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Olduvai Gorge National Park & Museum


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Olduvai Gorge, sometimes referred to as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’, is one of the most important sites in the studies of prehistoric fossils and our human ancestry. This ravine runs through the Serengeti plains and across East Africa for 48 km (30 mi).

Olduvai Gorge National Park: Facts, Features and More

48 km (30 mi) length, 90m (295 ft) depth.


Eastern Serengeti Plains, northern Tanzania.


Getting to:
A three hour drive from Arusha.


Best time to visit:
Between June and October, or January through February.


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Why should you visit?

It is believed that 500,000 years ago, a nearby river was diverted and the water created a ravine in the sediment, cutting through layers of volcanic deposit. This phenomenon has enabled the study of bones, fossils and ancient artifacts. Some of these artifacts are believed to be tools used by the earliest human, thus making the site significant in showing the developmental, behavioural and social complexities of our prehistoric ancestors.

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  • City Arusha
  • Area Ngorongoro
  • Country Tanzania

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