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Ethiopian Rift Valley

One of the most striking geographical features of Africa is a giant tear across the earth’s surface: the Great Rift Valley. Extending from the Middle East to Mozambique, the Rift Valley passes right through Ethiopia, endowing the country with some spectacular features that range form hot, dry, and barren places to a string of beautiful lakes.

Volcanic activity, which greatly contributed to the formation of the Rift Valley, continues up to present times. In Ethiopia, it finds expression in the presence of hot springs in many parts of the country, as well as volcanic cones in the Danakil Depression in the north-east.

The Southern Lakes [The Great Rift Valley]

General Information

Population: (2006)

Northern Omo Zone: 3,741,304

Arba Minch: 72,507

Geographical Location:

Along the southern stretch of the Rift Valley, the so –called ‘southern wilderness’ beckons. Ninety kilometers north of the konso’s remote lands stands Arba Minch, set amid a country overlooking two of the southern Rift’s most beautiful lakes-Chamo and Abaya.perched on the foothills of 4,200 meter-high (13,440 ft) Mount Guge, Arba Minch is directly opposite the Nechisar National Park entrance. The two lakes is overlooks are lake Abaya and lake Chamo which are divided by a hilly ridge with delightful name for the ‘Bridge of Heaven’. Many small rivers empty into both lakes.

What to See

Places to Visit

  • Nechisar National Park
  • Spring Waters
  • Lake Chamo
  • Lake Abaya
  • Guge Mountains
  • Dorze Village

Where to Stay


In Nechisar National Park there is no hotel or lodge accommodation, but camping is can only be found in the nearby town of Arba Minch.

Abaya Hotel

Tel: 046 8810181

Arbaminch Hotel

Tel: 046 8810206

Bekele Molla Hotel

Tel:046 8810046

Cairo Hotel

Tel: 046 8810323

Meskafera Hotel

Tel: 046 8810281

Swaynes Hotel

Tel: 046 8811895

Wubet Hotel

Tel: 046 8810021

Travel Map

Coming Soon……

The Northern Lakes [The Great Rift Valley]


General Information

Population: (2006)

Regional (Oromia): 26,553,000

Ziway: 35,931

Shashemene: 93,156

Geographical Location:

The Great Rift Valley, which extends from the middle east to Mozambique, passes right trhough Ethiopia, endowing the country with some spectacular features that range from hot,dry and barren places to a string of beautiful lakes.between the two escarpments, and far below, lie the glittering watery jewels of Lake Awasa, Lake Shala, Lake Abijatta, Lake Langano and Lake Ziway.

What to See

Place to Visit

  • Lake Ziway
  • Lake Langano
  • Lake Awasa
  • Lake Shala
  • Lake Abijata

How to get there

By Air

There is no flight the Northern Lakes of the Rift Valley

By Road

Abijatta-Shalla Lake National Park 215 kilometres(133 miles) from Addis Ababa, 145 kilometers (90 miles) from Mojo and fifty-five kilometers (33 milees) from Lake Ziway, can be reached by a good asphalt road.

The town of Ziway itself is twenty-nine kilometers (18 miles) past Meki, Ten kilometers (6 miles) past Ziway is Adami Tulu. From the Horacallo River turn left along a track that leads to Lake Langano.

The track to Lake Shalla is now the main trails through the national turns west off the main road about five kilometers (3 miles) south of the Bekele Mola hotel turnoff. Drive trough the park gate and follow, a reasonably good track (in dry weather).The track emerges at the Lake shore of Shalla.

Returning to the main road south you will come to Awasa, the capital city of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State.

Travel Map

Coming Soon……



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