Sometimes nature puts on such an incredible display, you have to truly take stock of the magnificence of the moment, treasuring it forever. On an African safari, you're bound to have breathtaking experiences aplenty, but on September 1, 2016, your trip could be even more special thanks to the Annular Solar Eclipse.
We're here to help shed some light on this incredible event, and the best places to see it while on a tour with Bench Africa.
What is an Annular Solar Eclipse?
A solar eclipse refers to the moon moving into the path of the sun, blocking it from view. While you might be familiar with the notion of an eclipse, there are different types depending on the positioning of the moon at the time of the event.
With the moon's orbit being more elliptical than circular, there are times when it will be further away from the Earth - amounting to approximately 13 per cent variation in distance. A total eclipse occurs when the moon is on the near side of its orbit, and appears to entirely block the glowing orb of the sun for a few minutes, casting the land in a strange midday twilight.
However, if the moon is on the far side of its orbit during an eclipse, it won't appear large enough to fully cover the sun, leaving a bright ring peeking out around the moon's edge. This fiery outer circle is the reason it is called an Annular eclipse - anulus being the Latin word for ring.
Where can I see the Annular Solar Eclipse in September 2016?
According to NASA, the eclipse will make its path across central Africa on September 1, sweeping down towards Tanzania and the northern tip of Mozambique before crossing over Madagascar. On our special Africa travel package, Solar Eclipse in Madagascar, you can find yourself in prime viewing position for this incredible event while enjoying the diverse Majunga region.
If you're keen to view the eclipse from continental Africa, our Southern Tanzania Highlights tour will see you begin your journey in Ruaha National Park, close by to the eclipse path. Next, you'll move onto visit the Selous Game Reserve, Africa's biggest protected wildlife area, offering unprecedented natural diversity in its landscapes as well as top-class game viewing.
To find out more about seeing the Annular Eclipse in September 2016 in Africa, get in touch with our expert team at Bench Africa today and start planning this once-in-a-lifetime experience.