Kenya Total Solar Eclipse Tour
Join Sky & Telescope on a one-week tour of Kenya from October 29th to November 4th. You'll get a chance to see rhinos, chimpanzees, zebras, elephants — and a spectacular total solar eclipse.
SOLD OUTSay the word "totality", and veteran skygazers get dreamy-eyed as they recall amazing adventures in pursuit of one of nature's most amazing events.
Around the world, thousands of eclipse-chasers have circled November 3rd on this year's calendar, the date of the next total solar eclipse. But only a select few will witness totality this year. "The only landfall for the Moon's shadow is central Africa," explains Kelly Beatty, who'll be accompanying S&T's expedition, "and we've picked the best spot to view this eclipse: the eastern shore of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, inside the world-renown Sibiloi National Park."
Lake Turkana (formerly Lake Rudolf) is known as the Jade Sea, and it will provide a dramatic foreground for the celestial spectacle happening in the sky above it. This location offers the best chance of clear skies along the entire eclipse track through Africa. "Seeing the eclipse amid such majestic surroundings is something I don't want to miss," Beatty says.
The next stop will be the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, staying overnight at the Sweetwaters Tented Camp within the park. The 110,000-acre park is situated in the plains of Mount Kenya, where the "Big Five" (elephants, rhinos, lions, buffalo, and leopards) make their home.
The wildlife and cultural adventures build up to the tour's main event: a spectacular total solar eclipse. Although this particular eclipse begins its journey across the Atlantic as an annular, the eclipse is total in Africa.
|If you're thinking about joining this exciting tour but are still undecided, be sure to read this special commentary by Kelly Beatty, senior contributing editor for Sky & Telescope and one of the Kenya tour's leaders.|
|Kenya Itinerary at a Glance|
|1||Nairobi, Kenya||Safari Park Hotel||-||Transfer|
|2||Samburu Game Reserve||Samburu Intrepids Club||BLD||Afternoon game drive|
|3||Samburu Game Reserve||Samburu Intrepids Club||BLD||Full day of game-viewing|
|4||Ol Pejeta||Sweetwaters Tented Camp||BLD||Afternoon game drive|
|5||Ol Pejeta||Sweetwaters Tented Camp||BLD||Full day of game-viewing|
|6||Lake Turkana and Nairobi, Kenya||Karen Blixen Coffee Garden||B-D||Total solar eclipse, Transfer|
Safari Park Hotel, a deluxe resort in Nairobi.
October 30: We will drive north through the settlement town of Nanyuki and, for lunch, we'll stop by the Trout-Tree Restaurant to eat some freshly caught trout while seated high in a fig tree. We continue 3 to 4 hours further north, crossing the equator and over the shoulder of Mount Kenya before descending down to the frontier town of Isiolo and onto the Samburu Game Reserve. We'll arrive in time for an afternoon game drive before spending the night at Samburu Intrepids Club.
Samburu Game Reserve. The reserve is home to six special species rarely seen elsewhere: Grevy's Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich, Gerenuk, Guenther's Dik-Dik, and Beisa Oryx. There will also be an opportunity to learn about Samburu tribal culture.
November 1: After a morning in Samburu, we'll travel southward, back across the equator and through Nanyuki to visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy, East Africa's largest rhinoceros sanctuary. After an afternoon game drive, we will retire to our rooms at the Sweetwaters Tented Camp.
November 2: We'll experience a full day of game viewing at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
November 4: On our last day in Kenya, we will take a tour of the beautiful capital city, with a lunch at Tamambo Restaurant. We'll have a day room at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden for use before the flight out of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Tour Price Per Person (Kenya only; airfare not included):
Double – $5,695.00
Single – $6,389.00
Items included in basic tour land price:
- Arrival transfer in a private coach with local guide
- Meals as mentioned
- Private coach and guide for touring days
- Entrance fees to museums and national reserves where mentioned
- Beverages where indicated
- Excursions and transfers mentioned
- Transfers and excursions where noted in itinerary
- Private services
Items NOT included in basic tour land price:
- International airfare
- Passport fees
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance (highly recommended)
- Airport transfers if not arriving or departing with group bulk air
- Beverages unless otherwise noted
- Room outside of normal check-in/check-out times
- Optional excursions or pre and post trips
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses and anything not listed in the included list