Olduvai Gorge National Park is located within the Ngorongoro conservation area a short drive off the main road between Serengeti and Ngorongoro. The name Olduvai Gorge derives its name from Oldupai which is the Maasai word for the type of wild sisal that grows in the gorge. It was in this very park that Dr. Leakey began his search for human remains in 1931.
Joined by his wife Mary, Dr. Louis Leakey discovered the remains of Homo habilis. Many more fossils have been discovered in this park including those of giant horned sheep making Olduvai Gorge the “Cradle of Mankind”.