Situated in Africa’s Great Rift Valley about 300 km south of Addis Ababa, Awassa is one of Ethiopia’s most attractive lakes, supporting a wide variety of water birds and hippos. With a surface area of 129 square kilometres and fringed by wetlands, woodlands and numerous small villages, Lake Awassa also has a very large population of Nile tilapia fish which in 1950 gave rise to a commercial fish market on the lake shore. The market today attracts hundreds of hopeful marabou storks which show no fear of people, thus affording excellent photographic opportunities. There is plenty of other birdlife on the lake, with the wooded edges providing good habitat for species such as red-throated wryneck and vervet monkey.
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