Lake Jipe is an inter-territorial lake straddling the borders of Kenya and Tanzania. On the Kenyan side, it is located south of the village of Nghonji while on the Tanzanian side, it is situated within Mwanga District, in Kilimanjaro Region.
As for wildlife, Lake Jipe not only offers an abundance of hippo and crocodile but there is also a small herd of zebras, To the northern end of the lake are also a few tiny villages whose inhabitants make a living from fishing.
LAKE JIPE ITINERARY
A professional guide from Eastland Adventures will pick you from your lodge in Moshi at 8:00 AM and drive for 3 hours to Lake Jipe. The Usambara mountains will be the background for most of the ride, offering some stunning views. After arriving at the lake, you can have a stroll through the village while the fishermen prepare their local boats.
Depending on the amount of reeds that are present on the shore of the lake, this trip will be slightly different. If there’s little to no reeds and you can cross easily, you’ll start the day by spending a few hours on the lake, after which there will still be some time left for a hike to a nearby waterfall. If however there’s more reeds and it becomes difficult to get through, there will be no time left to go to the waterfall.
Usually hippos and crocodiles can be seen on the Tanzanian side of the lake from June to August. You are not allowed to go to the Kenyan side of the lake without the appropriate visa, so we prohibit our local guides and the fishermen to do so.
You’ll leave the area again around 3 – 4 pm to return to Moshi.
- This is the unique experiences where you can do local fishing activities, meet local people and experiences water falls in the middle of wildlife.
- This is real adventures trip, You will almost certainly get dirty in your shoes and clothes will get wet as sometimes water comes into the boats and the fishermen scoop it out as they go.
- In the village, there’s toilet available for tourists and we will supply toilet papers and sanitizers.
- We recommend you to wear clothes that are allowed to get dirty. Loose trousers are not a good idea as they will hang in the water that might come into the boat whilst you sit on the very low bench.
- Please wear either running shoes or waterproof shoes that can handle.
- Sunscreen, sunglasses and sun hat are recommended, as the sun is very strong and water reflects the sunlight.
NOTE: This tour can be offered with an overnight experiences where by you can camp in the village and spend more day to explore the village including hiking the local mountains.
- Private transport from your accommodation in Moshi to Lake Jipe and back
- English speaking guide
- Village fee for Jipe Village
- Visit to the lake in a fishing boat, guided by local fishermen
- Entrance fee to the waterfall
- Bottled water
- Tips for the local guides
- Personal items
- Travel insurance