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© SA Tourism© SA TourismThis is all quite complicated but it’s true that you see more stars from the southern hemisphere than from the north – it’s something to do with the milky way being closer. Or something. Whatever – the stars in southern Africa are spectacular, especially in the drier, more isolated regions where there is no cloud and no light pollution. The Karoo in South Africa, the Namib Desert in Namibia and the Kalahari in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana have the most magnificent night-time skies. In some places it is so flat the star-studded sky goes right down to the horizon so you don’t even have to look up to see the stars.

Now, obviously, you will get a good look at the night sky wherever you are in southern Africa (assuming good weather conditions) but if you’re serious about stars there are a few special opportunities. Some guesthouses have small observatories set up to take advantage of their fantastic skies and, of course, there are some serious observatories and planetariums that you can visit.

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