Origins - Ethiopia, January 2-19, 2020
Ethiopia is a land of awe-inspiring physical beauty, extraordinary scientific research, ancient culture, unique traditions, and incredible food and coffee. Home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa, Ethiopia is a destination like no other.
This once-in-a-lifetime adventure will take you from the bustling city of Addis Ababa to the extraordinary stone churches of Lalibela, to the remote Afar region and Hadar where Lucy was discovered.
Your journey begins in London with a guided tour of Charles Darwin’s home and the British Natural History Museum. In Addis Ababa, you’ll enjoy luxury accommodations and behind-the-scenes guided tours of several museums. At the National Museum of Ethiopia, you will meet Leakey Foundation grantees and see some of the world’s most important fossils, including Lucy and Selam.
You will visit the Simien Mountains, called the Grand Canyon of Africa, where you will spend a day with Leakey Foundation grantees studying gelada monkeys. You’ll see several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the 17th-century castles of Gondar and the ancient rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.
A highlight of the “Origins-Ethiopia” tour will be the Afar region of the Great Rift Valley, where our human ancestors once lived. There, you will join Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie at his Waranso-Mille Paleontological Project, a recently identified paleontological treasure trove. Then you will journey to nearby Hadar and see the site where the famous fossil Lucy was discovered.
Have questions? Email Sharal Camisa, Executive Director.
Dates – January 2-19, 2020
Cost Per Person
$10,899 if paying by check or wire
$1,699 single supplement paying by check or wire
$11,226 if paying by credit card
$1,721 single supplement paying by credit card
- Four flights (in Ethiopia) and private coaches (in London and Ethiopia)
- 16 hotel nights (in London and Ethiopia)
- Airport meet-and-greet with private transfers
- Meals as listed in itinerary
- A local, English-speaking scholar as our guide; a representative from The Leakey Foundation; a representative from Rothschilds Safaris
Does not include
- Airfare to/from London, to/from Ethiopia
- Gratuities, incidentals
- Travel insurance or visas