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. 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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  • I am scared of heights, so not sure why I had decided to do this with my friends... Beast of a mountain. Very steep and challenging. I personally did not summit, but even from where I managed to get t...  more »
  • It is the sacred mountain of the Maasai, held an emotional, very nice view of the Lake Natron, go there in November, this is the right time.
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