The Rift Valley Lakes – Zwai, Langano, Shalla and Abiata

EQST 013 The Rift Valley Lakes – Zwai, Langano, Shalla and Abiata


Duration: 2 days

Location: Zwai & Langano

Day 1: We set off early and join the Express Way, heading south, coming off at Mojo to join the main road south to the lakes.

At Lake Langano there is now a choice of hotels, of the larger and better known are Sabana Lodge, Simbo Langano Beach Resort, both on the western shore of the lake, and on the eastern shore, Hora Lodge and Bishagari Lodge.

The eco-system on the eastern shores is more interesting and varied than the western, and there are more birds and wild life.

Lake Langano is bilharzia and crocodile free, and visitors can go for a swim, walk along the shores of the lake or go bird watching in the forests along the lake shores.

Later in the afternoon around 4.00 pm we could visit Shalla and Abiata National Park, the entrance is near to the road east to Hora and Bishangari Lodges. After passing the tame ostriches at the gate, head first towards Shalla Lake which with a maximum depth of 300 meters is the deepest of the Rift Valley Lakes. We can stop at a look out point over the two lakes before heading down to the lake shore where there are a number of springs so hot that locals boil maize in them. We then head towards Abiata Lake, where by this time of day the lakes shores will be pink from the thousands of both lesser and greater Flamingo’s which feed in the shallows. African Pochard, Avocet, Gull billed Tern and Pintail, Ruff and a variety of ducks are among other species to be seen.

Day 2: We will spend the morning relaxing by the lake, take our lunch in the hotel and leave for Addis Ababa mid afternoon, arriving early evening.