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Lake Magadi Olorgesailie Pre-historic Site 1 Day Tour combines a visit to two interesting places, the Olorgesailie Pre-historic site, and Lake Magadi. Olorgesailie Pre-historic site is located along Magadi road, an hour’s drive (70 km) away from Nairobi. Some further 30 km south of Olorgesailie at the base of the Rift Valley is Lake Magadi.
The Olorgesailie Prehistoric site is Kenya’s largest geological site. It is world-renowned as the “factory of stone tools” and has excellently preserved biological and cultural evidence of the evolution of man.
On this tour, we visit the Museum and Site. As we walk to see the actual site, a museum interpreter talks about the pre-historic site and the discoveries made here. Later we then proceed to Lake Magadi (30 km) located further south of Olorgesailie. Lake Magadi is a sodium carbonate alkaline lake located near the Kenya/ Tanzania border.
The lake has saline hot springs – up to around 80 degrees Celsius and is home to plenty of wading birds including flamingos. The Magadi Township lies on the lake’s east shore and is home to the Magadi Soda Factory, which is the major local employer.
Lake Magadi is also featured in the film “The Constant Gardener” – although the film reports the lake as being Lake Turkana in Kenya’s far north. Lake Magadi Olorgesailie Pre-historic site 1-day tour highlights include visiting the Olorgesailie prehistoric site and Lake Magadi.
Other activities include swimming, bird-watching, bubbling hot springs, learning about the rich culture of the Maasai people, and enjoying the sceneries of Nguruman and Lomita hills.
Lake Magadi Olorgesailie Pre-historic Site 1 Day Tour Itinerary
Highlights: Semi-arid Landscape, Birdlife, Culture, Rift Valley, Lake Magadi, Archaeology and History
0730 Hours: Our tour departs from Nairobi after breakfast at your hotel/ residence. You drive south towards the Ngong Hills (made famous from Karen Blixen’s, movie “Out of Africa”). Just before we descend over the escarpment, we stop for photos and views of the Great Rift Valley. Descending over the Ngong Hills, we continue south into a semi-arid landscape.
1000 Hours: Mid-morning we arrive at the Olorgesailie Prehistoric Site. Located along Magadi road, an hour’s drive and 70 km away from Nairobi, Olorgesailie’s pre-historic site is world-renowned as the “factory of stone tools” and the only place in the world with the largest number of hand axes and represents some of the first camping places of early man.
The site shows evidence of human activity consistently between 1.2 million years to 400,000 years before the present. This is evidence that the human species had a tropical origin and a higher primate group was confined to this part of the world.
Researchers, Dr. and Mrs. Leakey, started investigations on the site in 1942 where they found important evidence that concerns the habits and activities of early prehistoric peoples of the Acheuleus or “Hand ax” culture. Olorgesailie has excellently preserved biological and cultural evidence about the evolution of man. We learn about the previous inhabitants of the area.
1200 Hours: We continue onto Lake Magadi approaching it from the eastern side via Magadi town and past the Magadi Soda factory. We enter the Lake Magadi Reserve area and continue onto the hot springs.
1300 Hours: We stop for lunch and wade in the springs (if the weather is not too hot). We may meet the local Maasai who uses the lake daily for swimming. It is possible to see animals around Magadi like zebra, gazelle, impala, and warthog.
1500 Hours: Depart mid-afternoon, returning to Nairobi.
1800 Hours: We arrive back in Nairobi and transfer you to your hotel/ residence.
Lake Magadi Olorgesailie Pre-historic Site 1 Day Tour Prices
Lake Magadi Olorgesailie Pre-historic Site 1 Day Tour From Nairobi Includes:
Park entry fees + Picnic Lunch Boxes + Services of our professional driver guide + A bottle of water while on the day trip safari & Return road transport from Nairobi to Olorgesailie Prehistoric Site, Lake Magadi, and back in our customized vehicle with pop-up roof
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* Kindly bring along with you a bottle of drinking water, comfortable walking shoes, tracks or jeans, shorts, a T-shirt, sweater, sun cream, cameras, sunhat, and swimwear
Lake Magadi Olorgesailie Pre-historic Site 1 Day Tour From Nairobi Excludes:
* Swimming fee
* Tips or gratuities
* Drinks, Extra Meals
* Visa and any related fees
* Medical cover and travel personal insurance
* Any other item not mentioned in the inclusive
Olorgesailie Pre-historic Site Activities
* Picnic site
* Campsite – affordable camping facilities available
* Baboon camp – a congregation of baboons in the evening 1 km from the campsite
* Bird watching – the site is a bird watcher’s paradise citing the highest number of migratory bird species in Kenya
* Museum and site- the museum interprets the pre-historic site. One can then take a walk to see the actual site and the discoveries made here
* Mountain climbing – Mt. Olorgesailie was named after a renowned Maasai elder who used to meditate and hold meetings with village elders up the mountain. On average it takes 3 hours to ascend and the same to descend best climbed from 5:00 am