Lake Awasa Tour
Lake Awaa is located in the Main Ethiopian Rift south of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. The lake is 16 km long and 9 km wide, with a surface area of 129 square kilometers. It has a maximum depth of 10 meters and is located at an elevation of 1,708 meters.
Because it is relatively accessible to scientists, Lake Awasa is the most studied of the Rift Valley lakes in Ethiopia. Despite its lack of an outflow, “essentially a freshwater lake (conductivity is variable, but less than 1,000) indicating that it must have a subterranean outlet.” Awasa (also spelled Awassa or Hawassa) is a city in Ethiopia on the shores of Lake Awasa in the Great Rift Valley.
It is located 270 km south of Addis Ababa via Debre Zeit. The town serves as the capital of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region and is a special zone of this region.
Hawassa was capital of the former Sidamo Province from about 1978 until the province was abolished with the adoption of the 1995 Constitution. This city is home to Hawassa University (which includes an Agricultural College, a Main Campus and a Health Sciences College), Awasa Adventist College, and a major market.
Important local attractions include the St. Gabriel Church and the Fishing Market is a major local industry.