Olorgesailie Pre-Historic Site
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Megan R
1 contribution
5,0 sur 5 bulles
mai 2023 • Entre amis
I’m an Archaeologist from Canada and I knew that while in Kenya I would regret it forever if I didn’t visit a site. I chose this one based on the quality of the museum, the significance of the site, and the amount of material in situ still remaining.
Our guide, Adrian, was friendly, knowledgeable and engaging (Even for my friends who didn’t care much for these affairs, he pulled them right in!).
A group of Maasai women came from a neighbouring village to sell their wares and it was lovely.

I was in tears at the richness of this site, its preservation, and the quality of the people caring for it. It was a dream to see all the things I studied in text books all throughout my degree, right there in front of me, where it originated.

If you have any sort of passion for human evolution, this site is a must.
Écrit le 14 juin 2023
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Tom
Malmö, Suède19 contributions
4,0 sur 5 bulles
sept. 2022
We stumbled across this little gem on our way to Lake Magadi. Down an unassuming side-road out into an environment that in the dry season resembles an acacia filled desert. It's really very beautiful.

The visitor's centre is a small open-air building, it cost 500 KSH per head to enter the exhibition and this includes a tour guide to take you around the site. We noted from the visitor book that there had only been one ther visitor in a few days.

There is a small exhibition explaining the geology of the area, along with some basic biology and archaeology to help you make the most of the visit.

Our guide showed up and despite his English not being amazing, he was very pleasant and tried very hard to give us lots of information. There were sites containing hand axes from prehistoric hominids as well as bones from elephants and pigs that were deposited 2m years ago and are now extinct.

This place is definitely worth visiting. A few things to note: It was nearly 40 C when we were there and there is quite a bit of walking between the sites, particularly to get to the last site with the elephant bones. All of this is in direct sun, with no shade. I strongly recommend taking water and a hat.

On the way back expect the usual impromptu market set up by the Maasai to try and sell you souvenirs, since there is some sort of community building at the end of the tour. If you have cash with you, they are well priced, just be aware that like most Maasai markets, the items are not handmade and often not even from Kenya, since they are usually bought in bulk in Nairobi to sell to tourists.
Écrit le 1 octobre 2022
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Dharini N
Lilongwe, Malawi22 contributions
1,0 sur 5 bulles
juin 2022 • Entre amis
DONT VISIT. The manager and his assistant are rude and have changed the rules. They won’t let you camp away from the bandas and are on a weird power trip! Avoid at all costs. It’s an hour from Nairobi which is the real pull but there are also other nice campsite in the area so I would
Avoid this one.
Écrit le 10 juin 2022
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Barbara S
Nairobi, Kenya55 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
juin 2019
Olorgesailie is a wonderful lesson in pre-history. There is always a good guide on site to lead and explain the history of the location and the story it has to tell. Interesting for visitors of all ages. Wear cool clothes, plenty of sun protection and solid, closed shoes. It is, however, accessible for almost everyone.
Écrit le 9 décembre 2019
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HoneyBunnyH3
Bonn, Allemagne171 contributions
2,0 sur 5 bulles
sept. 2018 • Entre amis
The good things first: There are new bandas (huts) with a decent bed, bedding and mosquito net. The price is 1500 KES for the hut (sleeps two), 1800 residents and 2000 foreigners (discrimination against foreigners is a usual thing in Kenya and is supported by the Ministry of Tourism). There is an external shower and toilet (rather primitive but clean). The museum is "uninspired" (like all museums in Kenya!). The care taker advises not to leave the premises as there would be "dangerous Masais" around. He advises to take a guide, who brings people to a baboon cliff, maybe 1 km away, charging 500 per person, which is a complete rip-off. Even worse: The maybe 10 km long trip to a mountain in the back is 5.000 KES for a maximum of 5 people. To compare: A KWS ranger with gun in the Aberdares charges 2.000 a day. And worse: NO RECEIPTS, which is illegal in Kenya. It is a pity and a shame that the caretaker of the National Museums of Kenya supports that kind of illegal activities.
Écrit le 16 septembre 2018
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rodgerso254
Nairobi, Kenya26 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
mars 2018 • Entre amis
Looking for a place to associate with your past? a place to mountain hike?
Depending with the product consumption, this rather small area has artefacts dating back to the million years back the excavation is still evident and the tools used by early mankind still on display. rather the original artefacts have been taken to Nairobi National Museums.
In addition the there is the beautiful scenery constituted by the mount Kilimanjaro that can be seen from the site one would carry along a binoculars to enhance the experience.
Not to worry about the stay around because the area has cottages that constitute of single and double rooms that depict cultural setting and at night there is room for bush fires.
Écrit le 14 juillet 2018
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qudrahnizar
64 contributions
4,0 sur 5 bulles
nov. 2016 • Entre amis
The roads towards the place is pathetic oh my.But the place however is interesting by and educational.The sun is so hot too.
Écrit le 17 mars 2017
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Juan Camilo V
Toronto, Canada115 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
oct. 2016 • En couple
The place is fantastic. We stopped there on our way to lake Magadi and it was better than expected. We did not climb Mt Olorgesailie as this is a full day activity and should be started at 5 am. We just went to the museum where they first show you the different types of tools found in this site, fossils and how they relate to tools found in other places in the world. Then you can see the actual excavations and some fossils of hippos and a extinct species of elephants.
Écrit le 30 octobre 2016
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kriskinyua
Nairobi, Kenya40 contributions
1,0 sur 5 bulles
oct. 2016
Spent 30 minutes driving around in the bush and couldn't trace this site. Google maps were inaccurate
Écrit le 26 octobre 2016
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Tereneh I
États-Unis44 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
mars 2016
This is such a special place in the South Rift Valley of Kenya, off Magadi Road, which is one of the worst roads you'll ever attempt to drive on, it is too often overlooked. Not only is it the location of some of the most talented Maasai beaders in Kenya - the Olorgesailie Maasai Women Artisans, but it also is the location of archaeological sites by Leakey and Smithsonian. Part of the Smithsonian Human Origins global locations. The site has camping spots and nice bandas-huts for rent. As well shower and WC facilities. If you're up for it you can hike Mt Olorgesailie, but it is an all day event. Well worth it if you make it to the top. A unique and lovely spot.
Écrit le 28 mars 2016
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