Total Solar Eclipse in Kenya - November 2013
We are working right now with our partners in Kenya to put together a series of bespoke tours and trips for interested astronomers.
The eclipse will be viewed from the shores of Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya.
Whether you want a short dash to experience the eclipse or make use of your trip to travel more widely in East Africa we can help.
Why not contact us now to register and interest and we will keep you informed.
The following itinerary is an example.
At the Independent Traveller we specialise in creating tours and holidays to meet your specific needs.
Please feel free to contact us for ideas and suggestions.
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 on all sides by hot dusty deserts, eventually arriving at our camp on 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 on November 3: 2013 with Maximum eclipse at: 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
About the Eclipse
The eclipse of November 3rd, 2013 is a “hybrid” eclipse. That means that along the central section of the path it will be a very short total eclipse while at the beginning of the path there will be an annular eclipse.
Hence the unoffical term “hybrid” being associated with this very special type of eclipse. The reason is that the darkest shadow of the moon doesn’t quite reach the surface at that locations.
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.
Reserve your Place
Numbers on thus tour will be limited and we are inviting interested parties to register an interest now.
Please contact us via the website or use our book a call feature (hit the green button on the sidebar) - and we will call you at your preferred time.
Serious eclipse chasers may also be interested in our 2015 Eclipse Viewing tour in Europe's Faroe Islands.