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You might want to add this date to your diary as it's a rare sight and it doesn't happen often: 4 December 2021.

On this day, a total solar eclipse will take place when the moon passes between the earth and the sun. And the best place to view it? Antarctica.

This marks the year's only total solar eclipse, and the next one is only bound to happen in 2023. Antarctica will only see another total solar eclipse in 2039.

So, if you're keen on seeing this rare sight with your own eyes, but not directly of course because your eyes will get damaged, you could get on one of the many cruise ships that will be going to the ice-covered continent.

The closer to Antarctica, the better your chances of seeing it. To give you a better idea, your chances of seeing it in South Africa is slim as you would have to hope for a clear night and, even then, you would only be able to see an average of 11% coverage of the sun if you're in Cape Town, reports Business Insider.

Cruises to Antarctica are known to be expensive, and you'll also have to get return flights between South Africa and one of the South American countries where cruises usually start. Excluding flights, you're looking at about a minimum of R225,000 per person.

If you've got money and you haven't taken leave this year, then you could look at a whole range of options, including one package that costs in excess of R1 million per person.

Image credit: Abercrombie and Kent

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