Lake Langano at a glance

Located exactly two hundred kilometres south of the capital, Addis Ababa, the lake is accessible via road and is found on the border between Misraq Shewa and Arsi Zones.

The lakes and surrounding area usually feature in tours of the wider Abijatta-Shalla Lakes.

Lake Langano is 18 kilometres long and 16 km wide, with a surface area of 230 square kilometres and a maximum depth of 46 meters, making it one of the bigger lakes in the country.

The waters within the lake are one of the few parasite free bodies of water in the country, making it a popular swimming spot both locals and travellers.

Despite its milky tea colour, the water in the lake is actually thought to have healing properties thanks to the high mineral content.

Lake Langano

Lake Langano, Rift Valley.

Not only popular amongst Ethiopia's human population, the lake is home to a wide and diverse range of wildlife. Home to countless indigenous species, some of the animals that live here include hippos, monkeys, baboons, warthogs and a variety of birds.

Bird-watching is one of the most popular activities upon the banks of Lake Langano.

The western shore of the lake is considered the most scenic as the large scale deforestation which has devastated the east side of the lake has not reached the western flank, and so many of the areas resorts are found here.

Although much of the area around the lake is largely deforested to make way for the lavish resorts, many herders live around the lake, living in small communities has they have done for centuries.

Lake Langano

Hippos in Langano.

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For those wanting to experience the wildlife in the lake in their full glory, it is advised you get there as early as possible. As the day goes on and more people visit the lake, many animals flee to the smaller lakes around the area. 

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