Bredasdorp lies at the foot of the Heuningberg Mountain, home to the Heuningberg Nature Reserve. “… The summit boasts spectacular views in all directions, east to Arniston and De Hoop and south to Struisbaai and the Soetanysberg. To the south-west, you can see Elim and to the north, the visitor is rewarded with magnificent views across the Rûens to the Riviersonderend Mountains.” Skies are dark. The Salmonsdam Nature Reserve is just 12 miles (20 km) to the east.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.