PRE-HISTORIC SITE + L. MAGADI
prehistoric day Trip excursion from Nairobi
The journey to Olorgesailie prehistoric
site is a dramatic one, climbing over the
slopes of the Ngong Hills before descending
into the Great Rift Valley and Maasailand.
The site is some 60 km from the city centre
and was once, about half a million years ago,
a hunters' camp on the edge of a now vanished
Depart Nairobi at 7.30am from Nairobi
hotel for Olorgesailie, driving up the
slopes of Nong Hills before descending
into the Great Rift Valley and Maasai
land. The site was once a hunter's camp
on the edge of a now vanished lake. The
area has been well excavated and a knowledgeable
guide is available to take you on a fascinating
walk. There is a small museum on the site.
Proceed to Lake Magadi an amazing expanse
of crystalline soda on the surface of
a shallow multi-colored lake. Settle down
and have a picnic lunch. Then take a walk
around the lake to view birds and flamingos.
Drive back to Nairobi in the afternoon.
Arrive and drop off at the hotel.
small but excellent site museum at Olorgesailie
was recently renovated, and holds exhibits
on human evolution, stone tools, and site
formation. A raised wooden catwalk has been
built around an impressive in situ display
of stone tools and animal fossils, all dating
from 1.2 million years ago. Also at the site
is a large picnic shade and four camping cottages,
which can be rented on a self-help basis.
The area can be very hot.
Olorgesailie Prehistoric Site
Lake Magadi is located in the southern Kenya.
This 104 sq. km soda lake is completely surrounded
by vast natural salt flats. These sweltering
hot plains prevent animals from reaching the
alkaline lake at its center. For this reason,
thousands of flamingo descend on the lake
each year to nest on elevated mud mounds at
the lake's edge safe from any potential predators.
Freshwater springs at the Lake's shore attract
a host of other birds.
Price is 160US$ per person
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