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Hawassa (3days)

We offer ‘medium level’ trips including nature and wildlife visits, boat trip, meet local people and witness  local traditions, aquatic birds observation,  fishing activity and much more.


Trip overview

  • Hawassa
  • Wondo Genet
  • Abiyata and Shalla National park, Lake Langano

Day  1: Arrival at Hawassa
In the morning we walk to the fish market to visit while the local fishermen sell their fish. We may observe different aquatic birds and taste the fresh fish soup or experience raw or grilled fish with the local people. After a short rest in the hotel we hike on Tabor hill to enjoy on the top breath taking views of Hawassa city and of the lake (max 3 h). Down at the lakeside we catch a boat to spot Hippopotami at lake Hawassa , to see different colourful bird species and to enjoy  beautiful sunset on the Lake. Overnight in the hotel (or in Zebra Guesthouse). Possibility to discover the night life in Hawassa city.

Day 2: Wondo Genet ,  Abiyata and Shala national park
After breakfast we drive to Wondo Genet for an excursion in natural hot spring water and to enjoy a swim in the volcanic hot water pool.  We walk in Wondo Genet forest and we observe again different bird species.

In the afternoon we drive to Abiyata and Shalla National Park. We visit the wildlife part of the Park: we may  easily spot ostriches, gazelles, wartogs, baboons. By the lake side we see pelicans and flamingos. The park is attractive for its many species of aquatic birds, in particular for the great white pelicans, and greater and lesser flamingos. Many birds breed on the lake island.

Overnight stay: we camp at the hot Spring water to experience the volcanic steam and probably mud bath. The local population use the hot springs as natural treatment for a range of health problems. We may prepare our own cooking with local potatoes & corn possibly cooked in the hot spring water or enjoy a BBQ with local ingredients.

If you like hiking, a 2h walk on the volcano can be included in the trip.

Other option (no camping): After visiting the park we drive back to Hawassa for the overnight stay.

Day 3 : Langano
In the morning we drive to lake Langano, the only lake where it is allowed to swim.  In the afternoon we drive to Hawassa while having a stop in Shashamane to visit Rasta village and enjoy reggae music. Overnight in Hawassa Zebra guesthouse and enjoy evening campfire.

Notice: the itinerary and activities can be adapted following your choice. This tour can also start   from Addis Ababa . In this case(2) additional days will be required.


  • Hotel: Southern Stars Tour will arrange your overnight accommodation based on your requirements and budget. Recommended hotels range from 15 $ up to 100 $ per night for two
  • Hire of car and guide 130 $ per day for one up to two people. Park fees are included.
  • Camping equipment: 30$ per day for 2 people.
  • Meals : Customers are required to pay for their own meals. If wished we can organise a picnic (and the adventure evening cooking) in Shala park.

Practical information :

For this tour you need to wear walking boots and a hat. It’s recommended to bring also sun cream and mosquito spray.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask information via this contacts