is an option provided by some safari camps which enables usually one or two guests to sleep in a remote location as an alternative to their room, usually for just one night during their stay.
This is primarily done in order to provide the guests with an even deeper wilderness experience, a night to really remember.
Sleepouts come in various shapes and sizes, but most commonly they are raised platforms, either on stilts or up in trees, which typically overlook at waterhole or river where animals are expected to gather.
Guests typically head out to the sleepout late afternoon and enjoy a private dinner in their treehouse. At night a guide or guard will typically remain in a separate structure nearby in order to ensure your safety. In the morning it is usual to take a light breakfast at the sleepout, perhaps walking back into camp for a full breakfast.
In Zambia the outstanding sleepout option is the riverside treehouse known as the Elephant Hide, out of Kaingo Camp
in South Luangwa.
In Botswana sleepouts are relatively commonplace, notably at Duma Tau Camp
, Savuti Camp
, Jao Camp
and Tubu Tree Camp
In Zimbabwe there are sleepouts at Ruckomechi Camp
and Kanga Camp
In Namibia things are done slightly differently, with it being possible to sleep in bedrolls under the stars on the roof of your regular room, notably at Little Kulala Camp
in the Sossusvlei area.
In Kenya there is another twist on the sleepout theme, with Loisaba Koija Starbeds
having beds on wheels which can actually be rolled like handcarts out of your verandah in order to sleep under the stars. At Serian Mara Ngare
in the Maasai Mara area you can overnight in the Serian Suguroi
treehouse remote from the lodge, overlooking the main river.