East of Arusha there is a crater lake called Lake Diluti. It is close to the road to Moshi. A daladala (mini bus) from Arusha only costs 500 Tsh. At Diluti old forest patches on the crater slopes, but even though the forest is more than 5 km long it is never more than a few hundred meters wide – it really is just a remnant of what used to be.
In spite of this a few forest species still occur around the lake – and it is wort visiting for people who like to get a few good species in the book.
The first birds seen were Taveta Golden Weavers and Grosbeak Weavers that breed around the lake. A single Squacco Heron and a Little Bittern were also present in a small papyrus patch.
There is a 5 km trail around the lake. It costs 20.000 Tsh to walk the path with a guide – the guide is not optional. Along the path I was able to find 2 dik-diks, Vervet and Blue Monkey and a Squirrel.
There were good numbers of birds including Grey-Olive Greenbul, Straited and Black-backed Night Heron, White-breasted and Long-tailed Cormorants, Hartlaub’s Turaco, White-eared Barbet, Wattle-eye and much more.
On the way back to Arusha I stopped at a place with some rocks and located a family of Schalow’s Wheatears.
All in all a nice half day birding.