Menengai Crater, Nakuru

Menengai Crater is located on the floor of the Kenya Great Rift Valley in Nakuru Country, 10 km north of Nakuru town. It is under the protection of the Kenya Forest Service.

It is an extinct shield volcano with the largest volcano caldera in Kenya and the second largest in Africa after Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. It 96 km2 in terms of surface area and is surrounded by a dense forest thriving from the volcanic formed rich soils.

The caldera floor is covered with numerous post-caldera lava flows creating a rugged terrain with its walls rising up to 500m from the floor. Menengai volcano is considered one of the best-preserved Krakatau-style calderas in the world.

Menengai Crater offers stunning views of Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru and the crater itself when you climb to the top.

To get to the top of the crater, you will cover a distance of 8 km and you will enjoy scenic views of the crater (rugged terrain, plunging cliffs, and the crater circular rim) and the surrounding areas as you climb.

Menengai Crater Animals/Wildlife

The animals found here include Kirk’s dik dik, Slender mongoose, Black-faced vervet monkey, Tree hyrax, and Mountain reedbuck.

A number of bird species are found in this habitat too and include the Verreaux eagle, Abyssinian ground hornbill, and African Marsh Harrier, and many other forest species of birds.

Tourist Attraction Sites near Menengai Crater

Things to do in Menengai Crater

  • Hiking
  • Nature walks, it is quite scenic
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Mountain biking
  • Camping

Travel Tips

  • You could part with some amount of money to pay a professional guide. They are quite knowledgeable about the area
  • The several on-site curio shops with reasonable prices
  • The people you find on the scene are quite friendly and professional in their approach, don’t get worried.

The crater holds traditional and religious beliefs. It is believed to be a spiritual place which attracts people from all corners of the world to offer their players and contemplate. Others believe it is haunted by evil spirits that take people captive and therefore not a place to joke around. Your local tour guide will explain this in full details and trust me, the stories are quite fascinating.

Menengai Area Climate

Nakuru has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate. The climate is mild and generally warm and temperate.

The annual average temperature is 17.5°C with March being the hottest (average of 19°C) month and July the coldest (average of 16°C) month of the year.

The annual average rainfall is 895 mm with the lowest rainfall recorded in January and February and highest in April and May. Rainfall is well distributed on the other months.

How to get there

The crater is 10 km from Nakuru Town. Nakuru is at a distance of 159 km from Nairobi

Menengai Crater Entrance Fees/Charges

Before entering the crater, you will be required to pay the Kenya Wildlife Service some amount. This amount is KES 200 for the residents. Other rates apply for the non-residents.

Menengai Crater Hotels and Lodges

Hotels and Lodges near Menengai Crater include

  • Sarova Woodlands Hotel and Spa
  • Eagle Place Hotel
  • Milimani Furnished Apartments
  • Pendeza Homes
  • The Alps Hotel
  • The Ole-Ken Hotel
  • Midland Hotel Nakuru
  • Legacy Hotel and Suites

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