Attractions around the Lake
Spanning 30km from north to south and around 15km across, Lake Chamo is located just south of the main Ethiopian Rift south of Addis Ababa.
The lake sits at an elevation of 1,110 meters, looking over the central rift valley. The nearest town is Arba Minch, the gateway town into the Omo Valley.
Lake Chamo is a popular trip in the morning or afternoon from your base at Arba Minch, typically before you head into the Omo for 4-5 days exploring the region.
Lake Chamo is most famous for its large hippo and croc populations.
Crocs of Lake Chamo
Home to four of the six largest crocodiles in the world, Lake Chamo is notorious for its crocodile population.
Towards the northern end of the lake, near the Nechisar National Park, many giant crocs can be found sunbathing on the banks or nestled within the reeds.
Living much deeper in the Nechsar National Park, Zebras are sometimes spotted at these waters, and the crocs will wait in the murky waters for them to take a drink...
Popular Trips to Lake Chamo
Rift Valley and Bale Mountains
Meander through the stunning Rift Valley Lakes, staying at boutique lakeside lodges as you make your way towards the Bale Mountains National Park.…
- 10 Days
Rift Valley Road Trip
Great for wildlife and hiking enthusiasts, this 4-day adventure into the Bale Mountains works great as a standalone itinerary, or as and add-on to a wider tour of the south.…
- 4 Days
Best of Southern Ethiopia
Explore the very best that Southern Ethiopia has to offer. Combining the Omo Valley with the scenic delights of Yirgalem and Bale Mountains National Park, this adventure is a perfect blend of culture, history, and beautiful landscapes.…
- 13 Days
Birds of the Rift Valley and Southern Highlands
Discover the extraordinary bird life in Ethiopia that includes dozens of endemic species. Explore the national parks, rift valley lakes, and highland peaks and valleys that make Ethiopia a world-class birding destination. Boutique and eco lodges place you in the…
- 19 Days
Cultural and Natural South
Combining the best that Ethiopia has to offer south of Addis Ababa, this two-week odyssey takes you to the farthest corners of the Omo Valley, through the verdant forests of the Bale Mountains, and across the lakes of the Great…
- 13 Days
Highlights of the North and South
The classic northern trail extends south into the Omo Valley, passing through the Rift Valley Lakes and highland peaks of the Bale Mountains. A once in a lifetime adventure combining the very best that Ethiopia has to offer.…
- 20 Days