ore than 30,000 foreign tourists are expected to visit Uganda for a rare viewing of the solar eclipse next month in the northern part of the country. The country’s Tourism Ministry officials say they anticipate the event to attract several international eclipse trackers to Uganda to the districts of Nebbi, Arua, Gulu, Soroti and Masindi that will provide the most vintage locations for viewing the rare occurrence of a total solar eclipse on Sunday 3rd November, 2013.
According to the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the final event of 2013 is the most interesting eclipse of the year. It is one of the rare hybrid or annular/total eclipses in which some sections of the path are annular while other parts are total.
“However, the November 3 eclipse is even more unique because the central path to begins annular and ends total, Uganda will experience a ‘Total Eclipse’ as part of the overall ‘Hybrid Eclipse’,” says NASA. Owiny Primary school Panyango Sub-county in Packwach,West Nile has been identified as the best place to spot the eclipse alongside other towns like Arua, Soroti, Gulu and Masindi in Uganda.
This area is part of the Murchison Falls Conservation Area covering over 5,000 Square kilometers, where enthusiasts of the eclipse can experience a day in the wild US$1472 per person (Minumum 7 Persons).
The 3 Days 2 nights -Experience Eclipse of the Sun on November 3rd 2013 a Total Solar Eclipse on Safari in Uganda – Murchison Falls National Park at the hamlet town of Pakwach
Day 1 st November Charter / Afternoon Launch trip 08:30 Early morning, pick up from your Kampala Hotel and or the airport . Transfer to Kajansi Airfield. Take your flight to Murchison Falls N.P. Transfer from Pakuba Airfield to Paraa Safari Lodge.
After lunch at Paraa take the afternoon launch trip to the bottom of the falls. – Plenty of Birdlife, Malachite Kingfisher, Fish Eagle, Cormorants, and Saddle billed Stork, Hippo, crocodile, Buffalo, Giraffe, and Elephant. Anchor at 300 M from the bottom of the falls past the spot where Ernest Hemingway the famous 20th century writer crash landed after his plane clipped the telegraph wiring. The breathtaking falls in the backdrop provides an excellent photo shoot moment. Dinner & Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge
Day 2 -3rd November DAYS HIGHLIGHT- Morning Game drive/Afternoon Eclipse 0:6:00 Early morning wakeup call and breakfast Game drive in time to catch the animals, Ground/ Abyssinian Hornbill, Grey Kestrel, Elephant, Buffalo, Hartebeest, Giraffe, Duiker, kob, Lion and the elusive Leopard. Before or after you experience the eclipse you can visit sites along the Albert Nile before you return to your Lodge for dinner & overnight.
Day 3 – 4th November Departure You will be picked up by Cessna caravan from Pakuba airfield for return flight to Kajansi airfield Kampala. Transfer to your Hotel or to Entebbe International Airport for your onward flight Cessna 421C Golden Eagle – 5X-VIP & 5X-ASU 7 passengers maximum Cessna Aircraft Corporation, Wichita, KS USA Engines: Continental GTSIO-520s, 375 HP (each) The Golden Eagle is the epitome of the “Cabin Class” twinengine airplane and represents the culmination of piston aircraft technology in Cessna’s legendary 400 series .
The final iteration of the 421, the C model, boasts a highly efficient wing, pressurized cabin and full ice protection. The elegance of her design (and two immensely powerful engines) allows this ship to cruise at 230 MPH up to 30,000 feet, leaping well above the turbulence and weather in quiet comfort. Our 421s are both equipped with radar, dual Garmin GPS navigation systems and executive interiors.
Should the unfortunate need develop, they can also be rapidly configured for air-ambulance operations with a full stretcher, AC power supply for medical equipment and patient oxygen.