Marangu is one of the most popular starting points for climbing Kilimanjaro, and the place to be if you want to learn more about Chagga culture and history. Lake Chala lies a bit further from Moshi, and is a volcanic caldera (collapsed volcano) filled with water. The area offers stunning views, and activities such as hiking and kayaking.
Your guide and driver will pick you up in Moshi in the morning and bring you to Marangu, about an hour away from Moshi. The first stop is Marangu Gate, where you’ll get information about Kilimanjaro National Park and climbing the highest mountain in Africa. From here, you’ll walk to see the Chagga caves and their story. The caves (everybody calls them caves but they’re actually more like tunnels) were dug about 200 years ago by the Chagga, to protect themselves from attacks by the Maasai. In the same place, you’ll also be able to see a reproduction of a traditional Chagga house.
After this visit, your guide will take you to Kilasiya waterfall. The trail to the waterfall is steep and can be slippery at times, but it’s not very long and we believe it’s manageable for anybody in normal physical condition. Please don’t forget to wear good shoes. Once you’re finished visiting the waterfall, you’ll have lunch in a local restaurant.
After lunch, you’ll get back in the car and the drive continues towards Lake Chala. It’s about an hour, and the road is bumpy, but the view once you reach Lake Chala is more than worth it. Before you walk down to the lake, we’ll first take you on a hike on the caldera rim, through bushland and dried riverbeds. Then it’ll be time to go down into the crater, again quite steep but very scenic, quite short and doable for anyone in normal shape. At the lake you can relax, and possibly swim and kayak. At times, however, it is not allowed to do these last 2 activities, and we have no power over this decision.
We drive back to Moshi in the late afternoon, after a relaxing time at the lake and a steep climb back up!
Private transport from your accommodation in Moshi to Marangu and Lake Chala and back
English speaking guide
Entrance fee to the Chagga caves and waterfall in Marangu
Entrance fee to Lake Chala
Hot lunch in a local restaurant in Marangu