The African Tulip Hotel

The African Tulip Hotel is an elegant, charming boutique hotel located in the leafy suburb of Arusha, Tanzania’s safari capital! We pride ourselves on a team of friendly and hospitable staff who are there to attend you your every need. No wonder, for over 10 years now, The African Tulip has been voted as a number 1 hotel by travelers on TripAdvisor!

 

The African Tulip Hotel

Tanzania’s rich cultural and wilderness resources helped shape the décor at the African Tulip, from intricately carved furniture to warm colors throughout the hotel invoking that feeling of being a home away from home! On behalf of our team, we welcome you to stay with us and truly experience the African Tulip hospitality!

Karibu Sana…

 

The African Tulip Hotel
The African Tulip Hotel

Rooms:

The African Tulip boasts of individually styled and decorated rooms. Each of our 29 rooms is different from the other in terms of size and décor! Our inventory consists of 22 deluxe rooms and 7 spacious suites equipped with: –

  • Modern flat-screen LED television.
  • Safe lockers
  • Hairdryers
  • Telephone
  • WIFI.
  • Air-conditioning.
  • Minibar.
  • King and Single bed configurations.

SINGLE/DOUBLE DELUXE 

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Enjoy the intimate and unique comforts of a boutique hotel in Arusha.

 

The African Tulip Hotel

 

The African Tulip Hotel

 

The African Tulip Hotel

 

African Tulip Hotel

The African Tulip is an elegant and charming Luxury Boutique Hotel located along Serengeti Road right in the heart of Arusha. A warm and friendly welcome awaits guests who want to experience the best of Tanzanian hospitality. The hotel has been designed with safari travelers, business persons, families, honeymooners, elite and leisure travelers in mind. It has amenities of convenience whilst offering a high standard of luxury.

 

The African Tulip Hotel

 

“The Zanzibar Lounge is beautifully decorated with Zanzibari art and offers comfortable seating where guests can relax and peruse the various coffee table books, whilst enjoying pure African Coffee. A fully stocked lounge bar offers warm Swahili service.

 

The African Tulip Hotel

‘The Baobab’ Restaurant is uniquely designed and offers a comfortable and enjoyable dining experience. Our Chefs creatively prepare exotic and delicious meals with fresh and natural ingredients giving guests a flavor of both Tanzanian and International cuisine.

 

The African Tulip Hotel

TAILOR-MAKE YOUR STAY

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Serengeti Under Canvas, Tanzania

Famed for its vast open grasslands and exceptional wildlife sightings, Tanzania’s magnificent Serengeti National Park boasts 35 species of plains-dwelling game, as well as prolific birdlife. Perhaps most significantly, it is also the site of part of the famed Great Migration, an annual movement of wildebeest and other herbivores across the Greater Serengeti-Mara ecosystems, considered one of the greatest spectacles of the natural world.

The Serengeti Under Canvas camps attempt to anticipate the movements of the Great Migration, bringing guests as close as possible to the wildebeest action, as well as exploring the magnificent resident game.

 

Serengeti Under Canvas
Serengeti Under Canvas

Welcome to Serengeti Under Canvas

Experience a classic tented safari in soothing solitude and spectacular comfort, with only the canvas walls of your tent separating you from the wonders of the Serengeti.

Moving five times a year the camps attempt to anticipate the movements of the Great Migration, bringing guests as close as possible to the wildebeest action, as well as exploring magnificent resident game. With just nine tents nestled at each private campsite, enjoy the luxury of complete contentment and nights spent in the African bush.

Using only private campsites, these mobile camps are intimate and exclusive. The ultimate in luxury camping, enjoy a private butler service, chandeliers, silverware, crystal, ensuite flush WC, outdoor heated bucket style showers, and comfortable beds with fluffy duvets. Custom-made rugs and polished brass samovars add a touch of elegance and romance.

The guest areas include a dedicated sitting and dining tent, which provides deep sofas from which to contemplate the vastness and peace of the surrounding landscape. Relax under the dark velvet night sky and savor hearty cuisine served on sparkling crystal and silver that reflects the twinkling light of millions of shining stars. Cluster around a roaring campfire to share stories of the day’s magic and listen to the African night come alive.

 

Serengeti Under Canvas
Serengeti Under Canvas

 

As a mobile camp, we tread lightly by design.
The camp operates a battery inverter system approximately 50% of the time.
We have minimal water usage and have reduced plastic water bottles
by sourcing purified water in glass bottles.

 

Serengeti Under Canvas
Serengeti Under Canvas

Why we love it

Access to the Migration

The Serengeti Under Canvas camp movement is carefully planned to anticipate the movements of the Great Migration, bringing you as close as possible to the wildebeest action. The campsites move five times a year to better enable our guest’s close access to this extraordinary phenomenon.

 

Serengeti Under Canvas

Completely disconnect

Experience the theatre and adventure of the African bush through the charm of camping combined with true comfort. Enjoy evening drinks around the campfire, dine under the stars, and fall asleep to lions roaring and the peace of the African bushveld, removed from the chaos of the world.

 

Ultimate wildlife action

The ultimate safari amid the vast herds, with wildebeest often frequenting the camps. Get up close and personal with exceptional resident game year round, big cat sightings, rhino in the north, cheetah sightings in the south, and massive elephant and buffalo herds roaming across the vast plains.

 

Serengeti Under Canvas
Serengeti Under Canvas

Photographic moments

Surrounded by diverse landscapes and wildlife action, Under Canvas brings with it a unique opportunity for photographers of all levels. Not only by day, but with limited light interference you can explore the vast night sky and its stunning constellations with your cameras too.

 

Serengeti Under Canvas
Serengeti Under Canvas

 

Per Family Tent per night

The camp lends itself to family travel in the form of two spacious safari Tents with inter-leading passages that make up a Family Tent. Each tent has its ensuite bathroom and a private veranda and seating area. The Family Tent can accommodate a maximum of two adults and two children (three children can be provided for on request).

