Written by: Flo Montgomery
On 1st September 2016 there is going to be an annular eclipse over Tanzania. This is when the moon passes in front of the sun and leaves an annulus of light that resembles a ring of fire.
This opportunity to witness an eclipse while on safari will be a spectacular experience, and the prime viewing locations will be in areas with little ambient light. So the bush is the perfect option!
A little bit of research revealed that the centreline of the eclipse will pass right over Katavi National Park, so Authentic Tanzania have created their Thousand Stars Safari for this event, and have booked a lodge for clients who are seeking a luxury experience. This will create a very special safari experience that we are really excited about!
African wildlife in its natural environment under the midday sun will suddenly be plunged into an eerie twilight beneath a cosmic ‘ring of fire’, as Tanzania falls directly beneath the path of an annular solar eclipse. This is an event that will not happen again in Tanzania until 2031.
An annular (from the Latin meaning ‘ring-shaped’) eclipse is almost total, but it leaves a ring of sunlight around the shadow of the moon. Visitors lucky enough to be in the right location could be able to observe animals reacting to the sudden drop in light and temperature, as well as the stunning circle of fire in the sky above them.
While most of Africa will see at least a partial eclipse, only those directly on the line of annularity will see the beautiful symmetry of the moon’s shadow aligning with the sun to create that circle of light. It will start in the Atlantic Ocean and move across Gabon, Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar, and out into the Indian Ocean. Most of these places are logistically or politically complex, but experts are citing Tanzania as the destination from which to watch it as the country’s dependable weather, invariably clear ‘big skies’, abundant wildlife and peaceful reputation make it a top tourist destination.
There are still a few places left on this amazing itinerary that you can book through Adventure Camps.