Ol Doinyo Lengai

Ol Doinyo Lengai opinie, Arusha

Ol Doinyo Lengai
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146 reviews
Very good

Julianna J
Warszawa, Polska9 contributions
The hardest climb I've ever done -but at the same definetely rewarding and unforgettable
sty 2021
I decided to climb Ol Doinyo Lengai spontaneously as I found out it is the only active volcano ( I'm a volcano freak) and gives you opportunity to see the lava inside. I convinced my friend to go together so we traveled by his car ( we did not take 4 wheel which resulted in a broken exaust fixed with tape but local Masaii :D ). We found the tent to stay at Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge which is a lovely camping spot with great owners.As we arrived, at campsite we found the Masai guide Peter with whom we were supposed to climb at night. We were SUPPOSED to, as once at night we reached the base, it was pouring rain and storm so there was no chance to climb in these conditions, we spent about hour waiting for the rain to stop nothing.... We came back at camping site tired and a little bit discouraged. We were plaanning to come back home next day but the guide convinced us to try to climb during the day. So we set off! My friend resigned after 20 mins though ( he was not that much into climbing it either). I stayed with a guide - it was quite hard from the beggining because of the heat but it was definitely doable during first two hours. After that the steeper part start. I acutally found out it is the hardest climb of Tanzania during the hike ( the guide traveled quite a lot in Africa and says its among two hardest climb he has ever done in his life). I was very much motivated to climb it but after 3 hours I was slowly getting discouraged, I was very tired ( not slept much night before) and my body was starting to feel weak. Guide Peter was very encouraging though and supportive. The worst part was 1 hours before the summit - it is the steepest part, I would never belive I could climb something like that but for me the most scary part was the descent - when I imagined that we will be descending at night I started to freak out, I started to cry asking the guide to come back. Peter is an amazing guide, instead of agreeing, he said " you're a strong girl, I knwo you can do it", he grabbed my hand and started to guide me through the steepest part of the climb. In tears I managed to reach the summit and I started to cry but this time from the happinness. The crater, the views, the sunset, the lava lake at night - was unforgettable but the most was the feeling of achieveing something so hard. I'll never forget that rewarding feeling which was worth all this effort.
Although Peter the guide was also descending it at night for the first time, descending at night was not a bad idea - as you don;t see the whole surface and how steep it is, you just focus on your next step which helps you to descend. I was never so exausted during my whole life but thanks I made it to the top I had power to go down.
I love hiking but I was totally unprepared for it and never did such a difficult climb but what turns out - climbing it is in your head, I heard so many stories that people in a great shape were turning back, it is really in your head and the support of your guide which helps you make it. I really recommend it as unforgettable experience but of course - please take it seriously. Bring a lot of water, some warm clothes for a top ( I was very lucky that Peter the guide brought me some gloves and hat) . I also recommend to go Pole Pole ( slowly) during the day we started to climb at 12 30 pm which is a little bit too late in my opinion and we were rushing a little bit for a sunset ( the climb up took us 6 hours and descent 5 hours). Climbing during the day is really not bad if you can stand some heat ( remember about sunscreen and the hat).
I loved it, despite the fact the guide saw all the faces of mine and I was so angry sometimes during it, it really influenced my personality somehow,.
"If you climb this mountain, you can do everything"
" Climbing Kilimanjaro is like a walk in the forest comparing to this one"

