African destinations for stargazing

Stargazing in Africa is an incredible experience that offers breath-taking views of the night sky. From the deserts of Namibia to the savannas of Tanzania, Africa is home to the best stargazing spots in the world. 

This continent is a treasure trove for avid stargazers. Here are some of the top places to go stargazing in Africa:


The Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana is one of the largest salt flats in the world and offers a unique stargazing experience. The area is located far away from any major cities or towns, which means that there is insufficient light pollution to interfere with your view of the stars. In addition, the area is home to a variety of unique wildlife species, including meerkats, brown hyenas, and wildebeests.


Discover the magic of stargazing like never before at Tendaba Camp in Gambia! Immerse yourself in the beauty of the African night sky while being guided by expert astronomers on a stargazing tour. Do not miss this unforgettable experience, as you soak in the breath-taking view from the camp’s rooftop terrace. Book your stay now and witness the enchanting stars above!

Sahara Desert, Morocco

The Sahara Desert is one of the most inhospitable places on earth, but it also offers some of the most stunning views of the night sky. With no major cities or towns nearby, the Sahara offers an unobstructed view of the stars. The best time to visit the Sahara for stargazing is during the winter months when the skies are the clearest.

Draa Valley, Morocco

Morocco’s Draa Valley is located on the edge of the Sahara Desert, where the skies are particularly clear. The valley is home to a number of traditional Berber villages, where visitors can stay in guesthouses and take part in stargazing activities. The lack of light pollution in this area makes it possible to see the Milky Way in all its glory.

NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

NamibRand Nature Reserve located in the heart of Namibia is one of the darkest places on Earth, with extraordinarily little light pollution. The reserve is located far away from any major cities or towns, which means that there is little light pollution to interfere with your stargazing experience. In addition, the reserve offers a variety of stargazing experiences, including guided tours and astronomy lectures also providing telescopes for guests.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park, South Africa: This famous national park offers incredible wildlife viewing during the day and excellent stargazing opportunities at night. The park has several lodges that offer stargazing activities.

Sutherland, Northern Cape

Located in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, Sutherland is home to the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) – the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere. This area is known for its clear skies and minimal light pollution, making it the perfect place for stargazing. Visitors can take guided tours of the observatory, where they will learn about the universe and marvel at the stars through SALT’s powerful lenses.

Tanzania Serengeti National Park, Tanzania 

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, Tanzania Serengeti National Park is a vast, private game reserve in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert. The reserve is known for its incredible night skies, which are free of light pollution. Guests can take a guided stargazing tour with an astronomer or explore the night sky on their own with provided telescopes. Visitors can enjoy views of the Milky Way and even spot some of the constellations unique to the southern hemisphere.

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and is a popular destination for hikers and trekkers. The mountain offers some of the most stunning views of the night sky, and it is common to see shooting stars, constellations, and even the Milky Way. If you are planning to climb Kilimanjaro, be sure to spend a night at the summit to experience the breath-taking views of the stars.

Sossusvlei, Namibia 

Sossusvlei, Namibia Sossusvlei is a region in the Namib Desert known for its towering sand dunes. The region is also home to some of the darkest skies in the world marked as an International Dark Sky (IDS), making it a popular destination for stargazing. Visitors can take a guided tour or simply lie on the sand and gaze up at the stars.

Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Skeleton Coast, Namibia the Skeleton Coast is a remote stretch of coastline in Namibia known for its shipwrecks and stunning landscapes. It is also a beautiful place to stargaze, with its clear night skies and lack of light pollution. Visitors can choose to stay in any of the several lodges along the coast and take a guided stargazing tour.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya the Maasai Mara National Reserve is one of Africa’s most famous wildlife reserves, but it is also a beautiful place for stargazing. The reserve has several camps and lodges that offer stargazing tours and have telescopes for guests. Visitors can enjoy views of the night sky while listening to the sounds of the African savanna.

In conclusion, Africa offers some of the best stargazing spots in the world. From the deserts of Namibia to the savannas of Kenya, there is something for everyone. Whether you are an amateur astronomer or simply looking for a unique experience, stargazing in Africa is sure to leave you in awe of the night sky. So, pack your bags and head to Africa for an unforgettable stargazing adventure.