An East Africa Trip of a Lifetime with Dr Don Johanson

Apr 20, 2011

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Dr Don Johanson sharing information about the hominid fossil

From one of our travelers whose family went on our special East Africa itinerary with Dr Don Johanson (famed for his discovery of Lucy, a 3.2 million-year-old hominid skeleton which he unearthed in Ethiopia’s remote Afar region in  1974).  He is a world renowned paleoanthropologist and Founding Director of the Institute of Human Origins (IHO), a human evolutionary “think tank” he founded in 1981…

We had the most wonderful 11-day trip of a lifetime to Africa!  Led by Dr. Donald Johanson, the man who discovered “Lucy”, the missing link between man and ape, we were treated to a safari with animals of all sorts (zebras, elephants, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, baboons, and the like) as well as an opportunity to learn about early hominids!

While we were a little apprehensive about sleeping in “tents” through the Serengeti, we were pleasantly surprised that the “tent camping” was better than some hotels we stay in while traveling, the service was incredible, the food amazing, the accommodations first class, and the views and access to nature absolutely unbelievable!

We will miss our morning wake-up calls by a Masai warrior complete with hot tea, coffee, and cookies to start off our mornings!  A trip for all ages, from our youngest at age-10 to our oldest at age-13 along with us older kids at heart, this was an absolutely amazing trip!

Rand M, San Francisco, California

Ballooning Over The Serengeti

Elephants at a watering hole





Lion cubs

Dr. Don Johanson and the family at Olduvai Cafe (next to the painting of "Lucy" on the wall)

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