Year of Establishment: 1970 G.C
Area: 887sq.km, including the Rift Valley lakes of Abijatta and Shalla
Found: in Oromiya region 220 km away from Addis Ababa to the east of the Ziway- Shashamene highway

Key species: white Pelican, Greater and lesser Flamingoes, African fish eagle
Unique physical feature: Abijita, Shala (the deepest lake in Africa) and Chitu lakes, hot springs bubbling around lake Shala.

General description: The two lakes are separated by three kilometers of hilly land. Although its intent was to protect wildlife, few wild animals can be viewed there. There were, nevertheless, quite a few bird species in evidence. Park personnel said the national government was working on a plan to resettle the nomads somewhere outside the park, but this plan seemed rather indefinite.

Besides the two lakes, the primary attraction of this national park are a number of hot springs on the northeast corner of Lake Abijatta, and large numbers of flamingoes on the lake.

Visitor facilities: Hotels (Government and private) and camping on nearby lake Langano, self catering rest house at Gike. (Tour itinerary)
 

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