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Ol Doinyo Lengai

Engare Sero, Nothern Tanzania, Arusha, Tanzania
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An active volcano

Oldonio mountain is an active volcano since it was erupted some years ago. So, the lava is obvious... read more

Reviewed 13 January 2017
Βασίλης Κ
,
Ioannina, Greece
via mobile
Hard hike but doable and worth a try!

Hiking Ol Doinyo Lengai is TOTALLY worth it!!! It is an unforgiving hike as it is straight up with... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2017
GillianKay26
,
Jackson, WY
via mobile
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The only volcano in the world to emit "cool" (950 degrees Fahrenheit) fluid lava.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“active volcano” (15 reviews)
“lake natron” (23 reviews)
“walking poles” (4 reviews)
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Engare Sero, Nothern Tanzania, Arusha, Tanzania
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Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Oldonio mountain is an active volcano since it was erupted some years ago. So, the lava is obvious on the northern and western slopes. The view is fantastic from Engeresero. If someone wants to climb the mountain must pay 100 usd to the office at...More

1  Thank Βασίλης Κ
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Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Hiking Ol Doinyo Lengai is TOTALLY worth it!!! It is an unforgiving hike as it is straight up with no switchbacks or flat spots. The dirt is so fine it is like sand and this absolutely makes this a much harder hike then a comparable...More

3  Thank GillianKay26
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Reviewed 26 December 2016

I approached this with some trepidation having read the various reviews. Ultimately, I would say it was nothing like as tough physically as I expected, but it was far tougher mentally than I could have predicted. The climb up took us around 4 hours, this...More

3  Thank Nick M
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Reviewed 28 November 2016

Only do this if you are 100% confident about your fitness, strength and stamina. DO NOT attempt it if you are unfit, have bad knees or vertigo. I am in my 30s, very fit and active, and had climbed Kilimanjaro with relative ease just the...More

1  Thank bellaonline79
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

I visit this place with my friend Bilal, This place was nice also i climb mount Oldoinyo lengai. The Oldoinyo lengai its Maasai word which is "Mountain God"

Thank Harrison M
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

The Oldoinyo lengai its Maasai word,which is Mountain God,they believe that,its the best place to visit and hiking

Thank Moses K
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

This is an often over looked attraction, it is within close distance to Lake Natron, where the pink flamingos gather. Although not the tallest of volcanoes it stands proud adjacent to an area of the Great Rift valley. I intend to go back and climb...More

Thank geover47153
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Reviewed 4 August 2016

I always recommend this Mountain to anyone who want to Climb a Mountain with no doubt about Altitude sickness! just a physical challenge on Descending but it Worth a try.. i did it 5 times already and will do it again and again..

1  Thank Justaz M
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Reviewed 6 July 2016

Ol Doinyo Lengai is a serious mountain and you should not underestimate the challenge of climbing it. It is not technically difficult but the majority of the climb is a scramble up a very steep (60 degree) slope consisting of loose volcanic rock and fine...More

4  Thank James P
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Reviewed 30 May 2016

Most visitors climb this volcano are enjoy a mix of experiences - read the other reviews. For many, climbing is out of the question. There is an alternate - take a helicopter flight from nearby Arusha airport. If you are a keen photographer you will...More

1  Thank iconicdestinations
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FranziskaSTI
4 June 2017|
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Response from MrSnyman | Reviewed this property |
Hi Franziska Listening to Judith your question is about if you can see that it is active. When we where up there you can not see Magma (it is black) but you do see gas coming out of the mountain. Apparently the magma is... More
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kauraagam
23 February 2017|
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Response from judineni | Reviewed this property |
Oh, I am sorry, I haven't seen you question until now. I hope my answer is not going to be too late. You don't need a company but it is wise to go with a local guide. People from the Maasai Giraffe Ecolodge, where we stayed... More
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YunyunHK
7 August 2016|
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Response from Hamish D | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for such a late answer. You start climbing at midnight and you summit at 6am, for sunrise. You will then be down for lunch. Worth staying in Lake Natron a few days though as there are some great hikes around there
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