On 3rd November 2013 a total solar Eclipse will pass over West, Central and East Africa, including the countries Equatorial Gabon, Congo, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia.
It is a hybrid eclipse which is the rarest of the four types of solar eclipses and consists of three phases. At first the moon is not large enough to completely cover the sun, which is the start of an annular solar eclipse. As the moon’s shadow tracks across the surface of the earth, the curvature of the globe causes the surface to rise up a little. This is enough to change the event into a total solar eclipse. And as the curvature of the earth drops away again it becomes an annular once more.
One of the best places to experience this awe inspiring spectacle is in the northern part of Uganda, near Murchison Falls National Park. Together with international tour operators, Great Lakes Safaris has been preparing some special trips to ensure that the experienced eclipse chasers can witness this wonder at its best!