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.
- Also Known As:
- Marc`s Treehouse Hotel Kruger National Park