 

Serengeti Under Canvas
Serengeti Under Canvas

 

SAFARI GAME DRIVES

BIG FIVE AND ICONIC WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS

 

Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park

 

Visiting Serengeti Under Canvas allows access to a range of unique included and excluded experiences

Lake Victoria Day Trip

Discover Africa’s largest lake nestled between Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania

 

LAKE VICTORIA
LAKE VICTORIA

 

Take a peak back in Time

Tour of Olduvai Gorge and Shifting Sands in Tanzania

 

Olduvai Gorge
Olduvai Gorge

 

Hot air balloon over the Serengeti

Float high above the sweeping plains of the Serengeti

 

Serengeti Hot Air Balloon Safari
Serengeti Hot Air Balloon Safari

 

Safari game drive in the Serengeti

Get front-row seats to the much-anticipated Great Migration

 

Great Wildebeest Migration Tour
Great Wildebeest Migration Tour

 

Location:

The luxurious tented camps of Serengeti Under Canvas move around the park year-round, attempting to anticipate the movements of the Great Migration and exploring the remote and beautiful corners of the Serengeti with excellent resident games.

 

Serengeti Under Canvas
Serengeti Under Canvas

 

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Ubuntu Migration Camp

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Ubuntu Migration Camp follows the colossal herds of wildebeest as they journey around the Serengeti. From the dramatic river crossings in the north to the fertile grasslands in the south where the wildebeest give birth, we set up camp nearby to ensure you’re always close to the action.

 

Ubuntu Migration Camp
Ubuntu Migration Camp

ABOUT UBUNTU MIGRATION CAMP

Our traditional tented camp is designed to leave no trace. We can quickly disassemble it and move with the herds to new pastures. Every day, we’re out in the bush looking for wildlife such as lions or cheetahs attracted by the huge gatherings of prey. Over morning coffee, watch wildebeest males chasing each other or zebras tussling. For a sunrise to remember, start the day by gliding above the plains in a hot-air balloon. In the evening, look up as the stars reveal themselves. 

  • Calendar

    Open: Mid-November to mid-March (southern Serengeti), mid-June to October (northern Serengeti)
    Closed: Mid-March to mid-June, beginning to mid-November

  • Airplane

    Closest airstrip: Lamai (mid-June to October); 1-hour 40-minute drive from camp. Serengeti South (mid-November to mid-March); 90-minute drive from camp.

  • 1 Families

    Families: children aged five and older

  • 43 Migration Season

    Year-round

     

Ubuntu Migration Camp
Ubuntu Migration Camp

 

ACCOMMODATION AT UBUNTU MIGRATION CAMP

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Ubuntu Migration Camp
Ubuntu Migration Camp

 

Accommodation & Amenities

Our traditional tented camp is designed to leave no trace. We can quickly disassemble it and move with the herds to new pastures. Every day, we’re out in the bush looking for wildlife such as lions or cheetahs attracted by the huge gatherings of prey. 

  • Tents

    10 tented suites (including 1 four-sleeper family tent)

  • 3 En Suite Bathrooms

    En-suite bathrooms

  • 13 Shower 2

    Hot-water safari bucket showers

  • 24 Flushing Toilets

    Flushing toilets

  • Complimentary Laundry Service

    Complimentary laundry service

  • 26 Solar&Generatorpower 2

    Solar and generator power

  • Battery Charging Facilities

    Battery-charging facilities

Rooms

At Ubuntu Migration Camp, we have ten canvas safari tents, including one family tent. They all have mesh side panels to let the light in during the day and king-sized or twin beds for a good night’s sleep. The en suite bathrooms have hot-water bucket showers and flushing toilets. Spend afternoons relaxing on the porch outside your tent, watching the nearby herds, or immersed in a good book. 

 

Ubuntu Migration Camp
Ubuntu Migration Camp

 

LOCATION

Location of Ubuntu Migration Camp

The wildebeest migration moves in a continuous cycle throughout the Serengeti and the Masai Mara of Kenya. To give you the best chance of seeing these restless herds, our mobile camp moves between the northern and southern Serengeti.  

Ubuntu Migration Camp North – June to mid-November

In mid-June, we head up to the north of the Serengeti to watch the wildebeest cross the Mara River. This is one of the most dramatic parts of the migration, with hungry crocodiles lying in wait. The huge herds attract a healthy number of predators to the area, with lions, cheetahs, and leopards prowling the plains. Herds of elephants are also found browsing in the lush woodlands along the river and there are more than 500 species of birds to spot. 

Ubuntu Migration Camp South – mid-December to mid-March

After all the excitement of the river crossings, we move to the lush grasslands of the south where herds gather to rest, graze and calve. Watch tiny newborn wildebeest quickly learn to steady their wobbly legs and prepare to begin their endless migration, while predators enjoy the easy pickings the newborns offer.

 

Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park

 

EXPERIENCES

The ultimate Migration camp

Ubuntu Migration Camp is designed to make the most of the vast plains. Spend afternoons relaxing in front of the main tent watching the wildebeest herds or curled up in an armchair with a book. We serve breakfast and lunch under canvas, but dinner can be enjoyed under the stars, followed by a nightcap around the campfire.   

‘Ubuntu’ means humanity and it’s a word that suits our small, intimate camp. Our close-knit team offers warm hospitality, great food, and a relaxed atmosphere.  

 

Ubuntu Migration Camp
Ubuntu Migration Camp

A typical day on safari at Ubuntu Migration Camp

While specific times for game drives may change with the seasons, if you have a private vehicle you can plan your schedule with your guide.

Start the day with a wake-up call and tea or coffee. Enjoy breakfast after your morning game drive (or have it packed as a picnic). Arrive back at camp mid-morning, with a chance to freshen up before lunch. 

After a leisurely lunch, enjoy siesta time. Take a nap, read a book, or just relax and soak up the atmosphere. Refuel with afternoon tea before we depart for an afternoon/evening game drive. You’ll be back in time for drinks around the campfire and dinner — the perfect chance to unwind after a long day in the bush.

 

Ubuntu Migration Camp
Ubuntu Migration Camp

Game drives

Safari is at the heart of Ubuntu Migration Camp and we run twice-daily game drives. Our customized open-land cruisers provide unobstructed wildlife viewing and a comfortable ride across the open plains. All vehicles have power points to keep cameras fully charged and drinks cold throughout the day.

