October 7, 2015
Hybrid Solar eclipse safari in Africa
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Hybrid Solar eclipse in Africa
In November 3, 2013, a total solar eclipse will pass over equatorial Gabon in Western Africa congo, Uganda, Kenya and finally Ethiopia. Lodwar in Kenya reports a very encouraging “percent of possible sunshine” of 74 percent, strong confirmation of a pronounced decline in cloudiness toward the eastern end of the eclipse track, though the value is so high as to invite a little suspicion which results to a very high resolution which makes it the best point to be during this time of event. There is a penalty to be paid for good weather however, as the duration of the eclipse declines to less than 20 seconds across Kenya and to less than 10 seconds in Ethiopia. For the experienced eclipse chaser in these locations, such a narrow and abrupt eclipse will come with a prominent presentation of the colorful innermost atmospheric layer of the Sun (the chromospheres) and a spectacular view along the axis of the Moon’s shadow.
The total phase of a solar eclipse is very brief. This will be only seen in Kenya for 15 seconds alongside Lake Turkana on the western side of the lake. It rarely lasts more than several minutes. Nevertheless, it is considered to be one of the most awe inspiring spectacles in all of nature which is worth traveling to go see. The sky takes on an eerie twilight as the Sun’s bright face is replaced by the black disk of the Moon. Surrounding the Moon is a beautiful gossamer halo. This is the Sun’s spectacular sola corona a super heated plasma two million degrees in temperature. The corona can only be seen during the few brief minutes of totality which takes place near Lake Turkana in Kenya come 3rd November 2013. To witness such an event is a singularly memorable experience which cannot be conveyed adequately through words or photographs. This Actual eclipse of November 3 is the total eclipse of the sun throughout the land.
Under rare circumstances, a total eclipse can change to an annular eclipse or vice versa along different sections of the eclipse path. This happen when the curvature of Earth brings different points of the path into the umbra (total) and antumbral (annular) shadows, respectively. Hybrid eclipses are sometimes called annular/total eclipses. The last hybrid eclipse was in 2005 and the next one is in 2013 and will be witnessed in Africa starting from Gabon, Congo, Uganda Kenya and finally Ethiopia.
The safari that will take you all the way to the eclipse area.
Day 1: Nairobi- Lake Nakuru
Drive to lake Nakuru national park after an early breakfast arriving at the Lake Nakuru lodge in time for lunch. The park is a home to stunning flocks of lesser and a great flamingos, which literally turn the lakeshores in to a magnificent pink stretch. The bird life here is world renown and over 400 birds species can be seen like, white pelicans and the marabou stork, all water birds that breed in the lakes alkaline waters. You may also spot white rhino, rare Rothschild giraffe, and other plain game. Dinner and overnight at a lodge.
Day 2: Lake Nakuru- Kitale
Depart Lake Nakuru after breakfast for Kitale arriving there in the afternoon. After Lunch spend the afternoon relaxing preparing yourself for the next day. Dinner and overnight at the hotels.
Day 3: Kitale – Lodwar
Depart Kitale for lodwar after breakfast and drive in between the mountain of this region with beautiful sceneries. Northern Kenya is lightly populated, untamed and often barren. Setting foot in these parts is like leaving the 21st century; it is an explorer’s heaven, and the variety of tribes that live here are some of the most captivating people in the world. They include the Samburu, Turkana, Rendille, Boran, Gabbra and El – Molo.
Day 4: Lodwar- Kalko
Depart Lodwar after breakfast for Kalko where we will camp waiting for the eclipse day the following day . This rugged 1,200-km expedition is run in land cruiser or expedition trucks. You will traverse along some of Africa’s worst roads; see beautiful mountain forest surrounded o n all sides by hot dusty deserts, eventually arriving at our camp o n the shores of the Jade Sea (Lake Turkana).
Day 5: Kalko
Board our buses and drive to the eclipse line which is not far from the camp. This will take place in November 3: 2013 at Maximum eclipse: 14:25:13.4 UT 012.2° 253.6°. The period of totality ends when the motion of the Moon begins to uncover the surface of the Sun, and the eclipse proceeds through partial phases for approximately an hour until the Sun is once again completely uncovered. After the eclipse, we will drive back to the camp for our overnight stay.
Day 6: Kalko – Kitale.
Drive back to kitale
Day 7: Kitale back to Nairobi arriving in the eveining with lunch stop over in Nakuru. Check in at the intercontinental hotel for your over night stay.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy, in US dollars.
Trip Details at-a-Glance
Cost From: $1680
Length: 7 days
Arrive: Jomokenyatta International air port, Nairobi
Meals: All meals from dinner on October 25 through breakfast on November 6
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Wildlife adventures, bird watching,
Trip Level: Optional excursions including nature walks, balloon safari in masai mara and cultural exploration
BASIC TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
airport transfers if you arrive/depart with the group and have selected our international group air
Accommodation as indicated in itinerary with private facilities
all tour features as listed in the itinerary
All transfers and touring by private chartered coach with experienced driver / guide
Airport arrival and departure assistance
Meals only as indicated by (B) Full breakfast (L) Lunch and (D) Dinner
Entrance fees at attractions listed in the itinerary unless otherwise noted
Hotel Porter age
bus transfers to/from solar eclipse site
solar eclipse briefing
beverages only where specified .
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