One of the most unique experiences you can have in Africa is spending a night out under the stars in a star bed. So, in honor of today’s date (2/22/22), we’re highlighting 22 of our favorite star beds and sleep out options in five of our favorite African countries.

Botswana

Meno A Kwena

Sleep out under the stars on the salt pans of Botswana at Meno a Kwena. After breakfast, you’ll drive to the edge of the pans for a picnic lunch, linger a while for an open-air siesta, then head to the campsite in time for sundowners and a campfire dinner. Sleep under the vast skies and watch the myriad of stars above.

Natural Selection Skybeds

At the Natural Selection Skybeds, you’ll sleep atop a 5-meter high wooden platform overlooking a waterhole frequented by 400 bull elephants, along with lion, leopard, eland, zebra, and more, making for some pretty outstanding game viewing, straight from your platform.

Each platform comes complete with a flush toilet, shower and basin under each sleeping area.

Kanana Sleep Out Deck

The sleep out deck at Kanana overlooks an expansive water hole and is just 20 minutes from camp. The upper level of the sleep out deck provides your sleeping quarters, with star lit views, while the lower deck provides an easily accessible bathroom. An armed guide sleeps nearby in his own tent. Hot coffee and tea await the next morning as you head out on a short game drive on the way back to camp for breakfast.

Sable Alley

The romantic outdoor skybed at Sable Alley overlooks an active watering hole. In addition to comfy beds and clear views of the starry sky, you’ll have a full bathroom and plenty of wildlife to keep an eye on.

Jao Camp

A raised hide-out in the Jao Concession, located about 20 minutes from Jao Camp, offers a private and unusual immersion into the wilderness of the Okavango Delta with the ability to break the confines of structured accommodation and sleep-out under the African night lulled by sounds of the bush winding down for the day.

SOUTH AFRICA

Kapama Sleep Out

At the Kapama Sleep Out, you don’t leave the luxuries of the lodge too far behind. You’ll arrive in time for a sundowner before sitting down to a five-course dinner served at a table for two on the platform. The platform has a bathroom underneath, guests get a two-way radio and cell phone for peace of mind.

Lion Sands – Chalkley Treehouse

Perched in an ancient leadwood tree, the Chalkley Treehouse is the perfect spot to experience the call of the wild without giving up 5-star comforts.

Lion Sands – Tinyeleti Treehouse

The Tinyeleti Treehouse, which translates to Many Stars, is an excellent spot to from which to observe the wide range of life sustained by the Sabie River.

Lion Sands – Kingston Treehouse

Take the path through the enormous boulders, over the drawbridge, and into the escape that is the Kingston Treehouse. Enjoy a picnic dinner as you watch the sunset at this contemporary-styled, glass and wood treehouse.

Phinda Vlei Lodge

This magical spot, unlike many on this list, consists not of raised platforms or treehouses, but of comfortable beds draped with mosquito nets, set directly on the ground. The camp includes a campfire and lanterns for light. Begin with sundowners and then a campfire meal before falling asleep to the sounds of Africa with the brilliant starry sky above.

Jaci’s Safari Lodge


The two Starbed Suites at Jaci’s Safari Lodge are set over two levels and offer the choice of sleeping indoors or under the African sky. Each suite boasts two king-size beds, outdoor showers and indoor bathrooms, as well as lounge areas, a safari bar and viewing deck.

Ngala Treehouse

A luxurious yet remote treehouse experience, the Ngala Treehouse features two sleeping areas — one covered and weatherproof and the other an elevated sleep-out platform where you can slumber under the stars. Despite the worldly comforts of a hot running shower and flush toilets, you’ll get the off-the-grid experience, with no artificial lights or WiFi intruding on your view of the stars above.

Malori Sleepout Deck

The Malori (which means “dreamer” in Tswana) sleep-out deck is crafted to resemble a weaver bird’s nest, with a thatched roof over the king-size bed protecting sleepers from the elements, and a large open deck for observing the wilderness and an alfresco bathroom space with a toilet, sink and shower.

Giraffe’s Nest Hide

A short game-drive away from Motswari Game Lodge, the Giraffe’s Nest Hide overlooks the Xanatsi Dam and offers open-air viewing of the skies, or guests can close the retractable canvas roof. Shortly before sunset, a guide escorts guests to the secluded spot for a delicious dinner, followed by an evening enjoying the sights and sounds of the wild.

NAMIBIA

Doro Nawas Camp


At Doro Nawas camp in Damaraland, Namibia, each chalet has a star-bed that can be wheeled out onto your veranda for an incredible evening under a net of constellations.

Little Kulala Star Bed

At Little Kulala Camp in Sossusvlei, guests have a couple of options for taking in the stars. Each suite offers a roll-out bed on a shaded sala as well as a private rooftop skybed where guests can indulge in some romantic stargazing and sleep under the stars.

KENYA

Ol Donyo Lodge

Each guest suite at Ol Dono Lodge offers a private plunge pool as well as a rooftop terrace with an elegant star bed for sleeping underneath the glittering night sky.

Nay Palad Bird Nest

Objectively one of the most spectacular options on this list, the Nay Palad Bird Nest is located on the grounds of Segera Retreat and offers views of the plains by day and a star-filled sky by night.

Loisaba Starbeds

The Loisaba Star Beds offer sweeping views over a verdant valley and a permanent waterhole, frequented by resident wildlife. The handcrafted four-poster wooden bed sits on a raised wooden platform and is rolled out from underneath he thatched roof for memorable starry-sky views.

ZAMBIA

Puku Ridge

Each of Puku Ridge’s 8 luxury safari tents are set on an elevated ridge overlooking plain and woodlands, full of wildlife. Each also features a tower with star bed perfect for nights under the vast African sky.

Elephant Hide Star Bed

Guests staying at Kaingo Camp have the opportunity to sleep under the stars in the camp’s Elephant Hide Star Bed. Beautifully set in an ebony tree on the banks of the Luangwa River, the star-bed is equipped with a comfortable king-size bed and offers views of the river (and its visitors) below.

ZIMBABWE

Dove’s Nest at The Hide

Located just 10 minutes away from the main lodge, the Dove’s Nest is an elevated spot overlooking the tree-lined vlei and pan where giraffes and elephants come to drink. The Dove’s Nest features a comfortable bedroom and bathroom facilities as well as plenty of decking from which to view both wildlife and the stars above.

So, are you ready to enjoy an evening under the vast African skies? If so, send us a note at explore@hillsofafrica.com, and we’ll find the perfect sky bed or treehouse experience for you!

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