“The earliest point of mankind’s history”
When you plan a trip to Arusha in the Northern part of Tanzania, you will never regret spending your time exploring many recreational and tourist sites such as the Great Serengeti, Tarangire national park, the Ngorongoro conservation area (where you can find Ngorongoro crater and Olduvai Gorge) with many more tourists attractions.
Arusha is a full of historical sites and game reserves, but the Olduvai Gorge is quite important in the history of mankind, for those who are interested in ancient discovery, Jovago Tanzania intends to give you a little history of the first skull of a man who lived centuries ago.
Olduvai Gorge is the evidence of existence of human ancestors in the history. The word Olduvai is of the Maasai origin and translates to mean a sisal plant that grows in the area. The gorge is located in the Great Rift Valley between the Ngorongoro crater and the Serengeti national park.
According to Kim Zimmermann, paleoanthropologists have found hundreds of fossilized bones and stone tools in the area which dates back to millions of years, this has led to the conclusion that humans evolved in Africa. In the 1930s, Leakey’s found stone tools in the Olduvai Gorge, among their notable findings were several extinct vertebras, including the 25-million year old Proconsul Primate, one of the first and few fossil apes skull discovered.
In 1959, Mary discovered the fossilized parts of the skull and upper teeth of a type of hominine that had been not previously identified. The Leakey’s also uncovered about 400 pieces of a nearly complete skull similar to remains found in South Africa by Raymond Dart in 1924 and by Robert Broom in 1936. They dated the discoveries as having lived 1.75 million years ago and this made it the oldest hominine discovered to that point which was named Zinjanthropus.
Olduvai Gorge footprint of the early man
Why should you visit Olduvai Gorge?
It is widely considered as the most important prehistoric site in the world, it is also known as cradle of mankind. With geophysical and historical artifacts in the Great Rift Valley, one doesn’t have to be an archeologist or genealogist to be there).
Olduvai Gorge should be on the list when you make a tour in Arusha, Jovago Tanzania still insists on the importance of the history of mankind and this is the best destination to gain the knowledge and enjoying the amazing archeological findings. It is a place where you will be assured of the best hotels and tents from the Jovago website, good transport, and nice atmosphere with the best food from in each restaurant.