For those who are tired of camping out in a tent on the ground, we have an alternative option for you. If you’re a fan of treehouses and camping, you can visit a Belgian campground called Tranendreef, where you’ll enjoy a very unique summer camping experience. Located in Bogloon, which is in Limburn, Belgium, these teardrop shaped tents suspend from trees.
Although the tents were originally intended to be an art installation, someone came up with the brilliant idea of using them as actual tents. Since 2011, the tents have become quite the popular tourist attraction.
Artist Dré Wapenaar originally set the tents up in the 90’s as his contribution to the Pit Landscape art festival, which took place in Belgium. The festival focuses on showcasing artwork that combine art and nature. These tents were meant to be a comment on tree felling (the act of cutting down trees) and were supported by environmental activists.
Now, Wapenaar has several tent structures around the world, including in the United States, in France, and in several locations around Belgium, including Antwerp. As there are very few tents, they tend to get booked up quite quickly.
Borgloon head of tourism Katrien Houbey shared: “The tents are fully booked every summer, but this year, the bookings went much faster. If we had more tents, they would also be taken every day of July and August.”
These tents seem like a perfect solution for an outdoor getaway. Wapenaar shared with Reuters India: “My tents are too expensive to produce (commercially). I should have designed it in a different way if I wanted to sell many of them… I am not a good product designer, I am an artist.”
To get into the hanging tents, you must climb up a ladder. The tents include a mattress that’s large enough for two people, a bench, a storage area, and a window to look out into the view and night sky. Outside of the tent pods, there are bathrooms as well as a barbecue.
Staying at these tents costs about $83 per night, which means that this unique experience is also quite affordable…if you can manage to get a spot!
How would you feel about camping in a hanging tent on a tree?