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Olduvai Gorge

Serengeti Map   Olduvai Gorge is locally called "Oldupai," a name given by the Maasai for the Sisal growing in the Gorge. Olduvai is known the world over for the fantastic archeological discoveries made by Doctors Louis and Mary Leakey, including the skull of a humanoid believed to be 1.75 million years old. The place is commonly referred to as "The cradle of mankind " and lies on the short grass plains of the Serengeti. Not only have fossils of humanoid origin been found but also fossils from prehistoric animals that lived around them.
An American and Tanzanian archaeological team made the latest and probably greatest findings in 1986. They discovered human fossils including 302 bones and teeth belonging to a female some 1.8 million years old.

Excavations still continue in the gorge during the dry season, and you can enter the gorge with a guide. There is also a small museum showing some of the finds and a resting place suitable for a picnic lunch. Olduvai Gorge is located on the way between Ngorongoro and the Serengeti and part of many of our itineraries.

Sizes

48 km (30 mi) long

Attractions

the most important prehistoric sites in the world and has been instrumental in furthering understanding of early human evolution.

When to visit

Year round but dry season (June - September)

Climate

ranges between 21-27°C (70-80°F) for most of the year

Temperatures

37°Celsius

Altitudes

2286 m above sea level

Olduvai Gorge
Finds of early humanoid footsteps
Artist's rendering of human life at Olduvai Gorge 2.5 million  years ago Prehistoric animal life
 

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