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ARUSHA Tanzania -- Olduvai Gorge, or Oldupai Gorge, in Tanzania is one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world; it has proven invaluable in furthering understanding of early human evolution. A steep-sided ravine in the Great Rift Valley that stretches across East Africa, it is about 48 km (30 mi) long, and is located in the eastern Serengeti Plains in the Arusha Region not far, about 45 kilometres (28 miles), from Laetoli, another important archaeological site of early human occupation. WIKIPEDIA PHOTO - NOEL FEANS

Tanzania revamps renowned archaeology camp to lure tourists

ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania has started revamping the camp that was being used by famous archaeologists, Dr. Louis Leakey and Dr. Mary Leakey at the Olduvai Gorge in Ngorongoro area located in northern part of the country in an effort to lure more tourists.

Jumanne Maghembe, Tanzania’s Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism said on Sunday that the camp is under refurbishment to restore its natural outlook as it was in 1960s.

"We are revamping the camp so that some of the tourists and researchers who want to sleep in, do so and learn a number of things of the earliest man," the minister said.

He described the Olduvai Gorge as an important area when it comes to tourism and historical researches as it holds the earliest evidence of the existence of human ancestors.

Paleoanthropologists have found hundreds of fossilized bones and stone tools in the area dating back millions of years, leading them to conclude that humans evolved in Africa.

Maghembe stated that the area is one of the world’s most important historical sites, where it is believed that the famous Zinjanthropus skull was discovered at Olduvai Gorge.

Dr. Leakey discovered the 1.75 million year old skull on July 17, 1959 after nearly 30 years of archaeological research at the gorge in Ngorongoro district alongside with her husband Dr. Louis Leakey.

"The Olduvai Mary Leakey camp has been attracting more tourists as well as scientists and researchers. That’s why we want it to look natural as it was in 1960s," said Maghembe.

John Paresso, conservator of the camp, said that among other issues in the rehabilitation process include restoring the bed that was being used by the two archaeologists into the camp.

"We are currently communicating with the family of Dr. Leakey in Nairobi, Kenya so that to get that bed and bring it into the camp," the official said.

Louis and Mary (Nicol) Leakey are often referred to as the first family of paleontology, as much of their lives, and later the lives of their children, revolved around Olduvai Gorge.


Tanzania and Mauritius agree to partner in tourism promotion drive

ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania and Mauritius have signed a one-year pact to promote tourism destinations available in the two countries to the outside world.

The agreement was reached on Saturday at the ongoing ITB global tourism showcasing event in Berlin between the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) and Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA).

At the signing, Tanzania was represented by TTB managing director Devota Mdachi, while Mauritius was represented by the director of MTPA, Kevin Ramkaloan

According to Mdachi, the pact is meant to attract more visitors from as far as US, Australia, China, India and European countries.

She said that two organizations have agreed to join efforts in promoting their countries as the twin destination for the mutual benefits of their both respective countries by creating a conducive environment for tourists visiting Mauritius for beach holiday to also visit Tanzania for wildlife and adventure safaris.

"Our commitment is to promote Tanzania and Mauritius as a twin tourist destination so that tourists visiting Mauritius can as well visit Tanzania to experience other unique attractions available in the country such as varieties of wildlife in National Parks, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Ngorongoro crater," Mdachi said.

Ramkaloan also pointed out that the MTPA is pleased to partner with Tanzania Tourist Board since it has been their longtime intention to forge such a relationship due to the fact that the tourists visiting Mauritius wish to visit other exciting sites for their life history.

"It is obvious that Tanzania is the only country in Africa endowed with exclusive and spectacular tourist attractions where one could enjoy and become more excited.

Air Mauritius which is a Mauritius National Carrier is also part of the signed agreement as a partner airline of MTPA," Ramkaloan said.


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