Lake Awasa(Hawassa)

Lake Awasa is a lovely sight. You could easily spend a few pleasant hours strolling the lakeshore trail at the end of town, watching men fishing from papyrus rafts, seeing the various shorebirds feeding in the reeds and stopping for fried tilapia and a coffee ceremony at one of the many rustic restaurants. To gain a pelican’s perspective of Awasa’s shimmering waters, clamber into a boat at the base of the main drag. Tikur Wuha (Black Water) to see the hippos.

Fish Markets In Awassa

Lake Awasa’s fishermen head out in their little wooden boats in the afternoon and return the next morning laden with tilapia and catfish. The men are amazingly deft at gutting, scaling, skinning and flicking the eyes out of their catches. Massive marabou storks do janitorial duty while vervet monkeys beg around the nearby bar. It’s an incredibly photogenic place

Lake Chew Bet

The lake sits beside the village of El Sod (‘Chew Bet’ in Amharic), 35km south of Dublock. Many buses and even more minibuses plying the Yabelo and Moyale road can drop you off at the turn-off for El Sod, from where you’ll need to hitch the 14km to the village.

This bizarre crater lake is about 800m across and 600m below the crater rim – it is so dark in color that it looks like an oil slick amid the ruddy rocks. Valuable and muddy, black salt has been extracted from the lake for centuries, carried up on the backs of donkeys.