Tanzania part 1 : Ol Doinyo Lengai expedition,
June 27 - July 6, 2004
1 Travel to Ol Doinyo Lengai
In East Africa a big crack runs through the north of Tanzania called the Great Rift Valley. Near this crack there are a lot of volcanoes, like Mt Meru near the city of Arusha and the famous Mt Kilimanjaro. Due to tectonic movement of plates, the earths crust is relatively thin making the formation of volcanoes more easy. The only permanently active volcano of Tanzania, Ol Doinyo Lengai (="Mountain of God" in Masaai language) is a very special volcano in many respects. As a volcano junky this is the one special volcano in Africa that you just can not miss.
Early 2004 another Dutch lava junky (Ge Beijers) and I decided to join Fred Belton's 2004 Ol Doinyo Lengai Expedition. Together with people from Germany, Switserland, France, UK and the US we climbed Lengai. As far we know we are the first Dutch people ever staying on top for 6 full days.
The trip to Lengai starts in Arusha. From there it is a dusty road which gets worse and worse. After six hours you can see the volcano but you have to travel around it to get to the camp near the base of the volcano.