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Lake Chala, the Crater Lake on the eastern slopes of Kilimanjaro Mountain

The Lake Chala is one of the most unexplored attractions in the area. It’s found on the boarder of Kenya and Tanzania. The lake is a crater lake and on the eastern slopes of the Kilimanjaro mountain.

It’s about 34 miles from Moshi to Lake Chala and about 5 miles from Taveta in Kenya. It’s approximately 30 kilometers from the southern base of the Kilimanjaro.

Features of the Crater Lake

It is believed that this lake was formed about 250,000 years ago and since it’s a crater lake, its formation is related to the volcanic process that happened on the Kilimanjaro Mountain.

The rim of this crater is about 560 feet tall. The late is fed by streams from the montane forests here. The lake has a total area of about 4 square Kilometers.

It is about 98 meters deep. This makes this lake deeper than Lake Victoria. About 20% of the total water in this lake is collected from rain water.

Additionally, the watercolor in the lake varies from green, turquoise to deep blue, and this is occasioned by the freshwater streams found under the crater.

The streams from this lake flow to lake Jipe which almost 30 kilometers away from this lake. The evaporation rate in the area is a big threat to the existence of this lake.

Wildlife at Lake Chala

The lake boosts of over 200 bird species. The other animals you will find here are:

  • Vervet Monkeys
  • Blue Monkeys
  • Monitor Lizards
  • Bush-Bucks
  • Kudus
  • Peregrine falcons
  • Baboons
  • Colobus Monkeys
  • Dik-dik among others

History of Lake Chala

The British soldiers on the year 1964 helped an American explorer create a way to the Chala Lake. He wrote about his adventures to this lake after. The lake was also a center of attention in the year 2002 when there were developments around this lake.

The Lake has crocodiles and it made news when a crocodile killed a British student.

The Masai locals of the area believe there are souls of their Masai ancestors that are trapped in the lake and that’s what was escaped more when the British student was killed by a crocodile.

Activities on Lake Chala

Like most lakes, the biggest activities you can do here are canoeing and fishing. This lake is really deep and you have to be careful how far you go into the lake. Make sure you are always with you team or in a group of people to be safe.


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