Sleep out under the stars!
We’ve put our heads together to find some of the more unusual experiences that Botswana has to offer.
Periodically we will be adding to this collection so be sure to check back and see what we have to recommend.
How you do fancy a night out under the Botswana stars? The Milky Way is the clearest you are likely to see it, the Southern Cross easy to spot too. There is no light pollution so the stars shine brightly. There are several ways you can do this, it really is quite an awe-inspiring experience. You will feel a million miles away from anywhere with just the moon and stars to see by (and a handy torch should you need it).
Whilst sleeping outdoors in the African Wilderness may not be for everyone, if you are keen, there are several ways you can do this.
At some lodges you can sleep out on your raised veranda or even the roof of your villa. At Baine’s camp, they have the facility to wheel your four-poster bed out onto your private elevated deck, and you arrive back after dinner to a beautiful romantic set up. The bed draped in a mozzie net (essential) and the deck lit by lanterns. You can drift off to the sound of the bell-frogs or the distant rumblings of a lion’s roar, knowing you are safe and sound in your cosy bed.
Other lodges have a dedicated sleep out deck. Kanana is one such lodge, and if you are staying 3 nights or more you can pre-book this. After dinner, your guide will drive you to the 8ft high deck. On the first level is a toilet and basin and then up another flight of stairs is the bed, all set up with solar lanterns around the edges of the deck, you can have a night-cap, retire and perhaps get some sleep – if the wildlife allows it. Dawn is one of the best times in the bush, your guide will awaken you with hot drinks and rusks so you can take in this magnificent sight. Then once you are ready he will take you back to the lodge for a hearty breakfast.
Taking it one step further is Skybeds in the Kwhai concession, an unconventional camp consisting of 3 five metre platforms. You dine under the stars, a simple and tasty meal cooked by your guide – you can really connect with the wilderness here.
Still another way to experience a night out under the stars is to camp out on the Makgadikgadi Pans and this can be done from Panet Baobab. You sleep out with fellow guests, a guide and other staff members in a cosy bedroll on this vast lunar-type landscape.
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Each experience is different from the next – which will you choose?