Surrounded by a 100 metres high crater rim, lake Chala is a unique caldera lake fed by underground springs from Mt. Kilimanjaro and is thought to be the deepest inland body of water in Africa.
The lake has a great diversity of life. From lush lake shore forest to stunning volcanic savannah; from river beds marvelously carved through ancient rock, to thick bush or open ‘mbuga’. Walking at Lake Chala is a magical experience that will put you back in touch with nature.
The lake is fed by groundwater flows, which come from Mount Kilimanjaro, fed and drained underground with a rate of about 10 million m³ / year. Depending on the time of year, the colour changes from deep blue to turquoise and green.
A variety of birds can be found around the crater wall including the African Fish Eagle, Verreaux’s Eagle, Augur Buzzards and many other species of birds can be seen around the crater walls. Wild mammals also can be seen including Blue Monkeys, Colobus Monkeys, baboons, dik-dik, kudus and elephants.
Activities at this lake: Nature Walks, canoeing, swimming and fishing.