Itinerary: Day Trip to Lake Duluti
LAKE DULUTI Forest Reserve
This Forest Reserve covers an area of natural forest surrounding the lake. It is situated 12km from Arusha City at an altitude of 1260 meters above sea level. The reserve covers the inner slopes of a small crater around Lake Duluti on the southern foothills of Mount Meru. The forest has good scenery with wonderful huge trees of 53 species. It rims around the Lake Duluti and acts as a protective shield against erosion and siltation. There are also view points from where you can see Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.
Lake Duluti’s waters appear green due to reflection of forest vegetation around it. Apart from ground flows and forest catchment, it is supplemented by underground flows. It covers 62 ha with its deepest point of 700m. The Lake is also rich in biodiversity with various species of fish, amphibians and reptiles. Lake Duluti, like other Crater lakes, was formed as a result of volcanic activities that caused a breaking of earth crust and sinking of part of the formerly volcanic bill below the water table, resulting in the lake. You can see signs of the phenomenon if you visit Lake Duluti Forest Reserve and observe structures and topography of extensive rock wall with caves which people regard as a Holy site for worshiping.
Refresh your mind on a Boat Trip
The water has low currents thus suitable for canoeing. The boat trip along the shores takes one hour. One can see an amazing floating island of Papyrus plants, and beautiful birds swimming on the water. . On our last boat trip we could watch: Cross Peak Weaver, Long tailed and Great Cormorant, Squaco Heron, green bark heron, grey heron, night heron, yellow billed egret, cattle egret, African Fish Eagle, Ibis, Malachite Kingfisher, Grant King Fisher, Pied Kingfisher, Monitor Lizard, Blue monkey, no billed duck, Black Kite, Town Eagle….. The lake is free from crocodiles and other dangerous big animals.
Please bring your sun cap, sun cream and drinking water along with binoculars.