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Lake Langano’s wildlife is plentiful and includes ibex, monkeys and baboons; the birdlife is also excellent, with fan-tailed ravens and hornbills amongst its attractions.

The shallow alkaline waters of Lake Abijatta are surrounded by gentle grassy slopes and acacia woodland. Of all the Rift Valley Lakes, Lake Abijatta is renowned for its birdlife and will often appear pink with the thousands of flamingos - greater and lesser - that feed on the algae of the windward edge. You will also find white pelicans and a host of other water birds here.

By contrast, Lake Shalla is deep, reaching a depth of 250 metres, surrounded by jagged cliffs and imposing rock formations. Its nine small islands are home to many breeding sites, including the continent's most important breeding colony of great white pelicans.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: greater flamingo, lesser flamingo, lesser kestrel, pallid harrier, white-backed pelican
  • Where: Oromia Region, Ethiopia

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Ethiopian Wildlife Extravaganza

This wonderful introduction to Ethiopia takes you to each of the country’s major cultural highlights and provides you with the chance to see superb wildlife, such as gelada baboon, Menelik’s bushbuck, mountain nyala and one of the world’s rarest mammals - the Ethiopian wolf - all in stunning scenery.

  • When to go: Jan-Jul, Sep-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,195 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Sabana Beach Resort

This resort consists of around 25 attractive, clifftop bungalows, with beautiful views across Lake Langano to the distant Arsi Mountains. Individually designed to ensure a relaxing and homely atmosphere, the bungalows are built from local materials in a simple design, with thatched roofs and large verandahs.