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MENENGAI FOREST

Menengai Forest is located in the Great Rift Valley in Nakuru, 10 km North of Nakuru Town 160 km west of Nairobi City and 2244 m above sea level. The Menengai Caldera found in Menengai Forest Station is a large shield volcano with an area of approximately 90 km2, a diameter of 12 km and depth of almost half a kilometer. It is one of the largest calderas in the world and the second most visited caldera in the world.

 

Menengai Forest Biodiversity

 

Flora

Over 169 species of flowering plants and 17 species of grasses have been recorded in Menengai Forest. Example of flowering plants include Leleshwa (Tarconanthus camphorates), Euphorbia species and Acacia species. Common grasses in the forest include geothermal grass (Fibristylis exilis) and Boma Rhode grass.

 

Fauna

There are mammals, birds and insects.

Mammal species include Tree hyrax, Rock hyrax, Olive baboons, Black-faced Vervet monkey and Mountain Reedbucks and Kirk’s Dik diks and Slender Mongoose.

Birds species include Varreaux eagles (only found in Menengai Forest in Nakuru) Abyssiinian Ground Hornbill, Lesser Spotted Eagle, African Marsh Harrier, Horus Swift Apus hours, Turn-tailed ravens, Red-winged Sterling and other birds.

Insects in Menengai Forest include Arachnids, Molluscs and various species of butterflies.

 

Getting there

Menengai Caldera is located in Nakuru town, 160 km west of Nairobi city. To get there from Nakuru town, take the road towards Nairobi and turn left after the railway bridge. Turn right 300 meters later onto Milimani road then left after 700 metres onto Menengai road. The main gate is 1.2 km from this last turn off. 

 

Guides

Experienced guides are available at a fee. Enquire about guiding services at the main gate.

 

Visiting hours

Visitors are allowed into the forest from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm unless they have made arrangements to stay overnight. 

 

What to wear and carry

Wear comfortable walking shoes or trainers and loose-fitting lightweight clothing.  A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen may come in handy. Carry binoculars and camera.

 

Attractions

•The Menengai Caldera

•Viewpoint

•Geothermal energy production

•Caves

•Nature trails

•Picnic sites

•Fumaroles

 

Facilities

•Curio shops

•Campsites

 

Rule to remember when visiting

•Be careful as the viewpoint and cliffs are deep and dangerous.

•Do not feed wild animals.

•Do not start fires in the forest.

•Do not take away animals, animal products, plants or plant parts.

•Do not mark or deface tree stems, stones and other features.

•Avoid noise as it disturbs both wildlife and other visitors.

•Do not exceed 40kph when driving in the forest and drive carefully when descending.

•Take all the litter that you brought away with you.

•Keep to the designated tracks and paths when walking or driving.

•To get the most from your visit, use a guide.

 

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