Where are we?

Lake Chala lies on the the South Eastern flank of Mount Kilmanjaro just 55 kilometers from Moshi, near the Holili / Taveta border post to Kenya. 
Also known as Chala Crater Lake, 
Lake Chala lies at a height of 900 meters. The time zone at Lake Chala is Africa/Dar-es-Salaam. Sunrise at 06:35 and Sunset at 18:44. Latitude. -3.3166667°, Longitude. 37.6833333°    

Getting there

Driving in by car: Follow the 'Directions' link above.  

Flying:  For International flights, the nearest  airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport about 30 kilometers the far side of Moshi.  For local flights Coastal Air now flies to Moshi town daily.

Transport can be arranged privately or by Lake Chala Safari Lodge.


If coming by taxi to Lake Chala here are some reliable taxi drivers contacts: 

From Moshi:   Julius    +255(0)755 - 195739

                           Juma      +255 (0)756 - 861891  

                           Nondo   +255 (0)755 - 467244

                           Kilamia  +255 (0)786 - 370396

From Himo:    Ezekiel   +255 (0)753 - 028485

We advise you check rates with us direct some tour guides quote outrageous fees. 


To find out about our rates please contact us on the following phone numbers:

Lodge Manager: Carolyn +255 (0)753 249118 or +255(0)784 249118

Campsite: Mwambo +255(0)653 684965  or  +255(0)682 923989 

We advise you check rates with us direct some tour guides quote outrageous fees. 

Be Advised there is a Wildlife Management Association (WMA) barrier before entering the private Chala land where the WMA charge fees.

The Luxury Tents 

The luxury Tented Camp includes large, spacious tents, with great en-suite bathrooms, soft lights and  imported bedding for comfort. This allows you somewhere to really relax and absorb the tranquility of Chala.  


 Campsites: Bar, restaurant, electricity, clean tiled ablution blocks with: hot water showers, flushing toilets, BBQ grills to cook your own food,  running water and grills at each campsite. TENT HIRE.  Tents come complete with: mattress, pillow, sheets and light blankets. 


Chala has a temperate but varied climate.It can be very hot in the day time,  especially in December to March, but evenings and mornings are cool and nights can be chilly. From May to September it can be quite cold, warm clothes are needed in the early morning and evening.     

What to bring

We do advise good walking shoes, and maybe a stick to go down to the lake. it is a steep ascent.  Bring binoculars for birding, sunscreen, hat, appropriate clothes for temperature changes, check 'Moshi weather reports'.  


Lake Chala Safari Camp is a family orientated camp with no restrictions for children.  The Marula trees in the camp are wonderful for climbing and there is plenty of space in which children can play, the lake is great for swimming.  


Chala is a wonderful area in which to hike.  Down to the lake, round the rim of the lake and up Chala Hill are all walks it is safe to do on your own.  For the river walks, the meteorite crater or out in the bush, we recommend that you take a guide.  


The Chala bird survey is ongoing.  Birds are plentiful and raptors in particular are many and spectacular in the area.  Chala is thought to be an important migration corridor on the eastern flank of Kilmanjaro, and unexpected birds can be found here during migration time.  We appreciate reports of birds seen by visitors to increase our bird survey. 


The lake is home to the Lake Chala Tilapia, a species of fish in the cichlidae family. This fish is endemic to Chala, but is now a threatened species due to over fishing, a concern which needs to be adressed.


Crocodiles were introduced to Lake Chala in the 1930's. according to legend they were brought in by E.S. Grogan, a British explorer who became famous for walking from Cape Town to Cairo in 1898. The terrain is totally unsuitable for crocodiles to breed, there being no beaches or sandy areas to make their nests.  
In the early 1990s fishermen, angry that their nets were continually being destroyed, began a program to eradicate them. There are no longer any crocodiles left in Lake Chala and the lake is safe for swimming;  however as everywhere in Africa it pays to be careful. 

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