Ol Doinyo Lengai – Active Volcano that Sprays Unusual Lava in Tanzania

Ol Doinyo Lengai – Active Volcano that Sprays Unusual Lava in Tanzania

Ol Doinyo Lengai, the Arusha Region, Tanzania. The name means „Mountain of God“ in the Massai language. It is known as one of the strangest volcanoes on Earth: its unique natrocarbonatite lava crystallizes in the air and then sprinkles the slope with thousands of pebbles. It is due to the sodium and potassium carbonate minerals that react to the air and therefore harden quickly.

Volcano has been active frequently in the past few years, including 2015. Nevertheless its activity is being followed by the volcanologists, so it is safe to climb the mountain, which offers a rather challenging adventure. Volcano’s downhill is covered in elephant grass, which gets thinner and thinner on the way up. However, the arduous climbing to the 3188 m (10 459 ft) high mountain is very rewarding as wonderful views open from the summit.

Why to go there?

Great views open from above: tourists can climb at night admiring the starry sky and watch a sunrise from the peak.

When to go there?

Always check the activity of the volcano before going. Otherwise visit the site all year round.

How to get there?

Get around Arusha by bus. Climbers can hire a guide, who will help to choose a route and will lead to the top.

Read more about Lake Natron, that is another famous site in the area.

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Ol Doinyo Lengai-Photo by Kili Climbing

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Ol Doinyo Lengai-Photo by Thomas Kraft

Photo by Thomas Kraft

Ol Doinyo Lengai-Photo by Marco Gaiotti

Photo by Marco Gaiotti