Sleepout Deck

Set in the heart of the Klaserie wilderness, beside an iconic Weeping Boer-Bean tree from which it derives its Shangaan name, the Shilope Sleepout Deck offers a truly serene and adventurous bush experience. While your luxury suite at Simbavati Waterside serves as your home throughout your stay, a unique night at the sleepout deck is recommended for the adventurous at heart, and an ideal option for those guests enjoying a three-night stay or longer.

Klaserie Private Nature Reserve

The Sleepout Experience

Illuminated by solar lanterns, the Shilope Sleepout Deck welcomes you with a king-sized bed and a top-level lookout deck, setting the stage for a night of romance and complete immersion in the bush. Elevated above the ground, this unique experience allows you to see the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and its wildlife from an entirely different perspective. Fall asleep to the mesmerising nocturnal sounds of the bush beneath you, only to awaken to birdsong and the warm, golden glow of sunrise. The sleepout deck is equipped with an en-suite shower and toilet, complete with hot, running water, ensuring the optimal experience. 

Sublime Setting

A Private Bushveld Sunset

Shortly before sunset, instead of the typical safari drive, your guide will escort you to the sleepout deck. Here, you’ll be briefed on how to use the two-way radio, should you wish to contact the lodge at any time. Your private and tranquil wilderness abode awaits, complete with canapés and a picnic-style dinner, paired with your drinks of choice, all set up for you to enjoy at your own pace. The sunset is truly one of the highlights of this experience, painting the sky with beauty and intensifying the awe-inspiring views from your relaxed vantage point.

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An Enchanting Night Under the Stars  

Another highlight of a stay at the sleepout deck is the enchanting stargazing opportunity. A blanket of stars adorns the night sky and a symphony of nocturnal bush sounds will serenade you to sleep, providing a harmonious blend of tranquility and adventure. It’s important to note that while stargazing and relaxation can be enjoyed on the top deck, guests are required to sleep inside, on the middle level of the deck, for a safe and comfortable night’s rest. Safety is our top priority, given our location in the Big 5 wilderness.

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Wake Up to the African Sunrise

As the sun graces the horizon the following morning, you’ll have the privilege of savouring the moment from the comfort of your bed, coffee or tea in hand, and hand-made rusks available for your enjoyment. Your guide will then collect you and return you to the lodge in time for a delectable breakfast. 

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Valuable Insights for your Stay   

We highly recommend including this extraordinary experience in your Simbavati Waterside safari experience.  Please note that guests are encouraged to book this activity through our reservations team in advance of their arrival to ensure availability. Additionally, it’s essential to be aware that this activity replaces the regular evening and morning safari drives, as the sleepout deck is best enjoyed during the optimal times of early mornings and evenings.