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I didn't even notice on that Oldupai Gorge was on the itinerary until we got to the Ngorongoro crater, but I was really excited once I learned we would be seeing it. Here is the view from the observation area on the rim.

In case you think I spelled it wrong, I did not. The local name is Oldupai Gorge, named after the Oldupai plant that grows in the area. It was mis-transcribed as Olduvai in one of the original messages and the name stuck.


It is really odd in a third world, middle of nowhere sort of way. Here you have a UNESCO world heritage site. Where some of the most important discoveries in history have been made and where important archeological work continues. You want to guard a place like that, don't you?

Yup. That's it.

We got to go down into the gorge. It was exciting just to be there. Here is a view back towards the observation area where there is a very small museum.


They point out all the strata you can see in the rock, demonstrating the different eras represented here.

This is still an active archeological site, but the workers had left for the season. We did not get to go to their camp, which is the same one the Leakey's used. We went the other way.


We walked to the site where the 1.75 million year old Paranthropus boisei was found.


And here's the marker.

Next time back to animals.