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EXPERIENCE: FOSSIL HUNTING IN KENYA

This fully guided adventure is truly one of a kind, it combines wildlife, mountains, lakes, ancient forests, ancient people all in one of the world’s last real wildernesses.

CRADLE OF HUMANKIND TOUR

Travel back in time to the cradle of mankind. Visit the birthplace of our ancestors on the shores of Lake Turkana. Your adventure begins at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, where you will enjoy breakfast with the giraffe. Journey on to Solio Lodge to see the Rhino. Then travel by helicopter to Lake Turkana and the Turkana Basin Institute. Here you will meet the legendary Leakey family, who have been unearthing clues to our past for generations. After two nights at the Turkana Basin Institute spend your final night at Sasaab in Kenya’s northern frontier. This adventure provides the unique opportunity to spend time in the fascinating facility of Turkana. It also combines wildlife, mountains, lakes, ancient forests, ancient people in one of the world’s last real wildernesses. This is a fully guided trip and an experience of a lifetime.

5 NIGHTS

NAIROBI – 
LAKE TURKANA
SAVINGS SEASON

$17,740

per person sharing*
THE SEASON

$18,340

per person sharing*
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* 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.

TURKANA SAFARI

The Turkana Safari 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 on this Turkana Safari — 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

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Full board accommodation
  • Private guide throughout your journey
  • Helicopter transfers from Nairobi to Solio Lodge, Solio Lodge to TBI-Turkwell, TBI-Turkwell to Sasaab.
  • Helicopter excursions at TBI – Turkwell to visit various sites
  • One scheduled flight from Sasaab to Nairobi, Wilson International Airport
  • 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

The Turkana region is a UNESCO heritage site. It offers up some of the richest evidence of man’s earliest roots. This is evident in the fossil beds that are well-preserved within the Rift walls. To reach Turkana you will journey by helicopter over the vast and varied topography and beautiful expanse of the dusty Northern Kenya. Our helicopter day trips from here take you to see some of the most breathtaking sights. Fly over the desert, through the barren rocky landscape where you will suddenly set eyes on the volcanic island within the ‘Jade Sea’. On your return, you will fly over the pink sea of flamingos before touching back down in Turkana.

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

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