With bedding laid out for us on the roof of our room, all that was left was to climb into the night sky. So on a moonless night in the Kalahari, that’s just what we did. Once there, my eyes started to get used to the darkness, but instead of darker, the sky got brighter. Other than the faint flicker of staff tents a few yards away, the ground stretching to the horizon was pitch black. But overhead a literal galaxy of stars twinkled to life, shooting stars streaked by. With such a dazzling display overhead, just how was I expected to get any sleep?
Kalahari Plains Camp, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF16-35 f/2.8L II USM lens
Focal length 16mm, 30 seconds at f/2.8, ISO 3200
Manfrotto 190CX3 tripod with Arcatech ballhead