Divided into two parts, the Northern and Southern Rift Valley, the former is one of the country’s least visited regions and includes the Awash National Park, a rewarding site for wildlife and birds of the Horn of Africa.
The Southern Rift Valley or lakes region is far better known, including scenic lakes such as Langano, at which there are some popular lodges including Bishangari and Sabana Beach Lodge. Abijatta-Shala National Park is included in many birding itineraries as is Awassa.
The more remote Nech Sar National Park is now easily accessible from the lakeside town Arba Minch, so visitors can enjoy boat trips on Lake Chamo and nature walks in the national park.
Sporadically, a few hundred thousand flamingos congregate at Abijatta. Another 50km to the south is Shashemene, of salutary significance to the Ethiopian Rastafarian community. 20km from Shashemene is the Wondo Genet hot springs area, where the gardens at the resort offer fantastic birding and some wildlife viewing.
- Lake Tana's island monasteries and Blue Nile Falls
- Awe-inspiring scenery in Simien & Bale Mountains, Rift Valley Lakes
- Endemic Wolves, Geladas, Ibexes and more
- Lalibela's amazing rock-hewn churches
One of two lakeside hotels which we recommend to our clients, Sabana Beach Resort makes for the perfect place at which to end a busy trip around Ethiopia.Drive time from/to Addis Ababa is about 4 - 5 hours - longer if stops of cultural or historical interest are made along the way. The lodge is set in 6ha grounds on a cliff overlooking the lake, which is surrounded by Acacia woodland. Service is e...
Beautifully located on the lip of a small, forested gorge in a lush, sub-tropical area near the town of Yirg Alem (about 45km south of the busy town of Hawassa), Aregash Lodge has a very relaxed ambience making it ideal for people wanting to relax for a couple of nights after a busy tour around Ethiopia.Owned by a Greek-Ethiopian family who have had the plot of land for more than 50 years, Aregash...
Our accommodation of choice at Lake Langano, the recently re-branded and refurbished Hara Langano is on the eastern side of the lake and is a perfect place at which to stop after trips to Bale or Southern Ethiopia. The 10 rooms all have en-suite bathrooms and are spaced sufficiently far apart to create a feel of privacy and seclusion.The new managment has rehabilitated a section of the lakeshore/ ...
Formerly the Maya Hotel, this comfortable establishment in Adama - just 90 minutes drive from the capital city - was taken over by the Kuriftu Resort group in 2015.It offers the best accommodation in Adama, for those who need to break the long journey between Bale and Awash National Parks.We prefer the stone and thatch bungalows behind the sparkling swimming pool: these have comfortable rooms with...
Paradise Lodge is a comfortable and sizeable establishment set on the edge of a wide, forested gorge. Those keen to visit the Dorze tribe, and to take boat trips on Lake Chamo at nearby Nech'Sar National Park, will do well to stay here overnight. The owners appreciate the value of the distinctive cultural identity of the 54 ethnic groups who live what is one the most intriguing of Ethiopia&...
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