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“A unique little niche” 4 of 5 stars
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Motlala Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa   |  
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Wheatland, Wyoming
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“A unique little niche”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Marc's certainly won't be every bodies cup of tea but I absolutely loved the place!
I had booked a tent type accommodation but was show to a treehouse, number 5, the highest one in camp. I reluctantly pointed out their error but they said it was their mistake so I could have it for my two night stay. It was a piece of heaven with a commanding view across a water course that provided the soundtrack for an excellent nights sleep. It is a treehouse made of native materials so you could see through the cracks in the wall between sticks. Not bug proof by any means but I never saw a bug in the room while there. I did see many monkeys that had an Oliver Twist look that seemed to say, "please sir, could you leave your room open? We surely would like to go inside."! They were not allowed in and the room was secure enough that they couldn't gain access. The facilities were down the stairs, across the path and open air. I gave it a 3 for cleanliness simply because it is open to nature, not because of any staff failings.
The staff of the lodge were very nice and provided excellent service and food(BD). After dinner there was a fire pit to sit around and tell stories, one of the best single evenings was listening to a guide tell his tales and make animal sounds he uses to draw predators in. Animals wander freely through the grounds and a simple walk to the dining area provided buffalo sightings and dung beetles doing what they do with buffalo exhaust!
The only nick was late on our Kruger game drive. We stopped at the Timbavati picnic area and saw elephant in the pools of the mostly dry river bed. We started down the Timbavati Road but then back tracked the way we had come. I questioned the guide because I knew the best chance for seeing game would be along the river bed. He claimed that route was much longer and we would barely make the Orpen Gate before it closed. The difference between the route was barely three kilometers AND the closing time at the gate was actually 45 minutes later than he claimed. We reached the gate a half hour before his stated closing time, we had more than enough time to drive the better route. As a matter of fact basically the only animals we saw after turning around were once we rejoined the river along the Orpen-Satara road. It is very hard not to see this as deliberate abuse of paying customers who would never realize anything was out of line. And this is exactly a complaint voiced the night before by the guide who was talking at the fire. I had experienced this elsewhere in Africa and I think it is nothing but laziness on the parts of some guides. This was not done by the people at the lodge but it was by a guide they employed, otherwise I would have given them the highest score possible.

Room Tip: Tree house #5 is the highest with great views.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Dec 16-22, 2012, We spent two nights at Tremisana (with a night at MoAfrica at the start & finish) before 4 nights at Marc's Treehouse Camp. Both were fabulous and exactly as advertised/described! If you read the reviews and email any questions, you won't be surprised by anything such as critters in the camp, bath or treehouses. The guides were knowledgeable and informative (thanks Theo, Elvis, Texan, Dominic). We saw elephants, hippos, zebras & waterbuffalo shortly after we arrived! The staff was helpful and friendly (thanks Margaret & Pretty!). They arranged a very special welcome at our treehouse for our anniversary evening! We went on safari 3 days into Kruger and saw the Big Five each day!!! Twice on one day- for a total of four times!!!! Incredible experience! We saw every animal you can think of except the wild dogs and we saw them at the rehab center. We recommend that tour for everyone. You really need to understand what the villagers and the animals face as they try to live together. Thanks to Terry at Budget Safari, Piero at Viva and Anthony at MoAfrica for making our trip memorable. Dean & Kelly C, Tennessee, USA

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We stayed for a couple of nights to do Kruger safari. The service was exceptionally poor. On three occasions our group was split up and had to wait for hours to do pe-organised activities, due to a lack of planning in their part - they were completely disorganised. The place ran out of bottled water to buy on both days so we bought it elsewhere. We were told that it would be safe in the communal fridge as the hostess watched this but all three of our bottles were stolen, with the hostess not really caring. We were severaly overcharged to do a small load of washing for 150 rand (elsewhere this was 50 rand). It's about 50 minutes drive to the park entry. Would highly recommend staying elsewhere.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Just concluded our 5 days 4 nights safari trip with Viva Safaris at Tremisana Lodge and Marc's Treehouse Lodge, out of which we spent 3 nights at Marc's Treehouse. The entire experience was just amazing. Our treehouse at Marc's had an ensuite but we were placed at the extreme end of camp so it was a real authentic experience. The staff do a really good job keeping the rooms clean but bugs and rodents do get in from time to time. It's not a pest problem - it's a treehouse to start with! I must admit I am afraid of bugs but even I found the treehouse manageable.

The staff went out of their way to make sure that we're comfortable and the food was just delicious. We spent 2 full days out of 5 days speeding through Kruger Park on an open game viewing vehicle and managed to see every Big 5, even the leopard! The guides are all very knowledgeable and dedicated to their craft. Ashleigh injured her knuckle while with us on the sunset drive and still drove us around Kruger 2 days after. We spotted everything but the leopard on that trip. On the next day, Texan must have driven us through half the park to make sure we cover as much ground as possible to spot the elusive leopard. We finally spotted the beautiful animal lying on the grass at about 4pm. It was only later that we learned that we had spent 8 years working for Kruger Park before and knew every nook and cranny of that place!

All in all, our trip with Marc's Treehouse Lodge and Viva Safaris was great value for money and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an authentic bush-living experience while still wanting to keep some basic creature comforts.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

We booked this accommodation as part of a 3-day safari and spent 2 nights in a treehouse. Although we had the option of more civilised accommodation, we decided to stay in one of the oldest treehouses (with no en suite bathroom) for a close-to-nature experience.

The bed (with mosquito net) was not really clean and we decided to sleep in our clothes. The food was very basic, but ok.

If you want the thrill of a chance encounter with a leopard or buffalo, or meeting antelope on your way to breakfast, this might be the place for you. If you don't like ants, mosquitos or spiders, go for the more civilised option.

Even though we felt a little uncomfortable at the time, we don't regret staying here, as the experience was fantastic - one morning we saw a buffalo (one of the "Big Five") lying on the other side of the stream from our balcony.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

The lodge is really nice with beautiful scenery, active wildlife, excellent dinners and breakfasts, and comfortable accommodations. The staff is very friendly and willing to answer any questions you have.I stayed in a tree house and it was really fun, and, surprising mosquito free. The netting works really well! My tree house also had an attached bathroom including shower and was incredibly spacious. I would highly recommend staying here!

Room Tip: Tree houses have mosquito netting while tents are completely closed in. Some tree houses have bathro...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Went with a group of 24 from our school. Staff was super accommodating, friendly and helpful. Atmosphere was pretty surreal because all sorts of wildlife (monkeys, impalas, etc.) walk all around you. Tree houses were spacious and relatively clean (the staff did a good job cleaning but you obviously have some bugs that creep in). There was a bathroom and shower in the tree house as well. Food was delicious and had plenty of variety. Especially loved breakfast (muffins were awesome!). All of the safari guides were also very knowledgeable, friendly and drove us around for hours so we could see the Big 5 and more! Overall awesome experience.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Motlala Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
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Ranked #89 of 144 Specialty Lodging in Kruger National Park
Number of rooms: 21
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Marc`s Treehouse Hotel Kruger National Park

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