Lake Abijatta- Shalla the Great Rift Valley Lakes


The sheer 14 meters deep Lake Abijatta covers 17 kilometers long water inhabiting countless flamingos, eagles, geese, ducks and white pelicans. Home to over 400 bird species the place is a famous site in the country for bird watching. The 260 meters deep Lake Shalla is one of the deepest lakes in Africa and is reputedly one of the widest on the continent. It is an exceptionally beautiful spot with several hot springs that bubble up by the shore and flow into the Lake. Jovago Africa’s number one hotel booking company highlights this stunning mountain-view outdoor hot springs as the perfect retreat.

Situated in the Great Rift Valley, south of Addis Ababa, Abijatta-Shalla lakes include a National Park which is separated by a mountain. These stunning lakes and the park has developed a reputation as one of Ethiopia’s top tourist attractions due to riveting beauty and intriguing colorful culture. Haven to backpackers and eco-tourists, the refreshing Lakes possess a certain allure that is hard to miss. There’s plenty to see and do around the shores of this renowned water.

The park contains 887 square kilometers space including the Rift Valley lakes of Abijatta and Shalla. The two lakes are separated by three kilometers of hilly land. The altitude of the park ranges from 1540 to 2075 meters creating a refreshing weather. Mount Fike, which is situated between the two lakes is the highest peak.  The park was created for the aquatic birds that use the lakes. Lake Shalla islands are the breeding sites by many birds. It’s also home to the continent’s most important breeding place of the White Pelicans. Other birds include white Necked Cormorant, African Fish Eagle, Egyptian Geeze and various Plovers species and Herons.  Grant’s Gazzel, hyena, baboons, Greater Kudu, Oribi, Warthog and golden Jackal are some of the mammals found in the park.

Enclosed by lakes the park is an ideal getaway for fishing and swimming in the hot springs. Surrounded by towering mountains and lush forests, this natural hot springs are an inspiring place to bring your whole family. Dipping into this natural bathtubs after a long day is one of the place relaxing treats, and there’s nothing quite like the restorative dip in this healing hot springs. Escape to this stunning family-friendly ranch, where you can enjoy nature’s beauty and more.

By Eden Sahle


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