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Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson discovers Onsea House

We have the pleasure to have Donald Johanson among our guests, as expert in the National Geographic Expedition “Human Origins”. The whole expedition team has chosen to stay at Onsea House before they walk in the footsteps of early humans, from the highlands of the Great Rift Valley to the Eden of South Africa’s Western Cape, in the company of one of National Geographic’s top experts on human origins.

Donald Johanson has produced some of the field’s most groundbreaking discoveries, including the most widely known and thoroughly studied fossil of the 20th century, the 3.2-million-year-old “Lucy” skeleton.
Although the 20th century has been peppered with important early-human fossil finds, it was Johanson’s 1974 discovery in Ethiopia that added a crucial link, prompting major revisions in our understanding of human evolution. “Lucy” possesses an intriguing mixture of ape-like features such as a projecting face and small brain, but also characteristics we consider human, such as upright walking, marking an important step on the path to Homo sapiens.

In 1981, Johanson founded the Institute of Human Origins, a non-profit research institution devoted to the study of prehistory. In 1987, the IHO was given permission to conduct an expedition to Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, and found a partial skeleton, OH 62, which is generally attributed to Homo habilis. The discovery and description of this species is credited to both Mary and Louis Leakey, who also uncovered the tools and fossils of ancient hominines. Mary Leakey also discovered the Laetoli footprints. Members of their family staid also earlier at Onsea House to celebrate the anniversary of their discoveries.

Since 2010, National Geographic Expeditions selected Onsea House as top accommodation in Arusha. Check out the National Geographic Expeditons to Africa and ask for an upgrade to stay Onsea House or Machweo.

Journeys into the bush on Nat Geo Wild

Tonight was the Première of “Journeys into the bush”, the episode on safari adventurer Jean du Plessis’ favourite spots in Tanzania on Nat Geo Wild – Ultimate Africa: Game Rangers

His trip is put into jeopardy by the eruption of the Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano. We truely enjoyed to re-discover this area, which we flew over at the time of the eruption and wich we visited again few weeks ago. The episode further highlights the famous African wild dogs around Suyan Camp and the Gol Mountains in the Loliondo area, followed by the spectacular Wildebeest Migration in the Northern Serengeti around (the now completely renewed) Sayari Camp, which we will visit again this weekend! Another feature is the hunting trip joining the Hadzabe bushmen around Lake Eyasi and our favourite Kisima Ngeda Tented camp, located close to kopjes overlooking the lake. The episode ends with a scenic canoe trip on Lake Manyara, one of the many activities offered by Jean’s company.

Jean du Plessis and his company Wayo Africa, trading as Green Footprint Adventures Ltd, recommend Onsea House as probably the best and most personal guesthouse in Arusha. Contact info@onseahouse.com for any further info on Onsea House and/or safari with Wayo Africa.

“Journeys to Africa” next showing on Monday 12 October at 11am at Nat Geo Wild UK. The 10 episodes will be broadcasted again from 19 to 29 October. Don’t miss it.