CARRIE HAMPTON, SAFARI START
“Staying at Tree Lodge made all the difference to my onward journey into the bush, which always involves dawn awakenings and so many new experiences which can be quite exhausting. Unlike some fellow travellers, I arrived in the Delta cool, calm and collected and ready for whatever wild Africa was going to throw at me.”
GEMMA PITCHER, THE TOURIST
“The tents, set well apart from each other along sandy forest paths, are truly magnificent, with stunning siligna wood floors, polished to a golden glow, that reflect the sunlight streaming in through the many windows. Cushions trimmed with animal designs set off the creamy cotton bed linen, and arriving on a blustery rainy-season night, I spent a blissful hour or so soaking in the enormous claw-footed tub that dominates the bathroom. For hotter days, a shower is set outside on a deck among the whisperings and rustlings of the forest.
The Tree Lodge’s two new ‘honeymoon suites’ are elegantly romantic, with a sunken bath looking onto the bush from behind a plate glass window, decadent ostrich feather decorations, an outdoor shower and a private patio with sliding doors out into the bush. The suites can also be turned into triple rooms with the addition of an extra bed.
As one might expect, the food that accompanies such high-class accommodation is excellent and plentiful, with substantial cooked breakfasts to send guests on their way in the mornings. It’s no surprise that many returning visitors now demand two nights, rather than one, in this unique haven before their reluctant departure for the airport and the real world.”
Horst, Cape Town
“What a gem! In a small town (Maun) where you have a shortage of small, high-quality but affordable lodges, The Royal Tree Lodge features as my favorite! You have to travel approximately 15 minutes out-of-town and you’ll find a very personal, relaxed and most professional atmosphere. Situated on a private game reserve, they also have smaller trails and various game on site. Dinners are on a communal basis, all guests share one table. At night the two resident genets come and visit!”
“It’s a lovely lodge I wish you the opportunity to stay there. Their rooms are amazing! They are enormous, with a bath tub inside. You can enjoy a hot shower outside below the sky and stars. (The sky is absolutely awesome in Africa). Staff great,and very kind. The dinner and breakfast are amazing. Specially the cheese omelette. The Lodg is worth staying in for stay a few days. The only down side
is the road you have to cross to rise it. It’s a difficult road to Maun and quite far.”
“My wife and I stayed in one of the Honeymoon Suites. We loved the suite and the décor. Lots of room and a great bed. What excitement when we encountered Oryx on the footpath to the Lodge. The food was very good and we enjoyed meeting other visitors from around the world. The resident genet would come from the top of the large tree outside the Lodge and entertain at dinner. The horseback safari was an unexpected good time for someone who has not been on a horse for several decades. We can unreservedly recommend the Royal Tree Lodge for great service, food , and a fun time in Botswana.”
“Julius, I would once again like to thank you for your hospitality at the Royal Tree Lodge last week, when I was there with my guests Schuler. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. You manage the best Lodge in and around Maun very well. Thanks Again.”
We were delighted with this property. We stayed in Hornbill which is a thatched self-contained unit. Well equipped with an outside garden shower and inside bath,it is reached from the main building by a well marked path. There were delightful extras like beautifully wrapped hand-made soaps. The staff were friendly and knowledgable and always at hand for those snacks or drinks. The food was good, well cooked colonial style meals and dinner was taken on a communal table on the dining room terrace. A glass of wine is included with dinner and there is even a genet that occasionally makes an appearance.The evenings were remarkably mosquito free and we were told that where was no malaria in the area. You do need a 4 wheel drive to get there and take advantage of the surrounding area. There is savannah, riverine and woodland here so the birdlife life is great, over 400 species have been recorded. The Lodge is not for profit and an orphanage and local health projects are supported which makes it even more special.”