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Central Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes

Langano beach

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These lakes form a chain starting from 160km south of  the capital Addis Ababa. These lakes are known for recreation and abundant bird life. Some description is presented below for Lake Langano, Lake Shalla, Lake Zwai and Lake Zwai. This list is put in the order of geographical layout of the lakes.


Lake Langano

Lake Langano is situated exactly 200 kilometers by road south of the capital, Addis Ababa. It is located in the Ethiopian Rift Valley.


Lake Langano is 18 kilometers long and 16 km wide, with a surface area of 230 square kilometers and a maximum depth of 46 meters.


Lake Langano is popular with tourists and city-dwellers. The lake is brown in color. There are a number of resorts around the lake and water sports are popular. There is a variety of wildlife around the lake, which includes hippos (rare), monkeys, baboons, warthogs, and a huge variety of birds.

Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Langano

Lake Shalla

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Lake Shalla

Many bays fringed with wild fig, acacia and euphorbia mark the rocky shores of Lake Shalla. Lake Shalla is the deepest lake in Ethiopia with 266m. This lake has 118km coastline. The lake is 28 kilometers long and 12 wide, with a surface area of 329 square kilometers. It has a maximum depth of 266 meters and is at an elevation of 1,558 meters.


Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Shala


Lake Zwai

Lake Zwai is at a distance of 160km from Addis Ababa. It is one of the Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes. This lake has a surface area of almost 600km2 and a depth of about 15m. Lake Zway is 25 kilometers long and 20 km wide.


It has five islands which include Debre Sina, Galila, Bird Island and, perhaps most notably, Tullu Gudo, home to a monastery said to have housed the Ark of the Covenant around the ninth century.


The lake is known for its population of birds and hippopotamuses.


Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Zway

Ethiopia Central Lakes Map

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Lake Abijata

Lake Abijata lies in Ethiopia south of Addis Ababa, in the Abijatta-Shalla National Park. The lake is 17 kilometers long and 15 km wide, with a surface area of 205 square kilometers. It has a maximum depth of 14 meters and is at an elevation of 1,573 meters.


This lake is very well known for its bird life.



Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Abijatta

 
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