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‘We walked up to the highest point on the mountain to look down on the second crater. Our breath was taken away as the mountain was not only a fairytale peak from the bottom, but from the centre outward too. As the volcano had exploded the lava had risen up and spilled over the edge of the crater, cooling in big, white icing streaks’-Malgorzata Lipinska, South African mountaineer

 

If Mount Kenya is the last remnant of a once giant and volatile free-standing volcano, and Kilimanjaro represents the dramatic apex in the life of a volcano, then Ol Doinyo Lengai can be linked to the small child of the family.

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Ol Doinyo Lengai still heaves a sigh. As recently as 2006, a massive eruption blew out much of what was a thin crust of solidified lava over the top of the active crater. It is the only active volcano known to erupt carbonatite lava, a sensational discovery scientists made as recently as in the 1960s. Ol Doinyo Lengai is an extremely fascinating volcano as it rises majestically about 2000m from the East Africal Rift Valley depression to a summit elevation of 2890 m. To the Maassai people, it is home of God, which is also the meaning of the name.