Surrounded by the blue volcanic hills, 165km south of Addis Ababa, and covering a massive 4252km is lake Ziway, the largest of the northern group of rift valley lakes. It’s an attractive enough place, but it’s best known for its bird life. While Pelicans, Black Egrets, Saddle bill and Yellow bill Storks are all seen here, as well as a variety of Kingfishers and waterfowl.
The lake is also home to five little volcanic islands, of which once boasted medieval churches. Tullu Gudo, 14km from Ziway and the largest island, is still home to three monasteries.