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TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE – SIBILOI NATIONAL PARK, LAKE TURKANA






SIBILOI NATIONAL PARK 11 DAYS HYBRID ECLIPSE TOUR 2013 CTS 004

   

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 and 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.

Satellite and surface measurements indicate that the weather prospect in northern Kenya is the best along the entire 2013 eclipse track. Standing in these untouched landscapes – gazing up at the unreal fuchsia hues of the solar prominences, the swirling wisps of corona around the black disk of the Moon – promises to be an experience you’ll carry with you forever.

Witness a 14 or 22-second sunset total eclipse of the Sun by the shore of a remote Kenyan lake in a desert landscape.

Experience a world class Safari featuring Masai Mara and Amboseli National Parks

the safari in Kenya... there is so much to tell and everyone should try to go at least one time on safari in Africa. Kenya is a destination which allows you to see an enormous variation of landscapes, each with a specific flora and fauna. In the North of Kenya you can experience a desert like environment and see the amazing survival skills of the animals and people who live in these areas. The center of the country has a fascination Mountain Range, the Aberdares, and together with the snowcapped top of Mount Kenya this gives you a dramatic landscape, also very suitable for active sports. It is an upmost pleasure to go on safari and travel for days in these vast open areas probably visiting the most famous of the Kenyan parks the Masai Mara National reserve.

Explore one of the richest and most diverse wildlife areas in the world. Famed for the annual Great Migration of wildebeest, the Masai Mara is home to a vast number of resident wildlife. Discover ageless natural cycles as masses of animals move through vast unfenced conservation areas and then travel to the peaceful atmosphere of Samburu for an authentic wilderness experience in one of Kenya's lesser known reserves.

11 Days - Amboseli - Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara and Sibiloi National Park Hybrid Safari

Arrival date 25th of October

Day 1 - Nairobi - Amboseli National Park 25th October
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where you will be met by our representative for a briefing session.  You will be taken to Nairobi intercontinental hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 2: Nairobi Amboseli National Park 26th October
Depart Nairobi in the morning and drive to Amboseli National Park, located South East of Nairobi and on the Kenya/Tanzania Border. You will arrive in time for lunch at the lodge, followed by an evening games drive at 1600hrs.

Dinner and overnight stay at Amboseli Serena Lodge FB
Set against the magnificent backdrop of Africa's highest mountain, the glittering Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge enjoys a uniquely privileged position at the heart of this world famous national park. Secluded within a grove of acacia trees, the lodge looks out over the golden savannah plains, with uninterrupted views of the mountain itself.




Day 3 - Amboseli National Park
27th October
Spend a further day at your lodge with morning and evening game drives. You will have the chance to view and photograph the largest herds of Elephants in Kenya, Lions, cheetahs, buffalo, and numerous birds species, all posing against the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight stay at Amboseli Serena Lodge FB

Day 4- Amboseli National Park - Mount Kenya 28th October
Depart after breakfast and drive to Mount Kenya arriving in time for lunch at the Serena Mountain Lodge. Secreted deep within the country’s largest forest reserve, the lodge offers the clarity of mountain air, the tranquility of the forest, a colorful parade of wildlife, and the chance of scaling the icy peaks of Kenya’s highest mountain. View game from the hotel’s balconies as the animals visit the watering hole and salt lick.
Dinner and overnight Serena Mountain Lodge FB

Serena Mountain Lodge Raised on stilts above the forest canopy, a timbered drawbridge leads from the forest and up on to the wooden decks of the lodge. Inside, the impression of having boarded a ship is perpetuated by a combination of log paneled walls, timbered game-viewing decks and winding stairs leading to a selection of snugly comfortable, cabin-styled rooms.

Day 5: Serena Mountain Lodge -Lake Nakuru 29th October
Depart Serena Mountain Lodge in the morning and drive via the spectacular nyeri tea farm to the floor of the Rift Valley Arriving in Lake Nakuru National Park in time for lunch afternoon game drive. Besides the flamingos that the lake is famous for, there are approx 400 other species of birds visiting the lake. Also, many species of game can be found in the park including the introduced Rothschild's giraffe, black and white rhino, waterbuck, reedbuck, lion, buffalo, leopard, baboon and many species of plains game.
Dinner and overnight at the sarova lion hills lodge.

Day 6 - Maasai Mara Game Reserve 30th October
After breakfast depart and drive to Maasai Mara arriving for lunch. You will have time to relax followed by an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Mara Serena Lodge FB

Days 7 - Maasai Mara Game Reserve 31st October
The day is spent exploring the Maasai Mara with morning and afternoon game drives. The Mara is most famous for the annual wildebeest migration that takes place every July to October. Dinner and overnight at Mara Serena lodge FB

Masai Mara Serena lodge is Located at the very centre of the famous ‘Mara Triangle' of the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari destination. Set high on a bush-cloaked hill with long views over the savannah and down to the winding coils of the hippo-filled Mara River, it stands centre-stage to one of Africa's most dramatic wildlife arenas, with a ringside seat for the ‘greatest wildlife show on earth', the legendary migration of the wildebeest.
Each luxuriously-presented room is accommodated in its own stand-alone modular unit, with uninterrupted views, private balcony and spacious seating area.

