Rift Safari
Traveling along the Rift Valley: Ol Doinyo Lengai

Back

The Mountain of the God is the literal translation from the Masai language into English for Ol Doinyo Lengai. The name is probably due to its perfectly conical shape, the unique composition of its lava and the fact that the volcano is still active.

The volcano is located nearby Lake Natron and it is the only one in the world erupting natroncarbonatite and potassium, which cause the water of the lake to be extremely salted and corrosive. The lava flows colour can be black or silvery white and solidified lava takes an unsual tint ranging from gray-white to light green with
pinkish
-white, green-white and yellow-white stalactites. The top of the mountain [2890 m] seems to be snow capped but it is just covered with lava!


Until 2007 eruption there were two craters, the active northern one about 200 meters deep and the sleeping southern one. After the eruption they melted together.


Informative notes on Ol Doinyo Lengai climbing