Lake Chala Day Trip Arusha Excursion
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Lake Chala Day Trip Arusha Excursion is a Tanzania day trip that starts from Arusha, Moshi or Marangu town.
The lake is located 55 kms from Moshi (130 km from Arusha) therefore the perfect get away for a day. Pure tranquility and beautiful nature await you at Lake Chala.
Explore the area on one of the many possible hikes, walks to the lake, canoeing on the lake, bird watching, swim in the crystal clear water, kayaking across borders or simply enjoy the stunning vistas of an untouched Africa.
Depending on the time of year, there are hundreds of species of butterflies and birds, including spectacular birds of prey.
The African Fish Eagle, with its haunting techniques, Verreaux’s Eagle, Augur Buzzards and many other species of birds can be seen around the crater walls.
Wild animals spotted with-in the area include the blue monkeys, colobus monkeys, baboons, dik-dik, kudu and elephant.
At the end of Lake Chala day trip, you can choose to be dropped off at Kilimanjaro International Airport, at Arusha Airport or at your hotel.
Lake Chala Day Trip Arusha Excursion: Lake Chala is located some 55 km northeast of Moshi town on the south-eastern flank of Mt Kilimanjaro and on the Kenyan border. In fact, the international boundary between Tanzania and Kenya runs through the middle of the lake!
Lake Chala is a water-filled caldera that was formed after volcanic activity (probably from Mt Kilimanjaro) caused it to collapse. The crater itself is 3 km in length and 2.4 km wide, with a surface area of about 4.2km². The depth of the lake is between 70 to 90m with the walls almost vertical and as high as a 100m in some places.
Lake Chala and the surrounding area is spectacularly interesting, not just because of Kilimanjaro that can be seen on clear days towering in the background but also because it thrives with life.
Walking around you can spot plenty of birds (about 200 species) and small mammals such as blue monkeys, colobus monkeys, baboons, dik-dik and kudu.
Being so close to Tsavo National Park you might be able to see large herds of elephants that migrate back and forth between Kenya and Tanzania.
Probably a must-do when at Lake Chala is to go on a walk down the steep crater walls to the water. The walk is very scenic with great views of the lake and vegetation.
Swimming is possible but it is advised to stay close to the shore. Another interesting walk is the river bed tour. There is a seasonal river nearby where the water has eroded the walls into beautiful shapes.
Lake Chala Day Trip Arusha Excursion | What to Do and See
Hiking: Lake Chala is a wonderful area in which to hike. You can walk down to the lake, round the rim of the lake and up Chala Hill. You can take river walks, out in the bush, with the company of a guide.
The River Bed Trail following the wonderfully carved and varied ‘dry’ river bed then back up the Camp hill to the Kenyan border, and down along the edge of crater lake.
Great views can also be had on this walk across the bush to the foothills of Kilimanjaro and of the mighty mountain itself.
Birding Watching: Birds are plentiful and raptors in particular are many and spectacular birds found in the area.
Lake Chala is thought to be an important migration corridor on the eastern flank of Kilimanjaro and unexpected birds can be found here during migration time.
Fishing: The Lake is home to the Lake Chala Tilapia, a species of fish in the cichlidae family. This fish is endemic to Chala, but is now a threatened species due to over fishing.
Crocodiles: Crocodiles were introduced to Lake Chala in the 1930’s. In the early 1990s fishermen, angry that their nets were continually being destroyed, began a program to eradicate them.
There are no longer any crocodiles left in Lake Chala and the lake is safe for swimming; however as everywhere in Africa it pays to be careful.
Nature Walks: From lush lake shore forest, to stunning volcanic savannah, Chala is immensely rich in flora. A vast array of trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses, including rare plants, some endemic to Chala, adorn the landscape.
The variety is astounding and beautiful in this harsh environment.
Lake Chala Day Trip Arusha Excursion Itinerary
0800 Hours: After breakfast at your hotel/ residence in the morning your safari guide will pick you up and drive to Lake Chala.
Lake Chala is located some (3 hours drive from Arusha) 55 km’s northeast of Moshi town on the south-eastern flank of Mt Kilimanjaro and on the Kenyan border. In fact, the international boundary between Tanzania and Kenya runs through the middle of the lake!
If you start from Moshi the drive is about 2.5 hours.
1000 Hours: Upon arrival you will see the beautiful private game reserve overlooking the Crater Lake. The local guide will take you down to the lake.
Spend the morning bird watching, swimming, fishing, exploring, canoeing, kayaking (optional). You will have the opportunity to meet/see the local people doing their daily activity.
The area is home to monitor lizards, baboons, monkeys, antelopes, elephants and many species of birds that live in this wonderful savannah land.
1300 Hours: We enjoy our picnic lunch out in the bush or at the lodge’s restaurant/bar depending on the activity you choose for the day.
1400 Hours: Relax at the lodge or partake one of the many possible hikes, walks to the lake, canoeing on the lake, bird watching, swim in the crystal clear water, kayaking across borders or simply enjoy the stunning vistas of an untouched Africa.
1600 Hours: You will then be driven back to Moshi/ Arusha in the late afternoon.
1900 Hours: Arrive back in Arusha and transfer to you hotel/ residence.
Lake Chala Day Trip Arusha Excursion Prices
|Dates From||Dates To||Price Per Person||5 to 11 Year Child|
|1st January 2020||31st December 2020||Request for rates||Request for rates|
* What to bring: We do advise good walking shoes, and maybe a stick to go down and up the lakes steep ascent. Bring binoculars for birding, sunscreen, hat, appropriate clothes for temperature changes
Lake Chala Day Trip Arusha Excursion Prices include:
* Village visit fee
* Picnic Lunch Box
* Bottle water for drinking
* Round trip transfers from Ausha/ Moshi or Marangu to Lake Chala and back
* Services of our professional and experienced English speaking driver guide & local guide at Lake Chala
Lake Chala Day Trip Arusha Excursion Prices include:
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers insurance
* Communication charges
* Minimum of 1 person required
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)
Booking & Reservations for Lake Chala Day Trip Arusha Excursion Contacts;
Booking Office Tel: + 254 718-179-967
Mobile : + 254 721-242-711
Mobile : + 254 780-242-711