bank “Funguni” and have a picnic. It is a sand strip only assessable by boat and only appearing every day for six hours. The perfect spot to swim, read a few pages in your favorite novel and admire sea creatures. You can also learn to dive and swim with sea turtles. You will also share the sea with the Whale shark. It lives in these waters, eating as much plankton as his fifteen ton body can eat. Nearby the nest of Green and Hawksbill turtles are monitored by the Sea Sense Project giving guests an opportunity to watch baby turtles hatch out of their shell. There aren’t too many ways to get closer to nature than this.
As the days come to a close there are many possibilities of how you’d like to end it. You can travel to the nearby village for a stroll, head to one of the bars for an evening refreshment and watch the fruit bats, or for the ultimate experience go on a sunset sail.
While this isn’t your typical backyard tree house, this gives new meaning to sleeping under the stars, as the stars you see here will be among the brightest you’ve seen anywhere.