A celestial safari, Stargazing in the Kruger National Park
5/24/2012 7:01:12 PM -
A stargazing safari is a soulful experience. At Olifants Camp in the Kruger National Park, you can enjoy an evening discovering the southern hemisphere's impressive spread of stars. Your game ranger will point out the highlights of the sky and tell you about the fascinating myths and legends of the Milky Way.
A stargazing safari at Olifants Camp in the Kruger National Park is a gentle journey: you go on a sunset game drive through the African bush followed by an evening of celestial wandering.
Gaze through a large, powerful telescope and contemplate the cosmos, explore the skies, view the stars and find out about the African myths and legends surrounding them. There is virtually no light pollution in the Kruger National Park and the heavens are magnificently clear.
The twinkle of stars that can be seen from here is one of the most impressive sights in the world. Your game ranger will point out the icons of the southern skies and you'll get to see them up close and personal through a Meade telescope. Have a closer look at the famous Southern Cross, Orion, Jupiter's moons, Saturn's rings, the craters of the moon and passing satellites.
It's extra special for visitors from the northern hemisphere who see the Southern Cross for the first time and the Milky Way from a completely different perspective. You'll also find out about astronomical lore in African societies, dating back to the time of the San who once roamed these plains.
Olifants Camp also boasts stunning river views by day. Perched on the top of a steep cliff, the camp hovers over ancient grasslands stretching toward the Lebombo Mountains, with the Olifants River below.
There is excellent game viewing to be had here too, since the camp is at a transition of 3 eco-systems, attracting a wide diversity of game. Olifants means elephant in Afrikaans and, as the name suggests, this is a great place to see these bushveld giants while you wait for night to fall.