ol doinyo lengai
Mount Oldoinyo Lengai | The Mountain of God.
Oldoinyo Lengai is a symmetrical active strato volcano that arose majestically in the heart of the Maasai Land about 2000m within the East African Rift Valley depression to a summit elevation of 2878m (9650ft); Oldoinyo Lengai,” The Mountain Of God”, is the only active volcano in the world that erupts with the natrocarbonatite lava flow and the highly fluid lava that contains almost no silicon. It is also the only active volcano in this part of the Rift Valley, though there are many older extinct volcanoes in this region.
Looking north from its summit crater the hot barren salt flats of Lake Natron stretch into the distance. To the south stretch the Crater Highlands and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The eastern horizon is dominated by Kilimanjaro and to the west the forested escarpments and hills comprising the western slopes of the Rift Valley.
The Mountain is ideal for adventurous travelers who like to explore those unique areas in the world, such as photographers, trekkers and volcano lovers. Nevertheless Oldoinyo Lengai is considered to be extremely hazardous and that safety cannot be assured. Trekking takes 1 day; though descending is tough’ it is always done in combination with the Safari to the great Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater tour.
Mount Oldoinyo Lengai Climb – Recommended Itinerary:
- 4 days/ 3 Night Package – Oldoinyo Lengai Climb
Day 1: Maasai Community Campsite
After breakfast we will depart to the Lake Natron to kick off the first day of the Safari in this magnificent lake, followed by a transfer to the Moivaro Campsite near Lake Natron or Moivaro Tented Lodge for diner and overnight. The Camp is located at the base of the Great Rift Valley, with the Ngorongoro Highlands above. It’s very possible to arrange a Traditional Goat-Roast for dinner and a traditional dance / ngoma.
Day 2: Lake Natron
we will leave the camp at around 6:00hrs for an early morning game drive and a short walk to the shores of Lake Natron with the beautiful captions of sunrise. Here you will have great chances of seeing a lot of Flamingoes, and may be a Jackal on the prowl for its breakfast. After lunch there will be another short hike to Engaresero Waterfalls with a naturally formed, incredibly convenient Jacuzzi. Dinner will be at the earliest convenience so as to be able to get additional hours of sleep, before being roused at 2330hrs to make the final preparations for the hike.
Day 3: Oldoinyo Lengai
At around 0000 hours Midnight, we will leave the campsite and make the short drive to the base of Oldoinyo Lengai and begin to climb the Mountain of God. The path itself is quite difficult underfoot and steep the whole way. Towards the rim it turns into powdery ash – like trudging through deep soft snow! Arriving at the summit in time for sunrise, the perfect reward! This volcano is active and glowing rock can often be seen bubbling out of the numerous ash cones on the top. Descend late morning in time for a good lunch, dip in the stream and a celebratory beer! Dinner and overnight at the Moivaro Campsite near Lake Natron or Moivaro Tented Lodge, FB.
Day 4: Arusha
After a relaxing morning including an optional game drive to Lake Natron or swimming in the waterfall pools, you will be transferred back to Moshi / Arusha or Jro to catch up a flight.
Mount Oldonyo Lengai Trekking – 3 Days / 2 Nights
Day 1: Depart Moshi or Arusha at 7.00 am and drive to Ngaresero village (Lake Natron) with packed lunch. This is about 8 hours driving. Dinner and overnight at Kamakia camp.
Day 2: At very early morning 1:00 a.m. drive to the base of the Ol’doinyo Lengai mountain to start the climb. Reach at the summit during sunrise and spend sometime there before coming down to the base of the mountain. From there clients will be transfered by jeep to Kamakia camp for shower and rest. Dinner and overnight at Kamakia camp.
Day 3: Breakfast then drive back to Arusha or Moshi. This depends on the itinerary.