On the opposite side of the main road, not far from Langano, is Abiata-Shalla National park. It consists of two lakes, Abiata and Shalla, which are located only three Km apart but, nevertheless, differ greatly in character. The national park is especially good for hiking, enjoying beautiful scenery, and watching water birds. It hosts ostriches and other wild mammals, as well.
A stunning spectacle of untouched, un-spoilt Ethiopia can be witnessed here. The lakes really do host an extraordinary number of birds, such as wild ducks, geese, cormorants, flamingos, and vast numbers of great white pelicans. These islands are home to the most important breeding colony of great white pelicans in Africa