Discover Rift Valley Lakes: Ziway, Langano, Abijata and Shalla
Program: Ziway, Langano, Shalla – Abiajjata
Tour Code: Entoto 14
Day 1: after Breakfast, we set off towards the Rift Valley, passing through Debre Zeit and by the lakes of Koka and Ziway – if there are birders in the party, we will stop at Lake Ziway and head down to the lake shore where huge numbers of water birds are congregated. African Pygmy Geese, Yellow-billed Storks, Collared Pratincoles, Lesser and greater Jacanas, African Jacanas, White Pelicans, Fish Eagles, crowned and common cranes are some of the species to be seen here in impressive numbers. Lake Langano is bilharzias 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; we can visit Shalla and Abijata National Park, and ostriches at the gate of Shalla – Abiajjata National park head office. At the two lakes, there are a number of springs so hot that locals boil maize in them. We then head towards Abiajjata 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 in late afternoon, arriving early evening.
Itinerary can be amended upon request