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The western wall of the Rift Valley

The western wall of the Rift Valley

The Rift Valley Ridge towers some 500m above the floor of the Rift Valley as we look north towards Lake Natron from our campsite on the northwest flanks of Ol Doinyo Lengai.

 

Embakaai Crater

Embakaai Crater

Embakaai is the northernmost crater in the Ngorongoro Conservation area and lies between Ol Doinyo Lengai and Ngorongoro Crater. The permanent lake occupying the crater floor is a soda lake, but there are fresh water springs in the crater that sustain some wild life and Maasai cattle.

 
Flamingos on Lake Natron

Flamingos on Lake Natron

Nestled under the western wall of the Rift Valley to the north of Ol Doinyo Lengai is Lake Natron, a soda lake which is home to a large number of Flamingos that thrive on the blue-green algae that in turn thrive on the chemicals in the lake water in this harsh environment.

 
Ol Doinyo Lengai - The Mountain of God

Ol Doinyo Lengai - The Mountain of God

Ol Doinyo Lengai seen from the south east from our campsite on the rim of Loolmurwak, the Sunken Crater.

 
Ol Doinyo Lengai and Ol Doinyo Kerimasi

Ol Doinyo Lengai and Ol Doinyo Kerimasi

The active volcano, Ol Doinyo Lengai, and extinct volcano, Ol Doinyo Kerimasi, at sunrise from the village of Naiyobi on the northern edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

 
Ol Doinyo Kerimasi

Ol Doinyo Kerimasi

Ol Doinyo Kerimasi from our campsite on the rim of Loolmurwak, the Sunken Crater, with Loluni crater to the left.

 
Ol Doinyo Kerimasi

Ol Doinyo Kerimasi

Ol Doinyo Kerimasi from our campsite on the rim of Loolmurwak, with an abandoned Maasai manyata in the foreground and Loluni crater in the middle distance.

 
Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater

Looking down into the Ngorongoro Crater from the view point near the Senete Cultural Boma. This is the end of the dry season and the rains are due soon and only a little water remains in Lake Magadi, a soda lake, most of which is a dry soda pan.

 
Olmoti Crater

Olmoti Crater

 
Olmoti Crater

Olmoti Crater

 
Olmoti Crater

Olmoti Crater

Olmoti Crater is situated north north east of Ngorongoro Crater and is home to both wild animals, such as Eland and Zebra, and the Maasai with their cattle.  The floor of Olmoti Crater supports fresh water springs which drain by a river through the east wall of the crater rim. This fresh water supports the Maasai who live on the north side of the crater. Every day they bring their cattle down to this life sustaining fresh water.

 
Loolmurwak, Shimo Ya Mungu, The Sunken Crater

Loolmurwak - Shimo Ya Mungu - The Sunken Crater

Loolmurwak is approximately equidistant from the summits of Ol Doinyo Lengai and Ol Doinyo Kerimasi and is east by south east of Lengai and north by north east of Kerimasi.

 
Loolmurwak and Ol Doinyo Lengai

Loolmurwak and Ol Doinyo Lengai

Loolmurwak with Ol Doinyo Lengai to the left and Gelai to the right in the distance. Our campsite is just visible to the left of the crater where a few trees punctuate the endless grassland.

 
Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara

Looking south to Lake Manyara, a soda lake, from the road between Mto wa Mbu and Karatu, with the western wall of the Rift Valley stretching into the distance along the right edge of the photograph.