The dunes are composed of highly magnetic volcanic ash, which holds the sand particles together, justifying why the granules of the dunes aren’t blown away by winds. What makes it standout is the fact that it occurs as a solitary, isolated dune. Such dunes are typically found in huge dune formations. They are composed of fine black ash that is significantly darker than the surroundings, which are characterized by vast plains with short grasses and bushes supplemented by scattered acacia trees (the presence of iron-rich minerals accounts for the sand’s dark color).
The dunes are well exposed above the plains and are easily accessible via trails that venture down the Olduvai Gorge ravine towards the Serengeti’s eastern grasslands on the Ngorongoro Conservation Area’s side. The Olduvai Gorge Museum curators provide much information about this dune.
Yes, it is possible to reach the shifting sand area by vehicle.
Yes when you visit the shifting sand you can able to see it.