Travel: 5-6 h, 300 km
Hiking: 1-2 h, 5 km
There is no hurry today to leave early back to Addis Ababa. Though early risers should not miss the chance to do a small game drive in close-by Abijata-Shalla National Park. It is best to enter the park just after the sun is up to have better chances to see some of the wildlife and waterbirds around its lake shores. The park is actually known for its big colonies of Lesser Flamingos that can be found along the lake shore. The lodge breakfast will taste even better when coming back from a beautiful excursion to the park. Not up for getting up early? No worries, you can also do your visit in the park after breakfast. But just keep in mind that the later the day, the hotter it gets and most wildlife hides in the bush. Also the park is highly encroached by local villagers that send their livestock to the water holes later in the day. So, there will be more disturbances the later it gets.
No matter how you do it, there is no rush to leave hastily to Addis Ababa. Just relax at the lake as long as you want. Just keep in mind to empty your room until 11am, but we actually recommend you to stay at Lake Langano until 2pm. That still gives you plenty of time to arrive back in Addis before dark. By the way, there is a good Indian Restaurant on your way back into Addis in Debre Zeit. If your are up for Indian cuisine, this is definitely worth a stop for dinner.