OLDUVAI GEORGE

Olduvai, more accurately called Oldupai after the wild sisal in the area, is situated near the Ngorongoro Crater and is the site of some of the most important finds of early hominid fossils of all time (made famous by the work of the Leakey family) – The “Nutcracker Man” or Australophithecus boisei who lived 1.8 million years ago. There is a small informative museum located at the visitor center.

The gorge is a treasure trove of archeological sites filled with fossils, settlement remains and stone artefacts. Lecture tours are offered.

OLDUVAI GORGE, TANZANIA The archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge is located in the eastern Serengeti in northern Tanzania within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The gorge is a steep sided 4 to 8- kilometer (30 mile) long ravine, which forms part of the Great Rift Valley. It is situated on a series of fault lines which, along with centuries of erosion, has revealed fossils and remnants of early humankind.

Ancient archaeological site Cradle of humankind Situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Forms part of the Great Rift Valley

Excavations in the early twentieth century by the famous archaeologist, Dr Louis Leakey, uncovered some of the earliest remains of fossil hominids at Olduvai. Seventeen years after the first discovery of human forms, Leakey’s wife, Mary, discovered the unmistakable fossilised footprints of a human ancestor who had walked along a riverbank three million years ago. Since then, excavators working in Olduvai have found skeletal remains of a number of ancient hominids – Homo habilis, Homo erectus and Australopithecus Boisei.

Old campsites and what is believed to be a butchery site, as well as a loosely built circle of lava blocks was also found suggesting that crude shelters were also built here. Other findings include hunting weapons, basic tools and remains of dead animals once killed by humans. The name Olduvai originated from a European misspelling of Oldupai, the correct Maasai word for this region of great historical importance – named after the wild sisal plant fibre growing in abundance in the gorge.

There is also a museum where visitors can listen to lectures and see visual representation of the discoveries made in the region.

