The best defence against the neighbouring head-hunting tribe? Even in 2012 the Korowai, a Papuan tribe in the southeast of Irian Jaya find a Tree House is just the ticket.
A Tree House or fort is defined as a platform, elevated above tree level that is constructed around, next to or amongst the trunks or branches of one or more mature trees. The structure is supported by stilts, friction and tension fasteners or suspended connections.
A Tree House happens to be eco-friendly by virtue of the fact that forest is not cleared to make space for the new build. Tree Houses have alsofamously been used as a method of defence against deforestation – Julia Butterfly Hill once lived 60 m above the ground for 738 days to save a Californian Redwood and its neighbours!!
Even if you have neither head hunter avoidance, nor deforestation circumvention on your immediate agenda you might still want to consider a Tree House for your next vacation…
Our pick of the most spectacular:
Tsala Treetop Lodge, Garden Route, South Africa
Wheatleigh Hotel’s Aviary Lenox, Massachusetts, USA
Tarzan Tree House Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel Manaus, Brazil
Tranquil Resort,Wayanad, Kerala , India
Hinchonbrook Island Wilderness Lodge
Tree House Lodge, Limón, Costa Rica
And then there is the TONGABEZI LODGE TREE HOUSE….