Turkana, Kenya: The Land That Time Forgot

Trip Leader(s)
Patricia Princehouse, Patricia Princehouse, Director, Program in Evolutionary Biology; Origins major Associate Director, Institute for the Science of Origins, CWRU
March 08-17, 2019
Trip Description

Travel to Nairobi and Kenya with CWRU's Institute for the Science of Origins. Embark on game drives in Nairobi National Park, visit the Kenyan Museum of Natural History for a behind-the-scenes tour, participate in scientific activities -- including looking for fossils -- in Turkana, and more!

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Trip Itinerary:

Friday, March 8 - Saturday, March 9: Depart Cleveland for Nairobi on March 8th, to arrive in Nairobi on the 9th. We will be met at the airport and driven to Wildebeest Eco Camp. Time permitting we will have a short game drive through the National Park. Dinner and overnight at Wildebeest Eco Camp

Sunday, March 10: We will visit the Kenyan Museum of Natural History where we will have a behind-the-scenes tour with the rare opportunity to interact with the original fossil specimens of numerous very famous human ancestors, including Alesi and the Turkana Boy. In the afternoon, we will board a small aircraft for our flight to Lodwar, capital of Turkana County. We’ll be met at the airport and after a quick tour of the town, we will drive to the Turkana Basin Institute facility on the Turkwel River. This will be our base for the week. After dinner, we will enjoy an introductory lecture by famed paleoanthropologist Dr. Isaiah Nengo

Monday, March 11: Weather permitting, we will set out in Land Cruisers to prospect for fossils in the field.

Tuesday, March 12: We will participate in science outreach activities, implementing an innovative 1-day science curriculum for local villagers

Wednesday, March 13: Weather permitting, we will again set out in Land Cruisers to prospect for fossils in the field. After lunch, we will have a recreational visit to Lake Turkana

Thursday, March 14: We will participate in science outreach activities, implementing the 1-day science curriculum for more local villagers

Friday, March 15: Today will involve fieldwork and/or science outreach activities in the context of the week’s experiences and a trip to town.

Saturday, March 16: This morning we fly to Nairobi and transfer back to Wildebeest Eco Camp. In the afternoon we will have a game drive in Nairobi National Park

Sunday, March 17: All-day game drives in Nairobi National Park. This evening, we catch a late flight home to the US.

COST:

$4750 with airfare from Cleveland

$3750 without airfare

For more information about this trip, contact Patricia Princehouse at pmp7@case.edu.

To register for the trip, contact Felicia Westbrooks at 216.368.2090 or email fcw2@case.edu.

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