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Friday, 11 October 2013

Tour Africa's Upcoming Solar Eclipse in Lake Turkana


Kenya is a great natural beauty country in Africa. It is a safari destination where holidays are enjoyable, memorable and lifetime experience. It offers magnificent National Parks & Reserves with different species of wildlife living in their natural habitat; there are areas not fully explored and the opportunity to get off the beaten track away from the crowds.

The wide open spaces that stretch as far as the eye can see are breath-taking. The variety of wilderness areas including, National Parks & Reserves and private ranches & conservation areas offer you the freedom to step out of your safari vehicle and enjoy a variety of activities. The opulent forests, majestic mountains, breath-taking scenery, birdlife, ethnic cultures, fresh water lakes, beach holidays, favourable climate and warm hospitality of the people, all add up to make our country the best holiday destination.

At Kenya’s far Northern frontier lies one of the natural wonders of the world. Lake Turkana is a massive inland sea, the largest desert lake in the world; it is widely known as the Jade Sea, because of the remarkable, almost luminous, colour of its waters. Turkana has one of the longest living histories on earth its unique geographical features, the richness of the surrounding traditional peoples and their cultures, notwithstanding the abundance of fossils especially hominid fossils, that earned it the name 'The `Cradle of Mankind' which has contributed more to the understanding of paleo-environments than any other site on the continent.

On November 3rd 2013, few countries will experience the viewing of the total solar eclipse, Kenya being one of them.  The umbral path of totality will traverse over equatorial Gabon in Western Africa, Congo, Uganda, Kenya and finally Ethiopia in the Northern part of Kenya in Turkana. One will witness a 14- 22 seconds sunset total eclipse of the Sun by the shores of Lake Turkana in a desert landscape. This will be the prime location to capture this wonderful display of nature in her magnificence. The largely conducive atmospheric conditions and meteorological records indicate a high percentage of clear skies during this event with the total eclipse expected late afternoon when both sun and moon are approaching the horizon. Turkana has been the site of past eclipses and the skies have always been clear.

The identified location for the best view in Kenya is at the heart of the Koobi Fora situated within Sibiloi National Park a World Heritage Site, and known as the Cradle of Mankind the best chance of clear skies along the entire eclipse track through Africa from which to experience this amazing phenomenon. Tourists‐ both local and international will have the chance to experience world‐class desert safaris while visiting the Cradle of Humankind (Northern Tourist Circuit).

To witness such an event is a singularly memorable experience which cannot be conveyed adequately through words or photographs and combined with this unique safari touching the most beautiful parks of Kenya and the rich culture of pokot, Samburu and finally the Turkana people and the El Molo the country’s smallest tribe, live as hunter-gatherer existence on the shores, in villages of distinctive rounded thatched huts, it’s a once in a life time travel adventure! 
 Some of the attractions include;
  • An elephant fossil dating 1.7 million year 
  • Archaic Kenyan forest that has been fortified for preservations – 12.8 million years old, among other things.

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