 

Ubuntu Migration Camp
Ubuntu Migration Camp

 

Hot-air balloon rides

When in the south, watch the sunrise over the Serengeti plains from a hot-air balloon and appreciate the full scope of the migrating herds from above. Booking is essential. This activity is at an extra cost and is weather-dependent

 

Serengeti Hot Air Balloon Safari
Serengeti Hot Air Balloon Safari

Family safaris

Ubuntu Migration Camp is great for families. We welcome children over the age of 5 and have a family tent. Children under 12 should share a tent with an adult. Please speak to an agent about booking a private vehicle for your family’s safari. 

 

Family Safari in Tanzania
Family Safari in Tanzania

Meals and refreshments

After the morning game drive, have breakfast back at camp with a choice of a continental buffet or a full English. For lunch, it’s a light buffet with fresh salads, or we can pack a picnic to enjoy in the bush. In the evening, we’ll either cook up a feast on the barbecue or serve a three-course dinner. 

When Ubuntu Migration Camp is in the north, we source fresh fruit and veggies from our community upliftment program in the nearby village. 

We can cater to most dietary requirements, from gluten-free to vegan. Please let us know in advance. 

 

Bush Lunch
Bush Picnic Lunch

 

WHEN TO GO

What to expect during the year

Ubuntu Migration Camp follows the wildebeest herds through the Serengeti, so guests can see the Great Migration at any time. The camp is closed from mid-March through mid-June and the first half of November. July and August are the busiest months for tourism, and we recommend traveling outside this time. January, February, September, and October have fewer crowds and great wildlife viewing.

 

JANUARY – MARCH

Ubuntu is in the southern Serengeti, where the wildebeest herds are grazing and calving until mid-March. There’s usually a break in the rains during January and February and fewer crowds. Migratory birds are in the region as well.

APRIL – MAY

Ubuntu closes for the traditionally wetter period of mid-March until mid-June, using this time to migrate the camp to the northern Serengeti.

JULY – OCTOBER

Ubuntu packs up in mid-March and reopens in mid-June in the north, where the famous Mara River crossings take place. The dry season is great for wildlife sightings.

NOVEMBER – DECEMBER

The last of the river crossings usually take place in October, as the herds travel back into the Serengeti. In early November, Ubuntu closes and reopens two weeks later in the south, where the wildebeest spend the next few months grazing and calving. The short rains refresh the parched grasslands and the migratory birds arrive from Europe and Asia.

 

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Lemala Mpingo Ridge Lodge

Tarangire

Known for elephant herds that can be 200-strong and 700 resident lions, Tarangire is second only to the Serengeti when it comes to wildlife numbers in Tanzania. Its varied landscape of grasslands, swamps, and woodlands is dominated by majestic near prehistoric baobab trees is cut in two by the Tarangire River, and is home to more than 550 bird species.

 

Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park

Breathe in the Real Africa

The experiences on offer at our collection of properties provide lifelong memories. The golden landscapes you see from a hot air balloon, the close encounters you have with members of the Big 5, the smells of the bush in the morning as the animals begin to stir, the roar of the Nile heard from your bed… these are the moments you’ll take back with you and treasure forever.

 

Lemala Mpingo Ridge Lodge
Lemala Mpingo Ridge Lodge

Discover Mpingo Ridge Lodge

Lemala Mpingo Ridge sits on top of an escarpment with sweeping views across the perennial Tarangire River and valley below and matches the same outstanding standards of comfort and service as the other properties in Lemala’s collection.

Being the sixth largest national park in Tanzania, Tarangire remains slightly off the main safari circuit but is a terrifically scenic park featuring classic African savannah, green hills, woodlands, and rivers and is especially famous for its large herds of elephants, superb birdlife, and giant baobab trees. Guests at Lemala Mpingo Ridge will enjoy a real sense of wilderness and excellent game viewing, and it’s both a relaxing standalone destination and a great place to start a safari that also combines Lemala properties in the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.

 

Lemala Mpingo Ridge Lodge
Lemala Mpingo Ridge Lodge

Details and Amenities

Each of the 15 spacious suites has been carefully positioned to maximize the sensational views over the Tarangire Valley and take advantage of cooling breezes during warm weather.

  • The 15 suites are furnished with twin or super-king size beds (triple available on request). They feature en-suite bathrooms, private decks, and sunken outside lounges that convert to afternoon siesta beds.
  • One of the suites has two bedrooms, specially designed for friends and family traveling together.
  • A special feature is the private outside bathtub—perfect for soothing the soul and washing away the African dust after a day on safari.
  • The elevated main lodge has a large lounge and bar, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a spa, and a swimming pool.
  • Sundowners, early morning walks, and game drives (and extraordinary nighttime game drives)  in new custom-designed 4×4 vehicles accompanied by Lemala’s highly knowledgeable and experienced guides are some of the activities guests can look forward to during their stay

 

Lemala Mpingo Ridge Lodge
Lemala Mpingo Ridge Lodge

 

Spa

Indulge in the ultimate relaxation with our exquisite spa treatments. Our expert therapists are dedicated to enhancing your well-being and helping you truly escape in nature.

Our spa treatments are available daily.

Lemala Mpingo Ridge Lodge
Lemala Mpingo Ridge Lodge

Full Board Rates, Includes and Excludes

Includes

  • Accommodation in standard rooms
  • All Meals
  • House drinks
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

 

Lemala Mpingo Ridge Lodge
Lemala Mpingo Ridge Lodge

 

Africa is a place of extraordinary sights and unlimited adventure. The home of lofty peaks and giant fauna; of wild rivers and sweeping savannahs. It is where fantasies are set, and memories are made. Lemala Camps and Lodges provide the enriching safari experience that you’ve always dreamed of.

Our property portfolio establishes us as a leading provider of boutique, beautiful, and unusual accommodations in some of the world’s most celebrated wildlife regions. Our intimate tented camps, inspiring lodges, and refined villas offer a touch of luxury among the wild savannahs of Northern Tanzania.

