Stargazing from game reserves is always special. Looking up at the night skies makes one realize just how small we are. With little to no light pollution on Welgevonden, we are especially lucky to have the opportunity of doing stargazing on crisp clear nights.
Winter is exceptionally good for viewing the stars. The beautiful Milky Way and Southern Cross are visible whereas they are almost completely hidden in summer. Scorpio, Centaurus, Canis Major and Leo are just some of the constellations visible at this time of the year. Then, looking through a telescope one can find a wealth of near invisible objects like clusters, globular clusters (up to a million stars packed together!), nebulas and double stars.
When planning a stargazing trip please keep in mind when the full moon is, as the moon’s brilliant light often hides the stars. The week before and two nights thereafter is always a bit more difficult to view the stars.
The stargazing activity on Welgevonden Game Reserve lasts for about an hour depending on the number of people attending and can either be held at the lodge or at a suitable location in the bush where you can explore the evening skies and enjoy a wider range of what nature has to offer.
Costs: R500 (travel for guide), plus R100 per adult, R 50 per child (6-12yrs old), children under 6 free (prices excl. VAT).