Abijata – Shalla Lakes National Park
Situated in the Great Rift Valley, only 200 kilometers (124 miles) south of Addis Ababa, and in the lake Langano recreational areas, the Abijata-Shalla lakes National Park attracts numerous visitors. Using Lake Langano as your base, it is an easy trip to Visit the National park, which is 887 sq km in size, 482 of these being water body. The altitude of the park ranges from 1540 to 2075 meters above sea level, the highest pick being mount Fike, situated between the two lakes. Both lakes are the formation of volcanic eruptions and they are both creator lakes and there is also hot springs. These lakes are known in hosting a number of aquatic birds like the great white pelican and an abundant number of Pink Flamingo and there is a breeding ground for many birds between the two lakes at a place called Chitu. Other birds spotted are: red-billed hornbills, Didirc’s cuckoos, Abyssinian rollers, superb starling etc. These lakes are best preferred for bird watching and excursions and the best time of the year to visit them is between November and December.