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Star Bed

What could be more romantic than curling up in your four-poster bed in a remote, secluded location, with only your loved one and the Milky Way for company?

Samara’s star bed on the Milk River will provide you with a romantic wilderness experience to take your breath away. Arrive at sunset for a picnic dinner and drinks. Watch as the local wildlife descend to the water to quench their thirst. Take in the spectacular views over the mountainous landscape, free of light and noise pollution. As the night sky develops, marvel at the Milky Way, pointing out different constellations with the aid of our star books, before drifting off to sleep wrapped in a thick mohair blanket. Awaken to the big skies and birdsong of the Karoo as another beautiful day dawns in Africa.

Milky Way star bed with mountain landscape backdrop and four poster bed on raised platform
Breathe in the vastness of the Karoo landscape, lit by a canopy of stars.

Important information

  • Available October to May
  • Guests must be booked into one of Samara’s lodges for a minimum of 2 nights
  • The star bed must be requested at the time of booking and is subject to availability (first come, first served)
  • The star bed sleeps 2 guests – ideal for couples or friends/family who are happy to share a bed
  • Minimum age 16 years. Any under-18s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Weather dependent. The star bed will not be offered in the event of rain or high wind. If your original night is rained out, you may swap for another night during your stay, subject to not clashing with another guest’s prior booking.
  • No electricity or mobile phone signal
  • Ablutions are simple – a washbasin and chemical loo
  • Guests will not be accompanied by a member of staff overnight, but they will have access to and be taught how to use a two-way radio in case of emergency
  • The star bed platform is fenced with solar-powered electric strands for safety reasons
  • Price: R3,000 surcharge, applicable to up to 2 guests. Any additional persons will be at the discretion of management and may incur further charges.
  • Inclusions: Picnic-style dinner. Overnight accommodation in King-sized bed with mosquito net, blankets and hot water bottles (if required). Simple ablutions. Soft drinks, tea, coffee and rusks for sunrise. A full cooked breakfast and hot shower will be available on return to the lodge.
  • Exclusions: Alcoholic beverages including champagne and wine. These may be ordered at extra cost from the wine list prior to departure.
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