Today, an astounding 50% of the world’s population can no longer see the stars because of pollution. But in many remote areas of Africa, you will be amazed by the thousands of points of light that fill the sky without interference from city lights or smog. As stars have influenced the daily activities of some African tribes for generations, astronomy is a major part of a safari. Many lodges and camps offer telescopes and some even have in-house astronomers should you wish to learn more about starry nights. Others offer the option of sleeping outdoors under the stars in sleeping bags or on raised platforms. Here are our top picks of the best places to star gaze in Africa.

Private Dining at the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge-Namibia
There’s no place in the world like Namibia for star gazing. The Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in the eerily beautiful Namib Desert has its own in-house astronomer, who is very willing to spend time with guests identifying the constellations. For casual stargazers or serious astronomers, Amani Lodge, only 20km from Windhoek, has its own observatory building, the Capella Observatory, in which it claims to have the largest amateur telescope in Africa.
Private Dining at the Pumulani resort, Malawi.
David Livingstone was so inspired by lanterns used by night fisherman on Lake Malawi that seemed to reflect the nocturnal heavens, that he called it the Lake of Stars. Pumulani, a resort in Malawi, provides a high-tech telescope known as The Stargazer, that enables you to find the best nebulas and planets at the flip of a switch.
Stargazing at the Nkwichi Lodge-Mozambique-Africa
Located on the Mozambique side of Lake Malawi, Nkwichi Lodge offers the option of sleeping in the “Lake of Stars Bed” that is set up on a private rock island where you can sleep out safely under the Milky Way.

To find the Milky Way, look for a broad string of stars across the sky and remember, we are part of the Milky Way so you’re looking at it from inside.

Stargazing at the Norman Carr Safaris-Zambia.
In Zambia’s South Luangwa Valley, Norman Carr Safaris offers a night under the stars in a bedroll with a mosquito net. Arriving at a remote site in the bush, a camp fire is lit and all hands prepare dinner. After dinner, look toward the heavens for the Southern Cross. Once you know it, you can always find your way home. Fall asleep under the magnificent African sky? No worries. Your guide keeps watch until morning.
Stargazing at the-Sanctuary Baines Camp-Botswana
The Sanctuary Baines Camp in Botswana’s Okavanga Delta offers educational “cosmic safaris.” After exploring the star formations with your guide under the evening sky, you are encouraged to loll in a bubble bath in your private outdoor bath tub.

The beds at this camp may be rolled out onto the platform so you can sleep under the stars too.

Stargazing at the-he luxurious Makanyane Lodge-South Africa
At the luxurious Makanyane Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve, rustic hides are set up in secret locations. Beds are made up on the upper deck of the hide, next to a waterhole. This is nocturnal wilderness at its best.
Stargazing at the-Sinai Desert-Egypt
One of the most extraordinary nights under the African sky is in Egypt with Wiki Tours. Hop on a camel for a ride into the Sinai Dessert, far from civilization. Enjoy a bedouin dinner followed by belly dancers, a fire eater and other performers. Then, move to giant telescopes with your guide who has a wealth of information about the constellations and will assist you while you take amazing photographs of the galaxies in the desert.

Stargazing at the-Sabi Sabi Game Reserve-South Africa
At Sabi Sabi Game Reserve near Kruger National Park in South Africa, the night sky is breathtaking in its brilliance. The highly trained guides make the sky come alive with their vivid descriptions of the myths and legends inspired by the constellations for millennia. A simple pair of binoculars will reveal millions of individual stars that you never dreamed existed.
Stargazing at the-Loisaba Lodge-Kenya
At Loisaba Lodge in Kenya’s Laikipia eco-system, enjoy an invigorating experience sleeping on Star Beds under the vast Africa sky. The lodge overlooks the great Ewaso N’yiro River and the Kiboko water hole.

Loisaba has a joint venture with the Laikipiak Masaai people who manage the Star Beds, so if you stay here you are assisting in a better life for the locals. The beds are four-posters on wheels, and are situated on platforms that roll out.