Lake Chala Day Trip (Add-on Tanzania)

Take a day trip to the breathtaking Crater Lake of Chala. Try some kayaking or just soak up the panoramic view of the tropical forest by the lake. Have some lunch before driving back home and enjoying the stunning scenery of Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Lake Chala Safari Accompanied Walk with World Adventure Tours
Lake Chala Safari Lodge - Restaurant with World Adventure Tours
Lake Chala Safari Kayaking with AWAT
Beautiful Lake Chala view with AWAT
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Lake Chala is a crater lake in a caldera located some 55km northeast of Moshi town on the south-eastern flank of Mt Kilimanjaro, located on the border of Tanzania and Kenya on the eastern end of Kilimanjaro. In fact, the international boundary between Tanzania and Kenya runs through the middle of the lake! Up for a swim to Kenya? This place is a real find for tourists who like panoramic views and a quiet environment to take everything in. 

What to expect:

Your Rafiki guide will arrive at your accommodation armed with a tasty lunch. From here you will be transferred to Lake Chala. From Moshi it will take about 1.5 hours, from Arusha it will take about 3 hours to get to the lake.

During the ride, you´ll get to see a variety of landscapes, but from our own experience we know that many of you will end up sleeping in the car for an hour or two (especially when we leave early morning from Arusha)

Once arrived at the Lake Chala area, the car stops at the Lake Chala Safari Camp. From here we will head towards the lake. Lake Chala Safari Camp is a beautiful private game reserve overlooking Lake Chala.

Lake Chala offers great hiking routes and is a great place to swim or take a kayak to paddle around the lake! You can even fish with the locals. In the area of the lake, you might be able to spot animals such as baboons, velvet- and blue monkeys, and maybe a cute little dik-dik or kudu. Sometimes even an elephant!

After exploring the lake you can take some time to relax, float around or stop at the local bar for a nice, cold beer (or a Konyagi). If you haven’t opted to camp at the Lake, we will drive back to Moshi/Arusha in the late afternoon.

Possible overnight: There’s also a possibility to make this a two-day trip, where we’ll camp near the lake. A sweet adventure where we set up camp and light a fire underneath the star-filled heavens. Because of the green surroundings, there’s little to no light pollution which offers a great opportunity for star-gazing. If you’re interested in this, please send us an inquiry.

*This Day trip is both possible as a private excursion and it is possible to join a group. If you’d like to join a group. Please send us an inquiry and we will find a group for you to join!

Please check out our other day trips to the Materuni Waterfalls and Coffee Plantation or why not the Timeless Tarangire safari?

Moshi, TZ
6:44 am, October 14, 2023
clear sky
Wind: 2 mph
Pressure: 1016 mb
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:11 am
Sunset: 6:21 pm

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 this lake. 
  • Fun activities to do by the lake.
  • Possibility to overnight if you want, just contact us at 

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, kayaking, 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.

Is it possible to make a day trip to Lake Chala?

Yes, it is possible to make a day trip to Lake Chala. The lake is located about 1.5 hours away from Moshi.

What is Lake Chala?

Lake Chala is a crater lake on the border of Tanzania and Kenya. It is known for its clear blue water and stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Can I swim in Lake Chala?

Yes, swimming is allowed in Lake Chala. The water is clear and refreshing, but it can be quite cold.

Are there any animals to see at Lake Chala?

While there are few animals at Lake Chala, there is a chance to see some bird species, monkeys, and reptiles.

What should I bring on a day trip to Lake Chala?

You should bring comfortable clothing suitable for warm weather, swimwear, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera or binoculars. You may also want to bring snacks and water for the trip.

Can I go on a hiking trail at Lake Chala?

Yes, a hiking trail around the lake offers stunning views of the water and the surrounding landscape.

Do I need a guide for a day trip to Lake Chala?

While a guide is not required, it is recommended to have a local guide to show you around and share the history and culture of the area.

Included in the price:

  • Transfer from Moshi and back to your hotel
  • Entry ticket
  • Picnic lunch with chairs and tables
  • Soft drinks and water
  • Canoeing

Excluded from the price:

  • Tips for your guide (optional but recommended)

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