Stargazing at Maropeng
Laser-guided binocular sky tour and large-aperture star-gazing at Maropeng on Sat 25. Adults R 295, Children R 165, includes buffet dinner.
‘Our Spring Skies – ‘isiLimela’ (The farmer’s stars)’
The Sotho and Tswana call it Selemela, and the Zulu isiLimela, who believed that these stars die in winter dusk and are reborn in the rainy season (the pleiades reappear in the evening sky in October). The Selemela are ‘the hoeing stars’, or ‘the digging stars’, indicating their importance as an agricultural sign.
The evening commences with a pre-dinner presentation by Maropeng’s resident astronomer, Vincent Nettmann, who engages audiences with his ‘edu-taining’ and easily understandable manner.
This is followed by a buffet dinner at Maropeng’s Tumulus Restaurant.
After dinner, you’ll participate in a laser-guided binocular sky tour and large-aperture star-gazing.
What to take:
– your own binoculars, if you have them
– a warm jacket as the evenings can be chilly
The cost for this special evening, including the stargazing presentation and buffet dinner is:
R 295 per adult
R 165 per child (four to 14 years)
Where: Off R563 Hekpoort Road, Sterkfontein