‘Sleep out?’ we hear you say. ‘With all the lions, leopards and hyena in the middle of the African wilderness?!'
‘You’d be mad not to!’ we'd retort.
If you have the opportunity to sleep out when on safari in Africa, with nothing between you and the endless blanket of stars above, don't miss out.
Away from the hum of fans and air-con, and without access to WiFi and phone reception, the sense of connectedness and immersion with your surroundings when you sleep out is indescribable.
Don’t worry though, all sleep-outs are safe! Depending on how brave you're feeling, there is a set-up for everyone - from raised platform structures to a simple mattress on the ground.
These are our Top 5:
Sand Rivers Selous
Selous Game Reserve - Tanzania
As you drift onto the river bank you'll be blown away by the romance of the scene set out before you. Flickering lanterns dot the perimeter of your home, with a few deck-chairs circled around a camp-fire to cook this evening's meal.