The official top ten
Sleep-Outs in Southern Africa

Forget the luxury mod-cons and forgo a roof over your head for an unforgettable night sleeping under a blanket of brilliant bright African stars on an open-air bed.

Set on a squeaky-soft white beach on the shores of Mozambique's Lake Niassa, Nkwichi Lodge has a special ‘Lake of Stars Bed’ 10 minutes from the lodge. Spend a spellbinding night enjoying a private dinner before being left alone to sleep under the stars on a secluded beach. Wake to a magical view of the crystal clear lake and be whisked off for a bush breakfast under a baobab tree.

From the tropical oasis of Lake Niassa to the burnt orange vistas of the Kalahari… Experience an exceptional sleep-out at Tswalu Kalaha in South Africa. The Malori (meaning ‘dreamer’ in Tswana) is their sleeping deck which lets guests sleep alone in the wilderness under these fabled diamond skies. Creature comforts include a comfy king size bed dressed in Egyptian cotton, an outdoor toilet, basin and shower located down a candlelit pathway, and simple bush furniture to snuggle up on including a cushioned sofa. Watch as the sun dips over the Kalahari and the moon rises behind you, and wake at sunrise to the sound of birdsong.

Wildly romantic and thrilling, here are Ampersand’s Top 10 Sleep-Outs in Southern Africa:


Nkwichi Lodge

Nkwichi Lodge is a small and very special eco lodge secluded within the Manda Wilderness Conservation Area on the Mozambique shoreline of Lake Malawi, known locally as Lake Niassa. Set...


Tswalu Kalaha

Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest private game reserve, protecting over 110,000 hectares of scenic grasslands and mountains. Conservation is taken seriously here with the reserves motto being to ‘restore...


Huab Under Canvas – Stellar Escape

Huab Under Canvas is an exclusive seasonal camp offering phenomenal luxury glamping and thrilling desert encounters, nestled in a grove of Mopane trees on the banks of a tributary of...


Little Kulala

This desert retreat is one of Namibia’s most luxurious and exclusive, and it is a supremely romantic base for those wishing to visit the world famous Sossusvlei dunes. With staggering...


Kanana Camp

Nestled in an intricately woven and watery landscape, you will find Kanana Camp.  A true Delta experience awaits, inhabited by a myriad of birdlife and wildlife unique to this exceptional...


Dunes de Dovela Eco Lodge

Situated 80 km South of Inhambane, Dunes de Dovela Eco Lodge offers a barefoot experience on the wild and beautiful southern Mozambican coast. Owned and hosted by a French couple and...


Wolwedans Dune Camp

Wolwedans Dune Camp is the charming and more rustic little sister of neighbouring Wolwedans Dune Lodge, yet it still retains the Wolwedans’ hallmark of outstanding service, dining and authentic experience.  Positioned on...


Sindabezi Island

Sindabezi Island is the little sister property to Tongabezi Lodge, located on a speck of an island in the middle of the Zambezi River, a few kilometres downstream from Tongabezi....


Tok Tokkie Trails

Tok Tokkie is a very special walking safari through the Namib desert that has been honed over that last 20 years. Accommodating from 2 to 6 guests, the experience starts...


San Camp

San Camp is the ‘little Sister’ to Jack’s Camp and offers the same romantic charm and elegance of Jack’s Camp but is more relaxed and informal. The classic safari tents...