Even people with vertigo or a fear of heights cannot resist the happy feeling of floating! I suppose it’s just one of those magical and mysterious things in life. To live in close connection with the trees is what I dreamed of as a child. I loved the voyeurism of looking down and the certainty of not being seen from below, hidden between branches and leaves.

FLOAT CAMPING
IN THE TREES

Category: Travel     Text: Rea Garvey

“Tentsiles are stretched like a tent between a group of trees.
They combine the comfort of a hammock with the protection of a tent.
With them, you can find the most incredible views!”

Even people with vertigo or a fear of heights cannot resist the happy feeling of floating! I suppose it’s just one of those magical and mysterious things in life. To live in close connection with the trees is what I dreamed of as a child. I loved the voyeurism of looking down and the certainty of not being seen from below, hidden between branches and leaves.
When I first saw these tree tents, called Tentsiles, I was immediately completely captivated by their charm! Tentsiles are stretched like a tent between a group of trees. They combine the comfort of a hammock with the protection of a tent. With them, you can find the most incredible views!
Unfortunately, slacklining (a popular sport similar to tightrope walking) is not one of my talents. But I know some slackliners who live under the trees when they are out on backpacking trips, and somehow that always sounded pretty romantic and exotic to me.
I have to admit, the list of all the things I want to do in my life is getting longer and longer. But to sleep under the stars, hovering above the ground, between the trees sounds like THE experience of a lifetime! I will keep you up to date as soon as there is more to report!
God Bless,
REA
A childhood dream came true…
The initial idea of the Tentsiles arose from the mind of a six-year-old boy when in 1983 he was fascinated by the Star Wars episode “Return of the Jedi” and saw the tree settlements of the Ewoks on Endor. The following thought came to the mind of today’s Tentsile entrepreneur. If trees had a real value for us humans, then we would protect them; we would save the rainforests from deforestation in our own interest. He concluded that if we claim trees as a habitat for ourselves, this could help save them from deforestation.
Many years later the concept “Tentsile” was born out of this idea. The boy, (now man), Alex Shirley-Smith, had completed his architectural studies and started developing light, portable tree houses. When the floating tents are stretched between the trunks, these natural living spaces really appear to float between the trees. For each tent sold, three new trees are planted, combining the protection of the rainforests and a fun experience with an adventure element.

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