North of the Ngorongoro Crater, and far off the beaten track, you will find the Maasai’s Mountain of God (Ol Donyo Lengai). An active carbonate volcano, it is a focal point for the Maasai, whose land stretches out for hundreds of miles in every direction.
Wildlife of Ol Donyo Lengai
There are rugged mountains where vultures soar and baboon bark, dusty gorges where the Maasai bring their cattle to drink, and endless grassy plains. Here, zebra, giraffe and gazelle intermingle with the Maasai’s goats and cows.
Maasai manyattas (villages)
The wildlife and Maasai live side by side as they have done for years. Crouching low on the plains are numerous manyattas (villages), crooked sticks and cracked clay houses arranged around cattle kraals under the hot sun. Young children herd goats, elders in bright red togas sit under acacias and the morani (warriors) watch guard, spears in their hands, intricate beading around their necks and ochre in their hair. It is a wild and fascinating area and we recommend you stay for a few nights to gain an insight into Maasai culture.
Map of Ol Donyo Lengai
Places & hotels on the map
Places near Ol Donyo Lengai
- Lake Natron 31 miles away
- Karatu 43 miles away
- Ngorongoro Crater 44 miles away
- Northern Tanzania 44 miles away
- Lake Manyara National Park 48 miles away
- Longido 54 miles away
- Arusha 69 miles away
- Lake Eyasi 84 miles away
- West Kilimanjaro 84 miles away
- Tarangire National Park 88 miles away
- Serengeti National Park 89 miles away
- Mount Kilimanjaro 102 miles away
- Pangani 280 miles away
- Rubondo Island 281 miles away
- Tanzania's Swahili Coast 283 miles away
- Saadani 295 miles away