I'd love to have your feedback on Kiripotib - please expand on it!
I was happily surprised by the comfort & quality of the rooms etc. The owners and staff are very friendly and accommodating. There's a former conservationist on site with many interesting stories about local wildlife and flora.
Dinner ends at sunset; we usually rushed out afterward to catch Mercury. Braai (barbecue) on Saturdays. Nothing is too exotic besides the meat, but it's always different and generally very good. Fresh, tasty, sometimes local ingredients. Three of us are vegetarian; dietary requests were no problem.
Our group (4) were the only visual observers. We rented the 14.5" dob, which was collimated on the first night. If you're sensitive to coma, you might bring a Paracorr/corrector. I initially noticed when sweeping, but quickly forgot about it in those conditions!
I brought my refractor/gear, and just rented the Berlebach tripod. They allowed us to set this up in the savannah next to the dob platform (we also brought a birding scope and a few binoculars).
Booking should be done well in advance. We were lucky to do it seven months ahead.
The naked eye views alone are worth the trip. I hardly used any optics the first night. If you had no equipment requirements you could stay almost anywhere in the country.
A few more details here, in the bino forum. Feel free to send me a message if you'd like photos.
Edited by Enkidu, 20 July 2019 - 03:05 AM.