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Address: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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This deep gorge, measuring 30 miles long and 295 feet deep, features...

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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Cradle of Mankind

It was a dusty drive into the Olduvai Gorge but well worth the detour. With our local archeologist we explored the gorge and found the landscape and the history fascinating. A... read more

Reviewed September 3, 2013
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Perth, Australia
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Orange County, CA
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

Made a stop here on our tour from Serengeti to Ngorongoro crater. While certainly a significant place in the history of the world, I was not very impressed. Basically you just look at this big gorge. You don't get to actually see any of the digs. It's dry, remote, not very attractive. I sure hope it was nicer 2 million... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2013

The museum was much smaller than expected but the noticeboards were informative. I enjoyed the experience of just being there but do not raise expectations too high. As usual many local souvenirs to buy but nothing about the archaeology!

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Hamilton, Ontario
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed September 5, 2013

The site is beautiful, the history very interesting. The oldest footprints of mankind are here, and they are still digging for more archealogical finds. Seeing the Masai going about their daily lives. Would have like to spend more time and hike into the gorge itself. Definitely don't miss it.

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

It was a dusty drive into the Olduvai Gorge but well worth the detour. With our local archeologist we explored the gorge and found the landscape and the history fascinating. A great combination to add variety to our African safari.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2013

The Olduvai Gorge was an interesting break from all the facinating safari-experiences. Learning about the history of man in a small and simple museum was an exiting experience. You can clearly feel the passion and proudness from the employees.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed September 2, 2013

I was a little girl when the Leakey made her discovery and have followed happenings here over the years. I was a little disappointed not to see an actual dig…maybe even the first one.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed September 2, 2013

What can you say about the birthplace of mankind. The "museum" is very basic even for Africa. Lecture was very good and informative.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Although we were on a safari tour we were scheduled a stop here at Olduvai Gorge (or more correctly Oldupai Gorge). I did anthropology at university and was absolutely thrilled to stop here and have the opportunity to listen to a well-informed and engaging lecture on the evolution of early humans and the sedimentary rocks and archeological finds in Oluduvai.... More 

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Coral Gables
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Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

It is a must see while in Tanzania. The archeological finds from Mary Leakey from high school classes is a wonderful place to see. The vistas of the gorge are beautiful. The explanations of the findings and the small archeological museum, though rustic in every way, are key to see.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

A well trained lecturer explained that here is where a skeleton of the earliest human was found. The museum shows more details as well as replicas of skeletons and the history behind the finds.

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