Destination Truth – Ghosts of Menengai Crater / Kalanoro S04E06

Ghosts of Menengai Crater

Josh heads to Kenya to investigate the report of restless spirits that inhabit the Menengai Crater, the site of a battle that took the lives of 60,000 natives. Even though the battle ended long ago, the natives still claim the area is active with the presence of their ancestors.

The episode doesn’t start off with the usual blowout to their vehicle, but instead, a blowout to Josh’s pants. He is the victim of a wardrobe malfunction and stops in the market to have his pants fixed. The seamstress has no time for his modesty and off come the pants and we all get to witness Josh in his airplane boxers. Many questioned answered there I believe.

Moving on, the team makes a mad dash to catch a train, then drives across the plains where Bobby wants to make a taco out of everything in sight. Tacos? A zebra taco? Something not quite right about that boy.

The team presses on and meets with the town elders who says the team needs to make an offering to the spirits of the crater. This will also give them protection against the spirits.

After a little repelling, the group is in the right place and quickly makes their offering before heading out for the initial sweep. As the teams head out, it’s apparent there is plenty of wildlife in the crater as you can hear all sorts of noises and footsteps. There also seems to be some sort of laughing in the air. That an odd animal sound?

Josh then heads into a small cavern where he hears what sounds like singing and humming. It’s pretty odd. And then a strange light appears for a moment and then disappears. Is the humming just an strange sound reverberation? Is the light just a reflection? They don’t pick up much else, but it is kind of weird.

The team doesn’t actually gather up too much evidence on this one, but there are certainly strange sounds and plenty of noises coming from the crater. Obviously many animals are awake and moving around at night, but would those be mistaken for singing? I’m a little confused over this one. It’s hard to tell if Josh captured something or not. Either way, the natives believe their ancestors still inhabit the vast area of the crater, and for many of them, it’s both sacred and scary.


Next up, the team heads to Madagascar in search of the Kalanoro, a small creature that is supposed to be strong enough to kill and maim.

But getting there is half the adventure and since Josh is in a hurry he shows the locals how to pull the rickshaw like cart. That alone looks like it might have done in a few team members.

The team then meets up with a local zoo caretaker who shows Josh some of the animals the Kalanoro could be mistaken for. The most obvious is the lemur which laps at his honey coated finger. Clearly, not the most dangerous of creatures.

There are witnesses who believe in the Kalanoro and the danger it presents. A local park guide says he was grabbed by one, and the State Park official says it’s claws are deadly. Even Dr. Goodman from the Chicago Museum of Natural History believes he ran into one. They all believe the Kalanoro is out there.

So on with the investigation, but first the team has to get there. At first they take a 4 wheel drive, but when the roads prove impassable, they hit to the open water and sail their way around the horn of Madagascar. Very little seems to stop Josh from getting to his destination.

While out in the extremely thick jungle, Alli nearly falls down the cliff into the water. Josh manages to get a leech stuck to his leg and once again there are all sorts of wild sounds coming from the night. There is some screech as they’re standing around a small waterfall. I doubt it’s paranormal, but that would certainly send you running in the other direction.

They do find some footprints, but they are too soggy and the terrain doesn’t allow for a casting. Josh gets a hit on the thermal imager and there is something on the IR camera. He’s not able to catch up with either one of them.

During the analysis they decide both the eyes and the thermal hit are the shape and size of a lemur. They weren’t able to track down the Kalanoro, but from the sounds of things it sounds like a hodgepodge of many of the animals that live in the area. And with those noises in the night, it can certainly take on a larger than life appearance.

Sounds like what we have for both of these adventures are tales that have grown in scope over the years and sounds in the night that keep people from investigating further. They are both wild and scary places, and when you mix in the real dangers of the animals you get all sorts of living legends.

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