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Tayla Brown


Tayla grew up largely on a farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where she developed her love for nature. After completing school she spent time in Botswana before studying EcoTourism management in Pretoria, which served as a springboard into a guiding career at Phinda ...

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on Our African Milky Way

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Brian Everitt
Digital Ranger

Absolutely beautiful. I been lucky enough to witness this in the Mara it’s the most remarkable thing I have seen absolutely incredible

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

You are so right. With no interference from city lights it is possible to really appreciate the stars. On our visit in January Alfie stopped on the way back to camp after dinner in the bush and gave us a lesson on the Southern Hemisphere stars!! Marvelous! Victoria

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Tayla, I have never seen the Milky Way on trips to Londolozi. We have been there 4 times, and will return for our 50th wedding anniversary in 2020, Sept. 5🤗

Jen Lum
Senior Digital Ranger

Tayla, Your composition and earthly insights are absolutely breath taking!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Great post, last time I was in SA, I found time for the Origins Museum in J’burg, well worth it.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Wonderfully illustrated, magical ancient explanations. So much more to a safari than just tracking animals……

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Tayla, how about sharing how those photographs were made? Settings, lens, tripod?

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Your stories reminded me of another: “Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.“ – allegedly an old saying of North American indigenous peoples.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Our favorite all-time photo hangs in our living room: Bush dinner, smoke spiraling to the sky, the milky way. Everyone comments on it.

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Lovely blog Tayla. Reading stories about African folklore are always interesting. It speaks to my African heart.

Eva Mintalova

Very true! There is no such as the milky way in SA.

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