Africa’s First International Dark Sky Reserve

 

Africa’s First International Dark Sky Reserve

&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in Namibia offers unrivalled stargazing from its observatory in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, which has just been declared Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR).

&Beyond played an instrumental role in getting the International Dark Sky Association to recognise the NamibRand. It is the first IDSR to be awarded Gold Tier status, which describes night-time environments that have little to no impact from light pollution and artificial light.

With the nearest town 140 km away, there are no sources of light pollution and the Reserve’s sky is one of the darkest yet measured. The absolute silence and dramatic landscapes contribute towards making &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge one of the best places in the world for stargazing. The Lodge’s state of the art observatory boasts a Meade LX200R 12 inch telescope, and guests are invited to join the resident astronomers either before or after dinner to unlock the mysteries of Namibia’s skies.

Congratulations to our Namibian and conservation teams who played an instrumental role in earning the NamibRand this exciting new accolade. It’s just another endorsement for the incredible stargazing opportunities that we offer at &Beyond Sossusvlei.