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Happy 100th Birthday, Mary Leakey!

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of British archaeologist, Mary Leakey. Leakey is best known for her discovery of the very first fossilised Proconsul skull, the skill of an extinct ape believed to be the ancestors of humans. The skull was found in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, where much of Leakey’s work took place. If you’re interested in archaeology, why not take a Tanzania safari to the Ngorongoro Crater? Here you can learn more about Leakey’s work and visit the world famous gorge where it all happened.

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is one of the top properties in the crater area. It’s very luxurious, with deep mahogany woods and rich purples and reds throughout, and is perched right on the crater’s edge giving you simply breathtaking views of this unusual landscape. You can explore the world famous surrounds of the gorge, known as the Grand Canyon of Humankind, in a private vehicle with your own guide. This is the most famous archaeological location in East Africa and there’s a lot to see here from 3.6 million year old hominid footprints to excavation sites. Put simply, this is a fascinating place to visit. At the top of the gorge there’s a small museum where you can learn more about the story of human origins and evolution.

What’s more, as well as all the history, from Ngorongoro Crater Lodge you can also enjoy lots of wildlife activities too.

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