Journey into Human Origins

Hominin fossils at Koobi Fora base Camp
Hominin Fossils at Koobi Fora Base Camp
An exclusive tour through Human Origins

The story of human origins is over 4 million years old. The faculty of the Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology in the Anthropology Department at George Washington University study many of the different components of this story. In collaboration with the National Museums of Kenya, we have developed a very unique tour available by request only to allow a select group of visitors to access this one in a lifetime insight into human origins.

We have partnered with Abercrombie and Kent to develop a truly unique perspective on human origins. We provide here a general overview of this tour. However, if you would like to extend or shorten any particular component of this tour we can make arrangements for this. As such the prices provided are rough estimates. They will change if modifications to the tour are made.


OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day 1             Nairobi –Overnight Nairobi Intercontinental Hotel

Day 2             Nairobi – Overnight Intercontinental Hotel

Day 3             Charter flight Nairobi / Turkana (Koobi Fora)

Day 4             Charter flight Koobi Fora– Lewa Downs

Day 5             Lewa Downs Conservancy

Day 6            Schedule flight Lewa Downs to Nairobi. Transfer to JKIA for departure.


Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi, Kenya

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Arrive at the international airport, clear with immigration and customs. Meet and greet service by your Abercrombie & Kent customer service representative at the arrival lobby. Transferred by minivan to Nairobi Intercontinental Hotel for check in and overnight. Dinner at the world renown Haandi Restaurant in Nairobi's Westlands suburb.

The Hotel Inter-Continental is in the heart of Nairobi, close to the Kenyatta International Conference Centre and downtown shops.  There are 385 air-conditioned rooms all with 24 hour room service, satellite TV, minibar and telephone.  There is a choice of both speciality and informal restaurants and light refreshments are served in the Safari Bar and Poolside Bar.  Additional facilities are the casino, a swimming pool and a comprehensive health centre.


Day 2: National Museums of Kenya 

 

 

Exclusive full day tour of the Paleontological and Archaeological collections at the National Museum of Kenya. The deposits from the Turkana Basin records fossils that span the last 4 million years. The National Museums of Kenya has agreed to provide individual access to our guests to view original fossil material. This includes some of the earliest evidence of early humans that walked on two feet; the earliest stone artifacts ever found; and some of the most complete skeletons of ancient humans like the world famous Turkana Boy. Guests receive a personal tour of the collections provided by the museum staff who curate these materials. This is a once in a lifetime experience.


Day 3: Koobi Fora Research Base, Lake Turkana

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You will be met by Abercrombie & Kent representative and transfer to Wilson Airport for your Charter flight to Turkana, Koobi Fora, Base Camp. Met on arrival in Koobi Fora by Abercrombie&Kent driver guide & transfer to stay at  National Museums of Kenya Research Bandas in a 4x4 Toyota LandCruiser.

You will be the guest of the Koobi Fora Research and Training Program. Guides from the National Museums of Kenya and George Washington University's Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology will be your guide to the Turkana Basin. Guides will drive you to deposits that range from 4 million years ago to the earliest appearance of domestic cattle 10,000 years ago. Faculty will describe cutting-edge research on the origins of our culture and biology preserved in this amazing research area. Meals and lodging will be at the Koobi Fora Base Camp on the shores of the Jade Sea (Lake Turkana).

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Day 4-5: Lewa Conservancy

After breakfast, you will meet your Abercrombie & Kent Driver and you will be transferred to the Ileret airstrip (1 hour off road trip) for your morning charter flight to Lewa Conservancy. You will be met on arrival at Lewa Airstrip by a luxury 4WD vehicle and transfer to the Lewa Camp for check in and lunch.

 

 

Lewa Wilderness is located in Lewa Downs at the foot of Mt.Kenya and is one of Kenya’s most successful private conservation areas. It has been the Craig family home since 1924 when the Craig grandparents came from England and began raising cattle here, and is still the home of Will and Emma Craig.  Accommodation is in 9 comfortable cottages with en-suite bathrooms and the food is wholesome, ranch style and organically grown. Lewa Wilderness offers an exclusive hideaway from which to explore the African bush with a diverse array of wildlife in some of Kenya's most spectacular scenery.  Activities include day and night game viewing drives, bush walks, horse riding, camel rides, farm visits and cultural visits.  There is also the opportunity to visit the on-going conservation projects and also the craft center run by the local community.  For those wishing to relax, there is a swimming pool which seems to flow right over the escarpment.

There is an afternoon game drive in Camp 4x4 LandCruiser. Meals & overnight at the Lewa Camp.

 

 


Day 6: Transfer from Lewa Downs to Nairobi and Departure

Breakfast at the Lewa Downs Camp.

Transfer to the airstrip for scheduled flight from Lewa Downs to Wilson Airport. Met on arrival at Wilson airport by Abercrombie & Kent representative. Transfer to Carnivore restaurant for traditional Kenyan Barbeque (Nyama choma: literally burned meat). Abercrombie and Kent representative will transfer you to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport fro your international travel.

Later, transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your late night international departure flight.


Day 1 and 2 in Nairobi: Two guests sharing a room: $1150 (includes dinner as well as a tour of collections at National Museums of Kenya).

Day 3 Koobi Fora Base Camp: Two guests sharing a room: $13,534 (includes the charter flight to the Turkana Basin and return flight to Lewa Downs).

Day 4 and 5 Lewa Downs: $3844 (includes all meals and accommodation as well as game drives in reserve).

Day 6 Nairobi: Two guests sharing: $864 (includes flight from Lewa Downs to Nairobi and Lunch at world famous Carnivore Restaurant).