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2-Days Lake Ziway and Lake Langano Nature and Culture Tour

This is 2 days nature and culture private tour from Addis Ababa. With this tour experience the cultural lifestyle of locals and explore the nature of the Rift Valley Lakes of Ethiopia. Discover the Abidjatta-Shalla Lakes National Park wildlife with a professional tour guide. Identify Ethiopian birds by walking by the Rift Valley LAke of Ziway.

Admire the superb view of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley. Learn the history of erecting gravestones at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Steles of Tiya. 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.

Tour includes private vehicle equipped with air conditioning and seat belts, fuel (gasoline), professional knowledgeable tour guide, local family visits, bottled water and local snacks in the car, Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, hotel pickup and drop off.

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  • What's included :
    • Professional experienced tour guide
    • Comfortable Toyota Minivan air-conditioning and seat belts
    • All local language speaking (onsite) tour guides
    • Local family visits
    • Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony attendance, bottled water, snacks, coffee and tea
    • Entry/Admission - Lake Ziway
    What's excluded :
    • Accommodation for the night at Lake Langano
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • And, any expenses which are not mentioned in the "Included" list above
    • Entry/Admission - Tiya World Heritage Site
    • Entry/Admission - Abidjatta-Shalla National Park


    Stop At: Tiya World Heritage Site, Tiya Ethiopia
    Meet your tour guide. Drive to 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 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.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Lake Ziway, Ziway Ethiopia
    After lunch at Butajira, hear 80 km more to Lake Langano via Ziway. Around Ziway, visit the villages of the Oromo people, interact with locals and learn their cultural way of life.

    Walk by the sides of Lake Ziway to spot a number of bird species including Great White Pelicans, Yellow Billed Storks, Marabou Storks, African Fish Eagles, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, etc

    Finally, after tea break at Haile Resort Ziway, drive to Lake Langano for overnight.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Butajira, Butajira, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region
    On the way from the Steles of Tiya to Butajira, stop at viewpoints to enjoy great views of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley. You will also visit a local village of the Silte people for cultural experience and to learn how to bake Enjera or Injera (Ethiopian Bread).
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Langano, Langano, Oromiya Region
    Take a walk by Lake Langano admiring the beautiful sunset, watching different birds and if interested, enjoy swimming.
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.


    Stop At: Abidjatta-Shalla National Park, Awasa Ethiopia
    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.

    Finally, drive back to Addis Ababa.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Langano, Langano, Oromiya Region
    In the morning, enjoy swimming in the fresh water Lake of Langano. Langano Lake is safe for swimming as it is free from Bilharziasis. Spot different birds like Sparrow Weaver, Giant Kingfisher, Stripped Kingfisher, Red-fronted Barbet, Great White Pelicans, etc, If interested, take a horseback ride and enjoy water sports on Lake Langano.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Bishoftu, Bishoftu, Oromiya Region
    Appreciate the scenic beauty of Lake Bishoftu - one of the five crater lakes of around Bishoftu (Debre Ziet). Lake Bishoftu is the deepest lake in the vicinity and the second deepest lake in Ethiopia with 85 meters depth.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Mojo, Mojo, Oromiya Region
    Stop at one of the villages of the Oromo people around Mojo town to have a deeper experience of the life styles of locals and to take part in a traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. As Ethiopia is the birth place of Coffee, it is a great experience to participate in a cultural tradition of the Coffee Ceremony.
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Any hotel, lodge, or guest house in Addis Ababa OR Addis Ababa Bole International Airport Airports
    • Bole Airport, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Please book your hotel room at one of the lodges around Lake Langano. Or inform us if you need help with it.
    • If the tour is between June and Mid September, please expect wet weather and get prepared accordingly.
    • If you are interested to swim at Lake Langano, please bring swimming suits
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours

Activity ID: V-10131P11

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