 

Lemala Mpingo Ridge Lodge
Lemala Mpingo Ridge Lodge

 

Why stay with us?

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Location, Location, Location

Our portfolio features properties in some of East Africa’s most celebrated wildlife regions, ensuring that our guests get as close to the action as possible.

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Our Impact

We’re committed to supporting conservation, education, and empowerment in the reserves and communities we call home.

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Authentic Experiences

Whether it’s game viewing, climbing Kilimanjaro, diving in Zanzibar, or just relaxing in a pristine hideaway, we’ll help you fulfill your wildest dreams.

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The Spirit of Lemala

Every day, we’re filled with joy and pride to be able to share our properties and experiences with our guests, ensuring each stay is imbued with that special Lemala feeling.

Community and Conservation

We’re passionate about protecting the environment, supporting our local communities, and empowering women. From sponsoring small businesses to donating to schools and shelters and investing in our staff, almost all of whom come from the surrounding areas, we do everything we can to uplift and protect those around us.

 

Ngorongoro
Maasai Village

 

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Sueños de Africa Luxury Camp Serengeti

Our safaris are specialized in offering an absolute immersion in one of the most exuberant and wild areas of the African continent. Away from overcrowding, invasive constructions, and congested traffic, you will enjoy thousands of miles of wild nature. You can witness large animal migrations, moving freely and without barriers from Lake Victoria to the monumental Kilimanjaro. You will enjoy amazing landscapes such as the Ngorongoro Crater: Lake Manyara or the magical Serengeti National Park. We will accompany you on this unique trip to know and feel authentic Africa.

Sueños de Africa Luxury Camp
Sueños de Africa Luxury Camp

Sueños de Africa Luxury Camp

Sueños de Africa Luxury Camp is located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park, so you can only contact us after enjoying a fantastic safari day. In Sueños de Africa Luxury Camp we work hard so that our clients feel immersed in the magic of the African savannah from the moment they arrive at the camp, so that all our facilities are especially affected for their relaxation and well-being.

We have a large dining room, where we will serve you a varied international menu with vegetarian and vegan food options, natural juices and smoothies, and a variety of the most select cocktails. In the beautiful living room, you have different options to invest your free time, either enjoying the games at your disposal or reading a good book while watching the magnificent sunset of Tanzania. If you prefer, you can also use our WiFi network in all areas of the camp. At dusk, you can observe the stars by the fire in a beautiful space enabled for it, while watching the comings and goings of the animals around you.

 

Sueños de Africa Luxury Camp

Upon entering the tents, you will be greeted by a warm, relaxed colonial-style atmosphere designed exclusively for tranquility and comfort.

You will have a large rest area where you can relax on a canopied sofa made of mninga wood while enjoying one of the selected varieties of coffee or tea at your disposal. The furniture that will surround you during your stay is from the Dream of Africa design itself and has been made of noble woods by local artisans.

When you decide to retire to rest, a fully equipped room with a double bed dressed in cotton sheets of the highest quality awaits you, to ensure a pleasant and relaxing rest. In the room, you will also have your private bathroom with towels and high-end amenities, ideal for taking a refreshing shower after a long day of safari. Our shampoos, gels, soaps, and creams are cosmetics made with the best natural elements, taking care of your skin with the best products on the market. You will also have free wi-fi in all rooms and an outdoor terrace where you can appreciate the incredible surroundings while watching the animals that surround it, and you can start a pleasant conversation while listening to the sounds of nightlife.

To make sure we cover all your needs, we have different types of tents that you can choose to enjoy the best experience, either alone, with friends, or with family.

 

Sueños de Africa Luxury Camp
Sueños de Africa Luxury Camp

 

ANIMALS IN FREEDOM

  • Our camp is located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park and only 1 km from the Retima hippo pool, so observing animals in the camp is very easy

RESTAURANT

  • In our restaurant, international food is served and we have available a special vegan menu, vegetarian menu, and kids menu.

GREEN ENERGY

  • Our camp is sustainable. We obtain energy through solar panels. Emergency electric generator.

SUNSET/FIREPLACE

  • We have a nice area from which to observe the sunset with cocktail service, natural juices and smoothies, and national and international alcoholic beverages.

LAUNDRY SERVICE

  • We have available a laundry service.

FREE WIFI IN THE CAMP

  • We have available free wifi in tents throughout the camp

BABIES

  • We have available cots with mosquito nets and highchairs for baby-free in the camp.

ROOM DETAILS

  • All tents have an assortment of free tea and coffee included

 

Sueños de Africa Luxury Camp
Sueños de Africa Luxury Camp

 

LUXURY TENTS

Luxurious tents of more than 80 meters are composed of a seating area overlooking the Serengeti, desk, USB sockets, and Wi-Fi. The room has the option of two single beds or a king-size bed of your choice, with the best quality bedding and mattresses specially designed for your total rest and comfort. It also has a full private bathroom with natural amenities and high-end bathrobes and bathrobes. Our tents have the possibility of opening completely to the client’s taste, being able to enjoy an unbeatable view of the surroundings, or even if you prefer, you can make use of the outdoor terrace from where you can contemplate the beautiful sunsets.

 

Sueños de Africa Luxury Camp
Sueños de Africa Luxury Camp

FAMILY LUXURY TENTS

Luxurious 96m suite tents composed of a family living area with views of the Serengeti, desk, USB sockets, and Wi-Fi connection in the tent. It has two bedrooms, one of them has two single beds and the other one has a king-size bed, all of them with the best quality bedding and mattresses specially designed for your total rest and comfort. The two rooms have a full private bathroom with natural amenities and high-end bath linen. Our stores have the possibility of opening completely to the client’s taste, being able to enjoy an unbeatable view of the environment, or you can make use of the outdoor terrace from where you can contemplate the beautiful sunsets.

 

Sueños de Africa Luxury Camp
Sueños de Africa Luxury Camp

 

Explore at the pace of the wild, sync your pulse with the earth, and discover true freedom.
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Olduvai Gorge

A Journey into Ancient History

Olduvai Gorge is a paleoanthropological site in the eastern Serengeti Plain, within the boundaries of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania

Olduvai Gorge, located in Tanzania, is a place of profound historical significance for the study of human origins and evolution. The region’s rich archaeological and paleontological treasures have provided invaluable insights into the early stages of human development.

