on April 29, 2006
The original Treetops Hotel was first opened in 1932. Presently, there are 50 twin bedrooms. Bathroom facilities are shared. Considering we were actually in the middle of nowhere, the accommodations were luxurious. There was a cozy bar and restaurant. Seating was informal, with tables and bench seats. The rooms were small, with single beds, but they all had a window.My room overlooked the watering hole. I think they all do, since there are actually two watering hotels. The hotel would "buzz" each room when there was some interesting happening at the watering hole. The night I stayed there, I got to see a rhino and her baby. Even without being buzzed, I was waking up often and looking out the window. Who can sleep with all this going on around you? There were windows everywhere in the hotel, so you never missed what was going on.We had to make a short hike through the brush to get to the hotel. Camouflaged hideouts were positioned in case an animal would be nearby. That was a little nerve-wracking. It was fun watching from the hotel's various decks as the animals came to enjoy the salt lick and watering hole below us. The hotel is built on stilts, so they were roaming around beneath us at all hours of the day and night. My camera got a good workout.The price of the overnight stay was included in my safari tour, so I am making a rough estimate on the actual price of a 1-night stay, but it was worth every penny. It was a never-to-be-forgotten trip of a lifetime.
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