Exploring the ” mountain of God” on a Tanzania safari : Ol Doinyo Lengai, the “Mountain of God,” is an important location for the Maasai people who think the god Eng’ai focuses within the magnificent landmark, leading to eruptions and drought when she is dissatisfied. Elders take women who are unable to conceive up the mountain to get the Eng’ai’s blessing of motherhood. The Maasai honour their god by making a lengthy trek to the peak to celebrate her bounties of rain, cattle, and children.

Every safari tourist on a Great Rift Valley safari in Lake Natron is captivated by the power of Ol Doinyo Lengai. Thousands of climbers, geologists, and photographers have been drawn to the mountain during their safari expeditions in Africa ever since it was originally reported by German explorers at the end of the 1800s. On your trekking excursion with Focus East Africa Tours, you will reach the foot of the 7650-foot summit of Ol Doinyo Lengai, which rises above the dry Rift Valley and dominates its scenery with strange formations made from the special natrocarbonatite flow from past eruptions.

Experience once-in-a-lifetime geological voyage through nature’s own volcanic sculptures on every arduous excursion to Ol Doinyo Lengai. If you plan to visit the Mountain of God on your Tanzanian adventure vacation, you should pack a few necessities for your security and comfort.

The ascent takes at least six hours, with some sections requiring crawling on hands and feet, while the descent takes at least four hours. The climb is fairly difficult, though not as difficult as Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru. Since the mountain climbs start at night, you should pack layered clothing in case the temperature rises during the day. You should also carry a headlamp.

Spend some time admiring the breathtaking starry sky as you ascend. You should also pack energy bars, a climbing stick, gloves, and sturdy hiking shoes for your climbing vacation in Tanzania.

What hiking gear do I need during hiking safari?

The following are the essential pieces of equipment for the Ol Doinyo Lengai climb:

Worn-in hiking boots

A warm windbreaker, gloves and a beanie as it can get cold and windy at night

A backpack for carrying your food and water

A headlamp for navigating your way in the dark

A sunhat, sunglasses and sunscreen for when the sun comes up in the morning

You might also like to bring trekking poles to help you with certain sections of the climb.

Note too that some establishments will also give you helmets for the climb as a safety precaution.

Which is the best season to climb?

Ol Doinyo Lengai is climbable throughout the year. The volcano is located in an area of sparsely forested savannah.

Because of the volcano’s proximity to the Equator, monthly temperature variations are minimal. The average daily temperature is in the 20s Celsius, with frequent excursions above 30°C from September to March. The month with the most rain is usually April.

The coolest and driest months are June through August, which is also when Ol Doinyo Lengai climbing is most popular.

The months of June, July, and August have somewhat lower daily highs of 25°C. For this reason, many people like using this window to ascend Ol Doinyo Lengai. Evenings can be cool, with an average temperature of only 14°C. When hiking on a mountain, the wind might also kick up, so be ready for chilly hikes that could become scorching ones on the way down.

Flamingoes on Lake Natron with Ol Doinyo peaking above the clouds in the background. The June to August window is good since there’s a chance of seeing a crimson Lake Natron, which is an amazing sight. This page explains why it turns red.

We advise climbing between January and March if you’re eager for a mild, flower-filled, green landscape.

Exploring the '' mountain of God'' on a Tanzania safari
Ol Doinyo Lengai

Where to stay.

You can stay in a few lodges and opulent campgrounds at the neighboring villages of Ngare Sero and Lake Natron Tented Camp and Ngare Sero Lake Natron Camp are the two options for accommodation. You can choose between less expensive and luxurious accommodation, based on your tastes and financial situation. 

Our own choice is the environmentally conscious, glamping-friendly Lake Natron Camp. Here, you can travel a short distance from your tent to cool down in the Saitoti River’s ribbon as it flows into Lake Natron.

How do I get there?

Driving from where you’re staying in Ngare Sero village or Lake Natron to the base of Ol Doinyo Lengai will take approximately thirty to one hour. Although the volcano is approximately 20 km south of Lake Natron, caution must be exercised when navigating the rough dirt road due to its poor condition.

From Lake Manyara in the south, it takes around four to five hours by vehicle to reach Lake Natron. You can also drive there during the dry season from the western Serengeti National Park‘s northern sector. It would also take a couple hours to make this drive.

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