Abijatta-Shalla Lakes National Park
Travel to Abijatta-Shalla Lakes National Park – Spectacular Lakes and Birdlife
Abijatta-Shalla Lakes National Park is one of the most important attractions in Ethiopia. The park offers its visitors a number of hot springs, lakes, a rich birdlife and a reasonable amount of other wildlife.
Situated in the heart of the Rift Valley it is home to two exceptionally scenic streches of water; lakes Abyata and Shalla.
Abijatta-Shalla National Park is located in the Oromia Region, 200 kilometres south of Addis Ababa. The park contains 887 square kilometres including the Rift Valley lakes of Abijatta and Shalla. The two lakes are separated by three kilometers of hilly land.
Besides the two lakes, the primary attractions of this national park are a number of hot springs on the northeast corner of Lake Abijatta and large numbers of flamingoes on the lake. White-necked cormorants, herons, storks, spoonbills, ibises, african ducks, gulls and terns are also found in the park.
Also in the park is a small museum where you can learn all about the area’s flora and fauna.
Join a tour or bird watching tour to get a better understanding of the park and its flora and fauna. On the tours you may spot over 400 bird species, warthog, jackals and gazelle.
Relax at Abijatta-Shalla Lakes National Park by camping either by the river or by the hot springs. This is the perfect way in which to get closer to nature and to appreciate the park’s natural beauty better.
You can currently get around the park by four wheel drive but there are plans to introduce a ferry on the lake for passengers.