20 April 2018

Under African skies

Sleeping beneath a sky decorated with stars is indeed many travelers' idea of the perfect way to spend a night in Africa. Experiencing the sights, smells and sounds of the surrounding bush is an essential part of any safari experience, and the deep-seated desire to reconnect with oneself and the natural world is a powerful driving force behind planning the ultimate African safari. 

Exploring the magic of the African skies, and the incredible opportunity of spending a night or two under the stars in the magic of the wilderness.

THE NAY PALAD BIRD NEST AT SEGERA

Destination: Kenya

Region: Laikipia plateau

A raised suite that offers 360-degree views over the surrounding plains of Laikipia, the NAY PALAD Bird Nest is possibly Africa’s quirkiest excuse to sleep under the stars. This two-level suite was built with interwoven tree branches and a circular viewing platform up top. It is fully equipped with a bathroom providing solar-heated running water. The choice of sleeping on the viewing platform or in the first floor bedroom is yours.

Segera guests are ferried to the bird nest suite following a game drive, just before the sun sets, and welcomed to the lantern-lit tower with champagne and a picnic-style dinner. Mornings are greeted witha breakfast delivery and quite the view as an array of wildlife sidle up to the river for a drink.

Access: Scheduled charter flights fly daily from Nairobi, with a two hour game drive to the lodge. Alternately, private light aircraft flights are an easy 35 minutes from Segera’s own airstrip, with a 10 minute drive to the lodge.

             

MWIBA LODGE FLY-CAMPING  

Destination: Tanzania

Region: Maswa private concession, southern Serengeti

A night under star-studded skies in a truly extraordinary fly-camp is available for all Mwiba Lodge guests. Set on the escarpment of the Rift Valley, over-looking Lake Eyasi, this is an unforgettable African experience. With four tents available, sharing something like this with your family will leave lasting memories.

Guests will arrive at the camp on foot post a walking safari or the afternoon game drive as the sun is setting and. Dinner is served with time to enjoy the experience with campfire story-telling all the while the calls of the night in the playing just for you. Your guide and vehicle are always with you, with the added safety measure of a night watchman.

Access: Fly internationally into Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania. Scheduled charter flights fly daily from Arusha Airport to Mwiba Airstrip, a 15 minute game drive from the lodge.

              

SKYBEDS 

Destination: Botswana

Region: Khwai Private Reserve, adjacent to Moremi Game Reserve

An epic three-story raised platform, overlooking the wildlife-spotted plains of the Khwai Private Reserve, is a charmingly rustic and perfectly stylish reason to ‘rough it’ under the glittering African sky.

Sleeping out at the small Skybeds camp is an exhilarating experience, especially since the waterhole is so well frequented by wildlife that includes elephant, zebra, eland and kudu. The sharp eyed may also spot honey badger, porcupine, and bush-baby if there’s enough moonlight.

Days are spent exploring the reserve on game drive, tracking lion and spotting waterbuck, stopping when the grumblings are calling for lunch in a shady spot. Dinner is served al fresco on the viewing deck of the Skybeds.

Access: There are direct flights from Cape Town or Johannesburg (South Africa) to Maun Airport in Botswana. Scheduled charter flights connect Maun Airport with Khwai Private Reserve.

              

PAMUSHANA  

Destination: Zimbabwe

Region: Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, south-east Zimbabwe

We’re waiting in great anticipation for the unveiling of the newly transformed Singita Pamushana Lodge, inspired by Zimbabwe’s ancient tribal culture and the renewed optimism that pervades its people today, re-opening mid-May 2018. Malilangwe, meaning “call of the leopard”, boasts an astonishing geological variability and a diversity of habitats that enables it to support an exceptionally rich assortment of wildlife species

Spacious and comfortable day beds on the private decks of each suite are made up in the evening, complete with mosquito netting, leaving guests the choice of sleeping out under the stars or hopping back into their bed in the security of their suite.

Access: Twice weekly light aircraft flights from Johannesburg, South Africa to Buffalo Range International Airport or a weekly flight from Victoria Falls. The lodge is a 45 minute drive in a closed, air-conditioned vehicle from the airport.

              

THE MALORI 

Destination: South Africa

Region: Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

The Malori is a luxurious hideaway built on a raised platform with a thatched overhang in the middle of Tswalu's magnificent 100,000 hectare private game reserve. Sundowners and snacks are enjoyed under the open air lounge with firepit, with lingering panoramic views of the vast Kalahari plains and incredible sunsets rolling past.

As an extension of the afternoon game drive, guests are driven to The Malori sleep-out, where an evening of leisurely drinks and snacks are followed by dinner specially prepared by the chef. By daybreak, your guide will bring you tea and coffee, and you are welcome to choose breakfast at The Malori, or a picnic bush breakfast.

Access: Daily scheduled charter flights between both Cape Town and Johannesburg and Tswalu Kalahari.

           

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