What to do in Lake Chala
Climate: 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'. Children: 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.
Walking: 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.
Birding: 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.
Fish: 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: 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.