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Lake Chala Day Tour

Trip Introduction

Duration: 10 hours

Lake Chala is the unique caldera lake which is thought to be the deepest inland water body in Africa. The source of water of the lake is the underground water springs from Mount Kilimanjaro. It is also drained with a rate of about 10 million m3/year. The lake varies in color from deep blue to turquoise and green and it is surrounded by a 100-meter-high pit edge.

Lake Chala is the Crater Lake that marks a border between Tanzania and Kenya on the eastern edge of Mount Kilimanjaro; it is 49 km from Moshi town and 8 km north of Taveta. The lake has a mean depth of 81 meters and it covers the area of 4.2 km2and it has the diameter of 3 km. Lake Chala and the surrounding area is spectacularly interesting, not just because of Kilimanjaro that can be seen on clear days towering in the background but also because it thrives with life. The lake itself is an attraction, the crater rim, bird species and small mammals such as colobus monkeys, baboons, dikdik and kudu.

Some of the activities include; bird watching, game viewing swimming (not advisable), walking safari in the village and canoeing.

At A Glance

  • This tour starts and ends in
  • It is 1-day Safari– the perfect short safari add-on to your Kilimanjaro climb.
  • This tour is a private safari and run exclusively for you and can depart any day.
  • This tour accepts children of all ages and discounts apply for children 0 -15 years old


Day 1: Moshi – Lake Chala – Moshi

Travel time: 1 hour – 1 hour

After your breakfast around 8:00 am our guide will pick you up from your hotel in Moshi with a picnic lunch for a full day tour and drive to Lake Chala which is 53Km from Moshi. Upon the arrival at Lake Chala, we will complete all the government entrance fees and drive inside the game reserved Area. Having arrived at the Lake, with a guide, you will drop for 20 minutes down into the cavity, by walking, to find the invigorating and remunerating water that anticipates you, going down the lake is easy and you will enjoy seeing some birds and monkey around the trees, down the shore it is then totally up to you to what extent you need to spend down at the lake, either swimming or Kayaking and also see the other part of Kenya since the lake is at the border of Tanzania and Kenya, After that, you will take your lunch and the guide will drive you back to the hotel.

Spending time

Activities shall take an average of 6 hours spent in the park for game viewing.

  • Price for Lake Chala Day tour  per person in USD.
Number of Pax
10+ Pax
Standard Price Package
$ 120
$ 105
$ 95
$ 85


  • Professional and experienced English-speaking safari driver/guide.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Transport to/from lake Chala
  • All sightseeing and excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch box
  • Drinking water while on safari (1.5 liters per person per day).
  • Government Taxes & 18% VAT.


  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Any Private Expenses (Souvenirs, travel insurance, etc.)
  • Accommodation before and at the end of tour (Unless mentioned otherwise)

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    From 16 years and above (Full price)

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    From 5-10 years old (45% of adult price)

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    From 0-4 years old (Free)

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