Marangu Village & Lake Chala Day Tour



You will be picked up early morning by our English-speaking guide. And head to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate in Marangu, the drive takes approximately one hour from Moshi.


The Marangu Gate (1860m) is the starting point of the Marangu route/Coca-Cola route, one of the most popular routes to the top of Kilimanjaro. Here you will get a briefing introduction to the history of Kilimanjaro mountain, the beginnings of its ascent and the individual routes to the summit. During your visit at the gate you also have the opportunity to observe the climbers in their preparations. Afterwards, we will take a short hike to a nearby valley with a small waterfall, which the locals call the “evergreen valley”.


After the hike it is time to learn more about the history of the Chagga tribe. You will visit the caves dug by the Chagga tribe during the wars with the Maasai tribe some 200 years ago. The caves were used to hide the children and women during the Maasai attacks. During the excursion you will also have the opportunity to visit a traditional Chagga house/hut


Before having a picnic you will visit the very beautiful Ndoro Waterfall. The short but exhausiting trail is worth the effort. After lunch it is time to head to Lake Chala. The ride takes about one hour and leads over bumpy slopes through small villages, on the way you have beautiful views of the surroundings.


Lake Chala is on the border beween Tanzania and Kenya, the boundary runs through the middle of the lake. The lake is a water-filled caldera that was formed after volcanic activity caused it to collapse. The crater itself is 3km in length and 2.4km wide, with a surface area of about 4.2km². The depth of the lake is between 80m to 90m with the walls almost vertical and as high as a 99m in some places.

While arrival you will walk through the bushland at the northwest side of the lake. The hike leads through a seasonally dried riverbed, where the water has eroded the walls into beautiful shapes, on the way you will also pass a crater. During the hike you can spot various bird species and with some luck also small mammals such as blue monkeys, baboons or dik-dik. The lake is close to Tsavo National Park , sometimes you might be able to see elephants that migrate back and forth between Kenya and Tanzania.


The hike then leads you down the steep crater walls to the lake. The walk is very scenic with great views of the lake and the lush vegetation. At the lake it is time to relax a bit. Swimming in the lake is possible, but we advise you to stay close to the shore. After having sufficiently rested and enjoyed the view of the lake, it is time to return to Moshi, where we will arrive late before dark.

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