Wanted specific scientific research to examine the depth of lake Chala

14Aug 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Wanted specific scientific research to examine the depth of lake Chala

TOURISM stakeholders have suggested the need for specific scientific research that will examine the definite depth of Lake Chala which is located some 55km northeast of Moshi town on the south-eastern flank of Mt Kilimanjaro and on the Tanzania-Kenyan border.

Lake Chala

The lake is said to be a unique caldera, and is thought to be the deepest inland body of water in Africa. This lake is fed by underground springs from Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Speaking to this paper, the stakeholders underscored the need for the government or other organizations to conduct research so as to improve the lake and attract more tourists.

Vallerian Mboya, a tour guide at the area said that “Despite the lake having close geological relation with Mount Kilimanjaro, it is better for the country to have a database which shows the actual depth of the lake.”

According to him, 60 per cent of tourists who visit Lake Chala had been asking them (tour guides) on the depth of the lake something which had been putting them in difficult situation as they do not have real answers.

It is believed that the lake has a depth of more than 3000m, but there is no scientific research conducted to prove it.

Another tour guide, Isaack Nuru said that despite the lake having huge flow of local and international tourists, there are some improvements that are yet to be done including identifying its depth.

The lake which is found at Malowa village as a great diversity of life from lush lake shore forest to stunning volcanic savannah; from river beds marvelously carved through ancient rock, to thick bush or open  forest. Walking at Lake Chala is a magical experience that will put you back in touch with nature.

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.

Chala has a huge variety of amazing trees, grasses and plants; some are unique to the area. According to the time of year there are hundreds of species of butterflies and birds, including spectacular birds of prey. The African Fish Eagle, with its haunting techniques, Verreaux’s Eagle, Augur Buzzards and many other species of birds can be seen around the crater walls. Wild mammals do vary including Blue Monkeys, Colobus Monkeys, baboons, dik-dik, kudu and elephant. Chala is an untouched part of a truly ancient land and a must visit place.