Two Days Tour to Lake Langano and Lake Ziway

2 Days Private Trip from Addis Ababa to the Rift Valley

Two Days/One Night Private Guided Trip to visit the Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes of Langano and Ziway

2-Days Tour to Lake Langano and Lake Ziway is one of the two days long nature and scenery tour from Addis Ababa. Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours offers this trip by driving with an overnight at Lake Langano.Birds to see on 2 days tour from Addis to Rift Valley

Continue reading to see how you'll benefit from our 2-day private vacation to Lake Ziway and Langano. This page about two-day journey from Addis Ababa to the Rift Valley Lakes contains thorough information. Read the day-by-day itinerary and find the tour pricing.

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Essential Information about this trip

Duration – Two full days and an overnight at Lake Langano

Customer Review on TripAdvisor about 2 days Rift Valley TourDistance – We cover a total distance of about 420 km (260.98 miles) in two days with a start and end at Addis Ababa

Transportation – For solo travelers and two visitors, we use Toyota Corolla. For a group of 3 to 6 people, we use a 2016 Model Toyota Minivan. Our vehicles are fully insured, comfortable, and clean, run by responsible and safe drivers.

Tour Guides – Professional English, French or German-Speaking Ethiopian tour guides

Tour Type – This tour is private (only you and your group), kids-friendly, nature, wildlife, culture, and scenery themed guided tour.

Free for customization - YES! This two days trip package to Lake Langano and Lake Ziway allows flexibility to personalize it. Add more days to see other places near by.

Places of visits—Top attractions you visit, local activities, and things you do with this 2-days trip to Lake Ziway and Lake Langano include:-

  • Steles of Tiya – Visit the UNESCO registered World Heritage of the cemetery of Tiya. See the huge blocks of 14-CenturyVisiting the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tiya gravestones gravestones.
  • Stops at selected outlooks – Have scenic stops to take pictures  and enjoy great views of the Rift Valley of Ethiopia.
  • Cultural experience with local community visits – with the help of your guide, have a deeper interaction and learn traditional customs of the Oromo people.
  • Cultural Coffee Rituals in Ethiopia - Take part in a traditional ceremony of drinking coffee in Ethiopia.
  • Private boat excursion on Lake Ziway to see hippos and several bird species
  • Swimming and water activities in Lake Langano
  • Walking tour to discover the wildlife at Abiyatta Shalla Lakes National Park. See Warthogs (wild pigs), Ostriches, gazelles, etc.
  • Stop at one of the scenic crater lakes of Bishoftu

REMEMBER – It is a private trip, so we help you in adapting this tour to your needs and preferences. Reach us on WhatsApp for quick help. You can combine this tour program with our 1 to 3 days private trips near Addis Ababa.

Ziway Lake Boat ExcursionWith this 2 days tour from Addis Ababa experience the cultural lifestyle of the Oromo people. Explore the beautiful nature of the Rift Valley Lakes of Ethiopia. Discover the wildlife of Abidjatta-Shalla Lakes National Park with a professional tour guide. See all about these two days Rift Valley excursion on TripAdvisor.

Spot numerous Ethiopian birds on a private boat ride at Lake Ziway. Enjoy the superb view of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley.

At Tiya, learn the ancient history and culture of erecting gravestones. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Steles of Tiya dates back to the 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.


Birds at the Rift Valley Lake of Ziway in Southern EthiopiaMeet 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. Admire 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 Tiya, take a guided tour of about half an hour. Visit 40 huge stone grave markers erected between 12th and 14th Century AD. The steles are decorated with carvings and dedicated to 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. Better understand the local rituals and traditional religious beliefs of the Oromo.

“I highly recommend this agency!”

We went on a two-day trip with the family to Lakes Langano and Ziway. Our tour guides Biruk together with the driver were perfect and very helpful. We saw an archeological site, visited a local family, sailed on a lake and admired hippos. They always helped when we needed to buy fruit or stop at a termite anthill. Big thanks. I highly recommend this agency.

Review left on Google by Milos Pesta on Feb 26, 2024

Coffee takes a significant role in everyday lives of Ethiopians. Coffee, originated in Ethiopia, is enjoyed with a lively colorful cultural ceremony. The local family visit is a great opportunity for cultural interaction.

You’ll experience authentic traditions while attending traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. You'll have a chance to feel this coffee culture with this 2 days tour to Langano and Ziway.

Enjoy a private boat excursion of an hour on Lake Ziway. See small groups of hippos and a lot of bird species including Great White Pelicans and Yellow Billed Storks. You'll also spot the Marabou Storks, African Fish Eagles, and Rappel’s Griffin Vulture.

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 to stay at Lake Langano are Sabana Beach Resort and African Vacations Club.


Enjoy swimming and water sports in the morning. Meet your tour guide around 10:00 AM. Drive for 20 minutes to the Abidjatta-Shalla Lakes National Park. Take a walking tour in the park to see 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 Flamingos. 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 man-made Lake of Koka to spot other bird species.

The 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.

Per person tour price of this 2-days excursion from Addis Ababa

Two Days Langano and Ziway Tour Price

Number of visitors in a group

Price per person

1 person

420 US Dollars

2 people

220 US Dollars

3 people

206 US Dollars

4 people

160 US Dollars

5 people

132 US Dollars

6 people

114 US Dollars

Tour price INCLUDES: -
- Private insured vehicle – For one or two people (Toyota Corolla) and for three to six visitors (Toyota Minivan)
- Gasoline (Fuel surcharge) and driver’s per diem (daily allowance)
- Expert German, French or English-speaking local tour guide with his/her expenses
- All admission or entrance fees to get access to the sites on the itinerary
- Private boat hire for the excursion at Ziway Lake
- Airport/Hotel pickups and drop offs
- Visiting local family at their home
- Local service people (as needed)
- Experience of cultural Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
- Bottled water and local snacks
- Tea/Coffee
- And, all necessary related taxes

Price DOES NOT include: -
- Entrance fees to visit OTHER places of visits
- Accommodations near Lake Langano (NB – Contact us for the revised price including rooms)
- Meals and drinks
- And, any other expenses not mentioned in the “Included” list above

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NOTE - This Lake Ziway and Lake Langano 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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