I am Mlendeni Sitole. I will tell you my grandmothers village stories of the night skies and other interesting tales from my village life. I have built a star gazing hammock camp for you to relax and observe the heavens and listen to the night sounds. You will feel like you have never seen the night sky before when you go stargazing with me at Antbear Eco Lodge.
The Milky Way arcs over you like a giant swathe of smoke – reminiscent of the African tale of its origins where a strong-willed girl who became so angry when her mother would not give her any of a delicious roasted root that she grabbed the roasting roots from the fire and threw the roots and ashes into the sky, where the red and white roots now glow as red and white stars, and the ashes are the Milky Way.
I will tell you about why the sky is so far away and how the sun and the moon got into the heavens.