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Viktoria
Viktoria
2024-01-30
Tolle Organisation, sehr erfahren und herzlich im Umgang Wir haben unsere erste Safari mit Loth und seinem Team gemacht und sind sehr glücklich darüber und dankbar dafür diese unvergessliche Erfahrung gemacht haben zu dürfen. Catherine übernimmt die Organisation, welche total unkompliziert und entspannt verlief. Wir wurden sehr herzlich empfangen und hatten 5 geniale Tage dank Loth‘s langjähriger Erfahrung. Mit dem Team hatten wir sehr viel Spaß und haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Wir können Ilmaasai jedem nur wärmstens empfehlen. Sie werden es nicht bereuen.
sonia s
sonia s
2024-01-04
Professional, well organized and Super friendly I made a one day safari to Mikumi and had a great time there. Collin is a very nice guy, always available to answer all the questions and explain any details. Our guide was an experienced guy, very friendly also. The Day was amazing, I enjoyed every Single Minute there. I am looking forward to a longer Safari next time I visit !
Renate B
Renate B
2023-12-12
Super Safari mit lokalem Unternehmen Wir waren zum zweiten Mal schon mit Ilmaasai unterwegs. Weil es beim ersten Mal so wunderbar war und wurden nicht enttäuscht: super organisiert und vorbereitet, viel Gefühl und Instinkt für die Natur und die Tiere und soviel Erklärungen zu unseren Fragen. Wir fühlten uns wieder so gut aufgehoben wie letztes Mal und können ilmaasai nur weiter empfehlen und zwar 100 Prozent!
Tilmoe
Tilmoe
2023-11-22
Travel globally, act locally in Tanzania - reliable, safe & friendly Advantages of Ilmaasai booking: Reliable Patient Very experienced Empathetic Local organization (family business) Make a good Safari with a reputable local family business in Tanzania. We had this good experience. Ilmaasai Epxediton Ltd. is run by Loth, who has been leading through the parks and reserves for over 20 years. And as we could observe, always finds an excellent balance between humans and animals, but also tracks down animals that others do not find. He takes time to treat customers to the experience and is attentive. He knows the light and perspective for photography from many years of experience. He's there when something goes wrong. Very reliable. And he is an excellent #safari driver who knows how to handle the car in difficult moments. He also turns off the engine to allow you to breathe the scent and sounds of the landscapes. We had tents with cook - and the - Pius - was the best when we saw the pre-packages of the others, which were consumed at the rest areas. Everything was delicious and digestible - unbelievable what was conjured up with the simplest cooking tools from Pius. We started for 5 days from Aruhsa to the various national parks, always on time as we wanted and always as long as we wanted. Tents were great and at the beginning of the wet season they proved to be waterproof. Wonderful night noises and in the morning giraffes, zebras and antelopes stroll across the square. Loth also reassures when it comes to wired animals and is always there - helpful.
TobiasKurb
TobiasKurb
2023-10-08
incredible combination of professionality and personality - we had an amazing stay with Ilmasaai in Tanzania We enjoyed an incredibly great time with our hosts Loth, Collin and Pius. Friends have recommended us the provider and we had in advance super good and binding contact with Catherine via mail from Germany - what followed after arrival was simply a dream. Loth as a driver knows incredibly well in the national parks and has a wealth of knowledge about each animal. The food was great, the evenings with the team at campsites perfectly social. We are incredibly happy to have chosen such a personal safari company. Thank you for everything!
Claudio C
Claudio C
2023-08-12
Great experience thanks to an experienced and dedicated team We had a wonderful 7 days experience with them!! We appreciated very much their patience during the organization of our completely customized tour! Loth and his team know very well the national parks and can take you to discover all their secrets! Nature is great and with them you can fully experience it!!! Strongly recommended!!
Marine B
Marine B
2023-06-16
4 days of incredible family safari We've just returned from a 4-day family safari and we're still under the spell of this incredible experience. Everything was perfectly orchestrated, and driver and French guide played a key role in the success of the trip. From day one, our driver welcomed us warmly and put us at ease with his kindness and professionalism. Both shared fascinating anecdotes with us throughout the safari. Each day we were amazed by the diversity of animals we saw, from majestic lions and graceful elephants to zebras and giraffes. Our guide also took care to provide us with detailed information on the animals we encountered, as well as on the conservation efforts undertaken in the region. This made the safari not only entertaining but also educational, as we were fascinated by every discovery. The choice of accommodation was simply perfect. We stayed in comfortable lodges offering breathtaking views over the savannah. In conclusion, this 4-day family safari will remain etched in our memories. We highly recommend this experience with Ilmaasai Expedition.
Sangar
Sangar
2023-03-20
Beeindruckend! Es war ein wundervolles Erlebnis fürs Leben! Cathrine hat alle Anfragen beantwortet und alle administrativen Angelegenheiten vor unserer Anreise verantwortungsbewusst bearbeitet und top organisiert. Unsere Tour sollte mit einer anderen Gruppe stattfinden. Diese Gruppe musste aufgrund eines Notfalls die Safaritour absagen. Dadurch hatten wir den gesamten Safarijeep für uns. Wir würden allen Interessenten eine private Tour empfehlen, weil man hierdurch einfach viel mehr Annehmlichkeiten hat als mit einer Gruppe. Wir wurden direkt vom Flughafen von unserem super netten Tourguide Loth abgeholt und ins Hotel gebracht. Am nächsten Tag ging schon unsere viertägige Safaritour los. Wir sind durch den Tarangiere, Sergenti und Ngorogoro Park gefahren. Während der Tour wurden wir in Unterkünften untergebracht, mit luxury bis midrange Komfort und Annehmlichkeiten. Aber in allen Hotels waren alle Hotelmitarbeiter äußerst freundlich und zuvorkommend. Unter den hervorragenden Unterkünften möchten wir Tanzania Bush Camps hervorheben, weil der Komfort und die Nähe zu der Natur (inklusive nächtliche Löwen- und Hyänenrufe😉) uns sehr beeindruckt hat. Abschließend kann man sagen, dass wir während der Tour die Big 5 gesehen haben. On Top haben wir dank unserem Guides zusätzlich Geparde, Giraffen und Hippos gesehen. Vielen Dank Loth und Cathrine für die wundervollen Eindrücke! Wir können die Safaritour, durchgeführt durch Ilmaasai Expedition, uneingeschränkt empfehlen!
Simon
Simon
2023-02-03
5-Day Safari We booked a 5 day safari with a mix of lodges and campsite for the accommodation. If one stays at lodges, all meals are provided by the lodge (including a lunch package). When staying at a campsite, a cook joins and prepares the meals. Even though lodges come with a lot of benefits (private and clean bathroom, a real bed, etc.), the meals prepared by the cook definitely beat the lunch boxes offered by the lodges. The safari was well organized, ilmaasai even managed to switch one of the accommodations upon our arrival to Arusha, so we could stay at a campsite in a national park. They picked us up at the airport the night before the safari started, took care of us throughout the whole safari, and organized a transfer to the airport when we got back from the safari. They even helped us post our postcards! 😊 The safari itself was an amazing experience! Our driver Loth clearly had a lot of experience as a safari guide. Not only could he answer all our questions about animals, the national parks, etc., he also seemed to know the best places to spot animals and this allowed us to have see lions, leopards, girraffes, elefants and many more animals – even close by! During our whole safari, we felt very well taken care of, Loth never rushed us and we had enough time to admire the animals and take pictures.
Cathrin B
Cathrin B
2022-10-11
Best Tour Operator in Tanzania! Zu allererst: wir hatten eine unvergessliche Safari mit dem Team von Il Maasai und würden jederzeit wieder auf diesen Anbieter zurückgreifen! IlMaasai ist ein Touranbieter, der von einer tansanischen Familie betrieben wird, was nicht selbstverständlich ist. Viele der Anbieter sind in europäischer Hand, sodass die lokale Wirtschaft nur bedingt davon profitiert. Unser Guide und Driver Loth ist sehr erfahren und verfügt über viel Wissen zu Flora, Fauna und den Menschen in Tansania, außerdem hat er uns stets sicher und angenehm gefahren. Er hat sehr viele Tiere gesehen, die wir selbst nie gefunden hätten. Für unser leibliches Wohl hat unser Koch Pius gesorgt, er hat uns jeden Tag ein frisches Frühstück, Mittagessen und Abendessen zubereitet. Das Essen war köstlich, kreativ und er ist auf jegliche Wünsche eingegangen. Für uns das beste Essen während der ganzen Reise. Außerdem hat er mich gerne zuschauen lassen (ich bin begeisterte Hobbyköchin) und mir seine Rezepte verraten. Außerdem war noch Collin dabei, er wird gerade zum Driver ausgebildet. Für uns war er eine echte Bereicherung, auch er weiß viel und ist für jeden Spaß zu haben. Wir haben ihn sehr in unser Herz geschlossen und sind davon überzeugt, dass auch er ein wunderbarer Driver wird. Catherine hat den ganzen trip organisiert und hat auch da keine Wünsche offen gelassen. Die Kommunikation mit ihr war schnell und sehr stets hilfreich. Sie hat uns außerdem am Flughafen abgeholt, sodass wir uns gleich super aufgehoben gefühlt haben. Eine Safari durch die Nationalparks von Tansania ist eine unvergessliche Erfahrung und wie sind sehr froh, dass wir sie mit dem Team von IlMaasai teilen durften. Assante sana!