City kids quickly learn to become streetwise. As for me, growing up in Africa allowed me to become "bushwise". Here, I also learnt that the simple things in life are truly some of the best. Out of all the amazing memories I have amassed from growing up in Sudan, Egypt and Morocco, contemplating the night sky, watching shooting stars, spotting constellations, and hearing animals in the night lull me to sleep was definitely one of my most memorable.
From luxury tree houses to desert lodges and minimalist sleepout decks, there is a stargazing experience for everyone in Africa. Below, you'll find my top six African sleepouts for a slumber party like no other.
1. Tree Houses at Lion Sands | South Africa
The Lion Sands is an all-year-round safari destination in South Africa where you can enjoy the ultimate bush experience with outdoor bedrooms that allow you to fall into a blissful slumber directly beneath the Milky Way.
2. Moroccan Luxury Experience at Merzouga | Sahara Desert, Morocco
Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp is situated in the quiet and idyllic sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. This splendid desert camp allows for stunning views of the desert during the day and uninterrupted vision for stargazing at night.
3. Loisaba Star Beds | Laikipia, Kenya
Unique to Loisaba, Starbeds are an African adventure in themselves. The beds are handcrafted and sit on wheels so they can be rolled out onto the raised wooden platforms for you to sleep under millions of stars while listening to lions roaring in the distance.
The Kulala Desert Lodge is located within the arid Namib Desert on the private 27,000-hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Their outdoor beds let you fully enjoy the beauty of a sleepout under the starry skies of the Namib while you are lulled to sleep by the sounds of Africa.
5. 'Lake of Stars' Bed at Nkwichi Lodge | Lake Malawi, Mozambique
Nkwichi Lodge's 'Lake of Stars' Bed is the best way to take in the ninth largest lake in the world — Lake Malawi. Set on a deserted private rock island close to the shore, this is the perfect way to see the wonders of an African night-sky if you prefer a small private getaway.
6. The Tree House | Tongabezi, Zambia
This secluded Tree House feels like a cozy open-air bedroom where you can sleep amongst the branches of three riverine Ebony trees. An incredible view of the Zambezi River completes this unparalleled experience.
About Mehdi Elaichouni Always ready for his next adventure, Mehdi took his first flight to Sudan when he was three years old and stayed there for seven years with his family. Mehdi is now based in Singapore where he founded ANIA, a skincare company inspired by his childhood in Africa, with a focus to bring the highest quality natural and organic formulations from Africa. Follow his adventures with ANIA on Facebook and Instagram.