Menengai crater

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Altitude: 2278 m.a.m.s.l. (highest)

Said to be the second largest volcanic caldera in Africa with a diameter of 12 km. It is located inside a massive shield volcano just a few kilometres north of the Kenyan city of Nakuru.

Its highest point — the rim, is about 485m above the lowest point on the floor.

The volcano is said to have formed some 200, 000 years ago, with the caldera being a younger 8000 years.

Some volcanic activity still remains today, making the crater the site of a geothermal power project [1].





What to do thereHiking, camping, sight seeing, explore the caves used during the Mau mau wars, or visit the curio shops there for a souvenir.

Best time to visitAny time of the year not in the rainy season of March to June or October to November.





Location of Menengai crater

Menengai crater is a few minutes drive north of the city of Nakuru and lake Nakuru national park, in western Kenya.

It also sits inside the Great rift valley and a few kilometres south of the equator.

How to get there?By hiking or vehicle from Nakuru, with the latter using a private or rental vehicle from Nakuru.

You can get to Nakuru by air or passenger bus from most cities in the country.

References

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menengai - accessed on 11/11/2018
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