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Oldupai Gorge

Grand Canyon of Humankind

Oldupai is a maasai word meaning a plant  called wild sisal. where by ‘ol’ means place for… and ‘dupai’ means wild sisal. Oldupai Gorge (originally misnamed Olduvai) is the most famous archaeological location in East Africa, and has become an essential visit for travelers to Ngorongoro or Serengeti. Oldupai is the Maasai word for the wild sisal plant Sansevieria ehrenbergii, which grows  within the gorge.

The Olduvai Museum

Rich History & Research

The museum at the Olduvai provides an excellent photographic history of research carried out in the gorge with a summary of the main archaeological findings. The importance of the area relates as much to its location as the way the strata of ash and other deposits have been layered then conveniently exposed during the formation of the gorge itself.

Louis Leakey was the first of the Leakey family to visit the area in the early 1920s. His trip was funded by the British Museum in which his role was that of a research assistant. Subsequently his family has become associated with pre-historical archaeological research throughout East Africa. Outstanding discoveries include that of the famous footprints of a family of hominids dating back 3.5 million years by Mary Leakey

Oldupai Gorge Map

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