The Olduvai Gorge, which is a remarkable archaeological site in East Africa and perhaps in the world. It was officially recognized as a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Exposed within the sides of the gorge is a remarkably rich chronicle of human ancestry and the evolution of the Serengeti ecosystem.
It was here that Mary and Louis Leakey, over the course of more than 30 years of backbreaking work, unearthed the first well-dated fossils and artefacts of some of our earliest human ancestors.
Their discoveries include the famous Zinjanthropus (Australopithecus boisei) skull, as well as remains of Homo habilis, the presumed maker of the numerous early stone tools found in deposits ranging in age from 1.6 to 1.8 million years ago, and Homo erectus, the larger- bodied and larger- brained hominin that preceded the earliest modern humans (Homo sapiens).
What to See
- Rock structures and sediments
What to do
- Archeological Tours
Today, on your way from Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti, you will visit a remarkable landmark. The Olduiuvai Gorge is considered one of the most important paleoanthropological localities in the world. From the entrance gate you will arrive at an ancient place full of history. The Gorge was discovered after an alkaline lake covering it dried up, due to the forces of the great rift and volcanic activity, exposing ancient human remains and those of extinct animals. In 1959, archaeologist Mary Leakey discovered a skull fragment belonging to an early hominin that her husband, Louis Leakey, named Zinjanthropus boisei but dubbed “Nutcracker Man” because of its huge molars, indicative of a vegetarian diet. Til today, this discovery is one of the oldest traces of modern man. During your visit, you will get impressive insights in our very own history.
The Leakeys unearthed 2 skull bones and the lower jaw of a child. They were the first fossils ever found of “Homo habilis”, also known as the Handy Man. This type of early human had a bigger brain, finer jaw and smaller teeth than its predecessors.
- Park fees
- All activities
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation
- All Taxes/VAT
- Drinking water (On all days)
- International flights (From/to home)
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- Accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
- Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees