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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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Great blog Tayla. Interesting information.

As a northern hemisphere inhabitant, the night skies and the amazing views are a treasured part of our trips to Londolozi. We look so much forward to seeing it and all the wonders of Londolozi very soon.

Tayla, I loved all the pictures. Especially one of Milky Way🤗

Senior Digital Ranger

that is one of the moments that I miss most !

Sean Z did a great job reviewing much of this one evening during our last visit!
Getting the vaccine Saturday, so it looks like we should be able to return in July.
Happy New Year!

Sean does some great Star talks!!

Tayla, really fun change of subject and very interesting. Keep surprising us and you will be carving out a niche of your own!

Wonderful photos of the stars and the sky at night. This is also one of the many good things about a safari: you can really admire the stars in the sky. Here in Europe it’s far too light at night so that it is difficult to see any stars at all.

This blog reminded me of my first visit to the Sabi Sand, when our ranger turned off the engine and lights and told us to look up. We were absolutely speechless to see the sky as we’d never seen it before, with a gajillion stars horizon to horizon! Repeating that experience is one of my favorite things to do when I’m at Londolozi – and I’m so looking forward to doing it again soon!

I believe African skies are the most beautiful in the world, illustrating the stories of the universe in ways like no other nations. Thank you for reminding us ……

A really nice blog Tayla. I am a star gazer and often go out at night to just look up and see the stars and the moon. Unfortunately I live in a city and therefore do not get to see too many stars. I really enjoyed reading your blog and I thank you for sharing. Be well and stay safe. Toronto, Canada

we spent a wonderful evening following a delicious dinner in the bush with Allie as he pointed out the various stars and constellations! Wow it was wonderful to see the southern skies without the lights we have in the city which make it almost impossible to see the stars at hi one. Victoria

Next time I am there I will look for these for sure! Very interesting to know a “dark nebula” is actually a thing to be seen!

Tayla, Thank you so much for your detailed explanation and education on the stars! We look forward to searching them out from your vantage point on our next visit to Londolozi!

I love this little astronomy lesson! I’m filing it away for when we visit a bubble hotel in Joshua Tree this coming new year! Happy 2021 to you all!

Brilliant post and wonderful images!!

Senior Digital Ranger

What a wonderful contribution to the mix! It gives a full scope vision to the Londolozi environment and experience.

Absolutely fascinating Tayla! You are very knowledgeable indeed. Lovely pics too. Well done! Wendy M

Gosh would be lovely to enjoy the southern sky again. Super interesting Tayla ❤️🙏

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