Day 8: Masai Mara National Park- Nairobi 1st November
Early morning game drives before breakfast and the drive back to Nairobi arriving in the afternoon there after you will be transferred to your hotels intercontinental for your overnight stay.

Day 9: Fly to sibiloi National Park for the Total Solar Eclipse the following day.Lake Turkana
2nd November

This morning we transfer to Nairobi Wilson Airport – taking only basic personal belongings, plus overnight camping gear – for the two-hour chartered flight north to our exclusive viewing site for today’s sunset total solar eclipse.

Seldom visited, Sibiloi National Park encompasses 1,570 sq km (600 sq mi) along the shores of Lake Turkana. Beyond the shores of the alkaline lake popularly known as Lake Rudolf – the only water source in the region – the terrain is a mix of dry, semi-desert bush and near-desert open country. The park was established partly through the initiative of the National Museums of Kenya to protect unique paleontological and archaeological sites, some of which are linked to the origins of humans. Fossil finds in the area include crocodiles (euthecodon brumpti), giant tortoises (pelusios broadleyi), elephants (elephas recki) and a petrified forest.

At the Sibiloi landing strip beside Lake Turkana, we establish our basic camp near the viewing site prior to the eclipse the following day assisted by our staff, you set up your own tent and other camping equipment (all provided) for an overnight stay. We’re traveling with our own food and water which will be send before we arrive by our crews, so meals will be ample but basic. From this scenic shoreline location, there’s time to explore and photograph the lake as we prepare for the eclipse the following day.




Day 10
3rd November - Total Solar Eclipse – Sibiloi National Park, Lake Turkana the Jade sea

Start Partial Eclipse   16:13:03 EAT
Start of Total Eclipse 17:25:12 EAT
Sun Altitude   11.8°
End of Total Eclipse 17:25:26 EAT
Approximate Sunset 18:17 EAT
End of Partial Eclipse 18:27:47 EAT
Duration of Totality: 15 seconds

The hybrid total solar eclipse in Kenya
With totality occurring a mere 12° above shimmering Lake Turkana, this eclipse promises to different from any you’ve encountered before. As the Sun, Moon, and Earth join in a grand conjunction, a remarkably concentrated lunar shadow – barely 13 km (8 mi) wide – sweeps toward us over the barren landscape at an extraordinary 14,000 km/h (8,800 mph).

The diamond ring flares, the Sun vanishes behind the lunar disk, and we experience 11.5 seconds (limb corrected) within this narrow cone of darkness. Through binoculars or a telescope, you can see the black disk of the Moon encircled by a ruby-red ring of light (the chromosphere) and, hanging above it, flame-like prominences extending into the pearly white solar corona. The twilight glow on the horizon is incredibly bright, with the lunar shadow’s edge a mere 6.4 km (4 mi) away.

As totality ends, the second diamond ring flares, the sky brightens, the Sun returns, and the Moon’s shadow rushes off to the east. And then, just prior to the onset of fourth contact, the partially eclipsed Sun sets over Turkana’s western shore. At our celebratory dinner, conversation naturally revolves around the elements that make this eclipse so special: the enveloping chromospheres, the bright 360° horizon sunset and the narrow shadow cone approaching and receding at an incredible speed across the wilds of northern Kenya.
After totality and a sunset partial eclipse enjoy a celebratory camp dinner followed by an evening of stargazing in some of the darkest skies on Earth

Day 11: Sibiloi National Park – Nairobi. 4th November
At first light we break down our camp and fly back to Nairobi, enjoying spectacular aerial views along the way. We will reach our comfortable hotel after two hours of flight, relax and enjoy lunch followed by an afternoon farewell dinner at the carnivore restaurant. After which you will be transferred to the air port for your onward flight back home.

Prices are per person in US Dollars based on the number of people in a room

Kenya Safari & Eclipse   SINGLE DOUBLE  TRIPLE
       

   $ 8,350   $ 7,950 $ N/A

Room Sharing Program
If you’re a solo traveler, you can realize significant savings by taking advantage of Room Sharing Program, which matches travelers of the same gender so that they can share twin hotel guestrooms. Although we will do our best to fulfill your request, if we cannot find a match, you will have to pay the single occupancy price.

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
  • 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
  • Evacuation cover from the flying doctors services
  • Beverages only where specified

BASIC TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Passport fee
  • International air (can be purchased separately) and the domestic flight Cairns to lodwar
  • Meals not stated, drinks, visas,and travel insurance
  • Any additional charge(s) and/or special documentations to be filled for importing/exporting telescopes (if required)
  • Room use outside of normal check-in/check-out times
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Airport transfers
  • Beverages unlesss specified
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