Ol Doinyo Lengai
Ol Doinyo Lengai is the region’s only active volcano. It is also the world’s only active carbonate volcano. Near Lake Natron and just east of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the mountain dominates the landscape and has had minor eruptions on an average of every twenty years for the last century. The name Ol Doinyo Lengai, is Maasai for “Mountain of God”.
Evening climbs starting at midnight can be arranged for people staying at Lake Natron. The climb takes about five hours and climbers should reach the summit in time for a spectacular sunrise. The climb is challenging as there are some steep areas to be covered. Climbers will need to be in good physical condition.
Another vantage point to view the mountain from is the eastern edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Volcanic activity in the region some 25 million years back left a series of craters including the popular Ngorongoro Crater and the lesser visited Olmolti and Empakai Craters. A walking safari can be arranged traveling from Empakai to the eastern edge of the conservation area and descending to Lake Natron below.