Ol Doinyo Lengai

Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano in Tanzania



Ol Doinyo Lengai is situated in Tanzania, near the south end of the East African Rift. At 2878meters, Mt. Ol Doinyo Lengai is the only known volcano in the world that sometimes erupts natrocarbonatite lava, highly fluid lava that contains almost no silicon. Natrocarbonatite lava (most fluid lava) is also much cooler than other lavas.  During the day most of this lava flows look like fluid black oil. Some feel the lava flows resemble mud-like flows.


Day 1: Depart Moshi or Arusha at 7.00 am and drive to Ngaresero village (Lake Natron) with packed lunch. This is about 8 hours driving. Dinner and overnight at Kamakia camp.


Day 2: At very early morning 1:00 a.m. drive to the base of the Ol’doinyo Lengai mountain to start the climb. Reach at the summit during sunrise and spend some time there before coming down to the base of the mountain. From there, clients will be transferred by jeep to Kamakia camp for shower and rest. Dinner and overnight at Kamakia camp.


Day 3: Breakfast then drive back to Arusha or Moshi. This depends on the itinerary.


Ol Doinyo Lengai is situated in Tanzania, near the south end of the East African Rift. It is notable for its peculiar carbonatitic lava at low temperatures. Activity takes place mainly in the crater offset in the N, approximately 100 m below the top, where hornitos (small cones) and pit craters cause lava flow and spread. Eruptions were observed since the end of the 19th century; in April 2017, the current eruption began and recently were characterized by small crater lava flows (BGVN 45:09). This paper covers similar activities between September 2020 and February 2021, using mostly satellite data information.

The Louis and Mary Leakey excavated evidence of the humanity’s evolution in several different strata of different sediments. These depict the transition from lake to dry grassland created by a river and profoundly influenced by volcanic activity. African Mecca Safaris recommends an exciting tour into the Olduvai Gorge, not to miss when taking a life-changing holiday in Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Paleontologists Wilhelm Kattwinkel and Hans Reck found fossil remains of extinct 3-dot horses in Olduvai in 1911 and of a hominid skeleton in 1913. But additional investigations were interrupted by the war. The Leakeys had to put a stop to their excavation till the end of the Second World War and between independence fighting in Kenya and Tanzania (East Africa Protectorate). Homo habilis with half of the size of the brain of modern man, probably with the addition of Parandhropus boisei with more apelike features, a sagittal crest, but a rounded cranial brain and a strong jaw, called the “Nutcracker Man” who had been there until 1,75 million years ago and was thought of using simple tools, were detected in the deepest layer from 2 million years ago.



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  • camping fees, tents,
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  • driver/guide, and transfers according to the itinerary.



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All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice, and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.


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  • Private Transport: 4x4 safari vehicle.
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  • Porters and Rangers
  • Arrival transfer
  • Entrances fees  ( Where Applicable)
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Site permits
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Beers and Hotel

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Accepts Credit Cards
Car Parking
Laundry service
Outdoor Seating
Smoking Allowed
Wireless Internet

Tour Plan

Katavi National Park is a wondrously distant park. It's one of the few places you can step back in time in Africa today. With only a few camps and people, this park in Western Tanzania is really wild. Enjoy an actual safari, full of bird-rich wetlands and rivers with a big herd of buffalos and lions. Enjoy your Katavi visit with African Travelers Ltd today.

The landscape is extremely diversified in Katavi. Its habitat mostly includes the savannah of grassland and the forests of miombo. Following the rains, the area becomes a verdant wetland with shallow lakes, acacia, and waterfalls. The lakes, Katavi Lake and Chada Lake are two. These lakes are open, cracked plains that fill only in the rainy season during the dry season.

In the dry season the park is totally off course, but full of wilderness. Great herds of zebra, buffalo, and elephants assemble around Lake Chada and Lake Katavi's water reserves. There are four of the Big Five (leopard, buffalo, elephant). The Katuma River is filled with hips and crocodiles, and unique antelopes such as sand and roan, hyena, and even the rare wild dog can be seen.

However, that Katavi is so isolated, this park allows much more activities in Tanzania than in most other parks. The wonderful National Park may all be explored for numerous reasons: off-road gaming drive, night drive, safaris, and flying camping. Your Katavi tour will be made a successful one if only you consider African Travelers Ltd as your safari tour specialists.

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