OLDONYO LENGAI

Standing at 2,878 meters above the Soda Ash Lake Natron, Mountain of GOD as famous to the Maasai community that inhabit the area, Mountain Ol’doinyo Lengai is situated in the Ngorongoro highlands and the African Rift valley about 120 kilometers Northwest of Arusha, Tanzania.

Since the past ancestors the Holly Lengai has been used by Maasai for their prayer to their GOD known as NGAI. Ol’doinyo Lengai is the only active volcano in the world that erupt natrocarbonatite lava which is cooler than other lavas about (510 degrees C) compare 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. Lengai has erupted much more that other years in this year (2007).
While on the summit of Mountain Ol’doinyo Lengai one can sight clearly the Soda Lake Natron which accommodates and consist of good nesting sites for different bird species especially the Flamingos, pelicans and geese more than 350 different types are recorded to date.

Unlike others two highest Mountains, Lengai takes about six to seven hours to the summit crater. Also the Mountain is an ideal place for a working safari escort by the Maasai guides with weapons tourist can sight wild animals like olive baboon, velvet, monitor lizard, hyenas, lion, leopard, jackal, Grant’s gazelle, impala and zebra.

The nearby are the Maasai BOMAS that gives you a chance to interact with the indigenous learn their cultures, taboos and traditional.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Arusha - Olmoti Crater - Nainokanoka
In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and after the luggage has been stowed in the vehicle, the journey will begin on a good tar road. Approaching the village of Mto wa Mbu, you can see the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley rising ahead. From a viewpoint, the Masai plains stretch up to the horizon with Lake Manyara at your feet. A short drive further, you reach the gate of the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.

The journey continues with fantastic views along the crater road, until you reach the Masai village of Nainokanoka with a nearby campsite. The camp will be set up and you will climb the rim of Olmoti Crater during the afternoon. The reward of the climb is the great view that you get from the top of the crater edge. There is also a possibility to visit a small waterfall along the way. Dinner will be served at the camp. The night at 2650m height might be damply and cold, depending on the time of year.
Lunch; Dinner

Day 2 Nainokanoka - Bulati
During the early morning hours, a Masai who will guide you for the next couple of days will reach the camp. The Masai guide is escorted by a couple of donkeys who will carry the luggage for the upcoming trek. After breakfast and loading the donkeys, the journey begins through the highland passing many traditional Masai Bomas and their cattle. After a short distance, wild animals can be seen such as Thompson and Grants Gazelle, zebras and wildebeest. Where there are many animals, hungry jackals are not far away and high in the sky majestic eagles are observing the situation. The campsite for the night will be reached after 16km, close to the Masai village Bulati. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Bulati - Empakai
After breakfast, the journey goes up a hill where you can take a last panoramic view of the grass plains. The trek continues up and down through the bushy landscape which finally opens up to the active volcano, Oldonyo Lengai. The trek gives you great views of the majestic Vulcano as well as into the impressive Empakai Crater before reaching the campsite for the night. A well-maintained track goes to the crater bottom, of which one third is covered by the Empakai Lake. This (alkaline) soda lake is an important source for flamingos, which can be observed throughout the year. When returning to the camp, a good dinner will be waiting for you. During the night you might hear the flamingo calls when flying back to their breeding nests at Lake Manyara and Lake Natron. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Empakai Crater – Acacia Camp
The loading of the donkeys goes easier every day, as the participants and the animals are getting familiar with each other. Today, the journey goes to the Masai village Naiyobi. While following a good track, the village as well as Oldonyo Lengai can be seen from a distance. Just after lunch in Naiyobi, the trek leaves the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area and the landscape becomes drier and warmer. The camp will be set up at a forest with yellow acacia. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Acacia Camp – Engare Sero – Arusha
The last stage of the journey is not too long and goes mainly downhill. The highlights of the trek are the great views of Oldonyo Lengai, Lake Natron and the Rift Valley. A big part of the rugged countryside is covered by the ashes of the last eruption in the year 2007, which add to the surreal picture of the landscape. The trek goes deeper down into the dry and hot Rift Valley, where the dried out ashes can be viewed from up close. Just before lunchtime you will reach the waiting jeep. The Masai guide still has to climb the steep escarpment and will say goodbye soon. Our driver will bring you to Lake Natron Lodge for a well-deserved cold drink or straight back to Arusha. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Please notice:

The „Ngorongoro Highland Trekking“ can be easily combined with one of our lodge- or camping safaris. Please send us an inquiry with your ideas.                                                                                                                                         


Price from Arusha:

Season

01.01.-30.06.

01.07.-31.12.

 

 

 

 

1 person on request

 

 

in

 

 

USD

2-3 persons

1570

1610

 

 

 

USD

4 or more persons

1320

1360

 

 

 

USD

Single Room supplement per person

80

USD

Additional per vehicle if tour starting from Moshi

100

USD

Additional per vehicle if tour starting from Marangu

140

USD

 

Items included in price:

  • Professional, English speaking guide
  • Professional chef
  • Donkey herdsmen for carrying the luggage
  • Trekking tour according to the travel plan description
  • Meals as indicated in the tour description
  • 3 liters of water per person per day
  • Transfer from/ to Arusha
  • Overnight in tents
  • All national park and camping fees

Items not included:

  • Meals not indicated in the tour description
  • Alcohol and soft drinks (Coke, Fanta etc.)
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
 
 
 
 

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