Olduvai Gorge

Olduvai GorgeThe splendor of the Ngorongoro conservation area is more than the crater, the Maasai, the Volcanic Mountains, Forest and Wildlife just beyond the Ngorongoro hills in the north, Located Olduvai Gorge a place where man’s earliest ancestors might have lived, a short drive off the main road between Ngorongoro and Serengeti, the name Olduvai derives from Maasai word which pronounced Oldupai it’s a plant that grow in the area as we speak the plant scientifically known as Sanseviera Robusta where its common name is Wild Sisal.

It was here that in 1959, Dr Louis Leakey and his wife Mary discovered the skull of first Australopithecus Boisei (Zinjanthropus believed to be 1.7 million years old) and then a year later they excavated the remains of Homo habilis or “handy man” regarded as mankind’s first step on the ladder of human evolution. But many more fossils have been discovered here including those of prehistoric elephants, giant horned sheep and enormous ostriches. There is a small museum and thatched observation platform, overlooking the gorge, where visitors can listen to an informative from the authorized person appointed by the Museum.

 

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