Oldupai Gorge and Ngorongoro Crater

Oldupai Gorge

This gorge is  a steep-sided ravine about 30 miles long, in the Rift Valley. The  Oldupai Gorge is commonly referred to as “The Cradle of Mankind.” This is site was made famous largely by the work started in the 1930’s by Louis and Mary Leakey. It is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world dedicated to the understanding of early human evolution. After lunch we’re given a brief lecture by the local guide. The museum has some exhibits of tools made from bone, prehistoric skulls and detailed displays of the archeological  work that still continues here today.

Ngorongoro Crater

Travelling on we leave  the Gorge behind and  follow the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. It is surprisingly cool here with lots of fog as we are now about 2300 meters above sea level. At the look-out point we get a birds eye view of the crater below and what a site to see. It is a  preview of our trip to come when we will visit here in a few days.

Now we drive over the roughest, dustiest road yet as we come closer to the Serengeti. Nearing the gate of the  game reserve we see some Thompson’s Gazelles. They are so cute and even though we saw many exciting and exotic animals later they remained on my list of favorites.

When we stop at the gate. We want to have our picture taken of this momentous occasion . It isn’t everyday you go through the Serengeti Gates.


  1. Your wildlife capture is captivating, it is so interesting to observe the animals in their natural space, even if there is no permanent action as in documentaries. Thanks for sharing.


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