OLDUVAI GEORGE AND SHIFTING SANDS
Located in Ngorongoro Conservations area in the Northern Tanzania, the Olduvai Gorge and Mysterious Shifting Sands are particularly sited on the way from Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti National Park. A little and softly narration about archaeologists from local guide, will clearly show how and the places are so special.
Olduvai Gorge, the world famous archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge, also known as the Cradle of Mankind. Olduvai holds a treasure chest of fossil spanning over five millions years. Major fossil findings include Australopithecus Zinjanthropus (Boisei). Australopithecus Afarensis (Like Lucy), and Homo habilis (tool guy/handyman). The “Laetoli were perfectly preserved in a rock bed miles from Olduvai. The distinctly show two upright bi-pedal hominids, out for a stroll more than 3.5 million years ago. An earliest remains were discovered here by Mary Leaky and anyone with an interest in mankind’s ancestors will be charmed by this extraordinary place. Explore the antiquated little museum and marvel at the jagged landscape. This paleoanthropological site in the eastern Serengeti Plain is a steep-sided ravine composed of two branches that have a combined. Deposits exposed in the sides of the gorge cover have yielded a treasure trove of fossil remains.
Mysterious Shifting Sands, a remarkable dune of a composed volcanic ash from Oldonyo-Lengai, is being blown slowly westwards across the plains, at the rate of about 17 meters per year, it can be found to the north of Oldupai Gorge. The local Maasai believe that the shifting originated from their most holy places-Ol Doinyo Lengai “Mountain of God”. Interesting and extremely fascinating phenomena, these crescent-shaped dunes, created from volcanic ash, are formed when there’s ample dust on the ground and a unidirectional wind to create the shifting effect. Bunching around a rock, the volcanic ash continually gathers and forms what appears to be a small sand dune.
Most travellers will visit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area as part of a bigger package, including a visit to the Serengeti, Tarangire and Manyara.
- The best option to access all parks of the northern circuit is from Arusha, Moshi and you get to Arusha is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport(JRO), which is situated about 46km/29mi from Arusha. It is also possible to fly into Julius NyerereInternational Airport (DAR) or Zanzibar international airport (ZNZ), and fly on to Arusha Airport (ARK) or Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
- By road, you can drive by our safari vehicle from Arusha
- By fly small aircraft on chartered or scheduled flights, is to fly into to near airstrip Manyara or Serengeti, and you will be picked up from airstrip
Good to Know
Best Time To Visit
Wildlife viewing inside the Ngorongoro Crater is fantasticall year around. But the seasonal climate fluctuations, migration and breeding patterns have a great influence on the choice of the best time to visit:
- However, grass on the crater floor is short in the Dry season (June to September) and this makes animal spotting easier.
- The scenery is lush and spectacular in the Wet season months (from November to May).