May 2017 – The new Star Bed at Wilderness Safaris Linkwasha Camp in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe overlooks the beautiful and productive Scott’s Pan, offering an exciting sleep-out adventure for guests wanting to get closer to nature and experience a night under the stars.
“Linkwasha’s new Star Bed is positioned right in the middle of the action where the animals come to drink at Scott’s Pan and is a wonderful addition to our Hwange offering. In the dry season, the magical elephant experience will be taking place all night long, in front of and all around the Star Bed – offering a life-changing experience for our guests who want an authentic wildlife adventure”, said Wilderness Safaris Zimbabwe MD, Ron Goatley.
Situated a short drive away from Linkwasha Camp, the Star Bed is built on a platform raised a few metres off the ground. All the bedding and comforts will be set up specially for guests requesting a sleep-out. The bed will be surrounded by a mosquito net but is otherwise open to the beautiful southern skies; basic ablution facilities are available nearby. A highly-qualified guide will accompany guests, sleeping a little further away to be on standby should they require assistance during the night.
“As more and more of our guests seek new and different safari experiences that help them to not only reconnect with nature, but also with themselves and their loved ones, we are delighted to offer more Star Bed adventures at our camps. We have a diverse range of Star Beds on offer across all of our regions, with each one offering a unique perspective of the African bush”, Ron added.
In Zimbabwe, there is also a Star Bed at Ruckomechi Camp in Mana Pools National Park, as well as a platform at Hwange’s Madison Pan, which is a 20-minute drive away from Little Makalolo. In Botswana, Star Beds are offered at Abu, Jao, Little Tubu and Tubu Tree camps in the Okavango Delta, and at DumaTau and Savuti camps in the Linyanti. At Kalahari Plains Camp there is a sleep-out area on the roof of each of the 10 canvas units.
For guests who want to experience the thrill of sleeping under the stars without having to wander too far away from their creature comforts, several Wilderness Safaris camps have added private Star Beds onto the guests’ rooms. In Namibia, both Little Kulala and Kulala Desert Lodge in Sossusvlei have decks located on the flat rooftops of each unit, while at Doro Nawas Camp in the Damaraland region, guests can roll their beds out onto their patio to appreciate the star-studded skies from the comfort of their very own space. Another elegant option is found at Segera Retreat in Laikipia, Kenya. Here, guests can spend a romantic evening outdoors on romantic lantern-lined swing-beds suspended under the six timber and thatch villas.