Lake Duluti is a small crater lake situated in eastern Arusha. It takes approximately 30 minutes from Arusha / 1:30 hour from Moshi town. Lake Duluti is surrounded by a thick forest that is home to a number of reptiles like lizards and snakes while the lake itself is a sanctuary for varies bird species. Exploring the area around Lake Duluti is quite fun. Enjoy canoeing at Lake Duluti as well as the hike at the Duluti Forest and get to see the different animal and plant species. You could also enjoy bird watching or go fishing with the help of professional guides. Since the area is quiet popular with cultural tourism take time to visit the local market within the area.
The depth of the lake is unconfirmed, but locals estimate it at around 700m deep. The water from the lake is used in the surrounding areas and rumor has it that the city of Arusha was planning to utilize the water from the lake to supply the whole city.
The lake itself also provides the perfect habitat for water birds and Duluti is claimed to have up to 130 different species. The most common birds that can be seen include grey herons, fish eagles, cormorants, ospreys, egrets and kingfishers.
Visitors to Lake Duluti can go canoeing to explore the lake for a different perspective. This is a great way to explore the marsh areas of the lake. Here, huge papyrus plants are a noisy, colorful nesting ground for many of the birds. Usually a canoe trip around the lake takes around 2-3 hours.
Canoeing Lake Duluti (Arusha)
Glide across the smooth surface of this small Crater Lake and view birdlife seldom seen; Giant kingfisher, Fish eagle, Darters and many more. Surrounded by forested crater walls this is a very special and quiet 1,5 hour canoeing experience. View hundreds of cattle egrets returning to an island in the lake to roost for the night.
- Starting point: Mountain Village Lodge (Tengeru)
- Time: mornings or afternoons
- Strenuousness: low
- Equipment used: stable 2-persons fibre glass canoes
N:B You can visit lake Duluti without Canoe Safari