Ol Doinyo Lengai translates as “The Mountain of God” in Masai. Ol Doinyo Lengai is an active volcano located in the Eastern Rift Valley in northern Tanzania. It is a part of the Great Rift Valley’s volcanic system. It’s worth noting that this “Mountain of God” is the only active volcano in this section of the East African Rift Valley. Ol Doinyo Lengai lived up to its name by confounding scientists from all over the world when it produced natrocarbonatite lava, the only volcano in the world to do so. Another interesting fact is that the lava oozing from it has a temperature of around 510 °C (950 °F), the lowest of all the volcanoes. If we use the term “miracle” to refer to God, then this natural occurrence is nothing short of miraculous. In comparison to Mount Olympus, it does not reach the heavens, standing at only 2,960 meters. Despite its flaws, the uniqueness it imparts qualifies it as “The Mountain of God.” While Ol Doinyo Lengai is not the home of the Greek gods, it is to the Masai people the home of their own god, Eng’ai. With this information in hand, one can assert unequivocally that we have copied everything from the Greeks.
They believe that their gods are ensconced atop Mount Olympus, and as a result, the Masai developed their religion around this belief. Whereas Zeus’s wrath is expressed through bolts of lightning, Eng’ai’s wrath is expressed through eruptions and drought. One cannot ignore the parallels here. Ol Doinyo Lengai’s first recorded volcanic activity occurred in the 1880’s. It has erupted several times since then, the most recent being in 2008. Ol Doinyo Lengai is devoid of wildlife. There are a few antelopes and reptiles here and there. However, on the way to the volcano, there is an abundance of bird life.
Tanzania is perhaps the most well-known country in East Africa for safari trips to national parks teeming with diverse wildlife. From the natural wonders mentioned previously, you can be certain that you will enjoy your time in this country exploring the wildlife and natural resources of Tanzania.
The Maasai honor their God by making a lengthy pilgrimage to the mountain to celebrate her blessings of rain, cattle, and children, and elders bring women who are unable to bear children to the mountain to receive the Eng’ai’s blessing of motherhood. Every safari visitor on a Great Rift Valley safari in Lake Natron is captivated by the power of Ol Doinyo Lengai. Since German explorers first described it at the end of the nineteenth century, the mountain has attracted thousands of climbers, geologists, and photographers on their African safari expeditions. Cross to Africa Safaris takes you on a trekking tour of Ol Doinyo Lengai to the base of the 7650-foot summit, which rises above the arid Rift Valley and dominates its landscape with eerie formations created by the unique natrocarbonatite flow during previous eruptions. Each strenuous journey to Ol Doinyo Lengai provides a once-in-a-lifetime geological journey through nature’s own volcanic sculptures. When visiting the Mountain of God as part of your Tanzania adventure vacation, you should bring a few essential items for your comfort and safety. The climb is strenuous, though not as strenuous as Mount Kilimanjaro or Meru, with the ascent taking at least six hours crawling on hands and feet and the descent taking at least four hours. Climbs begin at night, so bring a headlamp and layer your clothing as the temperature rises during the day. Take a moment during your climb to admire the magnificent star-studded sky! Additionally, you should bring energy bars, a climbing stick, gloves, and sturdy hiking shoes for your Tanzania climbing vacation.
The scenery surrounding Lake Natron is what draws visitors to the region during their East African active-adventure travels. The dramatic landscape is dotted with some of Tanzania’s most well-known landmarks, including Ol Doinyo Lengai and Gelai volcano, a 9652-foot peak located on the lake’s southeast shore. To the west is the site of the discovery of a perfectly preserved hominid jaw and teeth dubbed the “Peninj mandible.”
Cross to Africa Safaris’ expedition-style tour of Lake Natron includes a variety of activities, including walking safaris, flamingo walks, volcano climbing, and cultural tours. Walking safaris at Moivaro Lake Natron Tented Camp allow you to walk in the footsteps of the Maasai, following paths to some of the region’s most interesting locations, including hot springs, waterfalls, and much more. Additionally, the camp offers visits to a nearby Maasai village. Along with these activities, the second camp, Ngare Sero Lake Natron Camp, offers flamingo walks along the lake’s shores. You can marvel at the splendor as these avi-fauna forage and fill the skies with a spectacular display of pink and subtle black. While staying at this camp, you can also trek to the lake’s southern shores to see 120,000-year-old human footprints, and the camp also offers camel trekking, an exciting adventure for your wilderness trip to Lake Natron.