In the north of the African country called Tanzania lies a unique 48 km (30 mi) -long gorge. In that place, an ancient volcano has preserved the history of humankind for us. Remnants of the first humans and earliest stone tools found here answered many questions we asked about ourselves. In this article, we cover the history of the most important discoveries, answer the common questions, and suggest further tools and resources that will help you take a deep dive into our most ancient past.

 

Olduvai Gorge
Olduvai Gorge

Did the Leakeys discover 1.8 million-year-old skeletons in the Olduvai Gorge? What can those findings tell us about our past, and where is the gorge located?

In Tanzania, Africa, somewhat south of the equator, there is a special place that has been holding scientists’ attention for more than half a century. Why is Olduvai Gorge important to archaeologists? In 1960, the Leakey spouses, a couple of anthropologists who worked there for many years, found the remains of a previously unknown hominid. It was a Homo habilis, the “handyman”, the first representative of the Homo genus, the direct ancestor of the modern human.

After the Olduvai Gorge discovery, many more followed, including those made in different parts and regions of Tanzania and other East African countries. Those discoveries provided one clue after another until a unified theory of the African origin of man was developed. Today, after the results of genetic studies have been published, the theory is considered to be generally accepted. It was the descendants of Homo habilis that first left Africa and began the expansion of humans on Earth.

Other excavation sites in Tanzania are also known, for example, Laetoli. Those yielded generous findings as well. But the site that gained the most fame is exactly Olduvai, which lies 150 km (90 miles) away from the town of Arusha. Here, in the eastern Serengeti Plains, within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, we humans came to understand that our history had begun in this very place. A qualitative evolutionary transition from Australopithecus to Homo happened here, in the sunny and plentiful Ngorongoro area.

A monument shaped like two huge fossil skulls was erected in Ngorongoro to commemorate the discoveries that significantly impacted our understanding of the history of humankind. The monument shows the exact shape of the actual skulls dug out in Olduvai. Those belonged to two genera of Homo, which have been previously unknown. In the gorge proper, a museum of anthropology and human evolution operates, where unique artifacts are preserved.

 

Olduvai Gorge
Olduvai Gorge

What is so interesting about Olduvai?

The story of the Olduvai discovery

There’s an anecdote circling among anthropologists about how the location of Olduvai Gorge was discovered. In 1910, a German scientist who was fond of butterflies set out to explore the Ngorongoro volcanic crater and after seeing a pretty butterfly he started to chase it. In a stroke of ill luck, the scientist stumbled, fell from the precipice, and went unconscious. When he regained consciousness, he found himself lying in a gorge full of bones and tools of the ancient humans. This version has a strong cinematographic touch to it. Even more so if one recalls the first finding of the said German: the bones of a prehistoric three-toed horse.

That German scientist was Wilhelm Kattwinkel – a doctor and anthropologist. It is a fact that in 1910 and 1911, he went to German East Africa on an expedition. His goal was to study African Trypanosomiasis (African Sleeping Sickness). Speaking of which, this article on immunizations before a trip to Tanzania contains more information about this disease.

And so, Kattwinkel from Germany realized that he came across a potentially fascinating archaeological site and called it Oldway. The name was given by mistake, based on the Masaai word Oldupai, which the local tribe used to refer not to the place itself but to a plant that is widely spread there. For English speakers, the most popular name for that plant is sisal (Agave sisalana). If it all sounds a little confusing – don’t worry, below we’ll talk about the history of that place step by step.

 

Olduvai Gorge
Olduvai Gorge

The first findings and misfortune

Other scientists from Germany, among whom there were Wilhelm von Branca and Hans Reck, rushed to that place, so rich with artifacts to be discovered. An expedition led by Hans Reck, who specialized in volcanology, found a skeleton in 1913. At Reck’s estimate, its age might have been 150,000 years.

 

Olduvai Gorge
Olduvai Gorge

It was exactly due to volcanic lava that the findings from the Olduvai Gorge have been preserved exceptionally well. The local geology made the work and the dating process easier: the canyon wall was separated into five different historical layers. But, for the sake of argument, what would have happened if it turned out that the skeleton found here had been re-buried later? The scientists kept arguing about the age of the skeleton. But radiocarbon dating solved the mystery, showing that the bones were “merely” 17,000 years old.

Louis Leakey, an anthropologist from Britain who then worked in neighboring Kenya, came close to the same values in his estimations. He made the discoveries of artifacts of the same age himself, too. The British scientist was reputed to be lucky; his intuition quite often led to success during excavations. Years later, upon the end of World War I and the postwar political reorganization of the former German colony now under British rule, Leakey set up a new expedition to Olduvai. He invited Hans Reck to go with him, and the two made a wager for 10 pounds that Leaky would find something of interest on the very first digging day.

It took Louis Leakey a mere six hours of work upon his arrival at the digging site in September 1931 to find an ancient tool, a cleaver made of volcanic rock. He won the wager, and in the following days, the archaeologists excavated a collection of 77 similar cleavers. A great number of other objects were found too, and the archaeologists had those sent to Britain posthaste, estimating the age of the findings as several hundred thousand years old. Such bold assumptions were met with disapproval, and Louis Leakey fell out of grace both among the scientists and the laypeople.

Some further setbacks in the anthropologist’s work, a series of public scandals stemming from his personal life, criticism by his opponents, problems with his career at Cambridge, and then the World War and the Kenyan Mau Mau Rebellion diverted both the scholar’s attention from his initial research and public awareness from the gorge in East Africa. It was not until the 1950s that Louis Leakey and his wife Mary returned to continue their intensive investigations at Olduvai.

Ground-breaking discoveries

In July 1959, there was another expedition to Olduvai. Louis Leakey was present at the excavations, but his health no longer allowed him to fully engage in field research. On the morning of July 17, the scientist did not feel well, and he remained in the camp, while his wife, archaeologist Mary Leakey went to the excavation site. That day she found a fragment of an unusual bone: part of a jaw with two teeth. It looked as if it belonged to a hominid, but certainly not to a modern man or a humanoid ape.

