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Olduvai Gorge

Address: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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Type: Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, Outdoors
Owner description: This deep gorge, measuring 30 miles long and 295 feet deep, features exposed deposits of fossil...
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Type: Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, Outdoors
Owner description: This deep gorge, measuring 30 miles long and 295 feet deep, features exposed deposits of fossil fauna, hominid remains and stone tools from 2,1000,000 to 15,000 years ago.
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Columbus, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Interested in the history of mankind? This is where it "all" began. We didn't spend much time here, unfortunately, and so just looking over the gorge at the landmarks was just OK. I am not sure whether they have an itinerary where one could spend more time and maybe walk the gorge to get an up close look at our... More 

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Guelph, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Excellent local lecturer gave a concise summary of the history of the discoveries and the current ongoing exploration - it is more correctly call Oldupai after a local shrub

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Sydney, Australia
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122 reviews 122 reviews
47 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Given its historical and cultural significance, I was a bit underwhelmed to find that the Olduvai Gorge Museum was little more than a dusty two room exhibit in the middle of nowhere. The visit required a particularly bumpy off-road ride down what barely equates to a goat track, and may actually be longer than the amount of time needed to... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

if you're interested in history and archeology... this is the place for you. the historical and archeological discoveries in this place are quite amazing. every 30 minutes or so there's a guide, telling the story of this place... they answered our questions and are very nice. i do recommend it for everyone... but if you're on a tight schedule and... More 

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California, USA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This was a bit out of the way, but it was interesting to learn about Mary Leakey's discoveries where one of the most important ancestral human skulls was found. The small museum is old, but a good endeavor to support.

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Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Wonderful place to stop and hear a lecture about where the remains of the first humans were found. Our awful tour company, Kensington Tours, had this an optional stop with no information as to what was here. Thank goodness for being able to do a Google search and learn about the place. Glad we demanded to go here.

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La Jolla, California
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42 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

There is not much to this destination but it is neat to tread in such important footprints and be reminded of the dedicated careers of the Leaky's here.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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66 reviews 66 reviews
4 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We had visited this over 10 years ago. We came back with different family members and wanted them to see this. The land rover ride was at least an hour, over a bumpy section of road. While the exhibit was interesting, and there were great local trinkets for sale in front of this exhibit, we all agreed it was not... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The site's correct name is "Oldupai Gorge" but it was erroneously registered as "Olduvai" by German researchers at the beginning of the 20th century and that was how it was known until 2005, and how it is still known in many reference books today. Located in the Serengeti Plans in Tanzania, it is worth a visit to the actual excavation... More 

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Burnaby, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

we stopped at olduvai gorge for 1/2 hour and there was a guide who was telling the story which was amazing.

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