2 Days Tour to Lake Langano and Lake Ziway is one of the two days and one night interesting nature themed tours around Addis Ababa offered by Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours
With this 2 days tour from Addis Ababa, combine experiencing the cultural lifestyle of the Oromo people, exploring the nature of the Rift Valley Lakes of Ethiopia, and discovering Abidjatta-Shalla Lakes National Park wildlife with a professional tour guide.
Spot numerous Ethiopian birds on a boat ride at Lake Ziway enjoy the superb view of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley. Learn the history of erecting grave stones at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Steles of Tiya (14th Century AD).
Take time to swim, water sports, bird watching and sunset at Lake Langano. Feel like a local at a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony and admire the view of the scenic Lake Bishoftu.
DAY 1 – ADDIS ABABA – STELES OF TIYA – BUTAJIRA – LAKE ZIWAY – LAKE LANGANO
Meet your tour guide at 7:30 AM at your hotel in Addis Ababa or Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Start today’s drive of 200 km with comfortable air conditioned Toyota Minivan. The first place of visit is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Steles of Tiya. On the way to Tiya, stop at a couple of viewpoints to enjoy the great scenery of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley and to cross the bridge of the Awash River by waking.
At the Steles of Tiya, spend half an hour to visit 40 huge stone grave markers decorated with carvings and erected in the 14th Century AD in honor of local warriors. After lunch at Butajira, head 80 km more to Lake Langano via Ziway.
Around Ziway, visit the villages of the Oromo people. Booking this trip from Addis allows you to closely connect to local communities as you visit local settlements of Oromo people. With a local tour guide, take time to experience actual local culture, the diversity, local rituals and traditional religious beliefs of the Oromo.
Enjoy a private boat ride on Lake Ziway to see families of hippos and a number of bird species including Great White Pelicans, Yellow Billed Storks, Marabou Storks, African Fish Eagles, Rappel’s Griffin Vulture, etc Finally, after tea break at Haile Resort Ziway, drive to Lake Langano for overnight.
Late in the afternoon, enjoy swimming, bird watching and the sun set at Lake Langano.
NB – The best places of stay at Lake Langano are Sabana Beach Resort and African Vacations Club.
DAY 2 – LAKE LANGANO – ABIDJATTA-SHALLA LAKES NP – LAKE BISHOFTU – ADDIS ABABA
Enjoy swimming and water sports in the morning. And meet your guide at 10:00 AM to drive for 20 minutes to the Abidjatta-Shalla Lakes National Park to discover the wildlife including seeing warthogs, gazelle, black backed jackal, ostriches, baboons, etc
If you are visiting between September and December, you would see flocks of the migratory lesser and greater Flamingoes. Stop also at a natural hot springs locals use for health purposes and boil eggs/corn sometimes. The outlook to get the beautiful view of the twin lakes of Abidjatta and Shalla is worth stopping at. Then, drive back to Addis Ababa on the new Express Toll Road with a stop at the manmade Lake of Koka to spot other bird species.
Final stop would be at the Crater Lake of Bishoftu (Debre Ziet) for the wonderful view of the lake from the rim. Here, you will also attend a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony.
This two days tour from Addis Ababa can be customized to include more days and places of visits. You can check other two day tours near Addis Ababa offered by Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours.
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