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June 25, 2017

Stargazing is a popular outdoor activity, offering a chance to see the night skies of South Africa as you’ve never experienced them before. There are many excellent spots to enjoy endless hours gazing into the starry universe above, as you learn more about stars, planets and astronomy. For inquiring minds searching for knowledge and a bit of magic, this is one of the most rewarding and fascinating adventure activities on offer, giving you a chance to learn more about the universe we live in and the huge cosmos that we are a part of.

"Would you lie with me and just forget the world"

1) The South African Large Telescope near Sutherland 
Here you’ll find the South African Large Telescope (SALT) - the best place to go stargazing in South Africa.

2) The Johannesburg Planetarium, Braamfontein, Gauteng
A great city spot to learn about our night skies. There are regular astronomy lectures open to the public.

3) Karoo National Park, Western Cape
The vast open plains of the Karoo were made for stargazing. Go on a guided night tour, or simply pick a spot, spread out your blanket and be star-struck.

4) Maropeng Visitor Centre, Cradle of Humankind
Learn more about stars, planets and constellations from a qualified astronomer. They hold regular events here.

5) Sutherland to Calvinia
If you want to travel with the stars and drive on dusty back roads, then the upper Karoo in the Northern Cape is calling your name.

6) Entabeni Private Game Reserve, Waterberg, Limpopo
The Waterberg offers some of the brightest star watching opportunities thanks to its clear skies and low levels of light pollution.

7) Eastern Cape border with Lesotho - the Eastern Cape Highlands
Remote valleys free of pollution promise an all-night parade of celestial bodies. Bring your star map and seek out the Southern Cross.

8) Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, Northern Cape
Crystal clear Kalahari skies provide perfect conditions for desert stargazing, viewed through a large telescope set up among the sand dunes.

9) Madikwe River Lodge, North West province
Large telescopes take you on a galactic odyssey across the African night sky to see constellations, planets, Zodiac signs and more.

10) Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Free State
Book into the Mountain Retreat cabins, find a comfortable spot on the veranda and watch the universe unfold.


Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve

Far away from the city lights, in a vast open space where rock formations frame the horizon, there is a place where lovers of nature can experience a truly unique environment. Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve is nestled in the scenic Cederberg Mountains and offers unparalleled 4-star accommodation in one of South Africa's best-loved mountainous regions. The reserve not only offers guests spectacular scenery and absolute tranquillity, but also provides unique accommodation, South African cuisine and fascinating tours and activities, including rock art tours, guided nature drives, quad bike safaris, hiking trails and stargazing at the mini observatory! Relax at the Kagga Kamma swimming pool while marvelling at the surrounding rock formations, or enjoy a sundowner as the sky changes colour in the late afternoon. There’s so much to enjoy at this beautiful retreat.


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