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Solar Eclipse in Africa

By October 27, 2005

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africasolareclipseblog.jpg On the morning of March 29th, 2006 a total solar eclipse will take place in the African skies. The path of the eclipse (denoted by the red lines on the map) will go through Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Libya and Egypt. The maximum eclipse will be in Libya and last 4 minutes and 7 seconds.

This will be the best chance you have in the next 10 years to witness a total solar eclipse. Several tour companies have set up special trips with astronomers as guides. The best Solar Eclipse Tours to Africa in 2006 include:

  • Tusker Trails, 11 Day Tour, Ghana. This tour is led by a renowned astronomer and a veteran safari guide. The solar eclipse will be viewed with tribal elders from a plateau in Ho, Ghana. The event will be celebrated with local singing, dancing and drumming.

  • Solar Eclipse Tour in Libya. The Libyan Sahara is probably the best place to view the solar eclipse. This tour lasts 8 days and you get to see the eclipse at the eighth Wonder of the World, the volcanic Waw an Namus crater.

  • Sahara Eclipse Trek, Niger. This tour involves a 12 day trek through the remote Tenere desert in Niger where you'll get to experience the Touareg way of life. Half way through the trip you can get to experience the total eclipse of the sun, with your camel, for 4 minutes in the desert dunes.

  • Solar Eclipse Tour in Egypt. This is a 9 day tour led by British astronomers who will discuss the astronomical skills of the Pharaohs, the Ptolemies and Islamic scholars. You'll get to watch the eclipse in the desert at the best viewing point in Egypt.

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