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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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Vin Beni
Guest contributor

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!

Robert Ball
Contributor

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

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

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.

Robert Ball
Contributor

Thank you, Valmai!

Willa Stanger
Digital Ranger

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

Robert Ball
Contributor

A great way to pass the time!

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

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.

Robert Ball
Contributor

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

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

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

Robert Ball
Contributor

Truly amazing indeed!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

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!

Robert Ball
Contributor

You’re welcome, Denise!

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

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!

Robert Ball
Contributor

You’re welcome, Cally!

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

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.

Robert Ball
Contributor

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

Tricia Ball
Explorer

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

Robert Ball
Contributor

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!

Karin Webber
Explorer

Stunning blog!!

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

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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