It is said that Sir David Livingstone, upon seeing Lake Malawi at night for the first time, was captivated by the lanterns used by the fisherman. It was as though the lights reflected down from the heavens and inspired the name “Lake of Stars”.
Lake Malawi is the most wonderful star gazing setting and not just because of its fitting nickname. At Pumulani Lodge on the shores of the lake, star gazing is a favourite activity. Read what Camp Manager Charl Grobler has to say about these twinkling sessions:
“The star gazing is done by myself, Justice and Godfrey using a Meade 63x magnification telescope, with interchangeable lenses. To put it in perspective, a set of average binoculars has between 5x and 10x magnification. The telescope features a Fornax mount and a drive system that allows us to rotate and swivel the telescope in any direction at a flip of a switch.
Pumulani is perfect for star gazing, away from the bright lights of towns or cities and perched on top of a rocky outcrop near our dining area, a perfect spot to enjoy the night sky.
We try to ensure that all guests get to enjoy our amazing telescope at Pumulani and its not only for the astronomers out there. The telescope allows our guests to see planets, constellations, comets, meteorites clusters and nubile in great detail.
Recently the nights have been very clear at Pumulani and we’ve been able to give our guests a glimpse of Mars, Venus, Jupiter (and its four prominent moons) as well as Saturn with rings if you are willing stay up to till early hours of the morning, and not to mention an array of constellations.
Constellations are pointed out with our laser point rather than the telescope, and the stories about each constellation are fascinating. The ancient Greeks where intrigued by the night sky and tried to explain it. They saw animals and people, and created stories about gods in the world above.
Carina, Centaurus and the Southern Cross, can be seen all year round at Pumulani, while in winter Scorpius, Sagittarius and Aquila are perfectly clear. In Summer Canis Major, Gemini, Orion and Taurus are best viewed”.