Lake Chala is a crater lake in a caldera: thought to be the deepest inland body of water in Africa- is a perfect destination to take a Day trip. The lake gets its water from the underground springs from Mt. Kilimanjaro and shows various features along its way. From lush lake shore forest to stunning volcanic savanna; from river beds marvelously carved through ancient rock, to thick bush or open ‘mbuga’. A walking tour here is always recommended. It is really a magical experience to walk along the huge variety of amazing trees, grasses and plants; some are unique to the area. If you are in the right time of the year, you can find hundreds of species of butterflies and birds including spectacular birds of prey. A few to name are the African Fish Eagle, with its hunting techniques, Verreaux’s Eagle, Augur Buzzards and many other species. With mammals varying from monkeys to baboons, from dik-dik to kudu and to elephants Chala is an untouched part of a truly ancient land where you can feel the real taste of Africa.
Activities at this lake: walking safaris, canoeing, swimming and fishing.