5 Days / 4 Nights Mount Oldoinyo Lengai

Mountain Lenkai (normally known as "Ol'doinyo Lengai") rises about 2,100 meters above the east african rift valley floor to a height approximately 2,880 m. The name Ol'doinyo Lengai which means "Mountain of God" originates from the Maa language (the Maasai's language) from Ngorongoro area. The Maasai people say prayers to God "Enkai" or "Engai" whom the Maasai believe is the Creator of all things on this active volcanic mountain. 

Ol'doinyo Lenkai is the only active volcanic mountain in the east african rift valley region which attracts many geologists from all over the world who come for research. Despite the fact that Ol'doinyo Lengai's volcano erupts frequently there are no records of injuries or deaths. Geologists tell that Ol'doinyo Lenga's lava is not as hot as other volcanoes lava recorded in the world. Of particular interest is the carbonated lava which is dark brown upon extrusion, but reacts very rapidly changing firstly as it hydrates and then a second alteration and the minerals change the rock to a white colour. The Maasai believe that the white rock symbolizes the white beards of "Enkai". 

We are one of the few companies that offer regular hikes up this mountain. This 9,442 feet high mountain requires real determination to climb because of the steep slopes. However, climbing Ol'doinyo Lengai doesn't require any technical climbing skills to get to the peak and is well worth doing. At the summit, the small cones formed by lava can be seen on the crater rim. It takes three days to hike Ol'doinyo Lengai. 

After climbing Lengai, we recommend you book our trip around Lake Natron. Lake Natron is the largest lake in East Africa which accommodates numerous flamingos and other birdlife.

Day 1: Drive to Mto Wa Mto and enter the Great Rift Valley, passing via Engaruka basin and into a semi-desert area that is hot, wild and dusty with the extinct volcanoes of Kitumbene and Gelai off to the right and the Mountain of God "Oldoinyo Lengai" ahead. Around midday we arrive at Falls Camp on the banks of the Engaresero river, a welcome place to shower or bath in the river, or take a trek to the waterfalls hidden in the Western wall of the rift valley. 

You will have a short rest at Kamakia camp while waiting for your dinner. Thereafter you will have a nap before being transferred at mid-night by your driver guide to start the climb of Oldoinyo Lengai (approximately 4 hours climb). Once at the summit you should be able to see lava glowing in the cracks in the earth.

Meal(s) : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Day 2: Enjoy the sunrise and the views up the Rift Valley as far as Kenya. Descending around noon we drive to the camp for shower, hot lunch and a complete rest. You may opt to do a small evening walk and thereafter retire to Kamakia campsite for dinner and overnight. 

Meal(s) : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Day 3: In the morning after breakfast you will have a walking safari around Lake Natron with your local guide. Lake Natron is one of the major flamingo breeding grounds in East Africa - en-route visit a Maasai "Boma" village. You will have time to meet Maasai people and learn their culture and day to day activities. 

After visiting the Maasai village you will return to the campsite for a hot lunch and be driven back to your hotel for dinner or transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch






Valid until December 31st 2018 - (prices are in US$ and VAT inclusive).


Trip Styles

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10 or more





What is included

  • National Park gate fees
  • Return airport transfers plus transport from hotel to Lengai
  • One arrival and one departure night accommodation in a hotel
  • All overnight camping fees
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
  • Salaries for all crew members
  • Rescue fees (as required by national park)
  • All meals on the mountain
  • Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
  • Additional items dependent on style of travel selected. Please refer to 'Styles' on the website.

What is not included

  • Tips for guides and porters (please see recommendations)
  • Sleeping bags and personal items
  • Personal expenses (visas, yellow fever certificate, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)