4. Namibia: NamibRand Nature Reserve
Africa’s only dark-sky reserve lies deep within the Namib Desert, 97 kilometers from the nearest village. Zero light pollution means pristine viewing conditions for stargazers, who can scan the heavens with resident astronomers at &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (andbeyond.com), the reserve’s most exclusive accommodation; or keep their viewings private at the Wolwedansa camp complex (wolwedans.com), where guests of its Mountain View Suite can avail themselves of an outdoor “stargazing” bed.
This article originally appeared in the February/March print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Seeing Stars”).