Fly camping is one of the ultimate ways to explore the African bush – it takes you away from the comfort of your luxury safari camp and into an area that usually has no vehicle tracks and belongs solely to the wildlife. You sleep out under the stars on impossibly comfy mattresses next to a roaring fire with your mosquito net strung up around your bed – often you will be on a sandy river bank or in an area with an amazing view and so you wake up as the sunrises to an amazing scene of colour, birds and wildlife. Your guide accompanies you and talks you through the cacophony of noises the African night makes. Fly camping connects you to Africa in a way nothing else can – here are our top five fly camping experiences:
The Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana
These lunar like salt pans are breath taking anyway – their vastness and their remoteness is humbling and when staying at either Jack’s Camp, San Camp or Camp Kalahari a night spent out on the pans in a must. There are no mosquitos and no dew here so your night on the pans is actually spent in the comfort of an antique campaign wrought iron bed – the stars here are a marvel and you can often see the milky way.
The Selous, Southern Tanzania
The Selous is wild and free and luxury safaris here also have the same quality – fly camping here is an afternoon walk followed by gourmet dinner round a campfire in a remote and beautiful spot. Your night will be spent listening to far off lions roar and hippos grunt and waking up in this wilderness is truly spectacular.
Sarara, Northern Kenya
Sarara is located in the Mathew’s Range in Northern Kenya and offers guests a chance to see real Kenya, far from the madding crowd and off the beaten track completely, nothing can compare to how wild this area is and the Sarara Star Camp equals this – this luxury fly camp is set in one of the most pristine and remote areas and times spent here are always full of laughter and extraordinary happenings.
South Luangwa, Zambia
The South Luangwa is famous for being one of the best areas in all of Africa to see leopard and so fly camping here is magical and mystical, with these elusive cats near at all times but accustomed to safari goers. Fly camping here is often on the banks of the Luangwa River which dries up in the months from June to October. This area is exceptionally beautiful with some of the best sunrises and sunsets in the world.
Naboisho, Masai Mara, Kenya
This private conservancy which is attached to the Masai Mara and boasts equally good game viewing as well as a fantastic authentic cultural experience has the freedom to be able to offer safari goers fly camping – this is very unusual in the Mara and is exceptionally exciting due to the abundance of wildlife in this area. Fly camping here is certainly exhilarating.