Hybrid Total Solar Eclipse Safari in Kenya November 3rd 2013

Hybrid Total Solar Eclipse Safari in Kenya November 3rd 2013

Package Duration
8 Days / 7 Nights
Destination Covered
Kenya - Nairobi - Samburu

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  • Description :
    Solar Eclipse Astrological tour hosts interactive astronomy presentations in Lake Turkana hybrid solar eclipse that will occur in November 3: 2013 at Maximum eclipse: 14:25:13.4 012.2° 253.6° for the gazing enthusiasts. Each astronomy adventure Safari consists of an inspiring slides followed by a tour to the spectacular parks of Kenya using tracking telescopes and binoculars.

    An Astronomy safari is a comprehensive astronomy activity in Africa for any size of the groups. They are guided Astrological tours which include the access to a viewpoint suitable for amateur astronomy and are guided by qualified personnel. The safari is aimed at people with or without a sky safari astronomy background, tourists and or residents. Our fascinating ASTRONOMY SAFARI HOLIDAYS offer some of the best star gazing in the world light years away from the pollution of the developed world.

    For the astronomers, one of the awe-inspiring sights that will await you if you come to the Lake Turkana National Park from the city is the brilliant display of Hybrid total Solar Eclipse in the African sky. With 74 percent of possible sunshine", strong confirmation of the weather on this day, around you, the heavens take on a whole new splendor, especially for the experienced eclipse chaser. 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.

    These astronomy tours are an ideal complement for visitors, taking advantage of Africa as being one of the best locations in the world for both professional and amateur astronomy.

    Northern Kenya where the event will takes place 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.

    This is a 9 day expedition to Northern Kenya that avoids the rigorous journey across the Chalbi Desert but still transverses rugged country to the frontiers of Kenya and the Lake Turkana. Transport is by custom built four by four Land cruisers that seat 7 people and accommodation is in canvas tents that are pitched in the middle of the African Wilderness to create a private camp.

    This rugged 1,800-km expedition is run in land cruiser or expedition trucks. You will traverse along some of Africa's worst roads towards the lake Turkana; 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). We have been offering this as our best selling safari for over 10 years especially for those true explorers and travelers who want to get off the tourist beaten track. You will see a great variety of tribes during the tour and cross the Chalbi Desert.
    Package 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
    • Accommodation in Nairobi for one night
    • bus transfers to/from solar eclipse site
    • solar eclipse briefing
    • Evacuation cover from the flying doctors services
    • beverages only where specified
    Package Excludes :
    • 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)
    • Beverages unless specified
    • Airport departure taxes (if required)
    • Optional excursions
    • Tips and gratuities
    • Personal expenses and anything else not included in the 'tour includes' features list

  • Day 1: Nairobi- Samburu 30th October

    Meals: FB

    Depart Nairobi in the morning heading north via the shoulder of Africa's second largest mountain, Mt Kenya to the Samburu Game Reserve. Accommodation in our semi-permanent campsite is beautifully set under a canopy of trees or we may pitch tents o­n the edge of Uaso Nyiro (meaning Brown in Samburu) River. Cold showers are available which are amazingly refreshing in the hot, dusty climates. Over night in Samburu Sopa Lodge 4* lodge.

    Day 2: Samburu - Marsabit 31st October

    Meals: FB

    After breakfast, We head north again along the Trans-African highway to Marsabit (meaning place of cold), an astonishingly cool, green and hilly oasis rising high above the dry heat of the surrounding desert lands. The local Rendille and Samburu people in their bright red outfits, beads and earrings make it a vibrant place. We will visit the Paradise Lake and Little Lake. Here, an indigenous forest and a desert come together to create the most compelling landscape o­n earth. We will have eveining game drive in search of Elephants and greater kudu abound. The dense forest in the park is also home to a variety of birds. Over night at the lodge inside the National park and as long as the rooms may not be enough due the number of people doing the same safari we will use Kenya wildlife service bandas or tented camps.

    Day 3: Marsabit - Kalacha 1st November

    Meals: FB

    We depart after an early breakfast through the scenic landscape of the arid north with views of picturesque hills. We arrive and camp at Kalacha, a small Gabbra settlement on the edge of the Chalbi Desert. The Gabbra are an Eastern Cushite people related to the Somali-Rendille in their historical origins in the southern Ethiopian highlands about AD 1000. The men wear traditional shorts and a blanket-cloak and the women wear a wrap-around and head cloth. They are pastoralists, particularly attached to their camels.

    Day 4: Kalacha - Sibiloi National Park 2nd November

    Meals: FB

    This morning, following a delicious breakfast, we will check out of our camp, meet your safari drivers guide and board your safari vehicles as your begin your drive further north to the East of Lake Turkana where Sibiloi National Park is. Upon your arrival you will either use the KWS camps or pinch our tents with the help of our guide and the cook. Over night at Kenya wildlife service bandas or tented camps because we dont have lodges here.

    Day 5: After Break fast, 3nd November

    Meals: FB

    We will start preparing for the great event at two in the afternoon. 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 to continue exploring the Ancient hominid archaeological site in northern Kenya, east of Lake Turkana, discovered by Richard Leakey in 1968. Cultural deposits there go back perhaps as far as 2.3 million years before the present, and include the KBS and Karari cultural strata. This is where Richard Leakey belived that the first and the tallest man once lived. The skeleton of that man is still in this park.

