Menengai crater is located on the northern side of Nakuru town. It is the only remaining largest surviving volcanic crater in the whole world. This crater is an extinct volcano, where you get to view the scenic views of both Lake Bogoria and Lake Nakuru and top it all, the crater itself. The fable going around is that the crater is an ancient battleground between different warring clans that came from the Maasai community who were fighting over the dominance of the grazing fields. The pasture in the fields was lush and followed the slopes of the Great Rift Valley. For those interested in photography, there is a trek of about 8km that will take you to the summit, where the beautiful blue and pink colors of Lake Bogoria and Lake Nakuru becomes clearer, thus can produce stunning photos and if you are lucky you may shoot one under a brisk sunset.
The crater is 8 km away from Nakuru town. The highest point caldera is at an altitude of 2278 m above the sea level. As you ascend gaining height, the amazing view of Lake Nakuru which sits at the edge of town starts to gain form at a backwards glance. After reaching the viewpoint the beautiful panoramic view of the huge caldera sweeps you off the ground. Sadly, in the recent past these magnificent views have been corrupted by the geothermal wells that were recently drilled, placing a web of pipes that carries steam in the caldera floor. These are the measures put by the Geothermal company so as to boost the electricity capacity of the country. The unforgiving technology has caused adverse effects to the natural beauty.
How to Get to Menengai Crater
When using public means. From Nairobi you take the matatus to Nakuru, a number of them different SACCOs are found in Nyamakima Stage off River Road. When you alight in Nakuru, you may take a matatu to the crater viewpoint, or hire a motorbike or a taxi. If using private means from Nairobi, you can either use the lower or the upper escarpments routes to Naivasha then head to Nakuru. After the first roundabout after the Nakuru Railways Station, you are required to make a U-turn and then take the first turn, then follow the Kenya Forest Services (KFS) signage which will guide you all the way to the crater.