Other sites in the NCA
The “Shifting Sands”
These strange “barkhan”-like sand dunes, consisting of fine, grey sand are located a few km north of Olduvai Gorge. Made up of volcanic ash, the sand was thrown out from Oldonyo Lengai active volcano, 60 km to the east, carried on prevailing winds, and somehow deposited at only this site. The dunes move westwards about 5 m each year.
The Maasai confer these sands a sacred status similar to that of Mount Ol donyo L’engai.
Towards the western opening of the beautiful N’gata Kiti valley fringed by the ancient Gol is Nasera Rock a magnificent huge granite monolith rising 80 m out of the rolling plains, a solitary and mysterious home to a myriad of smaller game and birds .
On the southern edge of the Gol Mountains, about 70 km north of our Olduvai Camp, a small stream has carved, laser-like, into the rock, and this long term erosion has formed Ol karien Gorge. It is possible to walk into this amazing canyon and encounter Maasaï leading their cattle to the water point, especially at the drier times of year.
The rock formations and weathered sides of the gorge are very interesting and are home to nesting vultures who use the cliff sides to soar out over the plains in their relentless search for carrion.