Ziway’s causeway and jetty extends into a marshy stretch of lakeshore teeming with birdlife. Most conspicuous are the large numbers of the ungainly marabou stork and strapping great white pelican attracted by the offal left by the fishermen. Serious birders, though, will also find the marsh hosts a good selection of migrant waders and waterfowl in season, along with localized residents such as lesser jacana and black egret (also known as the “umbrella bird” for its unique way of raising its wings when it fishes). Hippos are occasionally found here too, but you are almost certain to see them on a boat trip on the lake itself.

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