Escaping Light Pollution: 5 Great Places For Stargazing In Africa


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Namibia’s Sossusvlei Desert offers uncompromised views of the night sky far away from large cities. The Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is not only near the world’s largest sand dunes, but also has its own observatory and astronomers. Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is located on the NamibRand Nature Reserve, and can be accessed along the C27, south of Sesriem. The NamibRand Nature Reserve, a private nature reserve in Southern Namibia, qualifies as an International Dark Sky Reserve — the skies there are almost totally free from light pollution. To qualify as a dark sky reserve, areas need to be endowed with dark skies and virtually no light pollution. Another option in Namibia is the Namib Naukluft Lodge, the preferred viewing location of Space Observation Learning Namibia (SOLNA). The lodge is located in the Namib desert and borders the Namib Sand Sea World Heritage Site. The Tivoli Southern Sky Guest Farm also provides impressive views of the night sky and over a dozen telescopes, including the 25-inch Obsession Dobson.

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