”I’ve got him!” exclaimed Mary joyfully as she headed back to the camp

 

Mary Leakey and her discovery
Mary Leakey and her discovery

In the following days, the skull nicknamed the Nutcracker, was collected from the remaining fragments found nearby. It was suggested that this was a new species of Australopithecus, which was titled Zinjanthropus. After more discoveries and a detailed study of the remains, this hominid species was more accurately named Paranthropus boisei, and its time of life was determined to be about 1.75 million years ago. In this way, it was found that this species was most likely a member of a sister group to humans which became extinct. However, the controversy continues to this day, and no final verdict has been agreed upon.

A chipped pebble was found next to the Nutcracker, and it served as a primitive stone tool. Louis Leakey suggested that the hominid species found was the first animal in history to use tools. The excavation continued, and the next discovery again caused a sensation in the scientific community.

In the following year, 1960, Louis Leakey was no longer able to direct the excavations because of illness, so Mary Leakey became the director. Soon, several remains were found that interested anthropologists from around the world. At the same time, geophysicists dated the earth layers in which the finds were made, which determined their ages to be from 1.89 million years ago to 1.75 million years ago. All this instantly brought back keen interest in Olduvai and in Louis Leakey himself and several major grants were awarded for further work.

Thus, in 1960, parts of a skeleton of Homo erectus, which is considered the direct ancestor of modern humans (Homo sapiens), as well as fragments of the skeleton of Homo habilis, were found in the Olduvai Gorge. And while erectus had been found before in Asia and Europe, the habilis found in Olduvai was the first discovery of such kind. A total of two discoveries of erectus and six of habilis were made in Olduvai. It turned out that the stone tools belonged to the Homo habilis, for which the anthropologists called it “handy”.

 

Skull of Homo habilis
Skull of Homo habilis
The skull of Paranthropus boisei
The skull of Paranthropus boisei

Homo habilis is deemed to be the first representative of the genus Homo, as they surpassed the older australopithecine apes in several descriptive characteristics at once. Further findings in neighboring Kenya suggested that the human species already existed between 2.31 million years and 1.65 million years ago. These conclusions were made possible due to a breakthrough made by the Leakey family in Tanzanian Olduvai.

Back in the 19th century, Charles Darwin suggested that if we were to look for the ancestors of man, we would have to search in Africa. Louis Leakey shared this idea, and it was his efforts that were successful. Before the discoveries at Olduvai, the human race was thought to be only about 600,000 years old. The Olduvai Gorge showed that our lineage can safely be increased by up to at least a million years.

Oldowan Culture 

The First Human Tools 

The stone tools discovered by Leakey anthropologists in the Olduvai Gorge told us a lot about human evolution. They also gave the name to the very first stone-working culture that appeared on Earth. The Oldowan culture includes not only the tools found in Olduvai but also similar finds in other African countries (Kenya, Ethiopia) and even in other parts of the world (the Caucasus, Crimea, Eastern Europe).

Another name used to refer to Oldowan culture is “pebble culture”. Essentially, the first stone tools were pebbles broken into smaller pieces.

The simplest variant of a tool is a stone broken in half. It has a sharp edge, which means that it can be used to cut meat. It was Homo habilis, i.e., the species of the “handy human” which separated itself from the australopithecines and other primates and was the first to learn how to make such simple tools. The ability to create tools is one of the most important features that allow us to distinguish humans from other animals that use only their “natural tools”: claws and fangs.

 

The First Human Tools 
The First Human Tools

The stones may come in different types, and experts classify them into several categories, grouping the early tools by shape and purpose. In fact, at the initial stage, all of them were used only for cutting up animal carcasses. The most famous example of a pebble tool is the chopper, the predecessor of the hand axe. It is a small stone, one edge of which was sharpened by splintering, while the other side remained smooth so that it could be held in the hand. Small shards obtained during the making of larger choppers served as important tools as well. They can be considered proto-knives or the first knife-like tools.

In general, the Oldowan culture disappeared about 1 million years ago. It was replaced by the Abbeville and Acheulean cultures, during which the tools became more refined. Hand-held axes appeared for finer work with carcasses (cutting tendons, separating meat from the skin, crushing bones, etc.) as well as for digging up plants and cutting branches. However, the earlier choppers have been in use for a long time. For example, it is known that they were used in the 19th century by the natives of the island of Tasmania.

What the Stone Tools Have to “Tell”  

Figuring out the types of the first tools of the early people is not as interesting as trying to understand what they mean. Why did anthropologists get so excited when they found artificially produced stone fragments in the Olduvai Gorge? Why did geologists spend years researching the Olduvai, analyzing everything under our feet dozens of meters deep? For example, American geologist Richard Hay devoted 12 years to field research in the Olduvai Gorge alone. The efforts of scientists were aimed at finding answers to the main questions we humans have about ourselves.

Bone fragments from ancient extinct primates: teeth, jaw fragments, and fragmentary skulls, answer the question of how humans were separated from all other animals. Unnaturally chipped rocks answer the question of why this occurred.

What, in essence, is behind these findings in East Africa?

 

Skull of Homo habilis
Skull of Homo habilis

We know today that human ancestors were forced down from the trees to the ground because of global changes in the flora of their habitats. These areas were becoming more arid, and savannahs were appearing and expanding where the dense forests used to grow. The transition from tree-climbing using the four limbs to walking on the ground on feet freed up the hands. The upper limbs began to be used not only for grasping but also for more complex actions in interacting with the environment. It led to a transformation of both the hands themselves and the brain, which underwent a major expansion after many new tasks were added to our ancestors’ lives.

Alongside this, jaws and teeth changed: the jaw was getting shorter, while the canines and premolars were decreasing in size. To distinguish hominids from all other primates, only two criteria are used: bipedalism and reduction of the maxillary apparatus. The additional criterion is the increased volume of the brain, but this characteristic varies in the ancestors of humans.

