Lake Chala is a caldera lake formed 250,000 years ago, sitting at 8 km from Taveta, border town of Kenya, this is the deepest inland lake of Tanzania carved in ancient rock and is fed by Kilimanjaro underground water, the history is full of myths and legends including a Maasai village that disappeared into the lake. Chala is a quiet site away from the busy tourist usual attractions that will give you a sense of connection with nature.
Depending on the season the color of the lake could be deep blue, turquoise or green. It offers a flora that can be exclusive to the area. The fauna includes a stunning variety of birds (200 species) with birds of prey, Colobus Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, baboons, dik-dik, kudu, pythons, monitor lizards and maybe migrant elephants.
Day trip – Moshi – Lake Chala
Non-game-viewing travel time: 1 hour
Distance: 55 km from Moshi
Meet our professional naturalist guide/driver at the lodge, who will deliver a short safari info briefing, after which, we travel to the Lake Chala. You can choose any activity from a nature bush walk, canoeing on the lake, fishing or swim in the Lake.
The bushwalk will last (2-4) hours depending on the pace. The walk offers scenic views with Kilimanjaro in the background, you will go down the rocky gullies formation to the water.
After the walk, we can have lunch at the Lake Chala lodge with a spectacular view of the lake as well as Kilimanjaro view in the clear days.
If you want to paddle in a canoe, this is a one-hour activity and if you want to go fishing it can be extended. You can find the specific Lake Chala tilapia, though you must fish and release since this is an endangered species.
You can swim in Lake Chala but it is recommended to stay close to the shore if you are not a strong swimmer. There a no dangerous aquatic creature but the depth of the lake with a seventy meter drop off is a caution.
Later in the evening, the driver will take you back to the lodge for your next adventure.
INCLUDED IN YOUR SAFARI PACKAGE:
- Lunch at the Lake Chala Safari camp.
- Canoe and fishing rod.
- Experienced English-speaking naturalist guide.
- Transport from and to your lodge.
- Drinking water
- All park entry fees and 18% VAT
EXCLUDED FROM YOUR PACKAGE:
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Tipping(we recommend $70 per car per day )
LAKE CHALA DAY TRIP PRICE:
$ 240 per person (From 2-3 &) $150 per person (4 & above)
Prices quoted are subject to current Government Regulated Park Fees at the time of departure.