FOSSIL HUNTING IN LAKE TURKANA 2017-04-27T10:21:03+00:00

FOSSIL HUNTING IN KENYA’S ‘CRADLE OF MANKIND’

To travel back in time is generally the thing of dreams, but on this life changing journey this fantasy can be a reality – It offers the chance to travel back to the birthplace of our ancestors in the dramatic dusty north of Kenya on the shores of Lake Turkana. The adventure begins at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, before starting the trek north with the first stop at Solio Lodge before travelling by helicopter to Lake Turkana and the Turkana Basin Institute. After two nights at the Turkana Basin Institute spend your final night at Sasaab in Kenya’s northern frontier. The Turkana Basin Institute is led by the legendary Leakey family who have been unearthing clues to our past for generations. This adventure is truly one of a kind, with the unique opportunity to spend time in this fascinating facility – it also combines wildlife, mountains, lakes, ancient forests, ancient people all in one of the world’s last real wildernesses – an experience of a lifetime. This is a fully guided trip.

5 NIGHTS

NAIROBI – 
LAKE TURKANA
SAVINGS SEASON

$14,780

per person sharing*
HIGH SEASON

$15,230

per person sharing*
* guide price based on a minimum of four people travelling for 5 nights, full board, incl private guide, helicopter, two scheduled flights, transfers from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The price is correct to the best of our knowledge, but is intended to be a guide price and is subject to change at the time of confirmation.
The journey we’ve been on is a spectacular, if sobering, one in which we learn lessons not just about what has occurred over millions of years, but how the planet is changing as we sleep. we are granted access to a room where some of the world’s most precious discoveries of our ancestors are kept. Leakey carefully lays skulls out on a table, and we see the features that have changed over six million years of evolution, from a small-brained, large-jawed creature to the bigger-brained Homo sapiens of today.
Lisa Grainger, Travel writer and editor, UK
Leakey offers a journey back through time — but even reaching the institute to begin that journey is an adventure. The basin is far from Kenya’s usual tourist routes, and driving from Nairobi would take days, so we fly up in a chartered helicopter over some of the most spectacular scenery on earth.
Martin Fletcher, Freelance journalist specialising in foreign affairs and travel, UK

  ITINERARY

Day 1:  Giraffe Manor, Nairobi
Day 2:  Solio Lodge, Solio
Day 3/4:  Turkana Basin Institute, Lake Turkana
Day 5:  Sasaab, Samburu

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Full board accommodation
  • Private guide throughout your journey
  • Helicopter from Nairobi to Solio Lodge, Solio Lodge to TBI-Turkell, during your stay at TBI – Turkwell to visit various sites, and from TBI-Turkwell to Sasaab.
  • One scheduled flight from Sasaab to Nairobi, Wilson
  • All transport between destinations and to/from activities incl. 4×4 safari vehicles
  • Park and conservation fees
  • Activities’ including game drives, sundowners, bush picnics
  • Horse riding and mountain biking at Solio Lodge, camel riding and walking at Sasaab
  • Tukana Basin Institute donation fee

RECOMMENDED FOR

  • Those seeking a once in a lifetime, experience
  • History fans, historians and archaeologists
  • Nature lovers
  • Adventure seekers
  • Explorers of remote and unspoilt areas
  • Not suitable for children

HIGHLIGHTS

Designated as a UNESCO heritage site, the Turkana region offers up some of the richest evidence of man’s earliest roots from fossil beds well-preserved within the Rift walls. Journey by helicopter over the vast and varied topography and beautiful expanse of Northern Kenya. Fly over the desert, through the barren rocky landscape to suddenly set eyes on the volcanic island within the ‘Jade Sea’.

WHEN TO GO

As the world’s largest permanent desert lake and the world’s largest alkaline lake, Lake Turkana supports a rich lacustrine wildlife and a very dry, hot climate. The warmest, driest months are October to January while July and August are the coolest. During this period the area is subject to strong southerly and southeasterly winds. The total annual rainfall is less than 200 mm and is unpredictable though most likely between March and May.

WHERE YOU STAY

GIRAFFE MANOR

NAIROBI

SOLIO LODGE

LAIKIPIA

TBI-TURKWEL

LAKE TURKANA WEST

SASAAB

SAMBURU

OTHER EXPERIENCES YOU MIGHT LIKE 

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