Ol Doinyo Lengai, the name originated from maasi language which means “Mountain of God” is an active volcano located in the Gregory Rift south of lake Natron within the Arusha Region of Tanzania. Part of the volcanic system of the East African Rift, it uniquely produces natrocarbonatite lava. The 1960 eruption of Ol Doinyo Lengai led to geological investigations that finally confirmed the view that Carbonatite rock is derived from magma. The Maasai people conduct prayers to God “Engai” whom the Maasai believe is the Creator of all things around this active volcanic mountain. Ol’donyo Lengai is the only active volcanic mountain in the world which produces dark brown lava during its eruption and this phenomenon attracts many geologists from all over the world who come for research activities.
Temperature of its lava as it emerges is only around 510 °C (950 °F). A few older extinct carbonatite volcanoes are located nearby, including Homa Mountain.
- ♣ Maasai culture tourism.
- ♣ Local believes like Maasai conducting prayers in the mountainous area.
- ♣ Hiking.
- ♣ Cultural activity
Best Time To Visit
You can climb the Oldonyo Lengai Mountain the whole year round; only in the wet seasons (March to May, October to December) it is not advised to visit for climbing this mountain because the roads are flooded with rain water.
Inside The Area
- ♣ Tented camp
Arrival: Airport collection
Overnight in Hotel
Drive to Mto Wa Mto and enter the Great Rift Valley, passing via Engaruaka basin and into a semi-desert Area hot wild and dusty with extinct volcano’s Kitumbeine and Gelai off to the right and the Mountain of God “Ol Doinyo Lengai” always in front. Around midday we arrive at Falls Camp on the banks of the Engaresero river, a welcome place to shower or bathe in the river, or take a trek to the waterfalls hidden in the Western wall of the rift valley
Rest and around mid-night drive to and start the climb of Lengai (circa 4 hours climb) BLD.
Enjoy the sunrise and the views up the Rift Valley as far as Kenya. Descent around lunch, and drive to Lake Natron one of the major Flamingo breeding grounds in East Africa – en-route visit a Maasai “Boma” village.
Overnight Falls camp. BLD
Drive to Moshi and overnight at hotel
On our way, back to Moshi we will have ample time to stop and buy some of the Makonde wood carvings for which Tanzania is so famous. Also for those who wish a chance to stop at Mesarani Snake Park, to see the snakes that are normally difficult to see in the wild due to their natural shyness. BLD
NB: STEEP CLIMB, ONE SHOULD BE REASONABLY FIT AND NOT WORRIED ABOUT HEIGHTS.