6 spectacular stargazing spots in South Africa

Posted on 7 June 2022

Living in a large city, riddled with air pollution and smog does leave many opportunities for stargazing. Lucky for South Africans, there is an abundance of vast mountain ranges and other natural landscapes that create the perfect opportunity to experience the magic of an endless starry sky. We’ve created a list of six stunning locations around South Africa for you to marvel at the twinkling stars.

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1. Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga

Far from the hustle and bustle of the city is the famous Kruger National park. Known worldwide for its wildlife, this African treasure is also a beautiful destination for stargazing. The areas located further north on the reserve are supposedly better for viewings of the night sky. A particular location favoured by stargazers is the Kruger’s Punda Maria Camp, situated on the northern fringes of the reserve.

For more information visit the Kruger National Park website here.

2. Drakensberg Mountains, KwaZulu-Natal

The Drakensberg mountains are popular for their scenic views, breathtaking landscape and wicked hiking trails. The mountain is also a perfect spot for escaping the city and spending a night under the clear night sky.

For more information visit the Drakensberg mountain experience website here.

3. Quiver Tree forest, Northern Cape

The Quiver Tree Forest in the Northern Cape is a hidden gem perched between Nieuwoudtville and Loeriesfontein. With their twisted spider-like branches and impressive stature, the trees capture attention and captivate the mind. This forest is even more enchanting when the sun goes down.

For more information on the Quiver Tree forest in South Africa visit this website here.

4. The Cederberg mountains, Western Cape

The Cederberg mountains are situated just two hours outside of Cape Town. The mountain’s landscape is known for its majestic rock formations, scenic views and indigenous fauna and flora. It’s dramatic aesthetic also makes this mountain range perfect for a night of stargazing. Take a much needed break from the fast-paced city life and spend some time relaxing under the peaceful night sky.

For more information visit the Cederberg website here.

5. Hole in the Wall, Eastern Cape

The Hole in the Wall is an extraordinary natural arch located at the centre of the 300 km stretch of Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape. According to scientists, the natural structure dates back to 260 million years! This natural attraction is a marvel to witness during the day and even more breathtaking after sunset. Spend the night camping out on the tranquil shore and watch the stars dance across the night sky.

For more information visit this website here.

6. Golden Gate National Park, Free State

The Golden Gate National Park is located in the Free State. Situated near the Lesotho border, this national park spans an area of approximately 340 square kilometres. Named after the brilliant golden colour that it takes on when the sun illuminates the mountain range, this mountain’s features include deeply eroded sandstone cliffs, rolling hills, and sweeping valleys.

The Golden Gate national park is also a perfect location for stargazing because of its ability to distance one from the outside world. Take a break from reality and spend some time appreciating the mystical beauty of the South African night sky.

For more information visit this website here.

Picture: Getaway Gallery


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