    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

    Day 6: Sibiloi National Park- Lake Turkana also known as loyngalani 4th November

    Meals: FB

    We depart early crossing the Chalbi Desert to Lake Turkana which is the largest desert lake in the world and extends for 288 kilometres up to the Ethiopian / Kenyan border. It is surrounded by volcanic rock and desert. We arrive at our semi - permanent beach village where we have our traditional Turkana Huts; making it a perfect place to relax, protected from the scorching sun and heat characteristic of the climate of this remote area. Oasis Lodge, nestled amongst the Doum Palms in the semi desert of northern Kenya, near Lake Turkana, presents a very special opportunity for an especially unique safari for the more adventurous client. Dinner and over night at the campsite.

    The Jade Sea, as Lake Turkana is also called, is a remarkable fishing ground, and Albert, the chef, prepares tasty meals from the daily catch. Oasis Lodge is also the scene of the filming of The Constant Gardener, a recent Hollywood production, based on the book written by John LeCarre. Lake Turkana - Oasis Club - It isn't just a safari; it is a journey to another world and an adventure one will not easily forget.
    Oasis Lodge also hosts two lovely pools fed by natural hot springs. After one of the activities available, your clients may enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in the shade of the doum palms, a cool drink at the famous bar, or just take a swim in the pool.

    Some of the activities available at Oasis Lodge at an extra cost are:
    Day trips to Mt. Kulal
    Boat trips to South Island and fishing for Nile Perch.
    Visits to the El Molo Village.

    Day 7: Lake Turkana - Maralal 5th November

    Meals: FB

    We depart after break fast via the Horr Valley situated between Mount Nyiro and Ol Doinye Mara viewing the breath taking scenery as we continue to climb on torturous, rocky hills to Maralal. Near Maralal is one of the most breath taking scenes in all of Kenya - the Losiolo escarpment, an endless stretch as land drops down to the Suguta valley. Maralal is the unofficial capital of the Samburu people and has a distinctly frontier feel about it, like something out of a 'wild west' movie. It boasts a colourful Samburu market and a game sanctuary that lies just outside of town. Maralal is also home of the Maralal International Camel Derby that happens once a year between July and October and attracts riders and spectators from the four corners of the world. Dinner and over night at budget hotel.

    Day 8: Nairobi 6th November

    Meals: FB

    Heading south again via Laikipia Plains and Nyahururu we may stop at the Thomson falls named after Joseph Thomson who walked from Mombasa to Lake Victoria in the early 1880s. Shaped by the waters of the Ewaso Narok River, the falls plunge over 72m into a rift, spraying the dark forest below. After picnick lunch we drive back into Nairobi arriving by mid afternoon 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.

  • Package Terms & Conditions :
    • Health Requirements: Certificates are required for vaccination against yellow fever. Check current medical advice on typhoid, cholera and hepatitis. Malarial risk is general and prophylactics should be taken. It is advisable to start anti-malaria medications 10 days prior to arrival and continue with the same until 14 days after leaving East Africa.

      Reservations And Payment
      When booking your holiday direct with us or with your travel agent, please quote the tour number or your own specialized itinerary, intended date for arrival and departure, number of people traveling and sleeping arrangements. This will ensure that our arrangements are to your satisfaction. A 40% deposit is required 2 moths before intended departure with the balance to be settled 30days prior to commencement of the tour. We will receipt your money, thereby confirming your safari. If a reservation is made within 30 days of departure, the entire amount must be made at the time of confirmation.

      Full refund will be provided if cancellation occurs in writing 60 days prior to commencement of a safari. Refund on all pre-paid money will be based on cancellation fees levied by hotels and lodges. Generally there is a 50% charge on cancellation within 14-35days, 75% charge within 10 - 14 days, and 100% charge within 2days. We reserve the right to deduct all expenses incurred from money paid.

      Alteration Of Tour:
      The right is reserved to alter any route or arrangement, to cancel the operation of any scheduled tour should the conditions necessitate. The right is also reserved to decline, accept or retain any member of a tour at any time. Should you fail to join a tour, join it after departure or leave prior to completion; no tour fare refund can be made.

      Transfer Of Booking:
      In the event you are unable to extraordinary circumstances, we may transfer your booking to another party provided the arrangements remain the same and if suppliers (airlines, hotels, etc.) are all ready to accept the transfer. Gorilla permits are transferable in some instances.

      Mode for transport utilized will be dependent on the number of clients and the route taken based on the specifications of the chosen itinerary. Fully trained and experienced English speaking driver / guides are provided.

      Based on twin or triple tents. Single rooms may be available with the payment of a supplement fee but can not always be guaranteed.

      Tour Price:
      The prices quoted are inclusive of all transportation as per the itinerary, park entrance fees, permits where applicable, driver's allowances and full board accommodation. The rates are not inclusive of accommodation and meals while in town, traveler's insurance, local departure taxes, visa fees gratuities, sodas and alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry and other personal expenses.

      Traveller's Insurance:
      You are advised to buy travel insurance through your agent before coming to East Africa, but local evacuation coverage is available at US $ 30 per person lasting for thirty days in the unlikely event of a medical emergency while out in the bush. Please request this at the time of booking.

      All bookings are accepted on the specific condition that footpath Safaris and its agent act only as agents of the passengers in all matters relating to hotel/lodge accommodations, tours transport, etc. and shall not be liable for injury, delay, loss or damage in any manner whatsoever. Footpath Safaris reserves the right to employ subcontractors to carry out all or part of the services agreed to be supplied. The respective laws of the countries visited govern Footpath Safaris liability to passengers carried in its own vehicles. All claims are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of the country in which the cause of action arises. Finally, whilst every care is taken, Footpath Safaris cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to baggage.

      Viewing Animals:
      When it comes to game viewing in park, please be advised there are no guarantees. It is a privilege to see animal in their natural habits. Take only a photograph; leave only a footprint.

Contact Detail

Claudious Tours and Safaris

Contact Person :-

Claude Edmond

Address :-

P.O. Box 43749-00100, Nairobi, Kenya - 00100

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