Menengai Crater is located in the Great Rift Valley-Kenya in East-Africa, Menengai Crater is an extinct volcano with striking views of Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria. The crater itself is one of the largest calderas of the world and the largest in Kenya; it is an extinct volcano of the Central Rift Valley (it has been volcanically active until relatively recently as fresh lava flow could be observed in 1991). The crater, covers an area of 90 sq. km, is 12 km in diameter and 485 m deep, standing on the rim of the crater the view extends a panorama of the northern Rift Valley and the many mounts such as the Aberdares Ranges, Mau hills, the Elgeyo-Marakwet escarpment, the Matthews range, and the Cherengani. These are one of the most splendid and most excellent scenery in Kenya. It is a legend that the Menengai Crater is home to many demons and ghosts and so the crater is referred to by the kikuyu of central Kenya as Kirima Kia Ngoma, “the mountain of devils”. The Awesome sounds and sights of Menengai Crater is most frightening which makes the crater most mysterious.
These unexplained mysteries could have been contributed to the legend by the many folklore and songs on the topic have not enlightened the communities living around the mysterious Menengai Crater At the summit of the crater which is easily accessible by car, there is a signpost dressed by Rotary Club of Nakuru showing the directions and distances to several towns in the that including Mt. Kilimanjaro, Cape Town, London, Cairo and Mecca.
As expected, from the rim of the crater, the view extending a panorama of the northern Rift Valley and a dozen hills that offers the finest hill scenery in Kenya. The site offers excellent hiking opportunity, scenic site, hot springs, geysers, mud pots among others. Since the 19th C, it has been the scene for battles between different Maasai clans for the pastures at Naivasha and the Rift slopes.
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Hiking opportunity; Natural area; Scenic site or route; Volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, mud pots
Maili Saba Camp is a sanctuary of tranquility away on the edge of the magnificent, dormant Menengai Crater. At Maili Saba there is a, relaxing site, secure environment to suit every guest’s need and comfort ability in the camp. Maili Saba is the ideal place. Whether you visit on your way to the Northern/Western frontier or you go for a weekend out; you will leave refreshed and inspired by nature.
Location: Maili Saba Camp is situated just 20 minutes from Nakuru National Park.
At the lodge you will experience gourmet food style. The lodge also has a fully stocked bar.
Activities and General Facilities Maili Saba Camp
Saruni Samburu Camo is a ‘designer’ lodge located 7km north of Samburu National Reserve, and abour 350 km away from Nairobi, it is located in the Kenya’s wild northern part which is surrounded by 95,000 hectares of private wildlife conservancy, and perched on top of a spectacular viewpoint, its four houses and large swimming pool overlook several waterholes where the famous Samburu elephant, leopard, reticulated giraffe, Oryx, and Grevy’s zebra gather to drink.
The vastness and purity of this African landscape, combined with the untouched local culture, make your safari to Samburu a unique experience. The traditions and semi-nomadic heritage of the local Samburu people are an important part of the experience led by professional Samburu guides; guests to Saruni enjoy a new dimension of this rightfully popular region: the feeling of individuality, of having an incredibly large area totally to their own, and a high level of comfort and tailor-made service. Saruni Samburu has its own private airstrip near the Kalama Wildlife Conservancy headquarters, but it is also easily served by the other airstrips of the area where scheduled flights land.
Samburu Saruni Camp consists of 4 open-faced houses (accommodating 12 guests or more if triples needed) all of which have their own seating areas, multiple verandahs and private dining areas (2 of the houses are large family villas with two separate en-suite bedrooms and dressing rooms).Saruni Samburu also offers a large swimming pool with dramatic views over Samburu, an area for massage and beauty treatments called Samburu Wellbeing Space, and several other are unique areas to use as hide-ways or view point to the waterholes that attract elephant, reticulated giraffe, zebra, Oryx and all the species that make Samburu Saruni so special.
Elephant, reticulated giraffe, grevy’s zebra, Oryx, leopards, ostrich’s, greater and lesser kudu, gerenuk, hyenas among other species.
In addition to game drives to Samburu National reserve, Buffalo Springs National Reserve and West Gate Conservancy, activities will include night and morning game drive in Kalama Conservancy, rock climbing, professionally-led game walks, bush dinners, and star gazing.
The traditions and semi-nomadic heritage of the local Samburu people are also an important part of the experience. Led by professional Samburu guides, guests enjoy a new dimension of this rightfully popular region: the feeling of exclusivity, of having an incredibly large area to yourself, and a high level of comfort and tailor-made service.