EXPERIENCE A PALEONTOLOGY TRIP TO OLDUVAI GORGE NEAR NGORONGORO
This is where the Louis and Mary Leakey excavated evidence of the evolution of mankind through varied distinct layers of different sediments. These show the development of the area from a lake to dry grassland carved by a river and deeply influenced by volcanic activity.
AfricanMecca Safaris recommend a trip diversion to Olduvai Gorge as a moving enlightening experience not to be missed when you take your life-changing vacation in Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Paleontologists Wilhelm Kattwinkel and Hans Reck discovered fossil remains in Olduvai of extinct three-toed horses in 1911 and a hominid skeleton in 1913 respectively. But the war interrupted further explorations.
The Leakeys, following up these leads from a museum in Germany, had to suspend their digs until after World War II and in between the independence struggles in Kenya and Tanzania (East Africa Protectorate). In the deepest layer, dating from 2 million years ago, they found Homo habilis remains, with a brain half the size of modern man, possibly co-occurring with Paranthropus boisei with more apelike features, a sagittal crest, but a rounded cranial brain and a robust jaw, known as “Nutcracker man” who was there until 1.75 million years ago and was thought to use simple tools.
Then Homo erectus or upright man made hand axes and occupied the site until Homo sapiens appeared 195,000 years ago. Modern day fossil seekers on tour in Olduvai Gorge have linked the development of humankind with the change in ecosystems. Long-armed Homo habilis or the “handy man” was forced to descend from trees to live on grassland and was followed by tool-making hunters, as demonstrated by the evidence of more sophisticated hand axes and deposits of bones which showed them to live in communities.
The remains of stone circles may have indicated the building of primitive houses. From casts of the footprint trail of early hominids who first stood upright over 3.7 million years ago in Laetoli, through the bones and artefacts recovered from the Olduvai Gorge and from Engaruka, where hominid teeth were discovered dating back 2.4 million years, the modest, small museum at Olduvai exhibits a diverse range of fascinating material, ably explained by enthusiastic guides who will also accompany you to the valley where much was found, to experience for yourself the surroundings in which our ancestors developed as tool makers and social communities of hunter-gatherers.
Much controversy still exists and work is still ongoing using modern technology to date and link the evolution of humankind with the changes in landscape and climate which are now believed to have catalyzed our development in what appears to be the earliest known home of the ancestors of modern man.
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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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AfricanMecca's professionalism and care understands that what distinguishes Africa is its authenticity, the land, people and wildlife who do not share our world of fashion and fanfare that distinguish so many travel companies today.
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.
Shelley Roberts - Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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.
Bruce and Susie Ironside - New Zealand
We took our decision on an extended and complex safari through AfricanMecca Safaris. They did a flawless job across the board. We traveled through Zanzibar (fantastic) Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti without a hitch.
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Raza - I have to congratulate you. We had an absolutely wonderful trip - lifetime for me. All of your personnel in Africa were pleasant, positive. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge were incredibly beautiful and luxurious and Kusini Camp – Serengeti.
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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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