An all around experience of culture and wildlife - Olduvai Gorge is a steep-sided ravine in the Great Rift Valley that stretches through eastern Africa. It is east of the Serengeti Plains in the Ngorongoro Conservation area, northern Tanzania and is about 48 km (30 mi) long. It is located 45 km (28 mi) from the Laetoli archaeological site. The name is a misspelling of Oldupai Gorge, which was adopted as the official name in 2005. Oldupai is the Maasai word for the wild sisal plant Sansevieria ehrenbergii, which grows in the gorge.
Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world and has been instrumental in furthering the understanding of early human evolution. This site was occupied by Homo habilis approximately 1.9 million years ago, Paranthropus boisei 1.8 million years ago, and Homo erectus 1.2 million years ago. Homo sapiens is dated to have occupied the site 17,000 years ago.
This site is also significant in showing increased developmental and social complexities in hominins. Evidence of this is shown in the production and use of stone tools, which indicates the increase in cognitive capacities. Evidence also indicates the practices of both scavenging and hunting, which are highlighted by the evidence of gnaw marks predating cut marks, and comparisons on percentages of meat versus plant in the early hominid diet. Furthermore, the collection of tools and animal remains in a central area is evidence of increases in social interaction and communal activity.
Ubuntu Camp is located in the area and the camp offers some great activities, i.e. game drives, game walks, a visit to a local village, waterfall walks overlooking Lake Eyasi and hikes in the mountains.
What makes the location of Ubuntu South so special is that is very “authentic and real”. It is a place where people and wildlife live together. It is a pure experience that is very different – with its blend between culture and animals. One can walk for hours in the mountains, overlooking lake Eyasi, finding hippos and the suddenly bump into children herding their cattle.
Ubuntu Camp has a lovely raised ridge that it sits on with an amazing view over the plains; it also has a lot of nice big trees with good shade and good bird life in camp.
The wildlife is plentiful incl. the migration (which is still close to camp), wild dogs, cheetahs, bat eared foxes, serval cats, hyenas, elephants, giraffe, very good birdlife and lots more.
Nadine Jansen Van Rensburg
Town of Northern Safari Circuit
Fantastic base toexplore - Karatu, fantastic location to use it as a base to explore the area including Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Manyara and Karatu village.
A life time experience - The most popular national park, in Tanzania also a world heritage site
The annual migration of wildebeest and zebra is of over one and a half million
National Park visit recommended throughout the year ,for tracking migration best month will be May - July
Tarangire National Park - Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi, Katavi and Mkomazi. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire river that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. During the dry season thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire National Park from Manyara.
This Park is a home of abundance of elephants. You will see these enormous creatures travel in families and you surely will not miss the extraordinary care they take to the young. The elephants tends to travel in packs and in the same path as they have taken year after year. When they see the trucks coming closer they will gather around their young to protect them and lead on their way.
While migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.
During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 20,000 sq km (12,500 sq miles) range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire's mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry.
The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.
On drier ground you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; thestocking-thighed ostrich, the world's largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys.
More ardent bird-lovers might keep an eye open for screeching flocks of the dazzlingly colourful yellow-collared lovebird, and the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling – all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.
Disused termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the endearingdwarf mongoose, and pairs of red-and-yellow barbet, which draw attention tothemselves by their loud, clockwork-like duetting.
Tarangire's pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.
About Tarangire National Park:
Size: 2850 sq km (1,096 sq miles).
Location: 118 km (75 miles) southwest of Arusha.
Easy drive from Arusha or Lake Manyara following a surfaced road to within 7km (four miles) of the main entrance gate; can continue on to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.
Charter flights from Arusha and the Serengeti.
What to do:
Guided walking safaris.
Day trips to Maasai and Barabaig villages, as well as to the hundreds of ancient rock paintings in the vicinity of Kolo on the Dodoma Road.
When to go
Year round but dry season (June - September) for sheer numbers of animals.
Two lodges, one tented lodge, two luxury tented camps inside the park, another half-dozen exclusive lodges and tented camps immediately outside its borders. Several camp sites in and around the park.