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The Great Rift Valley

“Lucy”, the 3.2 million year old ancestral skeleton discovered in the Rift Valley, is named after the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”.

An estimated 900,000 Maasai people live between Kenya and Northern Tanzania.

The Great Rift Valley extends 6,000 kilometres through the heart of East Africa.

40% of volcanic activity along the Great Rift Valley is produced by two volcanoes: Mount Nyamuragira and Mount Nyiragongo.

The traditional Maasai “jumping dance” is called adumu.

4.4 million year old remains from our direct hominid ancestors have been found in the Great Rift Valley.

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Flying at 10,000m - The Great Rift Valley

 

Flying at 1,000m - The Maasai

 

Flying at ground level - “Lucy” and our hominid ancestors

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