WRAC Annual Star Party at Mountain Sanctuary Park

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Date(s) - 14/08/2015 - 16/08/2015
All Day

Mountain Sanctuary Park


By day, Mountain Sanctuary Park is Paradise Found (William Blake). A real treasure in nature and a nature photographers dream. Paths draw one to a riverside of crystal clear and cooling waters, gurgling and crooning over boulders and rocks. To tumbling waterfalls, tumbling to deep and secret pools beside fern and tree-lined edges. Paths that draw one high into the rocky tops where rocks perch and balance just as nature made them and the wind whispers sibilantly around. Walking there, one  sighs with deep contentment as man and life were meant to be, away from the eternal rush and confusion of city living.

By night, stars knit together life on planet Earth and the Universe. Man with his telescope can travel the star-ways, hop from star to star through constellations and gather the wonders of Galaxies and Nebulae through the eye of a camera. Or, simply lay back with binoculars, relax in “Me time” and  observe the passing night sky,  in light years, where no clock or calendar will ever be. It’s  heavenly silence of mind space and infinity.

The West Rand Astronomy Club will be hosting our annual Weekend Away Star Party at Mountain Sanctuary Park from 14 to 16 August 2015.

The Park is a private nature reserve in the Magaliesberg Mountains, about

120km north-west of Johannesburg and 90km west of Pretoria.

The night sky is beautiful from this site and if conditions are favourable, the

Coal Sack in the Southern Cross and the Small Magellanic Cloud can be


Accommodation options are chalets, log cabins or camping.

Telescopes will be set up in an open field between camp sites 36 and 37.

Program to be confirmed, but may include:

_ Talks and demonstrations

_ Telescope raffle and other prizes

_ Sale table

_ Moonscope building for kids

All are welcome. Join us for a weekend of star gazing under dark skies.

For more information contact 

Kenny Nevill on 082 335 1983, email: kenny@wrac.org.za.

Visit WRAC website for updates and more information www.wrac.org.za.


Please contact Mountain Sanctuary Park.

Tel: (014) 534-0114 (08H00 – 17H00, 7 Days a week)

eMail: owen@mountain-sanctuary.co.za

For those who prefer to use GPS, then enter (in Degrees, Minutes and Seconds) is at:
 25° 50′.09.42″ S (25° 50′ 10″ S)
27° 28′.33.40″ E (027° 28′ 33″ E)

 Please note:  A gps is not recommended rather follow the directions.

  • Recommended Route: (This route is tarred for all but the last 2.5 km)
  • Take the R512 (past Lanseria).
  • At the Broederstroom T-junction turn LEFT.
  • After Pecanwood turn RIGHT at the SUN-CITY / BRITS turn-off.
  • At the T-junction turn RIGHT towards BRITS / SUN CITY.
  • At the 4-way stop (ENGEN on right) turn LEFT towards SUN CITY.
  • Follow this road for about 38km past Majakaneng, Mooinooi and Buffelspoort.
  • After Buffelspoort turn LEFT at the 3-way stop.
  • After about 10km turn LEFT towards MAANHAARRAND.
  • Alternate Route: (Not recommended. It crosses Breedt’s Neck Pass which is seldom in good condition,and requires a 4×4 vehicle.
  • From Krugersdorp / Magaliesburg take the R24 towards Rustenburg.
  • Take the MAANHAARRAND turn-off to the RIGHT.
  • Cross Breedt’s Neck Pass. Be Careful!
  • Just after the small shop on the right turn RIGHT.
  • If you do not have a 4×4 continue past the Mountain Sanctuary sign and Maanhaaarand turn off and continue on the R24 to Rustenburg.
  • You will pass the Olifantsnek dam on your right hand side, one then goes through a small Neck and past the Hunters rest hotel on the left hand side.
  • After the Hunters rest hotel one will come to a three way stop. Turn right the sign is Oorsak.
  • At the next three way stop turn right again there wiil be a Magalies Canopy tour sign on the left. Continue with that road until you get to the Mountain Sanctuary Park sign, turn right and you almost there.

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