Starting & Ending Point / Moshi or Arusha
Mount Oldoinyo Lengai (Mount Oldonyo Lengai) is a volcano in the Eastern Rift Valley, North Tanzania. Its name means ‘Mountain of God’ in the language of the Maasai people who inhabit this area.
Mount Oldoinyo Lengai (Mount Oldonyo Lengai) is of particular interest to geologists because it is the world’s only active volcano that erupts natrocarbonatite lava.
Mount Oldoinyo Lengai (Mount Oldonyo Lengai) rises about 2000 metres above the Rift Valley floor to a height of approximately 2886 metres.
It is also the only active volcano in this part of the East African Rift Valley, though there are many older extinct volcanoes in this region..
Ol Doinyo Lengai is part of the volcanic system of the Great Rift Valley in eastern Africa. The name means the "Mountain of God" for the Maasai Tribes. You will climb to an altitude of 2,886 meters (9,524 feet). The volcano is unique in its production of natro-carbonaitite and after a steep climb, hikers are rewarded with viewing the rich glow of the molten lava.
Visit lake Natron and flamingos.
Trekking to the waterfalls.
Visit Maasai boma.
You can spot zebras and other animals in this area.
After an early breakfast departs Moshi/Arusha to Ol Doinyo Lengai Mountain ansd pass to Ngaresero Village near Lake Natron and other villages gates, the drive takes about 8 hours and you will have a packed lunch en route. Dinner and overnight at campsite or lodge. you will begin your ascent of Ol Doinyo Lengai early in the night.
Ol Doinyo Lengai is the only volcano in the world to erupt natrocarbonatite lava and is the most active volcano in Tanzania. With a height of 2,586m/9,370ft it was named Ol Doinyo Lengai or Mountain of God by the Maasai, and is a sacred site of pilgrimage for the Maasai and the dwelling place of their god Enkai.
Accommodation at Lengai Safari Lodge
Meals Dinner and Breakfast
At 1:00 a.m. driver takes you to the foot of Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano for the start of your climb. The footing on the slopes of the volcano can be treacherous, especially in the dark, so follow your guide without overtaking him. The trek is strenuous and takes between 7 and 12 hours depending on your fitness and resultant pace. The gradient is steep, so it is best to make a short stop with every 100 m or so of altitude gained in order to get acclimatized.
It is best to make a break for breakfast on the way to the top in order to regain some strength for the remainder of the climb. At the edge of the crater you will have reached the altitude of 2,960 m. Here, you can actually hear the lava flow inside the Mountain of God crater.
The descent is easier and you may be tempted to move faster. This is, however, the time when most injuries happen, so mind your step! It is also advisable to change your fleece for a sun hat after dawn in order to avoid heatstroke. Our driver will be awaiting you as you return to the foot of the mountain and drive back drive you back to the hotel for shower and rest if required for extra cost/ transfer to Arusha.
In the morning after breakfast you will have a walking around the Lake Natron with your local guide. Lake Natron one of the major flamingo breeding site in East Africa – en-route visit a Maasai “Boma” village. You will have time to interact with Maasai people and learn their culture and day to day activities.
After having the cultural tour you will be back to the campsite for hot lunch and preparation to drive back to Arusha or Moshi for dinner and overnight at the designated hotel or lodge. Depending with the itinerary you might be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home.
End of climbing mount Ol doinyo Lengai