The tranquility and calm of Lake Chala appear a thousand lifetimes away from the hustle and bustle of Moshi town, but it’s only an hour away, making it ideal for a unique day trip. Lake Chala is a caldera lake fed by pure, cool subterranean streams that originate from Kilimanjaro, and it’s known for its brilliantly shifting colors, which range from deepest blue to emerald green to azure and all in between.

Lake Chala is a crater lake in a caldera on the eastern end of Kilimanjaro, near the Tanzanian-Kenyan border. Tourists who want magnificent vistas and peaceful enjoyment will love this location.

After a morning journey to the lake, you’ll arrive at the crater’s edge to take in the breathtaking views of the tropical forest and the lake. Baboons are very likely to be seen on the route to the lake. You may go kayaking on the lake while admiring the magnificent African scenery. After that, your lunch will be provided. Mt Kilimanjaro will be seen in all its grandeur on the walk back to the hotel.

One Day Lake Chala Tour

You may hike the picture-perfect landscape around the lake, swim in its beautiful waters (don’t forget your cozzie!) or kayak across the border into Kenya. It’s a day of getting up and personal with one of the world’s most famous figures.

Chala has a moderate environment with a wide range of temperatures. The days can be quite hot, especially from December to March, but the evenings and mornings are cool, and the nights can be chilly. Warm clothing is required in the early morning and evening from May to September since it can be rather chilly.

Activities at Lake Chala

What to bring: Good walking shoes are recommended, as is a stick for going down to the lake. It’s a long and arduous climb. Bring binoculars for bird watching, sunscreen, a hat, and proper clothing for the changing weather. Check the ‘Taveta weather reports’. Please bring a towel if you wish to take a cold, refreshing shower after the trek.

Walking: Chala is a fantastic place to go for a walk. All walks must be accompanied by a local guide, Tranquil Kilimanjaro will provide.

Birding: The Chala bird survey is still going on. Birds abound, with raptors, in particular, being numerous and magnificent. On the eastern side of Kilimanjaro, Chala is regarded to be a significant migratory corridor, and surprising species can be spotted here during migration season. We welcome visitor reports of birds spotted to help us expand our bird census.

Fish: The Lake Chala Tilapia is a cichlidae-family fish that lives in the lake. This fish is indigenous to Chala, however it is currently a threatened species as a result of overfishing, which is a problem that must be addressed. As a result, fishing is prohibited at Lake Chala.

Crocodiles: In the 1930s, crocodiles were brought to Lake Chala. E.S. Grogan, a British adventurer who became famous by walking from Cape Town to Cairo in 1898, is said to have brought them in. Crocodiles cannot reproduce in this region since there are no beaches or sandy areas where they may build their nests.

Fishermen launched a drive to remove their nets in the early 1990s, enraged by the constant destruction of their nets. There haven’t been any crocodiles at Lake Chala since 2002.

Your helpful guide from Tranquil Kilimanjaro will arrive at your lodging with a delicious packed lunch. He or she would then rush you into the vehicle and bring you to Lake Chala Safari Camp. You’ll pass through Moshi’s daily life and onto the highway, where you can spend a peaceful, comfortable hour-and-a-half soaking in the views.

Lake Chala Safari Camp is a stunning private wildlife reserve with a stunning view of Lake Chala. You’ll arrive, and our guide will lead you down to the lake’s edge, passing past vibrant green flora and up to the blue, blue lake ahead. Wear sturdy footwear near the lake since it gets fairly rough.

It’s a beautiful place for hikers and birdwatchers, and if you go during the right season, you could even see elephants gathering at a nearby waterhole. Spend the day strolling around the lake or across the adjacent savannah, where you’ll likely encounter baboons, vervet monkeys, and blue monkeys, as well as the timid dik-dik and beautiful kudu.

Spend some time relaxing by the lakeside after your trek, surrounded solely by birdsong and the gentle lapping of the water.

If you want to be a bit more active, you may rent a kayak and go on a ride around the lake. As you row, the ever-present chirping and soft splashing of the water will enchant you.

Stop at the bar after your excursions for a drink (alcoholic or otherwise) and, if you’re hungry, an afternoon snack. You’ll be driven back to Moshi in the late afternoon if you haven’t chosen to stay at the Lake (think campfire beneath the stars). The relaxing journey will allow you to ponder on your day and wonder if it would be impolite to go straight to bed when you get home – you won’t believe how exhausted you’ll be after a day of stress-relieving quiet.

The cost for the one day Lake Chala tour  trip includes and excludes the following items

1 Day Lake Chala Tour Price includes

Transport by local transportation/private car

Village & waterfall fees

Local guide

Lunch box

1.5l water per day; tea and coffee with meals

Price Excludes

Bottled & Soft Drinks

International flights

Travel insurance

Sleeping bag

Visa and passport fees

Items and services of a personal nature

Tips & Gratuities


Lake Chala Day Trip
Lake Chala Day Trip