This mountain is the only active volcano in East Africa. Volcanic activity on the mountain has been observed from as far back as 1883, and it is still active today. Ol Doinyo Lengai reaches a height of approximately 9,442ft/2,861m.
Climbing the mountain requires 4-5 hours of moderate exertion to reach the summit. The ascent is quite difficult and challenging because the mountain is steep and loose and climbers are exposed to the hot sun as there is hardly any shade. The best time to climb the mountain is early in the morning, before the sun gets too hot. Once at the top you will see the strange and unique landscape of the crater. The landscape here is well worth the effort it takes to ascend. Herds of zebra and wildebeest can sometimes be seen on the trip.
A trip to the mountain can also encompass other nearby areas of interest like Lake Natron or Ngorongor Crater. Lake Natron is a breeding ground for flamingoes and other birds. There are several Maasai bomas (homesteads) which can be visited, and one can also visit the nearby Mount Gelai, which has geysers and a spectacular waterfall.
Day 1You will be transported to Nainokanoka village
You will be transported to Nainokanoka village via Ngorongoro Crater with your guide and park ranger. All gear, food and water will be carried by donkeys which are lead by a Maasai warrior. Dinner and overnight at Nainokanoka village Camp site.
Day 2 begin trekking to the Elbulbul Depression
After breakfast, begin trekking to the Elbulbul Depression where you will have dinner and overnight at Elbulbul Camp site.
Day 3 Depart from Elbulbul to the rim of the Empakai Crater
Depart from Elbulbul to the rim of the Empakai Crater. You can spend several hours exploring the crater, returning to the campsite for dinner and overnight.
Day 4trek from Empakai to the base of Ol Dionyo Lengai
This day you will trek from Empakai to the base of Ol Dionyo Lengai (Mountain of God to the Maasai) . Here you will have dinner and overnight. Note: If you want to climb the Volcano, you will need another full day as it is a 8 hour, 15 km strenuous climb.
Day 5 Depart for Lake Natron
Depart for Lake Natron where you may tour the waterfalls at Engare Sero Gorge. Dinner and overnight at Kamakia campsite.
Day 6 free to explore the lake Natron area until about noon
You are free to explore the lake Natron area until about noon, when you will be picked up for your return trip hotel.