“Oldoinyo Lengai” means “The Mountain of God” in the Maasai language. 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.
- Lake Natron Wetlands and Wildlife, with a mineral-rich hot springs. Lake Natron has a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance designation. The lake favours the growth of halophile micro-organisms and is an important habitat for flamingos and is home to endemic algae, invertebrates and even fish.
- Lake Natron Footprints, the hominid footprints are preserved in a tufa, which originated from one of the volcanic centers surrounding the site. The hominid were discovered in 1998 by a local Maasai and are estimated to represent 18 individuals, mainly women and children who walked together on the shores of Lake Natron reportedly 120,000 years ago.
- Ngorongoro Highlands, are a unique conservation area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as land in the conservation area is multi-use, providing protection for wildlife whilst allowing human habitation.
- East African Rift Escarpment, Joseph Thomson described the valley in 1883:
“Imagine if you can a trough or depression 3300 feet above sea level, and twenty miles broad, the mountains rising with very great abruptness on both sides to a height of 9000 feet”.
- Ngare Sero Gorge & Waterfalls
- A visit to Maasai Boma amd witness Maasai Festivals