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Lake Chala Day Trip Arusha Excursion is a Tanzania day trip that starts from Arusha, Moshi, or Marangu town.
This full-day tour takes you to Lake Chala, which lies on the South-Eastern flank of Mount Kilimanjaro just 55 km’s from Moshi near the Holili/ Taveta border post to Kenya and Tanzania.
The lake is located 55 km from Moshi (130 km from Arusha) therefore the perfect getaway 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 within the area include blue monkeys, colobus monkeys, baboons, dik-dik, kudu, and elephants.
Get away from the beaten path with this day trip from Arusha or Moshi to beautiful Lake Chala. Located on the Kenya-Tanzania border, this gorgeous Crater Lake is a slice of paradise far removed from the tourist crowds. Enjoy a day of hiking, canoeing, and soaking in the serenity of this hidden gem.
At the end of the 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 | What to Do and See
Hiking: Lake Chala is a wonderful area in which to hike. You can walk down to the lake, around 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 follows the wonderfully carved and varied ‘dry’ river bed then back up the Camp hill to the Kenyan border, and down along the edge of the 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 cichlid family. This fish is endemic to Chala but is now a threatened species due to overfishing.
Crocodiles: Crocodiles were introduced to Lake Chala in the 1930s. 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 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 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 activities.
The area is home to monitoring 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 in one of the many possible hikes, walks to the lake, canoeing on the lake, bird watching, swimming in the crystal clear water, kayaking across borders, or simply enjoying 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 your hotel/ residence.
Lake Chala Day Trip Arusha Excursion Prices
Lake Chala Day Trip Arusha Excursion Prices include:
Village visit fee + Picnic Lunch Box + Bottle water for drinking + Round trip transfers from Arusha/ Moshi or Marangu to Lake Chala and back & Services of our professional and experienced English-speaking driver guide & local guide at Lake Chala
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* What to bring: We do advise good walking shoes, and maybe a stick to go down and up the lake’s steep ascent. Bring binoculars for birding, sunscreen, a hat, and appropriate clothes for temperature changes
Lake Chala Day Trip Arusha Excursion Prices Do Not 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)