Ol Doinyo Lengai
Ol Doinyo Lengai is a sacred mountain to Maasai Tribesman and known as the “Mountain of God” and is nothing short of spectacular. Rising majestically from the Great Rift Valley floor to a height of 2,890m, OlDoinyoLengai is the only active volcano on the planet that eruptscarbonatite lava. This type of lava is very unique because temperatures of these lavas are only around 5,000 degrees celsius, about half the temperature of normal basalt lavas, and its lava flows with a viscosity almost as fluid as water.
It is best to trek OlDoinyoLengai as part of a 3-day tour.
3 Days Sample Itinerary
Depart Arusha after breakfast and drive to Lake Natron. Enjoy a picnic lunch and visit NgareSero Waterfalls which descend from the Nguruman Escarpment west of Lake Natron.
After a delicious breakfast drive to Lake Natron, an alkaline lake that serves as the principal breeding site for three-quarters of the world’s population of Lesser Flamingos. After a tour and activities at Lake Natron we will return to camp for some much needed rest prior to our trek tonight. Just before midnight we will begin our trek.
Escorted by an experienced Maasai guide, your climb will take 5 to 6 hours whereby you will reach the summit in time to witness the amazing sunrise as it illuminates the Great Rift Valley. After exploring the peak you will head back down the mountain to the base where your driver will be waiting for you to take you back to the camp in time much needed rest. We depart for Arusha before lunch and enjoy a picnic enroute. We arrive in Arusha in the early evening where you journey ends upon arrival.