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Programme (tentative)

Saturday, 2nd November 2013

  • Evening arrival by overland or air to Eliye Springs
  • Welcome speech by Rotary Club of Nairobi President David Hastie
  • Sundowner followed by dinner

Sunday, 3rd November 2013


  • Breakfast at Eliye Springs
  • Travel to Kalokol village


  • Visit Namoratunga archaeastronomical site for lunch
  • Presentation by Professor Simiyu Wandiba on archaeology and anthropology
  • Travel to eclipse viewing site (within Kalokol Village)


  • View eclipse from 4.00 pm to 6.45pm , presentation by astronomers led by Professor Hakeem Oluseyi of Florida Institute of Technology (FIT and MIT)
  • Travel back to Eliye springs for dinner

Monday, 4th November 2013


  • Visit the RCN projects in Lodwar with part of the team
  • The other team goes for a swim in the lake
  • Another team goes for a drive in Sabiloi National Park


  • Cultural presentation by locals
  • Closing speech by RCN President Elect Kamal Sanghani


  • Dinner and infomal discussions

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Eliye Springs

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Eliye Springs Resort

Eliye Springs, also known as Ille Springs, is a remote village on the western shore of Lake Turkana in Kenya, near the mouth of River Turkwel. It is located 50 kilometres east of Lodwar and 40 kilometres south of Kalokol.

The local springs for which it is named produce lush vegetation along its section of the otherwise barren lakeshore, and support a community of about 5000 people with fresh drinking water. However, due to neglect, the spring's water has been found to have ecoli and other harmful agents.

Around 1981 there was a hunting lodge on the side of the lake made up of a series of grass huts and very basic facilities. By 1982 this fell into disrepair and the owner left but some staff remained hoping to collect unpaid wages. The huts provided refuge for intrepid travellers who enjoyed the clear warm waters and sunsets. Food had to be bought in Lodwar and the journey to Eliye Springs in 1982 took about 2 hours.

The Lodge has since been placed under new management and attracts a growing clientele of tourists to the beautiful non-humid whitesand beach. A sand surface airstripe nearby supports small chartered aircraft.

Source: Wikipedia