NamibRand Becomes Africa's First International Dark Sky Reserve


Image by George TuckerNamibia’s NamibRand Nature Reserve (NRNR), pioneered by conservation hero J.A. Albi Brückner, is one of Africa’s largest private nature reserves. Recently NRNR has expanded its conservation role to include preserving the star-filled nighttime skies that shine above its dunes and mountains. These efforts in night sky conservation have earned the reserve high honors as the International Dark-Sky Association newest International Dark Sky Reserve.

The NRNR is a “Gold” tier reserve, which places the Reserve’s night sky in the IDA’s darkest and strictest available category. IDA Executive Director Bob Parks explains, “The night sky over the NamibRand Nature Reserve is exceptional, as are the efforts the reserve has taken in modifying its lighting for the sake of its wildlife and visitors.”  

Game viewing is replaced by stargazing at night, as visitors to the Namib Desert can see the Milky Way, the Southern Cross and Scorpio, amongst other spectacular starry sights, that much more clearly!

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