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Historical Destinations in Tanzania

Not only is Tanzania a hotspot for those wanting a true sense of nature, but it’s also home to several archeological sites and natural, historic sites like Kilimanjaro mountain, the stone town, Olduvai Gorge, and other special spots.

Besides the well-known Kondoa Irangi rock art, Tanzania boasts a number of historical sites that historians and other tourists would enjoy. Kaole ruins, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Isimila Stone Age site, and many other sites throughout Tanzania are among them. Here we will discuss the man-made creations found in Tanzania.

Olduvai Gorge:

The Olduvai Gorge is, by far, the most important archeological site in East Africa. This site has become a must-see for visitors who pay a visit to the Ngorongoro or Serengeti National Parks. It’s roughly 40 kilometers northwest of Ngorongoro Crater.

The Olduvai Gorge has proven absolutely essential in deepening our understanding of the early evolutionary history of humans. The Oldupai Gorge site is noteworthy in displaying the increasing developmental complexities in early humans.

Olduvai Gorge Museum:

The Olduvai Gorge Museum is within the Ngorongoro conservation area, and you can visit it any time you visit the Ngorongoro crater. This museum mainly consisted of paleontological artifacts and was made to appreciate the findings at Olduvai Gorge. Some of the exhibits include the Laetoli footprints and charts and maps to explain the artifacts in depth.

The Laetoli prints revealed indicate that their founders stood and walked in an upright manner. This indication pushed back the beginning of human bipedalism to a date much earlier than originally thought by paleontologists.

You can find and have a look at the Lateoli footprint as a cast in the Olduvai Gorge Museum during your visit to Laetoli.

Zanzibar Stone Town:

Zanzibar’s Stone Town, also recognized as Mji Mkongwe, is the ancient train station of Zanzibar City, which is Tanzania’s main city. Numerous fine constructions can be found in Zanzibar’s stone town. All the fine buildings mirror the island’s rich heritage. It is the same distinct culture and heritage that has helped bring together and thoroughly mixed divergent elements of various cultures.

Stone Town is a legendary and artistically significant city in East Africa. Its architectural style, which mostly dates from the nineteenth century, represents the Swahili culture’s wide range of influences resulting in a special mix of Arab, Persian, Indian, and European aspects.

Kondoa Irangi Rock Art:

The Kondoa Irangi Rock Artwork in central Tanzania is a compilation of different drawings and paintings on the walls of rock shelters. These paintings are about nine kilometers east of the main highway that connects Dodoma and Babati. The art’s continued relevance and use indicate that there’s been a cultural connection between the numerous ethnic and linguistic groups who have inhabited Tanzania over the years.

Kaole Ruins:

Tanzania’s Kaole is a tiny hamlet and historical site. The remains, which originate from the 13th century, include two mosques and 30 tombs. The tombs at Kaole were made of coral stones. The pillars were also made of stones. Some of the tombs, as per local folklore, are the tombs of local kings known as “diwanis.”

Isimila Stone Age:

Isimila is a prominent Stone Age site on Tanzania’s Iringa plateau. It is located within an erosion gulley. It’s a sequence of eroded sandstone pillars. The unusual artifact collection for a site outside the Rift Valley system is one of the main reasons for Isimila’s relevance. Archaeologists discovered one of the most remarkable Stone Age artifacts ever discovered here in the late 1950’s.  Hammerstones, axeheads, flints, and scrapers discovered at the site are thought to be between 60,000 and 100,000 years of age.

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