Lengai

Lengai – The North Route

ROUTE BY SPECIAL REQUEST ONLY.

Overview

A hike to then top of Oldoinyo Lengai, the only active Carbonatite volcano in the world. This route was last climbed in 1995 and reopened by Ake Lindstrom in 2015. It is significantly easier than the West route and arguably far less dangerous as it is upwind from the prevailing wind and has more soft ash rather than the very eroded and rocky west route. Please note that it is still very strenuous – 4 to 6 hours up and 3 to 4 hours down.

For film crews or most groups this is a far better rout selection and note our team has put switch backs to make it easier.

Fees

Normal Lengai climb fees apply, payable at the Ngare Sero CBO ($100 for 1 person, $140 for a group of two at time of going to press). For those staying at Lake Natron Camp you can book in advance to climb with guides that know this this route.

***Stay 3 nights at Lake Natron Camp and YOU get to climb Lengai for FREE! Please note if you would like to pre book Lengai and are staying less that 3 nights you can do so with our office at the published rates + 18% VAT which is payable to the Government. Please see link for more information http://www.oldoinyo-lengai.org

Climb equipment

As per the west route, sun hat, beanie, sunglasses, sunscreen waterproof jacket (light), light fleece, long sleeved wicking t-shirt, gloves, hiking trousers, wind proof trousers, socks, trekking boots with heel support, walking poles, head torch, water bottles 4 litres. Snacks!

Biking Across The Serengeti

The greater Serengeti eco system is a wonderful opportunity to experience true wilderness where both man and wildlife live side by side. This area includes a fantastic variety of habitat and is the face of change in Tanzania where different tribes, lifestyles and choices are presented to the rider on a daily basis. Ancient landscapes, young landscapes, rifts, weather granites and deep gorge all presented with great guides all combine to create the adventure of a lifetime. Do this trip in conjunction with longer trips into Tanzania’s national parks or as a stand alone adventure. You can fly into Lobo airstrip to start this trip or be picked up from Klein’s gate post northern circuit safari through Loliondo, Sale and on to Lake Natron Camp.

| $request | time: 4 days |

Bird Watching Walk

The Lake Flats surrounding the waters edge contain small streams, lakes and hills that provide a variety of hospitable environments for birds that thrive in the alkali oasis. Take evening or morning walks to the lake, pond and marsh for bird-watching. This tends to be a longer walk than the Flamingo walk, incorporating ponds further afield. You can combine this with a walk to the hominid footprints as well.

Also, for some simply stunning photography check out Nick Brandt’s images and the article on the same at Huffington Post.

| $included| time: at your leisure |

Flamingo Lake Walk

The beguiling lesser flamingo feed on algae found in soda lakes across eastern Africa but choose to breed almost exclusively at Lake Natron. Our guests can take early morning or sunset walks to the lake flats. For seasonal more intense flamingo experience please see Pinyinyi Flamingo Picnic Lunch.

| $included | time: 1 to 4 hours |

Swimming

Cool off in any one of the natural plunge pools in front of the accommodation units or dining / bar area. There is also a larger pool suitable for swimming further down stream as well as endemic cyclids – bring some goggles or ask our team for a pair!

| $included | time: at your leisure|

Hominid Footprints

Walk to hominid footprints within our concession area. These footprints were discovered by members of our team and since then have been investigated by separate teams both locally and internationally to try to establish how they came to be. Initially it was thought that they might be as old as 100,000 years or more but recent studies indicate them to be younger. A fascinating chance to look back in time at a group of people that raises a number of questions about hominids in East Africa and part of a larger story of man in East Africa.

| $included | time: 1 to 2 hours, can be combined with sundowner |

Sundowners

Walk to one of the nearby sundowner spots. Enjoy your sundowner overlooking the Lake Natron, the majestic Lengai and Gelai mountains and watch the sun go down behind the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. Note private sundowners can be arranged in conjunction with the use of your tour operators vehicle (ask your tour operator for any additional costs).

| $included| time: at your leisure |

Lengai – The West Route

An overnight ascent on the 3000m tall “Mountain of God” lit by moonlight is an unforgettable and mystical experience. This is a very challenging hike up an active carbonatite volcano with stunning views.

Note that the conditions on Lengai can change daily. It must be understood that the guide’s decision to reach the summit section is based on daily conditions and clients should be briefed that there is the possibility of not reaching the true summit. If that is the case please note refunds are not available! Great alternatives to this trip are the ‘Source Adventure Hike’.

Please note that guests are required to wear climbing helmets at the final section near the summit.

| $100* per person | time: average 12 hours |

*fees and guiding fees payable AT VILLAGE OFFICE $100 per person 1 pax and $160 per 2 pax – please check at time of booking. Transfers with our vehicle ARE NOT included but can be provided with advance notice at $250 per vehicle.

***Stay 3 nights at Lake Natron Camp and YOU get to climb Lengai for FREE! Please note if you would like to pre book Lengai and are staying less that 3 nights you can do so with our office at the published rates + 18% VAT which is payable to the Government. Please see link for more information http://www.oldoinyo-lengai.org

At home with the Maasai

This part of the Great Rift Valley is populated by the Maasai people. Maasai bomas spread around the area, but the main central village is few kilometres away to the west at the base of the escarpment. The village is named Engare Sero, which means dappled water. This village gets its name from the river flowing out of the escarpment through a spectacular gorge that is both arid and lush. Take some time out with your guides and visit a local homestead.

| $100 per group| time: 2 hours |