Ker & Downey’s top 6 fly camping experiences in Africa get you close to nature.  


What is Fly Camping? 

‘Fly Camping’ is a term that originates from the early days of safaris. Hunters wishing to travel light would pack just the outer sheet of a tent – called a fly sheet – and string it up between trees for their shelter. The minimalist camping set up was meant to protect the safari-goers from sun and rain while they slept, rested, and ate and could be easily moved to their next stop on their safari. 

Today the fly camping experience on safaris is a bit different. Your shelter might be an actual tent and bucket showers or just a mosquito net strung up over a bed roll, but it is every bit as adventurous as those early days of safaris, with the vast African night sky overhead and the sounds of animals in the distance to lull you to sleep. 

Africa's Top 6 Fly Camping Experiences: 

1. Roho ya Selous | Tanzania 

You’ve got the best seat in the house when you fly camp in the Selous Game Reserve, an area sparse on people and abundant with wildlife. The reserve’s citizens include leopards, wild dogs, lions, and a showcase of some 400 species of birds. The plentiful waterways attract a colorful cast of character waiting to be discovered. At night, gather around the campfire and tell tales about the day’s adventures. 

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Roho ya Selous

2. Sassab | Kenya 

Fly camping at Sasaab is one of the purest adventures you’ll find. It starts with a 4 – 5-hour walk taking in the sights and smells of the bush along the Ewaso Nyiro River to a campsite in the Samburu wilderness. Indeed, the Samburu National Reserve is a top safari destination for its rare and diverse big game. In addition to all of the big cats, elusive Kenya leopard, elephant, and buffalo, it also boasts the “Samburu Big Five.” These unusual animals aren’t found on more popular reserves. 

Once there, you’ll spend the night chatting by the fire, enveloped by Kenya’s dazzling night sky and the sounds of the untamed wilderness before retiring to your mosquito net tent. Spend a night or two sleeping in the Samburu wilderness under Kenya’s dazzling night sky.

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The Safari Collection | Sasaab

3. Okavango Horse Safaris | Botswana 

The fly camp at Okavango Horse Safaris is located in the remote southeast part of their private concession on the western side of the Okavango Delta. Arriving there feels like you are arriving at a permanent camp, but in fact, it moves depending on the game. It has bucket and pulley showers, a bush toilet, and beds draped in mosquito netting with views of the Qwaapo River and mopane forests. And nearby, there’s a wild dog den. 

4. Mwiba Lodge | Tanzania

Located in the exclusive-use Mwiba Private Concession adjoining the southern Serengeti, Mwiba Lodge offers a range of cultural experiences in a luxurious setting. It is an excellent property to end your safari and spend time relaxing in the pool or at the spa before flying home. Game is most active here at night, so be sure to spend at least one night fly camping, an experience that is truly spectacular. Available June through October, the "tents" offer 270-degree views at night. Start with a beautiful dinner before retiring to your bed to listen to the game and gaze at the stars.

Fly Camping at Mwiba Lodge Tanzania safari
Mwiba Lodge


5. Gold Sand Camp | Morocco 

Surrounded by windswept sand, this tiny desert camp is a true oasis where you can learn about the nomadic people.  After a day exploring the dunes, lounge on colorful Berber carpets and cushions while you enjoy a traditional candlelit meal and live entertainment. 

6. Norman Carr’s ‘Return to the Wild’ | Luwi River, Zambia 

Norman Carr’s Return to the Wild overnight safari is one for the truly adventurous. Armed with a bedroll and a mosquito net, you set out from camp on foot with a guide and scout team to find the perfect spot in the Luwi dry river bed to make camp for the night. After a game rangers dinner around the campfire, you’ll retreat for the night to your bedroll laid out under your mosquito net. 

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Time + Tide | Norman Carr Return to the Wild

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