Oldupai Gorge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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A key feature in the timeline of ancient human history, Oldupai Gorge has witnessed millions of years of evolution. Cutting into the Great Rift Valley of East Africa, the deep ravine is widely considered one of the world's most important sites of paleoanthropology and lies within a wider World Heritage Site. Since Mary and Louis Leakey first began excavating here in the mid-20th century, research programs have discovered some of the first used stone tools and traces of social and communal activity. Delve into your ancient ancestral routes, touring the onsite gorge museum and taking a guided walk around this world-famous portion of Serengeti landscape. Work out when and for how long to visit Oldupai Gorge and other Ngorongoro Conservation Area attractions using our handy Ngorongoro Conservation Area travel itinerary planner.
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  • This was really interesting! We learned way more than we expected. This is a nice little treat when you are on safari.  more »
  • I remember learning about the Olduvai / Oldupai Gorge and the Leakys in college. I was fascinated. When I realized we'd be driving right by on our way to the Serengeti, I thought we should stop in...  more »
  • You need some time to do this justice but still worth seeing if only a short time. Amazing to see the sites where two bipedal hominin species were discovered from about 2 million years ago...  more »
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  • interesting topology and interesting history of the artifacts. worth a quick walk around of the museum and 10 minute briefing from the guide
  • Views were great. The gorge is a sacred place and a sense of awe permeated those in our visiting party. Great effort by the Tanzanians to showcase a national treasure...
  • Provides a feeling of history and human (pre-human too) context that far exceeds anything religion seeks to provide!
  • I remember learning about the Olduvai / Oldupai Gorge and the Leakys in college. I was fascinated. When I realized we'd be driving right by on our way to the Serengeti, I thought we should stop in. Luckily our safari guide was able to arrange this by calling back to the main office. It was ABSOLUTELY worth the extra time and cost. You'll spend an hour or two here, but come away with a better understanding of what it is to be human. I'm not sure about you but that's one of the primary reasons I travel.
  • An interesting, manageable sized museum with informative exhibits in english and swahili. Experts on site can give an orientation, and then orient you to the exhibits. So much history here!
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