About 15km south of Lake Ziway, rust-coloured Lake Langano is the most developed of Ethiopia’s Rift Valley lakes in touristic terms, largely because it is reputedly the only one without bilharzia, and thus claimed to be safe for swimming. The lake’s shores are lined with more than half a dozen (mostly upmarket) resorts, the majority of which are aimed primarily at a hedonistic Addis Ababa weekender crowd rather than at international visitors seeking a rustic getaway or a wildlife fix. There are exceptions, notably the eco-friendly Bishangari Lodge, but on the whole Langano is best visited during the week, when its tranquil shores offer good birdwatching and swimming. It’s also the best base from which to explore nearby Abijata-Shala National Park.

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