Lake Chala Hike and Canoe
A Breathtaking Experience
Lake Chala offers a unique combination of natural beauty, adventure, cultural experience, and accessibility that makes it a must-visit destination in Tanzania. Lake Chala, also known as Lake Challa, is a stunning crater lake located on the eastern edge of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. There are several reasons why you should consider visiting this beautiful destination.
• A great plan to combine with other longer trips.
• You get to walk out in nature and explore the lake.
• Fun activities to do by the lake.
• Possibility to overnight if you want,
Stunning Scenery and Diverse Wildlife
Lake Chala boasts crystal-clear blue water surrounded by lush green vegetation and steep cliffs. The lake is also home to a variety of wildlife, including monkeys, baboons, and a range of bird species. For adventure seekers, Lake Chala offers a range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, swimming, canoeing, and fishing. The area is also great for bird watching, with over 200 bird species recorded in the vicinity. The surrounding villages provide an opportunity to experience the local culture and traditions of the Chagga people who have lived in the area for centuries. Lake Chala is easily accessible from both Moshi and Arusha, making it a convenient day trip or weekend getaway from either city.
What to Expect
- Rafiki guide delivers a tasty lunch to your accommodation and transfers you to Lake Chala, taking 1.5 hours from Moshi or 3 hours from Arusha.
- En route, enjoy diverse landscapes; some may take a brief nap in the car, especially during early morning departures from Arusha.
- Upon reaching Lake Chala, stop at the Lake Chala Safari Camp, a private reserve with panoramic views of the lake.
- Explore the lake with great hiking routes, opportunities for swimming, canoeing, and fishing. Spot wildlife like baboons, velvet- and blue monkeys, dik-diks, kudus, and occasionally elephants.
- After exploration, unwind by floating on the lake or visit a local bar for a cold beverage. If not camping, return to Moshi/Arusha in the late afternoon.