EXPERIENCE A PALEONTOLOGY TRIP TO LAETOLI NEAR NGORONGORO
Stand here on your incredible Tanzanian palaeoanthropology safari, and imagine the scene. Mary Leakey had discovered human remains and animal tracks in the volcanic cement a year before, but a team member, Paul Abell, discovered the human prints revealed by a small landslide in 1976. As he boisterously threw elephant dung in spirited horseplay, he was riveted by the sight of human footprints, preserved in concretized volcanic ash.
It appears that a party of primitive people had crossed the volcanic ash just after a rain shower. Their trail was covered by a further fall of ash which preserved them under the sediments of several million years. The significance of the trails is still debated. On your trip to Laetoli, you can see them as a cast in Olduvai Gorge Museum.
The tracks of several individuals extend over 88 feet (27 meters) and were probably left by Australopithecus aphaeresis, since the same sediment layer contains identifiable bones. But the 70 footprints pose a number of questions. They were originally thought to be a family of three, but new studies show them to be overlapping prints of four people of similar age who were carefully walking along the same track.
Their feet were arched, with straight big toes clearly visible in line with the rest of the foot, which proved they walked erectly. They did not have the opposing big toes of a tree climber, which would have stood out at an angle, and their gait was heel down first, with toes pushing forward for the next step.
The close footprints showed that they were short in stature and had not developed the longer legs necessary to cover great distances. It appears from the small skulls that man stood erect before he developed the brain power to make effective tools.
There were some very simple chipped stones discovered nearby, but in the main, the Laetolian people were concluded to have subsisted on vegetables and roots supplemented by scavenging. Gnawed bones were found, but no tool marks that might indicate hunting with more elaborate weapons. No vacation tour in Africa is complete without a visit to this birthplace of our ancestors.
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CRATER GEOLOGY & WILDLIFE
The Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s supreme impressive geological features. It is actually a caldera, which was formed centuries ago when a massive volcano imploded and collapsed in on itself.
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WHERE TO STAY IN NGORONGORO
There is a varied choice of accommodation for bush tours in Ngorongoro, depending on your taste. Each is unique, but experiences are determined by an inimitable system of AfricanMecca Safari Tiers.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN NGORONGORO
Ngorongoro Crater safari experiences revolve simultaneously around unforgettable wildlife viewing opportunities within a vast and varied ecosystem, rich with historical and cultural associations.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT NGORONGORO
Seasonal climate fluctuations, migration and breeding patterns influence your choice of the best time to visit the Ngorongoro. All seasons have their advantages; however, it depends on your special interests.
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There are many memorable places to visit as part of your wholesome, ecological tour in Ngorongoro. Many attractions well worth visiting on your expedition are sited inside the crater but also outside.
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MAASAI TRIBE OF NGORONGORO
The iconic Maasai of the Ngorongoro and Serengeti wilderness have been herding their cattle for thousands of years. A proud, nomadic warrior race who count their wealth in cattle and children.
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Jambo Raza, The safari trip in Tanzania was terrific - Ngorongoro and Serengeti. Our guide, Rodgers is a gem - smart, funny, knowledgeable and always interested in us and our journey. Great guy. We would all recommend your group to our friends.
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Cyril Christo & Marie Wilkinson, Conservation Photographers, Authors & Wildlife Documentary Producers - USA
I can't thank AfricanMecca Safaris and everybody that I met as part of my African Safari enough for the most incredible and unforgettable vacation of my life. The lodge at Ngorongoro Crater and Kirawira Camp in the Serengeti were magnificent.
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I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
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The AfricanMecca Safari experience was great. All the connections were spot on and the lodges and camps were great - 1st class. The safaris were great with the time spent in Ngorongoro totally outstanding. We just totally loved it, a great experience.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR NGORONGORO IN NORTHERN TANZANIA
When visiting Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
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