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The Rift Valley Lakes

Created by the process of intense geothermal activity below the earth’s surface some 14 million years ago, the resulting Great Rift Valley is the largest of its kind on the planet. This Great Rift Valley bisects the plateau in a north-east to south-west direction and is the site of numerous lakes. Given all the physical, cultural and historical attributes, Ethiopia’s central and southern rift valley can offer stunningly unique and rewarding experience to its visitors. The region is a magnet for bird life, including migratory birds that use its features for navigation and its lake for feeding. 

It offers spectacular chain of lakes, and hot springs nestling in the depth of the valley. Each of the seven Rift Valley Lakes has its own characteristics, inhabits a great number of wild animals and bird species, and provides ideal habitats for the exuberant variety of flora and fauna that makes the region a wonderland for naturalists and tourists. Some of these Rift valley Lakes include Zeway, Langano, Abyata, Shalla, Hawaasa, Chamo, and Abaya. Interestingly, each of Ethiopian Lake has its own character, even those that lie side by side.