Lake Duluti
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  • LMatari
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania8 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was okay
    It was an okay trip. The lake is interesting. The guides were informative. Unfortunately I did not see as many birds as I had hoped to see. We did not do the walk, we were pretty much done after the boat ride. For all those who are confused about pricing, its TZS 10,000 for the boat ride and TZS 10,000 for the guide (at least for Tanzanians, though it should not be soo much more for foreigners). This price however is only available at the government side of the lake, not the private restaurants or private campsites.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Jayanta Kumar Das
    Mangaldai, India8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience in Lake Duluti
    It was an amazing trip to the Lake Duluti. We already came to an end to our 16 days Tanzanian safari on 14/08/2023. Our friend and expert guide Samwel William Mbise suggested us to visit Lake Duluti on the last day. It was another amazing and exciting day. We hired a big boat @50 USD for three people and toured the lake. It was like boating in Amazon wetlands. Saw so many birds and reptiles. Don't worry,there is no crocodiles in the lake. Will visit again with my family. Jayanta Kumar Das,Assam (India)
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Voyager51991145817
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lake Duluti: Enjoy the serenity of nature
    If you feel like walking and canoeing in unspoilt nature, I can highly recommend a trip to Lake Duluti. This small but deep crater lake captivated me not only by its tranquility but also by its surrounding forests full of secrets and surprises. First, we were guided around the lake by Dickson, our very knowledgeable guide. Ask for plants, birds, reptiles, he could name them and give any interesting information. By imitating the sounds of animals he even lured them out from their hidden spaces and we could watch monkeys, rare birds and more. We enjoyed the walk through impressive nature, the long lianos temted us to try their strenghth and the crocodile tail climbers seemed like weapons from a forelorn world. Just in time to watch a golden sunset we started our boat tour and while gliding along magical vegitation, we were listening to the sounds of nature. I didn't enjoy this natural gem for the first time and would not hesitate to come again and again.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 October 2023
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lorenzo
Chile27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I went canoeing at Lake Duluti and I enjoyed it a lot, though I didn't like the food the place is beautiful and calm, Thank you Monica for the great experience in Arusha. +255758758995
Written 15 April 2024
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lankeya
Chesterfield, VA1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
With our safari guide, we wanted to canoe the lake. About six rangers from the Tanzanian army, who I was told now operate this park, were in the parking area. The cost to canoe was $40 per person for a canoe that looked low-quality (We couldn’t get close.) so we thought maybe we would hike instead. The price to set foot on the 2.7 k trail around the lake was $40 per person. The entire lake and trail were within sight and not one soul was in the park. We quickly left.
Written 23 March 2024
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Barbara8211
Annandale, Virginia, United States602 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Disappointed - in room, in service, in cost. The setting was beautiful but that the is the best thing about this hotel. The staff was not attentive/friendly, the buffet breakfast was not served until over an hour after it was suppose to open. Our shower leaked on to a very slippery floor (I slipped once and almost fell). When I told the hotel about it, they placed a rolled up towel near the shower door. The shower did not have a grab bar. For some these things may not matter, for me as a senior - I care!
The rate we were quoted for our stay (we did not book at the time) went up on arrival. We were very disappointed and left after one night. (We were supposed to stay 3)
Written 15 March 2024
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Paresh S
Nairobi, Kenya3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
A beautiful crater lake with facilities for canoeing and a 4 1/2 km hiking trail around the lake .
2 Restaurants to have meals
Written 17 January 2024
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Aleksandra
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Wonderful place. A lot of birds, unforgettable views, canoe trip. I reccommend especially Hosea as a guide.
Written 15 January 2024
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Voyager51991145817
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
If you feel like walking and canoeing in unspoilt nature, I can highly recommend a trip to Lake Duluti. This small but deep crater lake captivated me not only by its tranquility but also by its surrounding forests full of secrets and surprises.
First, we were guided around the lake by Dickson, our very knowledgeable guide. Ask for plants, birds, reptiles, he could name them and give any interesting information. By imitating the sounds of animals he even lured them out from their hidden spaces and we could watch monkeys, rare birds and more. We enjoyed the walk through impressive nature, the long lianos temted us to try their strenghth and the crocodile tail climbers seemed like weapons from a forelorn world.
Just in time to watch a golden sunset we started our boat tour and while gliding along magical vegitation, we were listening to the sounds of nature.
I didn't enjoy this natural gem for the first time and would not hesitate to come again and again.
Written 10 October 2023
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Jayanta Kumar Das
Mangaldai, India8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
It was an amazing trip to the Lake Duluti. We already came to an end to our 16 days Tanzanian safari on 14/08/2023. Our friend and expert guide Samwel William Mbise suggested us to visit Lake Duluti on the last day. It was another amazing and exciting day. We hired a big boat @50 USD for three people and toured the lake. It was like boating in Amazon wetlands. Saw so many birds and reptiles. Don't worry,there is no crocodiles in the lake. Will visit again with my family. Jayanta Kumar Das,Assam (India)
Written 1 September 2023
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LMatari
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
It was an okay trip. The lake is interesting. The guides were informative. Unfortunately I did not see as many birds as I had hoped to see. We did not do the walk, we were pretty much done after the boat ride.

For all those who are confused about pricing, its TZS 10,000 for the boat ride and TZS 10,000 for the guide (at least for Tanzanians, though it should not be soo much more for foreigners). This price however is only available at the government side of the lake, not the private restaurants or private campsites.
Written 13 August 2023
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artzero
313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
My husband and I did a canoe tour of the lake two years ago. I loved it so much that I went back the next morning with the same guide and did a walk around the lake. The lake itself is not the prettiest, what made the canoe ride so fantastic and memorable is the amazingly rich eco system one gets to witness. For anyone who loves birds, plants, reptiles the lake is worth visiting. The difference is the canoe ride was done through a safari company and we were charged I believe around US$100-$150 for the two-hour canoe ride. I made the arrangement with the wonderful and knowledgeable canoe guide Hussein directly for the walk, and he charged me $25 for the morning walk, which was so much cheaper than what the safari company charged.

When I returned to Arusha this July I decided to do the canoe ride again. I contacted Hussein and he still charged $25 per person for a two-hour canoe ride. It was again fantastic. I would recommend doing the ride early in the morning or later in the afternoon when birds are around. You would not see as many birds in the middle of the day.

Hussein is really knowledgeable. He knew all the answers to my questions. You can find him on WhatsApp using his phone number (+255 759 169 879)
Written 16 July 2023
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Eugene F
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
The lake and restaurants are pretty but I had a terrible experience with the restaurants lying to me about entrance fees. They will look at you and make up a price out of the blue. I was told 15, 13 and 10 USD entrance fees for tourists.
We came into the first restaurant to talk about the prices of boat hire, and we spoke for 10 minutes. After that they wanted to charge us entrance fee to the restaurant! Anyhow they said 100K for a boat for 2 tourists and 2 locals. Eventually they brought the price down to 70, but we went to the second restaurant to negotiate. Eventually we hired from the final 3rd restaurant and seemingly actual boat place for 60K. I think we still overpaid for all of us. The government entrance fee you pay to the restaurants, and I imagine they just pocket it.
Written 10 June 2023
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