Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti National Park

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published 20/11/2012 | Wasmeier
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Pro Very interesting from an anthropological point of view
Cons Walk could have been more interesting, Eglish language of some of the guides could be better

"Interesting insight into the origins and evolution of mankind."

Oldupai Gorge with its characteristic monolith.

Oldupai Gorge with its characteristic monolith.

Oldupai Gorge (Olduvai is a misspelling) is an area in the Ngorogoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania, near the southern end of the Great Rift Valley. Its importance lies in the varied evidence for human evolution and anthropological information that has been found there, including several different species of hominids, a range of tools, type/composition of animal remains and evidence for lifestyle changes. This can all be seen evolve, being most primitive in the earliest soil horizons and becoming increasingly more complex and advanced as the soil hozisons get younger. I was there in September 2011.

On site there is a museum (literally a couple of wooden sheds) with information on the area and its arcaeological history, and displaying some examples of findings. There is also a good viewpoint over the gorge where staff give lectures. A walk in the gorge is also possible but this has to be arranged in advance - just don´t expect the area to be bustling with archaeological relics.

I found the site to be fascinating, and I was glad that it is (still) a bit underdeveloped. Basically, if you are a paleoanthropological devotee then this place is for you. If you are generally interested in evolution or anthropology then you won´t be disappointed. Everybody else are likely to be unimpressed.

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