Ol Dioyo Legai Mountain

Ol Doinyo Lengai, “Mountain of God” in the Maasai language,is an active volcano located in the Gregory Rift, south of Lake Natron within the Arusha Region of Tanzania, Africa. 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.

This type of lava is unique as the temperature is around 5,000-degrees Celsius (half the temperature of regular basalt lava) and it flows with a viscosity almost as fluid as water.

Its steep slopes with ash and crumbly rock plus the heat make it a physically demanding climb. The heat during the day often exceeds 40-degress Celsius and we believe the best time to climb is during the night when the temperature is lower. This allows for a more comfortable climb and together with your specialised Maasai Mountain Guide you will witness the sun rise from the summit and the views are breathtaking – to the north you will see the salt flats of Lake Natron and in the distance, the Kenyan border and to the east you will see Mount Kilimanjaro and the Great Rift Valley while to the south stretches the Ngorongoro Highlands and Ngorongoro Crater.

US$630 per person

Tour Itinerary

This tour  can starts and ends in Arusha or Moshi. Alternatively, this tour can start and end in

Dar es Salaam or Nairobi and we can book additional accommodation and internal flights upon request

This tour is a private trek and run exclusively for you and can depart any day

This tour offers non-participation, full service camping including the following equipment; all-seasons 2-person tents, mattress and pillow with the option to upgrade your accommodation to Moivaro Tented Camp in Lake Natron

This tour can be customised to suit your needs perfectly. Ask us for a tailor-made itinerary, created just for you

Trip Highlights:

Venture to the wild, remote and hauntingly beautiful Lake Natron

Watch the sun rise from the summit of Ol Doinyo Lengai

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Lake Natron (L, D)

Depart Arusha in the morning and travel to Lake Natron. Wild and remote, it is situated at the base of Africa’s only active volcano, Oldoinyo Lengai, known as the “Mountain of God” to the local Maasai people. The area surrounding Lake Natron contains some of the most harsh and amazing scenery in Africa and is utterly breathtaking.

Together with your Guide, you will be accompanied by a local Maasai Guide and walk up to the Engero Sero Waterfalls. Winding up through the shady gorge you will reach a beautiful natural swimming pool surrounded by steep rock walls showered by cascading spring water where you will have the opportunity to swim.

Overnight – Full Service Camping, Lake Natron

Upgrade Your Accommodation – Moivaro Tented Camp, Lake Natron

Day 2: Lake Natron / Ol Doinyo Lengai (B, L, D)

Lake Natron is one of the most alkaline lakes in the world. Home to millions of tiny crustaceans, the lake is a haven for literally thousands of flamingos and it is one of the most important flamingo breeding grounds on earth. It is the landscape rather than the animals that is the attraction here, the area around the lake is dry, desolate and hauntingly beautiful.

After breakfast you will walk out across the baked mud to the shores of the great Soda Lake. From here, you can look back at the memorising view of Oldoinyo Lengai standing tall amongst the rolling hills and flat plains. Its ash-grey colour will remind you that this is still an active volcano.

You will return to camp in time for lunch and a leisurely afternoon before enjoying an early dinner and retiring to your tent for some rest.

At approximately 11pm, you will be woken up with tea or coffee and a light snack before meeting your Mountain Guide and beginning your trek into the night.

Overnight – Full Service Camping, Lake Natron

Upgrade Your Accommodation – Moivaro Tented Camp, Lake Natron

Day 3: Ol Doinyo Lengai (B, L)

Your climb will continue into the early hours of the morning before reaching the summit in time to witness the sun rise as it illuminates the Great Rift Valley below. The views are breathtaking. To the north you will see the salt flats of Lake Natron and in the distance, the Kenyan border. To the east you will see Mount Kilimanjaro and the Great Rift Valley and to the south stretches the Ngorongoro Highlands and Ngorongoro Crater.

Together with your Guide, you will explore the peak and enjoy a picnic breakfast before beginning your climb down the mountain where you will be welcomed back with lunch before returning to Arusha where you safari ends upon arrival.

Your Trek Includes:

  • English speaking Driver Guide (other languages available on request)
  • Chef who will prepare all of your delicious meals (Full Service Camping only)
  • Accommodation as specified including all camping equipment; all-seasons tents, camping bed/cot, mattress, sleeping and pillow (Full Service Camping ony)
  • Meals as specified
  • Drinks (selection of bottled water, soda, juice, beer and wine. Drinks can be substituted to suit your preferences)
  • National Park and vehicle entry fees and all trekking permits
  • Local Guide and activities and Lake Natron
  • Maasai Mountain Guide
  • All current Government taxes including the 18% VAT Tax

Airport Transfers and Pre/Post Trek Accommodation:

Airport transfer (avoid the chaos at the airport): $50 USD per car

Accommodation in Arusha: from $40 USD per person, based on 2-travellers, double/twin share with breakfast

Your Trek Excludes:

  • Tips (tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of any African safari. We are often asked for tipping guidelines and we recommend $10-15 USD for your guide per person per day. If the service is good – give more. If not – adjust your tip accordingly. It is one of the most direct ways that you can have a positive economic impact within the East African community. Although it may not be customary for you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, as an important source of income for those in the tourism industry).

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