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  1. The main attraction is the hike to top of the crater to see the lake. The trail starts in a lush green forest full of wild bananas and massive bamboos. The path is in some places quite narrow and overgrown and some careful treading is required.
     

    Keep your eyes open to see black and white colobus monkeys and several species of birds, the most frequent being trumpeted hornbills. This area is also famous for the endemic three horned chameleon.
     

    In general the hike is moderate in terms of difficulty and just before the top there is section where you really need your hands for support. It should take between one to an hour to 1,5 hours is t to the top.
     
    Once you are at the top you have a breathtaking view of the lake and the crater’s its steep forested banks. If the weather is good then you can really appreciate the colour of the water.

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  2. Lake Ngonzi is a beautiful crater lake found in the Mbeya region of Tanzania; 38km from Mbeya city. Much like the Ngorongoro Crater, the surrounding area was created by explosive volcanic activity which makes Lake Ngozi a ‘crater lake’; in fact it is the second largest crater lake in Africa spanning over 2.5km in length, 1.6km in width, and roughly 75m deep (although estimates vary wildly from 50m to 300m) .
     
    It is part of the Poroto Ridge which is a section of the larger caldera rim’s highest point (2620m), a Caldera being the imploded remains of a volcano which has collapsed in upon itself. Ngozi is said to have been created 12000 years ago during a Plinian eruption (an eruption which ejects a large amount of pumice with very powerful continuous gas explosions).
     
    Although the beautiful surroundings seem tranquil, and the area has not seen volcanic activity for thousands of years, Lake Ngozi emits a substantial amount of CO2 and shows signs of the potential for a limnic eruption (an eruption which can produce a noxious cloud of volcanic gas). This is followed up by local legends of the lakes killing power (which includes a 12 headed snake which protects German colonial treasure).

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