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Solar Eclipse - 9 day

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Sahara Solar Eclipse 9 day trip
Grade A to B  Fully vehicle supported, little trekking
This programme takes you across some really wild desert to reach Waw al-Namus, the heart of the Sahara, in time to see the total eclipse of the sun predicted to take place on 29th March 2006. Southern Libya will be the best location on earth to see the eclipse. (Eclipse Path | NASA Information Page) There are several days involving driving long distances over tough terrain but also on most days there are plenty of opportunities for a few hours walking during lunch stops or from campsites.
You will almost never camp within sight of other people and often in pristine countryside. All meals are cooked for you and evenings are spent round camp fires under a starry sky.

Day 1 Arrive in Tripoli and transfer to a three star hotel.
Day 2 After breakfast we drive along the coast to Leptis Magna, arguably the best preserved Roman town on the Mediterranean. After lunch we visit the museum at Leptis before returning to Tripoli and then flying Sebha, the capital of the Fezzan. Camp.
Day 3 to 7 From now on we camp in the wild desert, away from other people. On the way to Waw al-Namus we will pass through Zueila, famous for the seven graves, As-Sabaha, of followers of Mohammed who died here in battle. Waw al-Namus is a volcano with several stunning crater lakes to see and swim in. The volcano also offers a pleasant walk. We will reach here in time for the eclipse, and if past weather is anything to go by - it should be fine!
On our return journey we will use adifferent route to return to Sebha and fly back to our hotel in Tripoli.
Day 8 Visit Tripoli museum then wander through the labyrinth of streets in the old town (medina). Tripoli is a fascinating and most welcoming town which never fails to leave a wonderful impression on visitors.
Day 9 Return to the airport and fly home.

See also the 16 day Eclipse Programme.

Zueila: As-Sahaba

wadi after rain

Waw al Namus
Waw al Namus
Severan Gate detail
Leptis Magna
camp site
camp in the dunes
evening by fire
evening by fire
The eclipse will be visible on 29 March 2005, our location at Waw al-Namus will allow us to see the total eclipse.

Should you be only interested in the first few (eclipse) days of this programme please email us to discuss your requirements.

If you have a group of four you could have this trip run at any other date to suite you as a private trip but clearly without seeing an eclipse!.

Included in Cost:
All transfers, transport, food and accommodation, internal flights, guides and entry fees to museums etc. Camp equipment, tents, mattress, blanket. Cook and catering equipment.

Not Included:
Visas, tips, international flights (unless requested from UK), personal spending, personal insurance and photography fees in museums etc.

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