The truly hidden gem. Lake Chala, also known as Lake Challa, is a crater lake that straddles the border between Kenya and Tanzania. The lake formed approximately 250,000 years ago. The lake is east of Mount Kilimanjaro, 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) north of Taveta, Kenya, and 55 kilometres east of Moshi, Tanzania.
The lake is surrounded by a steep crater rim with a maximum height of 170 metres (560 ft).
Lake Chala’s average annual rainfall is about 565 millimetres (22.2 in). The lake surface has an average annual evaporation of near 1,735 millimetres (68.3 in).
Approximately 80 percent of the lake’s inflow comes from groundwater, which is derived mostly from rainfall in the Montane forest zone of Mount Kilimanjaro at an elevation of 1,800 to 2,800 metres (5,900 to 9,200 ft).
Day 1: Drive from Moshi to Lake Chala
In the morning your driver guide will pick you up from the hotel in Moshi then you will drive to Lake Chala with a packed lunch box and drinking water. Upon arrival you will see the beautiful private/hidden game reserve overlooking the crater lake. Our guide will take you to the small crater along dry river then after hike to then big crater. You will take a time to refresh mind and the back down to the lake. Spend the day down there while exploring and kayaking.
You will experience the natural beauties of the green scenery, landscape and will also have the opportunity to meet local people doing their daily activity. There is a very high possibility of spotting the baboon monkey, velvet monkey, blue monkey and many different birds, that live in this wonderful savannah land. After lunch, you may keep enjoying the place before hike back.
You will then be driven back to Moshi in the late afternoon.
There is also the option of staying overnight in the lodge or camping site. If you are camping, we will arrange it as you will need the camping gears like tents, table, chairs etc.
There is a bar that serves alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and a restaurant that serves snacks and main meals.
Staying overnight gives you the opportunity of going on longer hikes, fishing, and having time to relax next to a camp fire.
- Private transport
- All fees and taxes / WMA fees
- Kayaking & Canoeing
- Bottled water
- Experienced English speaking guide.
- Optional activities
- Passport and Visa fees
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance
- Travel Documents