A chance to watch the solar eclipse in Sibiloi National Park

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Sibiloi National Park - Main Gate

Sibiloi National Park has been chosen by astronomers as the best place to the eclipse on Nov 3 as it is only at the park where clear skies will occur.

“Standing in these untouched landscapes – gazing up at the unreal fuchsia hues of the solar prominences, the swirling wisps of corona around the black disk of the Moon – promises to be an experience one will carry forever,” Phyllis Kandie, Tourism, Commerce and EAC Cabinet Secretary.

Kenya has been placed on the world map boasting as one of the best locations on earth to view this hybrid total solar eclipse, which according to scientists might reoccur in 2117 – 104 years from now. Tourists will also witness a 14- 22 seconds sunset total eclipse of the Sun by the shores of Lake Turkana in a desert landscape.

Sibiloi National Park 1

This is why I am going to Sibiloi. To see something I might never in my life and to strike one more place off my bucket list (107 to go).

This is a 5 day trip to the expansive- arid North, the cradle of mankind as it is known. The Jade Sea.

I have secured a landcruiser to take us on this trip, all I need is people to join me and we’ll see Kenya from the other side. Someone who will take a chance with me to:

See a Kenya that is wild and remote, that few have been lucky enough to visit
Visit Sibiloi National Park- a world heritage site and considered the “Cradle of Mankind”
Witness the solar eclipse for a spetacular 14-22 seconds
Wake up next to Lake Turkana – the “Jade Sea” and the largest alkaline lake in the world

Nov 1: Nairobi – Nyahururu – Maralal

Leave Nairobi the early morning towards Maralal via Nyahururu (stop at Thompson falls briefly). Lunch en route as we arrive in the campsite in the late afternoon to pitch up tents for the night.

Nov 2: Maralal – Baragoi – L. Turkana

After breakfast, we start the long journey driving via Baragoi and South Horr to arrive at our semi – permanent beach campsite where we we pitch tent. Time to relax, unwind from the gruelling journey.

Nov 3:Full Day – Sibiloi National Park (Allia Bay)

We spend the day relaxing and bathing only interrupted by an excursion to visit the surrounding areas.We visit the El molo tribe. Other optional activities (payable direct) include visiting the Desert museum, enjoying a swim at the nearby lodge, hire a boat to explore the lake. Await the eclipse at 4.00
Nov 4:Sibiloi National Park- Maralal

After Breakfast and salutations to the sun, we drive to maralal. A long tiring drive the amazing terrain of the North. On arrival at Marala, a hot meal and shower for overnight at Maralal.
Nov 5: Marala-Nakuru – Nairobi

Early morning departure for the last leg of the journey. Via the highlands of Nyandarua down the escarpment to the floor of RiftValley Nakuru. We make our way through Naivasha to Nairobi.

Sibiloi National Park

Package includes

Transport by safari vehicle- Land Cruiser, 3 basic meals, Camping equipment.

Packing List Courtesy of @egichomo

Sneakers, Boots and sandals.
Cotton t-shirts.
Khaki trousers.
Jersey and Sweater for the cold nights.
Caps and sunglasses.
Torch.
Water, juice and energy drinks.
Pain killers, Eno and mosquito repellents.
Pen and Notebook
Mosquito Repellent
Travel guides.
Mini towel and slippers.
Gloves
Ear bags, jacket or sweater
Cotton socks.

Package Excludes

Camping Fees, water, Game park entrance fees (per person/ per night) as follows:USD 70 (non-res)/ KSH 1,000 (resident)/ KSH 500 ), Visits to tribal villages, All airport/hotel/airport transfers [but can be arranged at extra cost], All airport taxes and visas, All personal expenses and toiletries; e.g. mineral water, beverages & toiletries

Estimated Cost per person: KES 15,000

If you are interested, kindly contact me: 0721777818/ njooro@gmail.com

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