Total Solar Eclipse Uganda Safari - November 2013
Total Solar Eclipse November 3rd 2013 Uganda safari
The final event of 2013 is the most interesting eclipse of the year. It is one of the rare hybrid or annular/total eclipses in which some sections of the path are annular while other parts are total. The duality comes about when the vertex of the Moon's umbral shadow pierces Earth's surface at some locations, but falls short of the planet along other sections of the path. The unusual geometry is due to the curvature of Earth's surface that brings some geographic locations into the umbra while other positions are more distant and enter the antumbral rather than umbral shadow. In most cases, the central path begins annular, changes to total for the middle portion of the track, and reverts back to annular towards the end of the path. However, November 3 eclipse is even more unique because the central path to begins annular and ends total. Because hybrid eclipses occur near the vertex of the Moon's umbral/antumbral shadows, the central path is typically quite narrow.Curving reaches the western border of Uganda, Sweeping over northern Kenya, the path crosses Lake Turkana.
This is the 23rd eclipse of Saros 143, the series began on 1617 Mar 07 with a string of 10 partial eclipses. The first of 12 total eclipses occurred on 1797 Jun 24. The 2013 event is the first of 4 hybrids of the series before transitioning to pure annular eclipses beginning 2085 Dec 16. The series ends with a set of 20 partial eclipses the last of which occurs on 2897 Apr 23.
In Uganda the Total Solar Eclipse passes November 3rd and the best place to be is just outside of Murchison Falls Park for this once in hundredth of year’s natural occurrence
DAY 1: Arrival in Uganda
We meet you at the Entebbe International Airport, depending on your arrival time accommodation will be in the town of Entebbe if you arrive in the evening or at night for daytime arrivals we continue to Kampala.
Day 2: Murchison Falls National park
Travel after breakfast to Murchison falls national park, stopover at Ziwa rhino sanctuary to visit the rhino, the private ranch is home to twelve white rhino under the rhino fund international, where a breeding programme is under way, with growth in number these will be introduced back in their former range which was Murchison, an hour interaction with a guide to explain the behaviours of the animal, lunch at either at kabalega dinner or the ranch.
Thereafter proceed to the camp site, set up our camp and then have a short evening game drive, return in time for dinner and rest for the day
DAY 3: Murchison Falls National park
After breakfast leave for morning game drive each game drive accords you different opportunities given the different tracks you take, the drive is scenic and goes to the delta area where the Victoria Nile joins Lake Albert. Murchison falls park is Uganda’s largest wildlife park the palm straddled grassland supports dense populations of lion, buffalo, elephant and Uganda kob, together with the localised Rothschild giraffe and patas monkey, Immense concentration of hippos and birds. Drive back to the camp for an early lunch.
Afternoon depart for the small town of Pakwach which lies on the banks of the Albert Nile and once a thriving cotton producing area lead to the extension of the Uganda-Kenya railway built by the British imperialist, the west Nile region of Uganda extending into present day Congo and south Sudan were connected to the rest of the former British colony. The actual eclipse will take place at about 2 pm but we will be there well ahead of time for the historic occasion. Please be advised to come with your own viewing equipment for that day for best viewing and protection.
Back to the campsite, dinner and a recollection of the day’s events of a camp fire
DAY 4: Murchison Falls National park
Early morning break up camp as you have breakfast, we then depart for a boat cruise at 9am. The cruise on the Nile is an opportunity to catch on the aquatics as you head to the foot of the Murchison falls where the Nile thunders through a small gap. The banks of the river are home to crocodiles, hippopotamus, birds and other animals and then hike to the top of Murchison fall to view the falls from above, these spectacular waterfalls for which the park is named after is an electrifying sight on the trip the water travel‘s through a six meter wide gorge before plunging down forty meters on its way to the Mediterranean sea. We stopover in masindi town for lunch, there after continue to airport or your night’s accommodation in Kampala or Entebbe.
However you have an opportunity to customize the Total Solar Eclipse Uganda Safari November 2013 according to your holiday time length to include other activities such as Gorilla Tracking, Chimpanzee Tracking, Wildlife visits in other Uganda national parks, Volcano Climbs, white water rafting the sites, choices and activities are plenty in while on a Uganda safari, truly the pearl of Africa ‘Winston Churchill.’
Since many Total Solar Eclipse Watchers are expected in Africa and in our case in Uganda, for this once in a lifetime opportunity to see a solar eclipse, not just anywhere but in Africa and near one of Uganda’s best all around wildlife park, Murchison Falls, please make arrangements to book this safari in a timely manner in order that a place can be secured for you that fits your liking.