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Menengai Crater

Menengai Crater.

Menengai Crater is an extinct volcano with striking views of Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria as well as the crater itself.

Menengai Crater is a large Caldera, formed by millions of years of volcanic activity. The lavas of the crater are trachytes, whereas pumice, obsidian, and scoria form the rim. The crater is 8-10 km in diameter and 485 m deep. The highest point, at some 2,300 m above sea level, has a signpost erected by the Rotary Club that shows the directions and distances to several places in the world.

Legend has it that the Menengai Crater is home to many demons and ghosts and so the crater is referred to as Kirima kia ngoma, "the place of devils". Since the 19th C, it has been the scene for battles between different Maasai clans for the pastures at Naivasha and the Rift slopes.

According to eye witnesses, the 'demons' used to plough the land with tractors, plant wheat and harvest all within an hour. The locals even claim to have seen the devil riding a motorcycle on a hill called "Kirima Kia ngoma" situated next to the crater. There is also the widespread allegation of a 'flying umbrella' that normally appears whenever it rains. They claim that the evil spirits capture human beings and confuse them while touring the crater with beautiful walls.

Despite the eerie stories about the crater, pilgrims from as far as Kisumu, Kakamega and even Mombasa come to pray and fast at the site for days.

Some even stay in the cave at the south of the crater for months. They say that they feel very close to God when praying in the crater

Hobbies & Activities category: Hiking opportunity;  Natural area;  Scenic site or route; Volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, mud pots.

Maili Saba Camp, on the edge of the magnificent, dormant, Menengai Crater offers accommodation  to visitors. Other logdes and camp that one may opt for include Flamingo Camp,  Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, Lake Nakuru lodge, Mbweha Camp among others.

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