Ol Doinyo Lengai, a sacred “Mountain of God” in the Maa language (Maasai Language)
Ol Doinyo Lengai, a sacred “Mountain of God” in the Maa language (Maasai Language), an active volcano positioned in the Gregory Rift, south of Lake Natron in Arusha Region of Tanzania. Ol Doinyo Lengai is part of the volcanic system of the East African Rift valley and it uniquely produces Natrocarbonatite lava a highly fluid lava that contains almost no silicon and much cooler than other lavas.
From its summit crater you will have majestic views in the north of the hot barren salt flats of Lake Natron stretch into the distance with a pink colored flamingo covering the grounds, past lies the Kenyan border. From the east the view is dominated by Mount Kilimanjaro and west the forested escarpments and diverse hills comprising the western slopes of the Great African Rift Valley. And from the south is the Crater Highlands of Ngorongoro one of the prime wildlife conservation areas in Africa.
The Ol doinyo Lengai climb is so demanding due to the day time heat, steep and unstable slopes of ash and crumbly rocks and lack of water, An early morning climb is recommended and the best approach is climbing from the west where the morning sun can be avoided for a while.