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Olorgesailie Pre-Historic Site

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Address: Magadi, Kenya
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Off the beaten path brilliant topography and history

This is such a special place in the South Rift Valley of Kenya, off Magadi Road, which is one of the worst roads you'll ever attempt to drive on, it is too often overlooked. Not... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2016
Tereneh M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

This is such a special place in the South Rift Valley of Kenya, off Magadi Road, which is one of the worst roads you'll ever attempt to drive on, it is too often overlooked. Not only is it the location of some of the most talented Maasai beaders in Kenya - the Olorgesailie Maasai Women Artisans, but it also is... More 

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Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Though there are no human fossils there are lots of stone axes and other tools in the place (more or less) where the were found. If you go to Lake Magadi make sure to visit. If you only want to see the site you have to be an expert or more than average motivated. Roads are pretty horrible. Take water.

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Thank peter m
Nairobi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Dry lakebed exposes ancient tools made 800,000 years ago by our hominid ancestors. Blows your mind! The site is hot so please make sure to wear a hat, sunscreen and bring plenty of water (cold sodas can also be bought).

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1 Thank Amolo N
Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Great place to visit to see bones and tools used by early humans. The drive to the place is almost treacherous...not for the faint of heart :). Good place to disconnect from the grid. The bandas are sufficient for sleep. Wonderful nightly sounds and beautiful starry sky blanket :) Plenty of bird life! Very hot and dusty in the summers.... More 

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Thank Mary K
Nairobi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Olorgesailie is fantastic story of humans stepping into the age of technology manufacturing the first stone-tools that are conserved in-situ. In addition the walk around the nature trail is full of stunning landscapes and bones of other ancient animals like the extinct hippo and elephant. The on-site museum is a must see. It's great country for dryland birds and at... More 

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1 Thank rupiNairobi
Magadi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

A great place to visit! accommodation available though food may be tricky to some visitors but you can proceed to Lake Magadi where you can spend the night and have meals.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The Olorgesaille pre-hsitoric site isn’t for everybody and the drive is arduous with lots of potholes the last 20 km or so. But we really enjoyed our visit and the guide was very informative. You step back in time at Olorgesaille to see hand axes, stone tools and fossilized bones of elephants and hippos. You will also enjoy great vistas... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Here you will learn the activities of the first man in the world the way we started to have modern life.It is a great place to see and know the evolution of man to the modern you who knows everything today,Pay a visit and learn a lot. We have accomodation but you must bring on your items for cooking.But the... More 

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Kristiansand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I gave this place excellent because you get really a feeling of the cradle of mankind. Even the road to the place is a rough road, the museum is a very small, but very instructive. The guide give you an impression how it really was. Here people (homo erectus) did stay for many 100 000 years, our forefathers. You will... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

There is an old pre-historic site, now enlarged, with a small museum and shaded car park. For a fee you can go around this site and examine the tools etc. Take your own cold drinks and something to eat with you, and a large hat. It is very hot here. You can see the Olorgesailie Volcano and the site for... More 

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