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Robert Ball

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Robbie developed a passion for the African bush from many visits to his family’s small holding in a greater conservancy just outside Johannesburg. Living in the big city his whole life, he always found refuge in the outdoors and has grown to appreciate ...

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on Astronomy in May – A Starry Sky on Safari

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Night sky in the Southern hemisphere is absolutely incredible. We’ve had some great viewing experiences including rollong down the airstrip in a silent vehicle–unforgettable!

One of my favourite things to do on the way back to camp!

Oh but the sight of the night sky is absolutely beautiful in a surrounding where there is no interference. Good story Robbie and you all are so blessed to be able to see this display of stars every night.

Thank you, Valmai!

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Also nifty to have the International Space Station pointed out as we awaited some lion action

A great way to pass the time!

I always love the skies I see in the pics you provide in the blogs. You are fortunate to have so much darkness. I live in a City, so there are lots of lights that prevent us from seeing many of the stars. Thanks for sharing.

Yes indeed, we are very lucky! You’re welcome, Leonie.

The other day I stood on the deck of my room at night admiring the amazing, brilliant, eternal starry sky.
You cannot see this in Europe. It is always just amazing how great the firmament above our heads is and how clearly one can see and admire this timeless wonder in the bush

Truly amazing indeed!

There is nothing like the night sky in the Southern Hemisphere, and once you’ve sat and observed the constellations not viewable in the North, you’re spoiled forever. I’ll never forget my Safari where my ranger took the time to point out Orion’s Belt, a first sighting for me and after that I looked for it every night. Terrific story Robert!

You’re welcome, Denise!

There is nothing quite like the southern sky for me and I would love to learn more about local beliefs sitting in Londolozi 🙏🏻 I must say I loved visiting the Pyramids certainly a wonderful mystical place.Thanks Robbie!

You’re welcome, Cally!

I find driving back to camp at the end of the afternoon game drive and gazing at the sky as more and more stars appear just utterly blissful.

One of the best ways to end of a day on safari!

It was great meeting you, Robbie. We had such a great time at Founders Camp. Until next time…your long lost cousin, Tricia Ball.

It was great to meet you too, Tricia! And so glad you came to visit! I look forward to seeing you at founders camp again soon!

Stunning blog!!

I love the pictures of the sky at Londolozi – being in the Northern Hemisphere, we don’t see the same things, so always exciting and interesting!

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