Menengai Crater
Menengai Crater
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nairopunk
Nairobi, Kenya6 contributions
May 2020
the whole area is very calm; friendly Kenya wildlife security will welcome through the gates then well paved roads will guide you through the forest and local communities who just mind their business. At the top, thereno random people, just a few courteous shop owners selling curios and general gifts. You can walk around, take photos and picnic!
Written June 7, 2020
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Africkson Safaris
Nairobi, Kenya48 contributions
Sep 2022
I had an incredible experience visiting the Menengai crater. The views from the top are stunning, and it was really cool to see the crater up close. The hike to the crater is challenging but rewarding, and the views from the top are incredible. The crater is also home to a number of wildlife, including lions, leopards, and elephants. Overall, it was an incredible experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an adventure.
Written October 8, 2022
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Jimmy Wairagu
Nairobi, Kenya10 contributions
Jun 2020
Scary but attractive, beautiful environment but exercise caution all the time.We booked a taxi from Nairobi to Nakuru at USD 150 Valour Cab to be precise. Nice ride and guides email Info@valourcab.com
Written April 16, 2021
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Alfons Gessl
Sandton, South Africa14 contributions
Mar 2020
I followed the Google map which took me to a hut at nearly nowhere. There a guy demanded 500KS to walk with me to the crater edge. I walked with him 150m and that's it. Nothing worth wile to exaggerate about.
The fun was driving 4*4 roads with all bells and whistles in action i.e. steep hill decent on the way out. The crate wall was barely visible ins so many words not worth wile the effort!
Written March 9, 2020
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Mwende Nyatuka
Nakuru, Kenya17 contributions
Jan 2018 • Family
Beautiful place for a hike... visit with friends and carry your own water.. I try to have hikes with my family monthly and we always have a great time...expect to get tired and dusty... please do not visit when it's raining for obvious reasons..
Written February 21, 2018
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Joshua M
Kampala, Uganda150 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
I visited this wonderful future on 9th June. Many people refer it to a crater but it's actually a caldera. Craters are normally smaller. The diameter of this caldera is 12 km. Climbing from the bottom to top takes about 3 hours if you are fit but you need nice shoes. Hikers this is a place for you, make sure you carry enough drinking water . honestly no camera can take a satisfactory photo, it's the eyes that can see everything here.
Written June 11, 2017
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Erick151
Nairobi, Kenya9 contributions
May 2016 • Business
This place is really beautiful for walking and also for good photos taking the view.the place is very safe and is a place where you can meet friendly people whom stay around the crater.
Written May 22, 2016
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Chege N
9 contributions
This place is organically beautiful. Had to pretend to be deaf because they wanted to charge me more because foreigners are charged more. Good thing the dude didn't know sign language because I was making up stuff. I felt completely free. It's something divine about this place. I will never go to Kenya without coming here. It's every great emotion rolled up in one. Thank you Nick and Eve for taking me. This place changed me.
Written July 10, 2014
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g r
Nairobi, Kenya78 contributions
Apr 2014 • Friends
Seems craters are formed by volcanoes and meteorites - but a caldera is formed when the magma fizzles out and its bubble collapses into a large depression. Menengai Crater is just on the edge of Nakuru, the 3rd or 4th largest city in Kenya. It takes about 3 hours to get there from Nairobi, and you can drive right to the lip of the crater where Rotary has erected a signpost at the lookout - some great vistas of the crater and the valley beyond. From there we hiked down into the floor of the crater (about 1 hour easy hike) and then after crossing the floor, hiked up the cliff back above the lookout (about 2 hours of steady trudge). Once back on top we wandered about 5 km to see the "holy" caves - being Lent there were pilgrims inside praying. Then we hiked down past the regional prison and out into Nakuru.

A good hike, lots of fresh air and exercise but nothing really special to see. (Ngong Hills & Mt Longonot have better views and are closer to Nairobi). Interesting to see where the geo-thermal bore holes have been drilled. These have to sit for a year or two before they can be fully exploited. The crater has promise for geothermal power generation and currently is an active development site.
Written April 8, 2014
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cjrb1g13
7 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
Decided to hike up to the top of the crater for the views. Takes 3 hours from Nakuru and is pretty tough going especially if it's hot. Entry is 700 for visitors or 500 for students. To go to the top you don't need a guide but if you want to go to the caves or have a view of lake Nakuru you will need one. I got to the top where there is a bar/hotel, the famous sign and some tourist shops.

Here I hired a guide (johnn) for 1300 who took me through the woods to the caves which were spectacular. The most rickety and unsafe wooden stairs take you down to the caves which have become a religious centre for Christians from around the country. You also get the best view of the lake here and on the way down. The guide took me back to town through the prison which was an experience and showed me the best places for food before dropping me back at my hotel. Highly recommended for those on a budget looking for a full day out.
Written March 26, 2018
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