For the adventurous and thrilling seeking couples, nothing comes close to an incredible night under African skies. Starry, wide Africa skies.

Imagine yourself enveloped by a mosquito net with nocturnal calls of the lion and hyena stirring your soul and the galaxies highlighting your view. There are a number of safari lodges and camps that have open-air rooms in which you can be soothed to sleep by the sounds of the African bush under the boundless skies.  

Sleeping under the stars takes on a whole new meaning in these incredible star-beds. Steadfast Africa is no stranger to our pages and certainly not to the magic of curated saari experiences. They have curated their top 5 list of enthralling star beds in Southern Africa.  

The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Greater Kruger 

One of the Greater Kruger area’s most iconic sleep outs has to be the Lion Sands Treehouses (Chalkley, Kingston and Tinyeleti) in the Sabi Sand – not only because of the magical experience in itself but also the incredible team that brings it all together.  


Inspired by Guy Aubrey Chalkley  who once setup camp in an old tree to escape predators roaming below, Chalkley Treehouse in particular is a secure and luxury platform under African stars with all the comforts that guests would experience at a five star lodge. Think vastness, splendour and luxury.  

Through Steadfast Africa, guests are guided to the  treehouse at sunset, where drinks and a picnic dinner await them.The hours of African dusk can be enjoyed relaxing and absorbing the vastness of the bushveld as it transforms from day to night, before turning in for slumber beneath the incredible night sky. *Priced from R3 950 pps plus lodge rates 

The Place Where Rhinos Used to Live, Damaraland 

Doro ! Nawas (the place where rhinos once lived) is in Nambia’s Damaraland which is synonymous with some of Africa’s most spell-binding landscapes. A sleep out here is on your veranda under the starry skies of the Namib and also lulled to sleep by the nocturnal sounds of Africa. 

Each chalet at Doro Nawas has a star-bed that can be wheeled out onto your veranda for an incredible evening under a net of constellations.

This entire region is famed for the immense prehistoric volcanic action and home to age old rock paintings and carvings. 

Game viewing concentrates on the wildlife found in the riverbed and along the valleys that sometimes fill with water in the rainy season – if you are lucky, you may see the rare desert-adapted elephant or black rhino. *Priced from R4 913 pps  

On the edge of the Kalahari, Madikwe 

Jaci’s Safari Lodge offers two enticing outdoor activities – you can work off meals in the open-air gym and then fall asleep on one of the romantic sleep out beds. Think…star-scattered night sky shimmering above you as you close your eyes. 

Inspired by it’s unique natural surroundings and designed with relaxation in mind, the sleep out option offers Steadfast Africa’s guests the ideal base from which to experience their own Madikwe safari.   

You have the choice of luxury suites set over two levels and they are ideal for a romantic getaway and special occasions. And there’s a twist here. You can either sleep indoors or under the African sky, each suite boasts two king-size beds (one on the roof under the stars), outdoor showers and indoor bathrooms, as well as lounge areas, a private safari bar and viewing deck. 

Striking bursts of colour, authentic decor touches, bold furniture pieces and luxurious finishes reflect style, class and sophistication with Jaci’s bushveld twist while overlooking a waterhole. It’s set in a big 5 safari destination where Steadfast Africa’s guests can enjoy bush walks as well as photographic, conservation, birding and game-viewing safaris. All of this only a four hour drive from Johannesburg. *Price from R9 400 pps 

Mesmerising Wetland Adventures, Phinda 

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon game drive and then arriving at a romantic and magical setting in the middle of the bush – with comfortable beds with full duvets and warm blankets draped with billowing mosquito nets, inviting chairs surrounding a blazing campfire and twinkling lanterns hanging from the trees. That is part of the mesmerizing vlei experience of a sleep out in the middle of this lush KZN private game reserve. 


Steadfast Africa guests are welcomed with sundowner drinks that toast the sunset and your guide will prepare a delicious meal on the fire. Guests then recreate the day’s adventures around the fireside, drink in the tranquility of the bush and enjoy the distinct night sounds of a wonderful wetlands-based safari in South Africa. The night then sees you falling asleep under an impossibly starry sky. The soundtrack? Hyena calling in the distance.  

Sheer Exclusivity in the Delta, Okavango Delta 

On the southern edge of Botswana’s Okavango Delta is a luxurious and intimate safari lodge like no other. Set in a private concession for exclusivity, the camp sits under shady trees overlooking a large, perennial lagoon. Steadfast Africa guests are at the heart of the legendary Okavango Delta wildlife experience and will enjoy a variety of classic game viewing activities. The highlight of the stay will be the star baths and sky beds on your private deck. Think…romantic oasis. 

Built on raised platforms high above the Boro River in a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, Bain’s Camp had the local community in Maun collecting cans, which were recycled to form the backbone of the camp’s structures.  

All five suites feature private decks, en-suite bathrooms, four-poster beds and ceiling fans. The bed can be wheeled out on to the deck at night for a star-gazing experience. *Priced from R4460 pps 

Steadfast Africa is a specialist travel company which will match or beat the prices you find, tailor-make your trip to suit your budget and availability, provide you with free concierge services and expert advice before you even ask. With a vast network of travel partners in Southern Africa with updated COVID 19 policies, they ensure you’re welcomed into a safe space with social distancing and other regulations in place. 

Contact [email protected] using the code #SteadfastSA20 for the exclusive offers on sleep outs in one of these destinations or plenty of other regions across Southern Africa. 

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