Wildnerness is our special place for more than one reason and after visiting Treedom Villas & Vardos, there is yet another reason to return. From late-afternoon laziness on a daybed under the trees and cooking up a storm in the villa’s well-equipped kitchen, to taking the buggy for a spin and exploring beautiful hiking trails, this is a place that needs to be on your bucket list when it comes to travelling local.
Treedom Villas & Vardos’ owners, Marc and Debbie, swapped their busy corporate lives for a quiet life in Wilderness and there’s no doubt that it was for the better. Be prepared for hosts that indulge you with the most interesting stories, fresh produce from their very own vegetable garden and just the feeling of freedom as you enter the gate. They’ve perfected their involvement in your stay in such a way that they enrich your experience by being inclusive without being intrusive, which is something not many destinations of the sort can say. In fact, they formed a rather large part of our experience and made us feel part of the community, which is largely what travel is about for us: Getting to do what locals do.
The best way to describe the villa would be: Luxurious quirkiness with a hint of humour. It has everything you need, from a super comfy, king-size bed with furry scatter cushions to an impressively equipped kitchenette with a gas stove and a bright orange whistling kettle.
The villa can sleep four people easily with the king-size bed at the bottom and two single beds upstairs. The décor is really something, with cheeky sayings against the wall and a bit of bling to add a touch of glam to a villa in Wilderness.
Below the villa is a large braai area with a lovely dining table and a gas braai, and a little pathway takes you from there to a boma hidden away between the trees. Next to the boma is a lovely daybed that allows for lazy sundowners whilst listening to birdsong and just enjoying the outdoors.
Probably one of the biggest highlights of our stay, was the sauna. Just on the other side of the villa is a sauna with two outdoor showers and a little table with two chairs where you can get in tune with nature on a whole new level. I’m not a nudist (not that it is necessarily discouraged at Treedom), but here I would get naked and sauna and shower on end. Seriously.
The sauna is perfect for couples wanting to spend some quality time together, heats up within an hour’s time and boasts infrared lights and hot stones with eucalyptus oil.
We hopped between the sauna and the outdoor showers at least three times and felt wonderfully relaxed afterwards. Definitely a must-do when you visit Treedom!
The villa comes with its own little two-seater Jeep buggy, which is awesome! We had so much fun with it, driving the allowed 3,5km route along the Langvlei Dunes and going out to the Malachite Bird Hide with it (with Marc, our host as tour guide). It added a whole new dimension to the experience at Treedom Villas & Vardos. The buggy can also be used to move your luggage from the parking area to the villa and back.
We stayed at Treedom Villas & Vardos for two nights and truly enjoyed exploring Wilderness and the area. On the first morning, we walked out to the Brownhooded Kingfisher Trail, which is pretty close to the villa. The hike is rather easy and leads you to a beautiful waterfall, which is also the point where you turn back. We didn’t check the map at the entrance, because we were distracted by trail workers who saw a snake and for some odd reason, we thought it was a circle route. So, we went up the mountain just to reach three different dead ends. Needless to say, we were paste afterwards and well, nothing like that sauna to fix our tired legs!
Treedom Villas & Vardos allowed us to feel free again – a feeling you don’t often get these days. And Wilderness, well, Wilderness will always be the place where the story of the expansion of our little family begins. 😉
Some more exciting things to do at Treedom:
- Take an early morning lake and river cruise with their speed boat (guided tour)
- Cruise with their all new electric boat (you can take the boat out on your own)
*The villa is completely disinfected as per COVID-19 regulations.