This is what I heard after the climb. It is a magical place and can turn out into a life-changing experience.
Written 31 stycznia 2021
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Peter M
Wiedeń, Austria134 contributions
Worth the effort if you are experienced.
gru 2020
This volcano is changing its appearance constantly. As I was climbing already many volcanoes around the world, I arranged with a Maasai to climb the mountain. Around 23:00 we left from the Natron Lodge and started the hike at around midnight from 1,150m, this is the maximum you can access by 4WD.
Total ascent was about 5 hours, as we realized that we are too fast, we slept around an hour at about 2.000m to be at the rim at sunset. The climb is quite easy up to the half, but then gets steeper and steeper. Its great that you cannot see too much with the tiny lamps, you just proceed step by step over rocky and sharp edged lava until you reach a short traverse to the south and reach the rim (GPS 2.855m). When we came up we were in the middle of a cloud, bu some minutes later the view became clear and we could observe the crater (around 100m below) and a big "hornito", a big cone in the center of the crater which exhausted some sulfur gases.The views from the rim to the mountains in the West and into the rift valley with the low standing sun is very beautiful! After about an hour we left the rim and climbed back to the car, which took as about 4 hours, more than expected due to the sharp rocks and partly slippery formations. Be aware that you have to climb more than 1.700m up AND down, we met some local people stranded on the way and almost unable to return safely through steep terrain!
Written 28 grudnia 2020
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Utrecht, Holandia21 contributions
Nice experience
lut 2020
Hard to climb, steep and slippery but with the experience. We hiked from the base with Deo a local guide from Kilidove tours outfitter based in Arusha. Sunrise was amazing
Written 8 czerwca 2020
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Baraka L
Arusha, Tanzania18 contributions
unique mountain
lut 2019
This is the one Active volcanic mountain located northen side of Ngororongo
And it is only mountain produce white Nitrate
unforgetable mountain and you will be a compained with Engaresero eramate tour guide
Written 8 stycznia 2020
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Nowy Jork, Nowy Jork3 contributions
Good place to visit
gru 2019 • Dla rodziny
After Kilimanjaro trekking we decided to go on safari we also get the time to visit this mount our safari guide was so good he let us to meet/ talk to local people also he was so knowledgeable about the animals and all around and also the tour operator was very organized Uprise Africa Explorer thanks again for unforgettable experience
Written 18 grudnia 2019
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania68 contributions
awesome walk, very steep
wrz 2018
We hiked up after completing a 4 day mtb-race from Kili to Lake Natron. Starting around midnight we got to the summit well before sunrise. It is a very steep climb, but worth it. Really enjoyed it! Nice to see the views too when you head back down. Sunrise was pretty. Remember, you won't see much of a lava glow once the sun is up!
Written 27 sierpnia 2019
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5 contributions
Amazing hike! Difficult but do-able
lip 2019 • Pary
We climbed Oldoinyo Lengai this July during our honeymoon. We're from Colorado so hiking mountains is what we love to do! Lengai is very steep and will take you about 6 hours to summit. However it is well worth the hike and the midnight start time! Do your homework beforehand and make sure you come prepared with a headlamp, jacket, gloves (highly recommend for the climb), and some comfy hiking boots. The hike down is honestly the hard part and takes the same amount of time as the hike up. You'll get back to your car around noon. Very happy we did this hike. It was something different than just going to Africa for the animals. Honestly the best part of our trip!
Written 30 lipca 2019
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Aurelia N
59 contributions
Just know what you’re letting yourself in for
cze 2019 • Znajomi
I felt no sense of achievement after having climbed Ol Doinyo – either at the summit, after 6 hours of sometimes perilous climbing, or at the base, after 5 relentless hours of slides, slips and twisted ankles downhill.

I believe in taking calculated risks. I knew that Ol Doinyo was a mountain climb not a hike, but I was shocked at the lack of briefing by the guides or anyone else. We knew to take head torches, snacks, warm clothes, suncream etc. but only because we’ve climbed lots in East Africa. The only thing we were told was to bring water (although we were provided with walking sticks, which were essential). When you are climbing in the dark, and as you near the summit up what feels like a vertical rock face with no safety equipment whatsoever, you have no idea what risks you are taking. When I got to the top and stood on a metre-thick path with a steep drop to lava spewing out on one side, and that vertical rock face on the other, I realised I’d made a big mistake.

Everyone seemed blasé – we were told that it would be totally fine to take our dog but we decided against. I’m so glad we did, as I could only take responsibility for getting myself off that mountain. And our guide casually told us about the guide who lost both his legs when he lost his footing and plunged into the lava.

If you want adventure, a challenge and stunning views, climb Meru or Longido. But I’m aware that this review will appeal to thrillseekers – so if you’re convinced you want to tackle this, just be aware of the risks.
Written 2 lipca 2019
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Imogen Whittam
2 contributions
Ol Doinyo Lengai Hike
cze 2019 • Pary
We climbed Ol Doinyo Lengai in June 2019 with the Engaresero Cultural Tourism Programme (organised via Lengai Lodge). We've been travelling through Africa for 4 months and this hike was definitely one of the best things we've done! The climb up was hard work (we are in our 30s and reasonably fit) and quite technical in parts, but the view from the top was definitely worth it. Seeing the lava inside the crater in the dark then watching the sunrise from the top was an unforgettable experience. Our guide, Louis, was great and I would definitely recommend requesting him. He spoke good English and was very informative, and guided us up and down safely. He also timed our arrival at the top perfectly.
Written 22 czerwca 2019
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Habari Adventure
Moshi, Tanzania16 contributions
The only active volcanic mountain
lip 2018 • Pary
This mountain is also known as the God mountain as dedicated by maasai people. Last time eruption was in 2008 until today. We take you there to experience more about it
Written 20 czerwca 2019
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