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Why visit Ethiopia’s Rift Valley?
Unknown to many who travel to the Rift Valley area, most of the lakes are suitable and safe for swimming and other water sports. As previously mentioned, it is also great for bird watching and Lakes Abiata and Shalla are ideal places for any keen twitcher. In fact for anyone with just a passing interest in wildlife or birds in general, this is a fantastic location to spend a bit of time.
Most of the Rift Valley lakes are not (yet) overly exploited for tourists. The one exception to this is Lake Langano where there are a number of tourist class hotels.
Due to the geographical nature of the region, the Rift Valley is also the site of numerous natural hot springs. As with hot springs anywhere in the world, the chemical contents of the springs are highly valued. The therapeutic effects are still not fully understood and in this part of the country, they are not fully utilised.
There are of course many entrepreneurial Ethiopians and it will not be long before there are further developments and changes to the current situation.
The Rift Valley is endowed with many beautiful lakes, numerous hot springs, warm and pleasant climate and a variety of wildlife. For any visitors to Ethiopia, whether on an organised tour or visiting friends and family, the area is certainly worth adding to your itinerary. It can be done as a day trip from the capital but we would suggest that you really need a week or longer to explore and discover the best of the rift valley.
Remember that the distances are huge and that travel by road should only be done in daylight hours. Give yourself plenty of time and you will really enjoy your trip to the Ethiopian Rif Valley.