Awasa, Moyale & Yabello

Awasa

Awasa

the lake side city of Awasa is situated at an altitude of 1685m in the Rift Valley 275km south of Addis Ababa. Its main Attraction is Lake Awasa which is the smallest in Rift Valley covering an area of around 900ha.its fresh water supports a rich variety of plankton and an abundance of fishes. The daily fish market on the shore of the Lake is also best for seeing many water birds.

Moyale

The Moyale road covering 500km south of Awasa is long stretch of road connecting Ethiopia and Kenya. This circuit boasts many worthwhile and untrammeled cultural, archeological and ornithological attractions. The largest towns to the south of Awasa are Dilla and Yirgalem known for their archeological interest for its ancient rock engravings and medieval stelea fields.

Yabello

Yabello

is the largest town between Dilla and Moyale and can be a base to explore Yabello wild life sanctuary, the Borana village of Dublock known for its so called singing wells and Chew bet ( salt house) also known as Ill Sod. Ill Sod is ink black lake lying at the base of a 200 m deep crater. Yabello Wild life Sanctuary is established to protect the greatly endangered species of Swayne’s heart beest. Some of the wild Animals which can be explored in the sanctuary and on the side road to Moyale include Guenthers Dik Dik, ground squirrels, mongoose scramper , grants Gazelle, Gerenuk ,lesser Kudu, warthog and swaynes heart beest. There are also many species of forest birds including Streetman’s bush crow and white-tailed swallow.