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One of the unique features of Mount Oldoinyo Lengai is its lava. Unlike other volcanoes that produce molten rock, Mount Oldoinyo Lengai produces a type of lava called “carbonatite.” This lava is rare and is made up of a mixture of minerals such as sodium, potassium, calcium, and carbonates.
The lava from Mount Oldoinyo Lengai is also much cooler than the lava from other volcanoes, with temperatures reaching only around 500 degrees Celsius. As a result, the lava flows more slowly, allowing for the formation of unusual shapes and patterns.
Hiking up Mount Oldoinyo Lengai is a popular activity for adventure seekers visiting Tanzania. The climb to the summit takes around six hours, with most climbers starting in the middle of the night to reach the summit in time for sunrise.
The climb is challenging, with steep and rocky terrain, but the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and the unique volcanic formations make it worth the effort. At the summit, visitors can see the active volcano and its crater, as well as stunning views of the Serengeti and Lake Natron.
Visitors should be aware that Mount Oldoinyo Lengai is an active volcano and that eruptions can occur at any time. It is important to follow local safety guidelines and to check with local authorities before attempting to climb the mountain.