MOUNTAIN OL'DOINYO LENGAI

Mountain Ol'doinyo Lengai is situated in the Ngorongoro highlands about 120 kilometers Northwest of Arusha. Standing at 2,878 meters above the Soda Ash Lake Natron. Lengai is famous to the Maasai who inhabit the crater and highlands. They consider Ol'doinyo Lengai as the Mountain of GOD.

“Holy” Lengai has been used by the Maasai and their ancestors for prayer to their GOD, known as NGAI. The Ol'doinyo Lengai is the only active volcano in the world that erupts natrocarbonatite lava, which is cooler than other lavas about (510 degrees C) compared to the temperatures of basaltic lavas (1,100 degrees C) with less silicon.

The Mountain frequently does minor eruptions and form cone like structures to its crater base. The cone blocks have been named by geologists and

naturalists who have visited Lengai for their geological studies all over around the world. While on the summit of Mountain Ol'doinyo Lengai one can see clearly the Soda Lake Natron, which accommodates and consist of good nesting sites for different bird species especially the Flamingos, pelicans and goose more than 350 different types are recorded to date. Unlike the other two highest Mountains, (Kilimanjaro and Meru), it takes about six to seven hours to reach the summit crater of Ol'doinyo Lengai. Click here for mountain itineraries.
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