Menengai Crater Nakuru

Menengai Crater

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Menengai Crater is a massive shield volcano with one of the biggest calderas in the world, located in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya. It is the largest volcano caldera in Kenya and the second largest volcano caldera in Africa. Farmland occupies its flanks.
Menengai Crater is located on the floor of the Rift Valley. The volcano formed about 200,000 years ago and the prominent 12 x 8 km caldera formed about 8000 years ago. The caldera floor is covered with numerous post caldera lava flows.
The Menengai volcano is considered one of the best-preserved Krakatau-style calderas in the world. Menengai Crater has very little sediment in the caldera which is a thick mass of lava boulders and inaccessible ridges. Volcanic activity continues and is used for geothermal power generation.
Menengai is located 10 km (6 mi) north of Nakuru, the fourth – biggest city in Kenya.


Located on the northern side of Nakuru is the single largest surviving volcanic crater in the world. The Menengai Crater is an extinct volcano that offers striking views of Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria and the crater itself.
It is believed that the crater is a historic ground for a battle between different clans from the Maasai community who fought for grazing land and pastures on the slopes of the Rift Valley. For photography lovers, 8 km to the top of the crater, beautiful pink and blue colors of Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria become clearer and can make excellent pictures under a brisk sunset.



  • Viewpoints of both Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria
  • Hikes and nature trails
  • Caves
  • Picnic spots
  • The Menengai caldera
  • Mountain biking
  • Birding


  • Curio shops
  • campsites

How to get to Menegai Crater

Menengai Crater is very difficult to get to unless you have your own transport, but once there the rewards are worth the getting there. Hiking through beautiful scenery and spectacular landscapes make it an outing to remember.

What to do at Menengai Crater

  1. Hiking
  2. Scenic site
  3. Hot springs and geysers
  4. Mud pots
  5. Rotary Club sign post
  6. Panoramic views
  7. Cave
  8. Camping
  9. Picnic site

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