ABIATA SHALA LAKES NATIONAL PARK

ABIATA SHALA LAKES NATIONAL PARK

  • Size:887km2 (sixth)
  • Region:Oromia
  • Geographical Location:-Rift Valley, 200km, south of Addis Ababa
  • Altitude:1,540-075m
  • Physical Features: 482km2 of the park is water comprising thefluctuating shallow pan of Lake Shalla, both of which are saline. Several hot springs bubbleup by the shore and flow into Lake Shalla.Mount Fike, 2,075 meters high, is situated b/n the two Lakes.
  • Temperatures: can be high, reaching 450c at maximum and 50c at minimum. B/n March and April and June and Septumber average 500 mm
  • Vegetation:-Savannah and acacia wood Land, Many areasare adversely affected by people Practicing charcoal production and livestock grazingparticularly near the roads.
  • Fauna:-31 species of mammals, including greater Kudu, Grant’s Gazelle, warthog, Anubis baboongrivet and colobus monkeys, Oribi, Klipspringer, black-backed and common Jackal.
  • Birdlife;-300(200) species, including six endemics parkcreated for the water birds, especially great white pelican, greater and Lesser Flamingocormorants.
  • Visitor Facilities:Hotels (government and privet) and camping on nearby Lake Langano, Self Catering restHouse at Gike.

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