Lake Chala is a crater lake in a caldera on the borders of Tanzania and Kenya on the eastern edge of Mount Kilimanjaro, not far from the town of Moshi and 8 km north of Taveta. Depending on the time of year, it ranges in colour from deep blue to turquoise and green, it is surrounded by a 100 metres high crater rim. The lake is fed by groundwater flows, which come from Mount Kilimanjaro, fed and drained under ground with a rate of about 10 million m³ / year. (Wikipedia)
After meeting up in Moshi we drove together to find the lake and the campsite.
We camped under a marula tree, which constantly rained fruit over us and the tents, but provided lovely shade and tree climbing opportunities.
The view of Lake Chala from the campsite was amazing, as was the position of the restaurant.
After settling in we walked down to the lake for a swim. It was a very steep descent (and a very long climb back up) down the wall of the crater.
The water was surprisingly warm.
The floor of the lake consisted of black sandy soil and dropped away quite sharply.
Micah and Oliver found an old canoe anchored with a large rock at the edge of the water - it was returned to its place once some fun was had.
two boys who kept getting in trouble for running along the dangerous path
looking across at Kenya
We ate dinner at the restaurant on Saturday night.
And then had marshmallows around the camp fire.
This morning we were treated to the most amazing view of Kilimanjaro. A completely different one to the one we are used to coming from Arusha.
Mawenzi looking larger from the eastern side of the mountain, Kibo with its flat top
enjoying the morning sunshine
Below are some views on the drive back to Moshi as we headed home.
It was only a short break away but I feel so refreshed having left Arusha and relaxed with such good company.