Why? To experience some of the world s best celestial sights. Sure leave the big city and you can see stars almost anywhere. But the experience will be extra heavenly if you travel somewhere very dark very clear and very remote.
Namibia s vast NamibRand Nature Reserve is one of only a few gold certified Dark Sky Reserves. Simply it has some of the world s best dark skies. There are no towns or settlements inside it or even nearby Namibia is one of the planet s most sparsely populated countries. And the dry climate means cloudless skies are the norm.
By day explore NamibRand s ochre hued wilderness of dunes mountains and plains looking for oryx and Hartmann s zebra. Then after a blazing sunset it s time to turn your eyes skyward.
Splurge on a stay at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge which has its own observatory and ten luxurious chalets each with a terrace telescope and skylight over the bed. Or join the Tok Tokkie Trails three day desert walk on which nights are spent sleeping on a canvas stretcher under the stars.