Located along Magadi road, an hour’s drive and 70kms away from Nairobi,Olorgesailie pre-historic site is world renown as the “factory of stone tools” and the only place in the world with the largest number.
It is located on the floor of the Great Rift Valley between two extinct volcanoes, Mt. Olorgesailie and Oldonyo Esakut to the south-west of Nairobi, Kenya. Olorgesailie area is in a lake basin that existed during the latter part of the middle Pleistocene period, probably between 200,000 and 100,000 years ago. Discovered by Louis and Mary Leakey in the 1940s, Olorgesailie was excavated by Glynn Isaac as his dissertation research during the 1960s.
Olorgesailie has important evidence that concerns the habits and activities of early prehistoric peoples of the hand axe culture. The site has the highest concentration of hand axes probably compared to any other place in the world. Olorgesailie has excellently preserved biological and cultural evidence about the evolution of man. Human tools are the most prominent of all fossils in the area and the accumulation of tool represents the actual camping places of early men. It shows the evidence of human activity consistently between 1.2 million years to 400,000 years before present. This is evidence that human species had a tropical origin and a higher primate group was confined to this part of the world thus, Olorgesailie gives evidence not only of local importance but also of international significance. Scientifically, the site also has much to do with archaeological, palaeontological and geological significance
Olorgesailie has excellently preserved biological and cultural evidence about the evolution of man.
Some 30km further south of Oloorgesailie and locaed at the base of the Rift Valley is lake Magadi;a saline, alkaline lake, approximately 100 square kilometres in size, which lies in a graven. The lake is an example of a “saline pan”. The lake water, which is dense sodium carbonate brine, precipitates vast quantities of the mineral called trona (sodium sesquicarbonate). In places, the salt is up to 40 m thick.
The lake is recharged mainly by saline hot springs (temperatures up to about 83°C) that discharge into alkaline “lagoons” around the lake margins, there being little surface runoff in this arid region. Most hot springs lie along the north-western and southern shorelines of the lake
-Museum and site
-Rich culture of the Maasai
-Stunning landscapes of Lake Magadi comprising wonderful colors of its soda water, and pink flocks of flamingoes.
-Lake magadi changes its color from brilliant white to cerise pink, cobalt, indigo, deep scarlet and soft pastels, according to changes in the light.
Kshs 2,550 Citizens
Kshs 3,500 Residents
USD 50 Non Residents
First deposit of Kshs. 1,500 to be paid by 25th May 2015 to confirm reservations, full balance to be paid by 12th June 2015
Go to Mpesa menu
Select ‘Lipa na Mpesa’
Select ‘Buy Goods and Services’
Enter Whirlwind Adventures till number 181584
Then enter the amount and password
Confirm transaction completed on 0722 153 753
THE PACKAGE COVERS THE FOLLOWING
– Transport (Round trip)
-Entrance fees to Museum
-Conservation fees at Lake Magadi Hotsprings
– Driver allowances
– Government taxes
– Extras – tips, drinks etc.
– Any other item/activity not mentioned in the itinerary
WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU
• Citizens – Valid Passport or National ID
• Residents – Valid Passport & re entry pass
• Binoculars, camera,Swimming costume/change of clothes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
7.00am: departure to Olegersailie from Nairobi
8.30-10.00: visit the museum
10.00am: departure for L. Magadi
11.00am to 2.30 pm visit the hot springs
2.30pm proceed to Sports Club for lunch.