Tanzania Trekking – Oldoinyo Lengai Climbing
Oldonyo Lengai 2,870 m (9,650 ft) 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 challenging three-hour drive 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 is the only active Sodium Carbonate Volcano in the world. This trip will take you to Lake Natron to view the flamingo breeding center as well as 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.
Oldonyo Lengai Climb – 2 Days. We will try to go to sleep early (maybe 6:30 or 7 pm) because we must get up at midnight and get to the trailhead by 1:15 am. It is an exhilarating climb to the summit and we should reach the caldera floor just in time to see the sun rising behind Mount Meru far, far in the distance. Further still, on the edge of our view, is Mount Kilimanjaro. We will stay a while and bask in the incredible beauty of the place before starting our descent.
- + Day 1
Highlights:Depart Arusha at 7:00 am and drive to Ngaresero Village (Lake Natron) with packed lunch. This is about 8 hours driving. Dinner and overnight at the lodge or camp.
- + Day 2
Highlights:At 1:00 am we rise and shine to drive to the base of Ol’donyo Lengai Mountain in order to start our climb and reach the summit during sunrise. We will spend some time there enjoying our accomplishment before turning back to return back down to the base of the mountain. From there you will be transferred by jeep to your lodge or camp for a shower, rest, dinner, and a good night’s sleep.
- + Day 3
Highlights:Breakfast then drive back to Arusha. This depends on your itinerary.