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A million reasons to sleep under the African stars

Here are our eight best sleep-out opportunities on safari…

Sleeping under the stars in the African bush has to be one of the most incredible experiences available. The feeling of being exposed in the wild, with only a mosquito net above you, makes it a night to remember. The sounds of the African bush will lull you to sleep, or perhaps if it’s the calls and noise of the resident wildlife – like hyena, hippo, or maybe lions roaring – you won’t be mezmerised into sleep but keep you excitedly awake and immersed in the destination.

There are many great star beds, sleep-out decks, tree-houses and rooftops to enjoy in various countries on safari, each with their own unique character and appeal. Below are some of our firm favourites!

Little Kulala – Namibia

Little Kulala is situated in Namibia, near the majestic Sossusvlei Dunes and is the closest lodge to Sossusvlei. Inspired by Dead Vlei, the design of the climate-controlled thatched suites merge seamlessly into the timeless desert setting. During the down-time of the day you can enjoy your private plunge pool, reading or perhaps doing some yoga stretches and at night you can sleep under the starts.  The star-beds are made up on the main deck for a night of tranquility under a star-studded sky of constellations

Ol Donyo – Kenya

Located in the picturesque Chyulu Hills in Kenya, there is plenty to do and see at Ol Donyo Lodge.  The lodge has 10 suites and each is designed with their own rooftop platform.  With great flexibility, you can therefore ascend the stairs and sleep in pure comfort under the enormous African sky as you wish.

Jacks Camp – Botswana

At first sight, the lunar-like salt pans around Jacks Camp, located in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana, appear devoid of life, but in the hands of the knowledgeable camp guides the story of the Makgadikgadi begins to unfold. Throughout your stay here you will find an impressive choice of extraordinary activities and desert culture experiences to enjoy in and around camp, including bushman walks,  getting up close to families of habituated meerkats, horseriding or enjoying nature drives, there is plenty to do.  In the dry season, a sleep-out on the pans is an absolute highlight of your stay

Ngala Tree House – South Africa

Experience the romance of Africa under a blanket of stars in the luxurious Ngala Treehouse, located in the Timbavati area in South Africa.  A remote, yet safe retreat in the middle of the reserve, far from wifi and artificial light. The treehouse features two sleep levels including a covered and weatherproof space with a king-size bed, hot running shower and flushing toilets, this treehouse promises luxury and comfort while offering the most exclusive wilderness experience.

Puku Ridge – Zambia

Puku Ridge camp is located well inside the incredible South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.  The camp has an outlook onto a private floodplain and watering hole. Each unit is set on an elevated ridge overlooking plain and woodlands, full of wildlife and has a multi-level veranda with plunge pool overlooking the plains and wildlife, plus a tower with star bed perfect for nights under the vast African sky.

Segera Nay Palad Bird Nest – Kenya

This unique and imaginative ‘nest’ is set high off the ground, offering 360-degree views of Kenya’s gorgeous Laikipia Plateau.  A peaceful haven that stands proud of the surrounding trees and overlooks a river, it offers both the chance to fall asleep beneath the heavens, and to wake to the magical sounds of birdsong and the first animals coming down to drink.

Ruckomechi – Zimbabwe

Situated in a large private concession in the heart of the Zambezi Valley at Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe, Ruckomechi looks out from the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Ruckomechi’s Star Bed is about 400 metres from the camp and you can request dinner or breakfast – a delightful indulgence to enjoy at this romantic and secluded spot.  Elephants coming to the river to drink offers a wonderful opportunity to admire these giants, and the night sounds will make it a night to remember.

Savuti Camp – Botswana

Savuti Camp, located in the Linyanti concession in Northern Botswana, has a platform hide situated on the famous Savuti Channel.  This much-loved safari camp offers a sleep-out experience at the Zibadianja hide, approximately one hour from camp, which overlooks the eponymous lagoon. Lie back in comfort and immerse yourself in the many sights, scents and sounds of the night.  Being on the channel, the sounds of hippo as well as nocturnal sounds might keep you from having a deep sleep, but it will certainly be a memorable one!


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