Why you should visit Lengai Camp
Tanzania is famous for its National Parks, tropical coastline and Mount Kilimanjaro among other highlights. There is more to Tanzania than these beautiful destinations, and few areas are more spectacular than the area around Oldoinyo Lengai Mountain. It is easy to combine a visit to the Northern parks parks with at Lengai Camp.
The camp lies in the middle of a wildlife migration and dispersal area. Large numbers of Wildebeest and Zebra move through the area seasonally. Permanent game is also evident at all times of the year, in particular gazelle and giraffe, but also eland, oryx, lesser kudu, gerenuk, many smaller species and a range of predators. (View list)
An internet search will reveal spectacular pictures of Oldoinyo Lengai – both dormant as it is now and erupting. The flamingo filled Lake Natron also features prominently and is widely photographed. Because of its unique biodiversity, Lake Natron is on the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance. It is also the World Wildlife Fund East African halophytics ecoregion.
More importantly perhaps, is the cultural importance the area has for the Masai people. In Maa, Oldoinyo Lengai means the “Mountain of God”, reflecting masai beliefs related to volcanic eruptions of the mountain. Around Lengai, the Maasai retain their proud culture and dress sense. Here you still encounter traditionally dressed warriors carrying spears tending to their herds, and colorfully dressed women wearing intricate beadwork. There are few schools and so children are brought up very much in the traditional way.
Surrounded by volcanoes and flanked by the great rift valley escarpment, lake Natron adds a surreal water world to this otherwise arid area. Devoid of commercial and domestic developments, the natural beauty of Tanzania is abundantly evident. Apart of the beauty of the area, the tranquility lends itself to undisturbed relaxation.
Oldoinyo Lengai is gaining popularity with hikers. Climbs usually begin at night to avoid the heat of the day and to arrive at the summit by dawn when the light is at its best. There are also hikes from Empakai in the Ngorongoro Conservation area that descend during a two-day walk to Lake Natron. Both climbers and hikers tend to stay at one of several safari camps close to Lake Natron itself. Lengai Camp is about an hour’s drive from these camps, set much closer the mountain itself.
Lengai camp has all the necessary fly-camping equipment and some superb destinations to consider. Ask us about cost and availability.