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

NAMIBIA
Private Dining at the Pumulani resort, Malawi.

MALAWI
Stargazing at the Nkwichi Lodge-Mozambique-Africa

MOZAMBIQUE
Stargazing at the Norman Carr Safaris-Zambia.

ZAMBIA
Stargazing at the-Sanctuary Baines Camp-Botswana

BOTSWANA
Stargazing at the-he luxurious Makanyane Lodge-South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA
Stargazing at the-Sinai Desert-Egypt

EGYPT
Stargazing at the-Sabi Sabi Game Reserve-South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA
Stargazing at the-Loisaba Lodge-Kenya

KENYA