Olduvai Gorge
Olduvai Gorge
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This is one of the most important archaeological site on earth. The geological strata exposed in the gorge reveal a remarkable record of animal and human evolution from about 2 million until 15,000 years ago. Among the significant finds from Olduvai are the range of stone tool types, the thousands of animal fossils- both extinct and extant species- and fossil bones of hominids (pre- Homo sapiens) and early Homo sapiens. The hominid fossils show the evolution of humankind over a 2 million year time span and provide a sense of our recent emergence in the world as modern humans.
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Archie
Glenmoore, PA7,351 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This is a great visit on your way to Serengeti. Its significant due to the early human species excavation in this area. They have a museum that details the significance. They have early tools discovered. The gorge itself is beautiful with the red rock. We visited a dig in the area as well. Grace was very helpful. It was a nice visit.
Written 27 June 2023
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Geoff H
Sissinghurst, UK16,196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
If you are at all interest in the history of homo sapiens, then you should not miss this spot where significant fossils were found. Alongside there is a small, but impressive, museum giving a full history of the site and finds.
Written 15 March 2023
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Marie R
Rogue River, OR9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
This is a once in a lifetime place. Tanzania has preserved not only the fossil beds, but the process Mary Leakey and other scientists use to understand human evolution. The walking tour option gets you into the feel of the discoveries and the huge chunks of time that are exposed.
Written 11 February 2023
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USALouise
Illinois789 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The museum and grounds at Olduvai Gorge are very modern and clean, and make for an essential stop in Tanzania. The museum is small but has amazing artifacts. It was so interesting to view human remains which I have only read about in college textbooks. We toured the museum by ourselves, but then heard an oral history given by a Maasai volunteer, who we tipped for his services. The view of the gorge is incredible and so interesting to see all the historical layers.

Most tourists probably skip this exhibit (we were the only ones in the museum when we visited), but I think it is an essential stop to see examples of early mankind. It also makes for a nice stop on the road from Ngorongoro to the Central Serengeti (nice clean bathrooms too). The magnetic Shifting Sands are also nearby, although we did not stop to see them.
Written 24 September 2022
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Emily
73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is a significant site for human evolution and should not be missed. We got a short presentation once we arrived overlooking the beds where the fossils were found. Inside there are 6 rooms with fossils, information in english and swahilli and lots of artifacts.
Written 6 September 2022
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Sarah
Princeton, IL11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We stopped on our way to the Ngorongoro crater to learn about the area. Fun educational area and well studied staff that did presentation of the gorge and the history.
Written 28 March 2022
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Shelly S
Denver, CO20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We stopped here to see the Gorge and enjoyed the museum and facts about the fossils, etc. The tour guide shared lots of info and then sent us on our way to explore. We found some unique souvenirs there, but be prepared to barter.
Written 23 July 2021
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happyheartwoman
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We only briefly visited this area while passing through but we really enjoyed it. The setting is stunning in it's beauty and the theater at the museum had a breathtaking view of the gorge.
Written 21 June 2021
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Bidule05
France1,916 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
We visited the wonderful Olduvai Gorges, which have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. They are located between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park.
The landscape is fine, with the lunar desert plateau and green tufts of sisal plants; the deep reddish gorges, 90 meters high, have been carved out by erosion. We learned that the name "Olduvai" comes from the Masai word "ol tupai", meaning "sisal".
On the walls of the gorges, we saw 5 superimposed strata, in colors ranging from ocher to brown, coming from different geological eras (600,000 years to 2.5 million years)!
We were amazed by the Olduvai gorges, which are one of the most important paleontological sites in Africa. They are one of the richest fossil areas in the world! During the guided tour, we learned that different species of hominids lived in Olduvai Gorges (Paranthropus boisei, Homo habilis, Homo erectus, Homo sapiens and Homo sapiens sapiens), who had access to food, running water, wetlands, meadows and forest parts (palm trees, acacias). They used a lot of stone tools with sharp edges. Excavations in Olduvai Gorge have found thousands of animal bones (giraffes, elephants, wildebeest), which may have been hunted and killed by hominids, but hominids may also have scavenged the remains left by others predators (leopard lions, hyenas). Hominids also preyed on wetland ferns, crustaceans, and snails/slugs.
The visit to the small museum is also very interesting!
A MUST in Tanzania!!!
Written 28 May 2021
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Mike G
South Jordan, UT305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
The museum gives you a great overview and peek into the history and finds of the area that are important to our history of mankind. Great for kids and any one who like archeology and the history of man.
Written 20 March 2021
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