Menengai Crater is located in Nakuru County of Kenya about 2 hours and 30 Minutes from Nairobi City. It is a breathtaking marvel and presents a scenic beauty to the viewer. This extinct Volcano (Caldera) is the biggest of its kind in the entire world. The locals have named it “Kirima Kia Ngoma” which is a local word for “The place of Devils” due to legendary tales about its origin. It’s believed that the crater is inhabited by evil spirits who haunt and confuse people who dare go there. People are said to disappear into the crater never to be seen while others get confused forever!
Is it true or a Myth?
In ancient times, it is believed that there was a big fight over grazing pastures between two clans (Maasai) who were living in the area. The defeated ones were thrown to the edge of the crater. It is said that their spirits try to rise to heaven in form of smoke.
The volcano is dormant and there is a geothermal power plant established at the foot of the crater. Rotary club has since erected a directional signpost at the highest point of the crater which shows respective distances to several destinations and places in the world.
How to get there from Nairobi
To access this attraction, you either use public transport or drive to the crater.
If using public transport, pick a Matatu (Public transport 10 or 14 seater bus) from Latema road in Nairobi city center to Nakuru town. From the town, you can either walk for about 8 km or hire a Taxi, Tuk Tuk, or motorcycle to the crater.
For those using private means of transport, drive all the way to Nakuru. From there you can use google maps or ask around for the directions to the crater.
Attractions, sightseeing, and other activities
Hiking and Trekking
If you are adventurous enough, the crater offers a 4-hour hike to the foot of the crater them a climb up the Devils hill.
Visit the Menengai Caves
There are two caves in the forest. Both caves were used as hideouts by the Mau Mau freedom fighters during the war on Kenya’s Independence. Today, they attract pilgrims from different parts of Kenya who come to pray, meditate, fast, and contemplate.
Photography and site seeing
Menengai crater presents a great view of Lake Bogoria, Nakuru town, and Lake Nakuru. It is a great place for photography.
This is a good picnic site for camping.
Watch different bird species as you hike and trek along the crater and forest trail leading to the caves.
Charges and Entry requirements
- The entry fee to Menengai Crater is payable at the Kenya Forest Service gate.
- Identification document (ID or Passport).
- Money for personal use (like buying souvenirs).
Explore Menengai with a Local
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