|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]
Northern Omo Zone: 3,741,304
Arba Minch: 72,507
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.
Places to Visit
In Nechisar National Park there is no hotel or lodge accommodation, but camping is permitted.hotels can only be found in the nearby town of Arba Minch.
Tel: 046 8810181
Tel: 046 8810206
Bekele Molla Hotel
Tel: 046 8810323
Tel: 046 8810281
Tel: 046 8811895
Tel: 046 8810021
The Northern Lakes [The Great Rift Valley]
Regional (Oromia): 26,553,000
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.
Place to Visit
There is no flight the Northern Lakes of the Rift Valley
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 park.it 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.