Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star part2 ~ Sleeping Under the Stars

More AMAZING places to rest your head under God's glimmering lights.  Some are a WORLD away and some are right in your backyard literally!

Lion Sands Private Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, South Africa
This secure bush bedroom has all the comforts of a Five Star Safari Lodge right under the African Stars.  Guests are driven to the Chakley Treehouse at sunset where drinks and a picnic dinner await their arrival.  Imagine sleeping under the stars and among the wildlife of Africa up in the tree tops where it is safe and surreal.  The treehouse is built in a 500yr old tree.  A ranger collects you in the morning for a morning game drive followed by bush breakfast.  Check out the less rustic accommodations but equally as breathe taking that Lion Sands offers - www.lionsands.com
Experiences not to be forgotten, guaranteed to touch the soul,
a memory that will last forever

Blue Mountain Private Safaris near Sydney, Australia
Wild bush luxury begins with your own unique private campsite, your specialist safari guide knows the secret spots to find the wildlife and to explore the gorges of the southern Blue Mountains. Sleep out in a traditional Australian swag (consisting of a thick mattress, 100% cotton linen (500 thread count!), a cosy duvet for the cooler bush evenings and a choice of pillows) but with a touch of style to add to your bush experience.  You may find yourself awaken by a chorus of Kookaburras or watching a kanga sip from a stream as you watch the sunset.  You will eat well, drink well and sleep well (and even have the luxury of HOT water while camping under the Australian stars ~ wonder if the constellations are backwards down under?).

Loisaba Wilderness in Laikipia, Kenya
This wilderness experience caters to you mind, body and soul ~ whether it's sleeping under the expansive night sky in a "Star Bed" or experiencing an unparalleled spa treatment at the Loisaba Spa.  Each Star Bed dramatically designed, handcrafted wooden raised platform, and partially covered with a thatched roof. Homemade "Mukokoteni" (uniquely designed bed on wheels), can either be wheeled onto the open deck area for a night under the stars, or left under the shelter of the roof.   All the beds have complete "four-poster" insect netting. The Star Beds are normally reached by one of many options; on foot, horse, camel or vehicle and with two sets now in place create a unique opportunity to travel between them both and the lodge as part of a Star Bed Expedition.  Loisaba can also accommodate the not to outdoorsy type in their other more traditional accommodations ~ Loisaba Lodge, The House or The Cottage.      

Ol Donyo Lodge in the Killamanjaro region of Kenya
The pictures say it ALL!

Okay, okay so NONE of these are EVEN close to our own backyards. BUT we have to remember that we can attempt to attain that same sleeping under the stars feeling just by popping up a tent and grabbing some sleeping bags.  You may not see roaming rhinos or hopping kangaroos but if you are lucky you could catch a glimpse of a squirrel or better yet a flying squirrel? 

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