An annular solar eclipse occurs on 1 September, 2016, where the Moon will obscure most – about 97% - of the Sun. The path of annularity for this eclipse will start in the Atlantic Ocean, crossing central Africa in Gabon, The Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Mozambique, on to Madagascar and then out into the Indian Ocean.

During this annular eclipse, observers will see the ‘ring of fire’ with a maximum duration 3 minutes and 6 seconds, along a path that is up to 100 km wide.   

Map of 01 September 2016 Annular Eclipse from:   NASA website

Map of 01 September 2016 Annular Eclipse from: NASA website


Tanzania is one of the most favoured regions for clear skies along the path of annularity  You will be one of the very few people in Katavi National Park which lies completely within the path of annularity.  The park is not far from the point of greatest eclipse, giving us near to the maximum of 3 minutes and 6 seconds depending on our final location.   We have the freedom and flexibility of mobility should there be any cloud on the day.     

You will be woken early and depart your camp or lodge with a packed bush breakfast. Get to the site at 6.30 and set up your equipment.   The annular eclipse starts at 6.50am and the eclipse is scheduled to reach its maximum at 8.38am. The annular eclipse will last up to 3 minutes and 6 seconds, and the end of the retreating partial eclipse will be at 10.35 am.

The Location and set up of the Authentic Tanzania Thousand Star Camp (ATZ) means it is a mobile camp so we don’t have fixed co-ordinates in the National Parks. The camp will follow the water, game, and act on the weather. We won’t know the GPS coordinates until a week before the safari. Too much changes! And that is part of the beauty of this type of set up  - mobility!

The below image shows the potential and likely location of our camp and the eclipse viewing sites. 


On Eclipse morning, our guides and astronomy expert will be able to take all variables into account and take you to the most suitable viewing location. With a small group size and private transportation, we have the possibility of moving any where within the park. 

Our  Thousand Star Camp accommodation is set in the perfect location for viewing this natural wonder. This means that on eclipse morning we have no long drives - no traffic - no hold ups only complete FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT. 

The weather in Tanzania in late August / early September should be beautiful! These months see very little rain. Daytime temperatures range from 22 - 30 degrees. Nights can be a bit chilly as temperatures drop at sunset. It bodes well for a great holiday as well as a VERY promising eclipse! 

To find out more information on the Annular Solar Eclipse: 01 September 2016 - Please visit the Nasa Website.