Sleepouts, sometimes known as fly-camping, are a quintessentially African experience and one that can take even the most extraordinary safari to entirely new levels. A growing number of camps across both Southern and East Africa are taking advantage of their remote and wild locations to offer guests the chance to spend a night sleeping under the stars.
The experience will vary from camp to camp, but generally your sleepout will start at the end of your afternoon safari activity when you will be taken to the campsite for the evening. Sundowner drinks are enjoyed before dinner, either an informal affair around the campfire or a glamorous one with tables and lanterns set up. After dinner there will be the chance to sit by the fire and enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush at night before turning in. Guides and camp staff remain with you, and awake, throughout the night to keep an eye out for any visitors! You wake with the dawn and enjoy coffee by the fire before continuing to explore the bush with your guide.
Sleepouts are a truly magical experience and one not to be missed.
We have picked out some of our favourite sleepout spots around Africa, providing a range of experiences from more traditional and authentic fly-camping to the ultimate luxury star-gazing.