Pick up in Arusha and transfer on rough road to one of the campsites or tented lodges at Lake Natron. The final part of the drive is through fascinating scenery with mini-calderas punctuating the landscape. The camps are located at the base of the Great Rift Valley, with the Ngorongoro Highlands above.
Early morning short drive and walk to the shores of Lake Natron. Here you will see many flamingoes and maybe a jackal on the prowl for its breakfast. After lunch there will be another short hike to Engaresero Waterfalls with a naturally formed, incredibly convenient Jacuzzi! Dinner will be early as it is important to get a few hours’ sleep, before being roused at 23.30 hrs. to make the final preparations for the hike.
At 24.00 hrs. leave the campsite and make the short drive to the base of Ol Doinyo Lengai – and begin to climb the Mountain of God. The path itself is quite difficult underfoot and steep the whole way. Towards the rim it turns into powdery ash – like trudging through deep soft snow! Arriving at the summit in time for sunrise, the perfect reward! This volcano is active and glowing rock can often be seen bubbling out of the numerous ash cones on the top. Descend late morning in time for a good lunch, dip in the stream and a celebratory beer! Dinner and overnight at the campsite.
After good sleep and relaxing you can optionally do a game drive to Lake Natron to learn more about the local culture; or you can go for a swim in the waterfall pools. After hot lunch transfer to Arusha.