Ol doinyo Lengai is a maasai saying meaning “Mountain of GOD”. The summit of this strato-volcano is 2962 metres above sea level, and affords direct views into the caldera of Tanzania’s only officially-certified active volcano, and the world’s only carbonatite volcano; records of eruptions have been maintained since 1883, the largest of which deposited ash 100 kilometres away in Loliondo on the Kenyan border to the north west.
Ol doinyo Lengai is located in northern Tanzania lying just south of Lake Natron in the Rift Valley, at the heart of Maasai country and is locally regarded as a sacred mountain.
Since the past ancestors the Holly Lengai has been used by Maasai for praying to their GOD known as NGAI. Ol’doinyo Lengai is the only active volcano in the world that erupt natrocarbonatite lava which is cooler than other lavas about (510 degrees C) compare to the temperatures of basaltic lavas (1,100 degrees C) with less silicon.
The Mountain frequently does minor eruptions and form cone like structures to its crater base.