Lake Chala 1 DayTanzania Short Tour
Lake Chala 1 Day Tanzania Short Tour
Our Lake Chala 1 Day Short Tour to this magnificent caldera lake is the ideal location to get away from it all and immerse yourself in true African wilderness.
If you have more time we can extend your day trip to include an overnight stay.
Located in the east of Kilimanjaro close to the border of Kenya, it is thought to be the deepest inland body of water in Africa. The area has abundant bird life and a variety of wildlife including the dik-dik, elephants, kudu, monkeys and baboons and offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Perfect for hiking either down to the lake, short river walks or if you are feeling very adventurous you can hike around the rim of the lake, crossing into Kenya and back again.
For those just looking for tranquility and relaxation, take the short hike down to the lake where you can have a leisurely swim, read a book and enjoy the serenity of your surroundings.
This truly is an excursion you just cannot miss, an opportunity to get back to nature.
We will collect you early from your hotel in Moshi or Arusha and travel straight to Lake Chala to make the most of your day trip experience.
Kilimanjaro Bound offer a large range of day trips and short excursions suitable for any budget or time available. We are there to organise everything that you need during your African Adventure.
Whatever you choose, Kilimanjaro Bound will take great care of you whilst you enjoy the beauty of our wonderful country.
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 (34 mi) 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). It takes about 3 months for groundwater to reach the lake. The groundwater flowed into the lake at an estimated annual volume of 8,390,000 cubic metres (296,000,000 cu ft) from 1964 through 1977.
The Lake Chala Tilapia (Oreochromis Hunteri) is endemic to Lake Chala. The Red List of threatened species, which is maintained by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, describes this fish as critically endangered.