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Olorgesailie Pre-Historic Site

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Address: Magadi, Kenya

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Though there are no human fossils there are lots of stone axes and other tools in the place (more or less) where the were found. If you go to Lake Magadi make sure to visit. If... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 November 2015
peter m
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

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... More 

Thank Juan Camilo V
Nairobi, Kenya
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Spent 30 minutes driving around in the bush and couldn't trace this site. Google maps were inaccurate

Thank kriskinyua
United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 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... More 

Thank Tereneh M
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

Though there are no human fossils there are lots of stone axes and other tools in the place (more or less) where the were found. If you go to Lake Magadi make sure to visit. If you only want to see the site you have to be an expert or more than average motivated. Roads are pretty horrible. Take water.

Thank peter m
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

Dry lakebed exposes ancient tools made 800,000 years ago by our hominid ancestors. Blows your mind! The site is hot so please make sure to wear a hat, sunscreen and bring plenty of water (cold sodas can also be bought).

1 Thank Amolo N
Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2015

Great place to visit to see bones and tools used by early humans. The drive to the place is almost treacherous...not for the faint of heart :). Good place to disconnect from the grid. The bandas are sufficient for sleep. Wonderful nightly sounds and beautiful starry sky blanket :) Plenty of bird life! Very hot and dusty in the summers.... More 

1 Thank Mary K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015

Olorgesailie is fantastic story of humans stepping into the age of technology manufacturing the first stone-tools that are conserved in-situ. In addition the walk around the nature trail is full of stunning landscapes and bones of other ancient animals like the extinct hippo and elephant. The on-site museum is a must see. It's great country for dryland birds and at... More 

1 Thank rupiNairobi
Magadi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2015

A great place to visit! accommodation available though food may be tricky to some visitors but you can proceed to Lake Magadi where you can spend the night and have meals.

2 Thank Magadi C
Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2015

The Olorgesaille pre-hsitoric site isn’t for everybody and the drive is arduous with lots of potholes the last 20 km or so. But we really enjoyed our visit and the guide was very informative. You step back in time at Olorgesaille to see hand axes, stone tools and fossilized bones of elephants and hippos. You will also enjoy great vistas... More 

5 Thank Noah M
Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2014

Here you will learn the activities of the first man in the world the way we started to have modern life.It is a great place to see and know the evolution of man to the modern you who knows everything today,Pay a visit and learn a lot. We have accomodation but you must bring on your items for cooking.But the... More 

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