Lake Duluti Tanzania – A Snapshot of the Reptiles and Birds Paradise
Overview and Location of Lake Duluti Arusha
Shadowed by Mount Meru, the Crater lake Duluti can be reached in 20 minutes from Arusha. Duluti is the name given to the location by the Wameru tribe. Lake Duluti history indicates that the waterbody is built inside a volcanic crater and receives water all year, mainly from groundwater and seasonal rains. Mount Meru (4566m), which looms over the lake, has a hollow on its southern flank.
Lake Duluti Size
Even though the lake’s depth is unclear, residents estimate it to be around 700 meters deep. It is said that the city of Arusha had plans to use the lake’s water to supply all of the city’s needs, and this has been confirmed by locals.
Lake Duluti has a width of about 1100m and a surface area of about 63ha. For the most part, the crater’s 200-meter-high rim is shrouded in the lush forest. There are a lot of snakes and other reptiles living in these dense forests because they give a great place to hunt and lay eggs. Unfortunately, the behold of a green mamba didn’t stay long enough for a picture while on a recent trip to Lake Duluti. Giant monitor lizards, up to two meters long, are often seen lazing around in the sun on decaying trees.
Flora and Fauna at the Duluti Lake
At least one hundred and thirty-one different species of waterbirds have been sighted in Lake Duluti. In addition to egrets and cormorants, other common birds include fish-eagles and kingfishers, amongst others like grey herons.
It’s evident fishes usher many cormorants flock to the lake. Because so many people fish at night, the lake’s wild animals face an increased threat of starvation. It would be best if you had a fishing permit to catch fish at Lake Duluti.
Activities at Lake Duluti
Kayaking is an excellent way to see Lake Duluti from a different perspective. This is a great way to see the lake’s marsh areas up close. Many of the birds in this area build their nests among the massive papyrus trees that dot the landscape. Two and a half hours is about how long it takes to canoe the lake.
Taking a trip around the crater is essential if you’re a fan of hiking. Even in the hottest part of the day, a short trail winds through the woods offers enough shade to allow you to walk. Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen well from a ‘window’ that hikers occasionally stumble across. Visitors to the Duluti forest reserve can take a two-hour walk around Lake Duluti supervised by a ranger.
Lake Duluti day trip, activities, and amazement await visitors.
Accommodation and Other Things to Know If Planning to Visit Lake Duluti
- Lake Duluti lodge Arusha Tanzania
- Lake Duluti hotel
- Lake Duluti entrance fee – About $10 for non citizens and between 3,000 to 10,000 Tanzanian shillings for residents of the country (as of year 2021)
- Lake Duluti forest reserve – https://www.nature-reserves.go.tz/index.php/destinations/view/lake-duluti-a-paradise-for-reptiles-and-birds
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