Ol Doinyo Lengai, Arusha

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An active volcano, Ol Doinyo Lengai sits in a remote area rarely visited by tourists. Mostly appealing to volcanologists and adventurous photographers, the volcano remains one of the world's more unique geologic features known for producing natrocarbonatite lava, which erupts at around 500 C (1,000 F). The ash spread around the surrounding landscape sustains succulent grasses especially appreciated by the migrating wildebeest. You'll need a guide and climbing equipment to scale the peak of the volcano. Put Ol Doinyo Lengai at the forefront of your travel plans using our Arusha online road trip planner .
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  • Ol Doinyo Lengai Masai language means "mountain of God". Sandy slope towards Lake Natron is distinguished from a distance for both its height about 3,000 metres for its unique cone shape. Beautiful at dusk and dawn. Incredible experience.
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  • This was an experience we will never forget! Climb throughout the night, sunrise on the summit and tough downhill hike - definitely not for everyone. At the same time we are not the hyper sporty once....  more »
  • Ol Doinyo Lengai. The mountain of God. The goal is very remote, and to reach it you really do need a good off-road. But if you have enough time, what an experience. Situated on the edge of the Rift Valley, not far from the shores of Lake Natron, on the horizon adorned by his white carbonate lava flows. The climb to the top is not to be underestimated, both in terms of physical effort (over 1800 m of altitude), both in technical terms (steps on rocks with significant slope), but definitely worth it. The climb takes place at night to avoid the heat of the day, but at the top can be very cold. Gear up with a good windbreaker.
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