Oldonyo Lengai Climbing is an active volcano on the southern shore of Lake Natron. This impressive peak is revered by the Maasai as the sacred home of God. A nearly perfect cone, it still erupts occasionally and you may have the opportunity to walk on still-steaming new ground. It is a tough drive about 3 hours off the main road between Arusha and Ngorongoro. Once at camp, you can go to a waterfall and relax in the river, or drive out to the shoreline of Lake Natron and see the massive flamingo colonies wading in the shallows.
Oldoinyo Lengai (2870 (9650 ft) is the only active Sodium Carbonate Volcano in the world. This trip will take you to Lake Natron to view the flamingo breeding centre as well as taking you to the summit of this amazing volcano. This trip is 4 days long and is perfect to take either before or after a Kilimanjaro Climb.
Day 1: Arusha- Ol Doinyo Lengai
Drive to Mto Wa Mto and enter the Great Rift Valley, passing via Engaruaka basin and into a semi-desert Area hot wild and dusty with extinct volcano’s Kitumbene and Gelai off to the right and the Mountain of God “Ol Doinyo Lengai” always in front. Around midday we arrive at Falls Camp on the banks of the Engaresero river, a welcome place to shower or bathe in the river,or take a trek to the waterfalls hidden in the Western wall of the rift valley.Rest and around mid night drive to and start the climb of Lengai (circa 4 hours climb) BLD.
Day 2:Full day lake Natron
Enjoy the sunrise and the views up the Rift Valley as far as Kenya. Descent around lunch, and drive to Lake Natron one of the major Flamingo breeding grounds in East Africa – en-route visit a Masai “Boma” village.,Overnight Falls camp. BLD
Day 3:Natron back Arusha
Drive to Arusha and overnight Ilboru Safari Lodge
On our way back to Arusha we will have ample time to stop and buy some of the Makonde wood carving’s for which Tanzania is so famous. Also for those who wish a chance to stop at Mesarani Snake Park, to see the snakes that are normally difficult to see in the wild due to their natural shyness. BLD
NB: STEEP CLIMB, ONE SHOULD BE REASONABLY FIT AND NOT WORRIED ABOUT HEIGHTS