Lake Chala
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Sibylle
Interlaken, Switzerland6 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
It is way too expensive. We drove ourselves by motorcycle (for us$20 per day)from moshi there (because the tours were all too expensive. There is a gate and they charge us$29.50 per person entry fee. This is way too much so we did turn around.
Written January 3, 2021
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Sukesha D
Mombasa, Kenya502 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
Lake Chala is a freshwater crater lake and shares the border with Kenya after Taveta and with Tanzania on the other side.

The Kenya side has no signposts nor any facilities nit even a nice tree or a picnic site for visitors. It is not at all advertised nor known.

However the Tanzanian side has fully utilized this tourist potential and constructed a.few.lodges along the cliff of the lake which would give a fantastic view to their guests and a serene holiday.

The Kenya side... has a couple of rough roads before you reach it and then a slight steep climb of about 7 minutes in the dry heat and then you get the beautiful view of the lake with its pristine blue waters.... beautiful. So sad our tourism industry has done nothing to capitalize on this lovely spot. There is a way to go down to the lake but the bush has overgrown and with no safety rails etx it could be treacherous
Written October 26, 2020
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Nathalie A
13 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
The canyon / riverbed walk was awesome. The walk down to the lake was quite hard on the way up so one must be aware. Nice swim in a fresh water after a long walk was highly appreciated. I am not super super fit I agree but consider myself average. The steps are high so it might be challenging going up. The restaurant up, the food was OK for what we took. The building itself is a shame though.
Unfortunately the lake was green and not the usual blue.
I think that the amount to be paid ( 2 paying spots... ) to enter is a bit on the high side for what you get.
Overall experience, I am happy I saw it. If you are in the vicinity , one might pop in but not sure a long drive to go there is worth it.

Written February 13, 2023
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DrFatma_Makame
Tanga, Tanzania80 contributions
Mar 2014
I'm not against private development that preserve the environment and natural attractions. With a charge of 5000Tshs just to get a view of the lake, the managers of lake Chala park are walling off this natural wonder from the majority of the population. I don't really know how to rate it; I'm agitated!
Written April 15, 2014
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Theresa G
Tanzania11 contributions
Jan 2011
I went to Lake Chala for four days and had an amazing time. I was seeking a retreat from the hustle and bustle of Moshi and Arusha and I couldn't think of a more appropriate place. It is so tranquil. My days were spent hiking, reading, going on safari and just relaxing by the lake. It's gorgeous! The managers are an adorable couple who are so friendly and accommodating and the food was delicious.

I have also brought my volunteers and the children from our orphanage to Lake Chala from my organization Make A Difference for retreat. They have loved it as well.
Written February 9, 2011
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Erik Jones
Karen, Kenya63 contributions
I went to Lake Chala with 7 of my friends this last weekend. We all live in Arusha and we wanted to escape the rain in town. It's about a 2 - 2.5 hour drive from town and it has great views of Mount Kilimanjaro (weather depending) and beautiful views of the Pare Mountains and you get closer to Chala.

The sun came out all of Saturday morning and afternoon while we were there so we hiked down to the lake. Great place for birds, and a lot of different types to vegetation to be seen on the way there.

We based ourselves at the deck by the lake and took the Kayaks out. The light was great and showed the clarity and blue of the water. It wasn't too cold either, perfect temperature to go swimming. There is a large tree in the water which you can jump from, or slide down.

We brought our dog, and one of my friends brought their dog too. We took one out on the kayak and they really enjoyed swimming in the shallows and climbing the rocks.

It was a great stay, and I didn't want to get out of the water.
Written April 12, 2015
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Primus-OK
Moshi, Tanzania22 contributions
Mar 2014 • Family
This very beautiful area is now limited to the locals. whether an adult or a child you have to pay to enter. for a fee of 5000, which seen as very little by tourists is in deed exorbitantly higher to Tanzanians (I don't want emphasize more).

I think the management can do better to see that the locals can also enjoy the beauty of their given land. in some places such as the Kilimanjaro national park, water falls around Marangu they have it clearly that this is the fees for adult locals, children, etc.

I have been to the lake a number of times but my last visit twisted my feelings as the employees were not so welcoming to my questions on the fee structure.

The Question I ask myself is 'what is the benefit to privatize and to protect such an area by limiting access to the people living around it?.
Written April 22, 2014
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Brian D
Asheville, NC1,887 contributions
Jan 2020
While in Moshi if you have some extra time go visit Lake Chala. It is absolutely beautiful and offers some time to take in the surrounding nature.
Written January 31, 2020
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Dear Brian, thanks for your visit and thanks for your comment. Welcome back at Lake Chala.
Written February 1, 2020
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Selma S
Boras, Sweden5 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
One incredibly relaxing and fun place at the same time😍 wonderful place which was not at all crowded by tourists!
Written August 20, 2019
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The Chala Family is happy to read that you enjoyed your stay. Welcome back.
Written August 21, 2019
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Marthead
Whitingham, VT154 contributions
Nov 2016 • Solo
One side is Tanzania, the other is Kenya. Such a great little spot. It was well worth the minimal entrance fee to go there. It wasn't that far from Moshi by car, and was really more beautiful than I expected. From above it offered quite the spectacular view. After hiking down, I will say it was disappointing to see some garbage in the waters, but I am from the USA where many of our water's shores are flooded with more waste. Also, I visited before Kenya banned plastic bags, so maybe Tanzania won't be far behind them on that too. (Highly impressed by Kenya's progressiveness on that too. Shout out to Kenya!!)
I really enjoyed my day trip to this spot, it was the perfect end to a great trip to Tanzania.
Written August 17, 2017
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