Located in a lost corner of East Africa. In the southeast of the Serengeti national park on the edge of the pristine region of Ngorongoro, this semi-arid gorge and depopulated forms a strange break in the landscape. 40 km long, 90 m deep on average, it suddenly breaks with the dreary of the arid steppes.
Olduvai Gorge, a desolate canyon inspires respect and envy among archaeologists around the world. Numerous fossils dating back more than 2 million years have been excavated in these rocky flanks.
Over the years, the discoveries have been so important, so essential to history, that the site is considered by many to be one of the “cradles of mankind”.
History About Olduvai Gorge
Olduvai or Oldupai in the Maasai language, means “wild sisal place”. It all started in 1911, by funny coincidence. At that time, Tanzania which was called Tanganyika before the independence which was still under Germany colony.
A German entomologist, Professor Kattwinkel, has ventured to find butterflies there. Luckily, he discovered (by chance) fossilized bones. Its discovery caused a lot of noise in Europe and attracted the attention of scientists.
In 1913, an expedition led by Professor Hans Reck came to the region to search the bowels of the Olduvai canyon. In the process, several other expeditions were carried out.
The Leakey, pioneers of Olduvai
Where is Olduvai Gorge and how to get there.
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