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The Menengai Crater of Kenya, Africa.
The Menengai crater is located 10 kilometers North of Nakuru town in the Great Rift Valley. The volcano about 2000 years ago.
It’s the largest volcano caldera in Kenya and the second largest caldera in Africa, it’s also one of the biggest calderas in the world. The 12 x 8km caldera is 2,300 meters above sea level.
It’s an intriguing and mysterious place with legend and history.
As the legend goes, the crater was a battleground between the Maasai clans; the fight over land for their animals to graze. According to the story, Ilaikipiak Maasai warriors were killed by being thrown over the edge of the crater.
Because of this legend, the locals believe that the crater is haunted by the spirits of 60 000 Ilaikipiak Maasai warriors. It is also thought that the steam rising from the bottom of the caldera is indeed souls trying to find their way to heaven.
The Crater is believed to be a very spiritual place and people come from far and wide to spend time praying and contemplating - and those who have spent time there say they have felt the presence of God - but it is thought by some to be haunted by evil spirits that take people captive.
Many people are said to have disappeared after exploring the area, and others return totally confused.
The steam locals believe to be souls trying to get to heaven will be used as geothermal energy.
There are reports of spirit beings cultivating the land on the crater floor with eyewitnesses saying that the plowing with tractors, planting and harvesting all happened within an hour. There are even witnesses who speak of a flying umbrella rising from the crater floor when it rains.
There are reports from the locals in the area that they have witnessed the devil riding a motorbike on Kirima Kia ngoma or Devil's Hill which is next to the crater.
Indeed, Menengai Crater is one of the most attractive places in the country with its spectacular scenery and promise of activities including hiking, trekking, biking, camping and picnicking at strategic campsites.
Menengai Crater in Kenya is an extinct volcano that has become active. This time it will not be spewing hot lava, but clean and affordable electricity.
Kenya and Ethiopia are the only African countries that produce geothermal energy, which now generates more than one-fifth of Kenya’s electricity. The Great Rift Valley has significant unexploited geothermal resources.
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