2 Day R1800
4 Day R3200
The lack of light pollution in most South African game reserves offers a unique opportunity for safari lodges and their field guides to showcase the African night sky to guests. A safari holiday has always been about escapism and what better way to achieve this than to explore the great tapestry of stars whilst listening to the distant whoop of a hyaena or the haunting trill of the African Scops Owl.
A star gazing element is the perfect activity to include on any night drive and is the ideal way for guides to discuss some of the enchanting cultural stories associated with the constellations.
Celestial Events SA offers a variety of training options for safari lodges, field guides and private individuals. The training has been designed with the field guide in mind is packed full of cultural, ecological and scientific 'power facts' to share with guests.
Celestial Events SA is a registered Training Provider for the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa and is the author of FGASA's Advanced Astronomy Qualification.
Our training is based on the FGASA syllabus and includes a topical lecture during the day, and a practical session under the stars each night. Each level of training increases the amount of information shared. Study notes and constellation charts are also included in all levels of training.
We can also arrange Special Sittings of the FGASA Astronomy exam, and conduct the Practical Assessments on request.
Minimum 4 people
Astronomy Training Presentations Approx 90-120 mins.
Presentation Topics: Night Sky Guiding, Celestial Navigation, Cultural Astronomy, Star Life Cycles, The Moon & Planets, Shooting Stars and more
Practical Sessions include use of our professional telescopic equipment.
Constellations and Deep Sky Objects observed will be dependent on the date, time and Moon phase.
Travel is included within a 25km radius
Additional travel charged at AA rates
"Over the past few years we have had Ben Coley from Celestial events come out and train our guides here at Makanyi lodge. Our Guides have grown a deeper passion and knowledge for astronomy through Bens teachings, which has enhanced our guests’ experience and is always a favourite with guests. We have gone as far as even purchasing our own telescope for the lodge."
Rico Dimetriou, GM, Makanyi Lodge