Sleeping under the stars – what can be more exhilarating on an African safari? Ranging from the luxurious, where the star bed is safely attached to your suite or above it, on the roof, to treehouses, to a lone bed or sleeping mattress set up for you out in the veld, star beds, sky beds or “sleep-outs” come in all shapes and sizes and luxuriousness. There are plenty to choose from, but here are 10 we especially like.

Khwai Private Reserve, botswana

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The Khwai sky bed is on a platform overlooking a waterhole. In March, Natural Selection opens its Kwessi Dunes camp in the NamibRand, and each guest will have their own sleep-out.

Singita Sweni, South Africa

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The star bed off one of the suites at Singita’s Sweni in Kruger National Park.

Nkwichi Lodge, mozambique

nkwichi mozambique star bed lodge
Set on the Mozambican shore of Lake Malawi.

Meno a Kwena, botswana

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Sleep outs at the Meno a Kwena camp of Natural Selection in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Elawana Loisaba, kenya

elawana loisaba safari lodge star bed kenya
“Handcrafted four-poster wooden beds sit on raised wooden platforms jutting out from a thatched-roof accommodation and are rolled out each night for guests to enjoy the most memorable sleep under the endless African sky.”

Olakira, tanzania

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The star beds in Olakira, Asilia’s camp in the Serengeti, Tanzania.

Little Kulala Lodge, namibia

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The andBeyond lodge is in Sossusvlei, Namibia.

Jaci’s, madikwe, South Africa

jaci's sky bed safari lodge madikwe south africa
“The two new Starbed Suites are the epitome of private romantic safari accommodation. With a choice of sleeping indoors or under the African sky, each suite boasts two king-size beds (one on the roof under the stars).”

Lion Sands, south africa

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One of three treehouses on the Lion Sands private reserve in Sabi Sand. The Chalkley Treehouse “has been built on the site where our ancestor, Guy Aubrey Chalkley made camp in a centuries-old leadwood tree.”

Tswalu, kalahari, south africa

Tswalu kalahari South Africa safari lodge star bed
” The Malori (meaning ‘dreamer’ in Tswana), offers a unique safari sleepout experience – guests can choose to sleep under the thatch or further along the deck where it is completely open. The Malori deck boasts a raised platform with a thatched overhang for protection should it rain.” Contact Tswalu.