One of the multitude of alkaline lakes that are located within Arusha national park
's north eastern end, in northern Tanzania. It is the second largest in the park - by volume after big Momella
, losing only due to its shallow depths of 4m and 10m for its shallowest and deepest points respectively - compared to that of 10 m and 31 m for big Momella.
Its water comes from a combination of rainfall and underground streams and sports various animals such as hippos, ducks along with other water birds such as the little and great crested grebes, southern pochard, Maccoa duck, Sacred ibis and many others.
The hippos spend most spend much of their time near the lake's islands.What to do there ?
Bird watching and game viewing, whether from your vehicle, the view points, or a canoe - which would enable you to get closer to the more dangerous ones such as buffaloes. For a list of other attractions you could visit in the nearby area, please see the section below after map or the attractions page
.Best time to visit ?
Any time of the year, as the roads that lead up to it can be used even during the rainy season of March to June.
Location of Lake Small Momella
The Small Momella lake is located in Arusha national park's north eastern end, with Big Momella and the park's border to its east. Just outside the park are several farmer's settlements (west) and the small town of Momella (north). For more information on this location, please see the map below.How to get there ?
By vehicle, cycling or walking from one of the nearby Momella
or Ngongongare gates
. It takes about a 20 minute drive to get there from Momella gate and about an hour and a half to do the same from Ngongongare gate, using either a private, rental or tours and travel vehicle. There is no preference for 4 x 4 over conventional 2 wheel drives.
For more information on park fees and permits, please see the TANAPA website