Written by Lindsay Krause
If drifting off under a canopy of stars surrounded by the unparalleled beauty of the bush is what you crave, look no further than a unique sleep-out experience at one of Africa’s luxury safari lodges. The ultimate self-isolation escape, an overnight sleep-out experience invites you to connect with your natural surroundings as Africa’s nocturnal chorus comes alive. From open-air star beds to luxury tree houses, we share our 10 recommended places to sleep under the stars in Africa.
Located in the heart of Laikipia Plains, Segera Retreat invites you to sleep under the stars in perfect isolation in the comfort of a reimagined bird nest. The experience kicks off with a game drive through the Laikipia Reserve before arriving at the lantern lit Nay Palad Bird Nest.
Overlooking the banks of an active river, enjoy a glass of bubbles and picnic style dinner as wildlife come to drink at sunset. Make your way up the wooden steps to your main sleeping quarters, or continue to the open-air upper level where you can fall asleep enveloped by Kenya’s pristine wilderness.
Tucked away in the heart of the world’s oldest desert you’ll find Little Kulala. Set amidst the imposing red sand dunes of the Sossusvlei region, each of the eleven villas at this remote lodge has a rooftop ‘star bed’ – the ideal spot to take in completely undisturbed views of the surrounding landscape and heavens above.
Drift off under the brilliant Kalahari night sky at The Malori, Tswalu Private Game Reserve. Translating to ‘dreamer’ in Tswana (a native language spoken by the Bantu-people of Southern Africa), The Malori sleep-out deck is located in the heart of the Kalahari desert and offers a unique addition to your stay at Tswalu Kalahari.
The raised platform invites guests to rest their heads under the protection of a thatch canopy and features weather-proof blinds which can be rolled up or down according to your preference. From gorgeous Aldona linen bedding to cosy robes and slippers, there is no compromise on luxury at The Malori and you can be rest assured that all of your creature comforts will be catered for.
The ultimate safari experience, connect with Zambia’s wilderness on an overnight Sleepout Under the Stars. An adventurous addition to your stay at Time + Tide King Lewanika, you’ll be accompanied by a culinary team to ensure that your experience is nothing short of incredible. Your camp will be set up on the open plains where you can settle in for dinner, campfire tales and undisturbed stargazing.
Stay at Time + Tide King Lewanika on our 7 day Liuwa Plain & Kafue National Park Safari.
Be lulled to sleep by the sounds of Africa at the luxurious Ngala Treehouse. Located in Ngala Private Game Reserve near the banks of the Timbavati River, the exclusive 4-level treehouse features 2 sleep areas to choose from; an enclosed bedroom on the third level and an elevated sleep-out platform on the rooftop.
The treehouse stands at an impressive 40 feet above an enclosed boma and is kitted out with all your home comforts including a stocked bar, coffee station and a selection of midnight and breakfast snacks. On arrival at the treehouse toast to the sunset before a relishing tapas-style picnic dinner set up under a canopy of stars.
Hidden beneath the sheer cliffs of the Waterberg, the Marataba Thabametsi Treehouse offers guests at Marataba Mountain Lodge complete privacy in the heart of Marakele National Park’s wilderness. The remote two-level treehouse invites you to reconnect with the pace of nature while taking in breathtaking views of the sweeping escarpment below. Unwind on the spacious deck before slipping through the drapes of your four-poster bed, pulling up the duvet and drifting off to sleep beneath a star-strewn sky.
Located on the private island of Kandahar, Victoria Falls River Lodge Island Treehouse Suites offer an immersive bush escape in true isolation. The double storey Treehouse Suites are elevated above the banks of the Zambezi River and are kitted out with everything you might need (including a personal butler service) to ensure that you have an unforgettable stay.
After exploring one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls, make your way to your secluded star bed deck where you can fall asleep under the night sky surrounded by the chorus of Africa.
Although travel to Africa is synonymous with a safari experience, a getaway to one of the continent’s idyllic islands is equally as rewarding. Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort is located off the coast of Mozambique and offers an unparalleled Island Star Bed Experience. You and your loved one will be whisked away on a traditional dhow boat to an uninhabited private island for sunset, dinner and the ultimate overnight escape. Your al fresco luxurious four-poster bed awaits you! Tuck yourself in under the finest linens and take in the sound of the waves lapping the shore in the warm tropical night.
Traveling to Botswana? Look no further than the Star Suite at Linyanti Expeditions. This intimate camp is located on the southern banks of the Linyanti River and invites travelers to experience a night under the African sky from the comfort of their suite.
Each stretch canvas tent houses a private mesh-enclosed deck where guests can opt to sleep each night and immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of this untouched haven.
Spend the night under a star-studded sky at Mwiba’s luxurious ‘fly camp’. Accompanied by a dedicated guide and night watchman, you’ll arrive at your off-the-grid camp on foot or by 4×4 safari vehicle at sunset. Your camp will be set up on the escarpment of the Rift Valley where you can admire views of Lake Eyasi over dinner before retiring to your tent for the night.
Want to add a sleepout experience to your traditional safari itinerary? Get in touch with our LuxVenture® Designers who can help add an unforgettable touch of romance and adventure to your African safari.