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
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.