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The Lakes
Rift Valley Lakes: Debre Zeit, Ziway, Langano, Abiata, Shala,Awassa and Hora

Visit one or more of these beautiful lakes, the starting point of the Rift Valley which stretches south into Kenya and beyond.


Lake Langano

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  • Debre Zeit - See the seven crator lakes as well as many species of birds.
  • Ziway-Visit the island monatery, fishing and birdwatching.
  • Langano- Go swimming, birdwatching or boating in this resort area.
  • Shala and Abiata- More fishing, wildlife, birdwatching and boating.
  • Awassa- See the hippos relax by the lake or visit to the town.


Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile at Blue Nile Falls.


Lake Hora
One of the crater lakes in Debre Zeit


Blue Nile Falls The Water that Smokes
(Photo by Anthony Jones

The largest lake in Ethiopia, a trip to the City of Bahar Dar and Lake Tana is recommended to all ancient history fans. A boat trip on this glorious lake, known as the jewel of Ethiopia, will allow visitors access to the more than 30 islands, many inhabited, and 12 monastaries . Lake Tana is known for its flotilla of birds and hippo colonies.

3 days/2 nights by air: 4 days minimum by road.


Day 1:

Drive south of Addis into the Rift Valley and at 160km away you will reach the town of Ziway where you will visit the Lake under the same name. Here you will be able to see many water birds; some of them are endemic. After lunch you drive further to the south and visit Lake Abyata; a haven for pelicans and flamingos. Lake Langano is also, only a few kilometers away. You will enjoy the long beach and more bird life. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2:

After breakfast take some more time to enjoy the beach and drive back to Addis.


Day 1:

Drive south of Addis into the Rift Valley at 160 km you will reach Lake Ziway where you will see a number of water bird species with some of which are endemic. The islands in the lake are sites of midieval churches. You drive further south to reach Awassa town. Visit fish market at Lake Awassa. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2:

Drive back to Wondo Genet where therapeutic hot springs make it an ideal place to bathe. On your way back to Addis visit Shala, Langano and Abyata Lakes.

We will be pleased to answer any inquiry you may have about this itinerary or if you would like to make a reservation for one of these tours pleaseCLICK HERE or to contact us by phone in Ethiopia: 251-11-5526622 Mobile 251-911-207095 or in the USA at: 571-208-1379  Mobile 202-460-1007

We are happy to customize a tour for you upon your request.