The evolution of these body parts took several million years. For example, it took about 3 million years to master bipedal gait with confidence. Even more, time passed between the release of the hands and the beginning of making tools from stone. During this period, hands were used, in addition to pre-existing tasks, only for carrying children and transporting food over long distances through savannah areas.

 

Olduvai Gorge
Olduvai Gorge

 

Life in the savanna forced human ancestors to transform to adapt and survive. Open spaces are more dangerous because of the threat of large and fast predators. Moreover, our prehistoric ancestors had to deal with competitors such as giant geladas. Those were large ancient baboons that inhabited the area exactly between 3 and 2.5 million years ago; they never survived until today. Moreover, several other species of primates competed with the early humans during that period.

As we know, all evolutionary branches of primate species that left the forests turned out to be dead ends, except for the one that leads to modern humans. But why? One of the decisive factors was the change in diet from herbivority to omnivority. This is indicated by a sequence of events that spectacularly demonstrated the evolutionary advantage of adaptability. As forests were becoming smaller and the amount of plant food decreased, the ancestors of humans switched to partial predation. It was during this period that stones were needed to be able to carve up found animal carcasses.

The further sequence of events was as follows. One line of development describes the evolution of the primitive industry – there was an increase in the sophistication of tools and hunting devices, which allowed scavengers to become hunter-gatherers and no longer depend on chance but directly influence the quantity of meat food.

The other line of development shows physiological adaptation: the reduction of plant food in the diet contributed to a lighter body (the stomach became smaller, and the center of gravity moved higher up), but the increase of meat in the diet led to an increase and strengthening of the whole body, bipedal gait became the norm, the skeleton adapted to allow the first humans to cover large distances, which made it possible to take over new territories choosing the best of those.

It was Homo erectus, i.e., “upright man”, who first managed to leave Africa and settle in Eurasia. The erectus is the direct descendant of the ergaster (Homo ergaster, “working man”), which, in turn, is directly descended from the habilis (Homo habilis, “handy man”). In other words, the handymen were able to figure out how to improve found objects, and the workmen developed a way to optimize these objects (the later Acheulean culture, in which fang-shaped choppers appeared, is attributed to Homo ergaster). And the erectus, having inherited unprecedented technology, spread it to every area where they went.

To summarise, let us emphasize once again that the qualitative evolutionary transition from australopithecine apes to the first Homo occurred precisely against the background of mastering the simplest stone processing technology. The connection between these events is clear. This is why the findings from Olduvai made in the early 1960s made such a strong impression on scientists.

 

Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey inspect the Paranthropus boisei jaw bone
Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey inspect the Paranthropus boisei jaw bone

It was Louis Leakey who advanced the hypothesis that humans originated in Africa. And this bold assumption has been fully confirmed: today the theory of the African origin of man is the dominant one in the scientific community. This is confirmed by numerous findings all over the planet, as well as by genetic studies. Only the most odious fans of esoteric, racist, and nationalist movements dare to reject the scientific theory. But who is nowadays interested in the opinion of such poorly educated representatives of Homo sapiens?

By the way, the tireless Luis Leakey did not stop at archaeological research but went further. As soon as he realized that the key to understanding the differences between the first humans and ape-like creatures lies in their behavior, he set up a unique project for long-term observations of modern human-like apes: chimpanzees, orangutans, and gorillas. This is how the “Leakey Angels” came to be: three intrepid young naturalist women who went out into the wild in the name of science.

Birute Galdikas went to Borneo to study orangutans, Diane Fossey headed to Rwanda to observe mountain gorillas, and Jane Goodall remained in Tanzania where she studied chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park for more than 45 years. By the way, other scientists are continuing her work now. However, anyone can enter the park and observe chimpanzees, as well as explore the museum located in Ngorongoro.

The Olduvai Gorge Museum

Much of what was found in the Olduvai Gorge can be seen in the museum which is located within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area on the edge of Olduvai itself. It was opened in the 1970s by Mary Leakey. In 2018 the museum was completely rebuilt and expanded with new exhibits, and artifacts from other excavation sites in Africa were added. The museum exhibit is enhanced with beautiful modern displays showing scenes from the lives of the first people.

The museum complex itself deserves attention, it is built like the traditional Maasai boma: a circular village with semi-circular dwellings. It is a reference to the architecture of the tribal people inhabiting the land nearby. You can learn more about the unusual traditions and modern but, in many aspects, primeval life of Africa’s most famous tribe in our feature article on Masaai.

 

Upper part of Turkana Boy, the most complete skeleton of Homo ergaster
Upper part of Turkana Boy, the most complete skeleton of Homo ergaster

Inside the museum, you can also see the Nutcracker – the skull of Paranthropus boisei discovered by Mary Leakey in 1959, and fragments of the Homo habilis and Homo erectus sceletons found in Olduvai. Copies of the world’s most famous skeletons can be seen here as well: that of Australopithecus Lucy, which 3.2 million years ago conveniently fell into a lake, which preserved the skeleton; and that of the Turkana Boy, a representative of the “working man” who lived 1.53 million years ago and whose remains were found by Richard Leakey in 1984.

 

 

Richard Leakey, anthropologist (1944–2022), son of Louis Leakey
Richard Leakey, anthropologist (1944–2022), son of Louis Leakey

A separate hall is allocated to display the fossilized footprints discovered by Mary Leakey in the nearby Laetoli. The footprints are remarkably similar to those of modern humans, only the ones you can see in the museum are 3.6 to 3.8 million years old. They are the oldest signs of bipedalism that have been found so far. Looking at the footprints, you can imagine a family that walked across the volcanic ash and mud: a male followed by a female holding a baby by the hand. At some point, judging by the nature of the footprints, the mother lifted the child by the hand, and the child jumped on one leg, leaving two footprints of one leg in a row. Stanislav Drobyshevsky, a Russian anthropologist, believes that this is the first game of human ancestors that we have been able to record.

The museum also displays skulls and other bones of ancient animals. Now it is hard to imagine that once there were several species of elephants, giraffes, hippos, and even humans in Africa. Most of those species have not survived to this day. This makes it even more interesting to look at their bones, to study the information about them, and to try to imagine what the ancient world looked like when the gorge was inhabited by such a variety of animals. For example, in the museum, you can see the tusks of an ancient boar which reached the size of a modern elephant.

