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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.
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.
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.
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.
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