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Spend a night under the stars on Garonga’s sleep out deck

The deck overlooks a busy waterhole so there is often plenty of animal activity throughout the night…

By Josia Sibuyi
Guide Garonga Safari Lodge

A popular activity for our guests is to sleep out under the stars.  Perfect for romantics, our lantern-lit sleep out deck is located a 20-minute drive from the camp.

Behind the scenes, it takes about two hours to set up everything for our guests, preparing the table for their evening meal and getting the four-poster bed ready. The guest’s room at the camp is kept for them in case the weather should change. We drive the guests to the sleep out area before sun set for an orientation of their night’s setting. Sometimes they may be a little bit apprehensive about being so close to wildlife on their own.  We give them a safety briefing and once they know how to contact us, the magical atmosphere starts to take over.

As the sun starts to set, they can enjoy the sumptuous three-course meal we have prepared for them. A few glasses of their favourite tipple will calm any nerves. From its elevated position, the deck overlooks a busy waterhole so there is often plenty of animal activity throughout the night, such as elephants making a splash or a leopard coming in for a drink. As you sink into the comfort of your bed, the atmosphere can be quite magical listening to the sounds of nature as you fall asleep under a glittery African night sky. Safari dreaming at its best.

Awaken the next morning to the sounds of the dawn chorus and watch as the sun rises. The start of a new day on safari begins.


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Alfred & Josia Sibuyi

Originating from Mpumalanga, Josia has been guiding at Garonga for over 11 years. He is qualified as a full trails lead guide and is currently studying for his Field Guide Association of South Africa (FGASA) Level 2. He loves meeting guests from all over the world. In his spare time, Josia enjoys viewing wildlife documentaries, playing and watching soccer.

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Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Laura, who's travelled extensively in South Africa. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - ex banker who can show you the hottest foodie spots in Cape Town, the award-winning young sommelier who can introduce you to Stellenbosch's finest wines and the walking safari ranger who can guide you to the best game.

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