And of course, the museum displays many stone tools of the Oldowan culture: choppers, spheroids, scrapers, and other types of early stone tools, the use of which helped the ancient apes to separate into a special genus and gain a huge advantage over other animals in a relatively short time.

The history of the Olduvai findings leaves a strong impression once you get a sense of the scale of historical changes that took place here.

Can we expect new findings here?

Is that possible that the history of archaeological sensations from Olduvai came to an end in the 20th century? Why has nothing significant been found recently in such a uniquely well-preserved geological area? Have the excavations been discontinued?

This site and many other similar locations await further archeological excavations. Tanzania, among other countries in Africa, is slower to develop than the rest of the world, and the country’s scientific capabilities do not yet allow for deploying research commensurate with the scale of interest on the part of paleoanthropologists. Research is still going on but neither the intensity nor the quality of it are up to international standards. Frankly speaking, all findings here nowadays are due to chance.

Nevertheless, even nowadays, exciting news sometimes comes from Olduvai. For example, in 2009, skull fragments were found that could potentially belong to the oldest Homo sapiens ever discovered. A scientific description of the skull fragments appeared in 2018, and it confirms that the fossilized remains belong to our species. Apart from that, dating is problematic and we don’t have a concrete number yet.

The fact is that there is an unproclaimed chase for the oldest sapiens, the first representative of our species among various countries in Africa. The Olduvai Gorge, which delivered the first representative of the human species to the world, may once again loudly declare itself, giving out a new archaeological sensation. The excavations continue, we must be patient.

 

Archaeological excavation in progress
Archaeological excavation in progress

 

Where do you need to go to see everything we talked about above?

We realize that mere reading about the origins of the human race is not enough to fully grasp the enormity of the phenomena that Olduvai has preserved for us. Perhaps the images and films that we recommend, as well as some modern websites where you can interact with the objects, will help you visualize it a little better.

Photographic reconstructions and virtual museums

The virtual laboratory of Louise Leakey, granddaughter of the legendary anthropologist Louis Leakey may help satisfy your curiosity. This project created by the third-generation paleontologist allows visitors to view and rotate digital 3D copies of the fossils found in Olduvai. The collection is being continuously expanded.

The website of John Gurche, a paleo artist, is a place to view marvelous photographs of ancient hominids including the Paranthropus boisei, Homo habilis, and Homo erectus. The reconstruction artist works for the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, USA. John Gurche creates sculptures of dinosaurs and realistic portraits of human ancestors such as this one.

The Kennis brothers’ website offers a gallery of hyperrealistic images of ancient primates – for example, of the famous Australopithecus Lucy.

The Jeongok Prehistory Museum in the Republic of Korea exhibits lifesize models of ancient human ancestors as well as their cousins. The magnificent reconstructions were created by Elizabeth Dynes and Kim Seong-moon. Thanks to an educational project by Google you don’t have to go to Korea; and can take a quick tour of this virtual hall, examine the exhibits in detail, and read about human predecessors from the remote past. For example, the second specimen here is Lucy, the fourth is a Paranthropus boisei, the fifth is a Homo habilis from Olduvai, and the seventh is a Homo ergaster from Kenya.

Documentaries

Lectures on YouTube are very educational but might seem a little dry for some people. In this section, we will not deal with the literary works of fiction that sprang from their authors’ imaginations but suggest a couple of nice documentaries instead.

A Species Odyssey 

This is a three-part film released in 2003 in which the viewer is taken through millions of years of history from the early hominids to Homo sapiens. It rates pretty high on IMDb: the score is 7.2, which is well-deserved. Scientists, including the discoverers of the famous Lucy, were involved in writing the script. Although, according to anthropologists, it is still not without bloopers.

The action begins in East Africa at a time when the ancestors of man were mastering bipedalism. The Olduvai region and the vast savannahs surrounding it can be seen in the first two episodes. The viewers follow the lives of Australopithecus and Orrorin, Habilis and Ergaster, as well as extinct animals and other inhabitants of ancient Africa. One can see the tragic death of Lucy, the ability to master primary stone-working techniques, the more advanced registers, and the actively traveling erectus settling the neighboring continent.

If one does not pick on the minutiae, watches the film with the original soundtrack, and doesn’t mind outdated computer graphics, then, on the whole, A Species Odyssey can be considered a useful material that delves into the topic of human evolution.

Walking with Cavemen 

In the same year, 2003, BBC released a four-part popular science film as a spin-off of the project about dinosaurs. Its main characters were hominids, from the Afar australopithecines to the first sapiens. On IMDb, this mini-series is rated even higher than its predecessor, the score is 7.6, and the scientists gave an even better review of the film. In addition, the narration is approached originally: the narrator, the famous scientist Robert Winston, appears in the frame and even interacts with the characters, thus fully justifying the title.

Those whom we described in this article appear in the first three episodes. Among the advantages of the film, one may rate minimal computer graphics and the reliance on real actors (this is also a drawback as the proportions and appearance of ancient hominids are thus distorted), as well as a more scrupulous scientific approach compared to the previous mini-series. Although, overly bold assertions, bloopers, and some liberties are also present in this work. However, it is fundamentally impossible to make a perfectly accurate film about what happened millions of years ago.

Probably the best option would be to go to Ngorongoro Crater to witness the legendary Olduvai Gorge and visit the museum holding exhibits from the Gorge in person. This can be done by combining a visit to Olduvai with a safari tour featuring visits to Ngorongoro and Serengeti. The road to the museum is exactly at the fork of the road to those two locations. Just voice your wish to do so to your tour manager before your itinerary is designed. 

Thus you will have a chance to compare the images of the ancient animals with the contemporary inhabitants of this area and to visit the place where the history of humankind began.

 

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Get taken back to the 1960s era of Western movies at Hatari Bar with a modern twist. Enjoy cocktails, mocktails, our best brew, and local beers. All these can be paired with our thin-crust wood-fired pizzas.

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