No, Namibia hasn’t just seen an influx in Hollywood A-listers but it should see a few more star-gazers after the NamibRand Nature Reserve was officially recognised by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) as one of the world’s best places to view the night time sky.
The Arizona-based non-profit IDA was set up in response to human-made light pollution. Each year the problem has grown exponentially and we’re now at the point where there are very few places left that truly enjoy views of an ink black sky that our ancestors would have seen each night. The NamibRand is the continent’s first international dark-sky reserve and now joins a handful of other places like Mont Mégantic in Canada, and Aoraki Mackenzie in New Zealand. Of course it has much more to offer than this: it is one of Africa’s largest private reserves, and having some of its best guides is therefore a good place in which to learn about the flora, fauna and history of the desert. If you’re a keen amateur astronomer or if you just like looking at the stars, why not combine it with a safari to the NamibRand, staying in one of the stunning camps or lodges, in one of Africa’s most varied of countries?