Ethiopia – Lake Langano

Over New Year we combined some time exploring Bale Mountains National Park with a few days relaxing around Lake Langano in the Rift Valley. We stayed at Bishangari Lodge, a well-run and comfortable lodge on the far side of Lake Langano very nicely situated in an area of very old fig forest with lots of birdlife and other wildlife.

http://www.bishangari.com/

Lake Langano shoreline has a very African feel to it with all the acacia trees. The pumice stone outcrops around some parts of the lake add a less familiar dimension.

Lake Langano shoreline has a very African feel to it with all the acacia trees. The pumice stone outcrops around some parts of the lake add a less familiar dimension.

A fishing canoe near the shore of Lake Langano near Bishangari.

A fishing canoe near the shore of Lake Langano near Bishangari.

Further along the shore of the lake there are areas very active with waterbirds such as pelicans, flamingoes and ducks as well as baboons.

Further along the shore of the lake there are areas very active with waterbirds such as pelicans, flamingoes and ducks as well as baboons.

Set back from the lake shore is the ancient fig forest. The dusty path meansers through the brush and scrub and before long you are in old forest beneath enormous ancient fig trees.

Set back from the lake shore is the ancient fig forest. The dusty path meanders through the brush and scrub and before long you are in old forest beneath enormous ancient fig trees.

Villagers driving their livestock through the forest lends a timeless quality to the place.

Villagers driving their livestock through the forest lends a timeless quality to the place.

Monkeys forage in the fruiting trees.

Monkeys forage in the fruiting trees.

Baboons are often encountered on the paths.

Baboons are often encountered on the paths.

Occassionally jewel like birds are glimpsed in the woodlands, such as this pair of Pygmy Kingfishers.

Occassionally jewel like birds are glimpsed in the woodlands, such as this pair of Pygmy Kingfishers.

Other birds are eye catching in different ways, for example the crest on this Mousebird (the top bird).

Other birds are eye catching in different ways, for example the crest on this Mousebird (the top bird).

The Black Winged Lovebird in endemic to Abyssinia.

The Black Winged Lovebird in endemic to Abyssinia.

Silver Cheeked Hornbills are often seen (and their noisy wingbeats heard) in the forests.

Silver Cheeked Hornbills are often seen (and their noisy wingbeats heard) in the forests.

Huge emergent fig trees can attract a lot of wildlife and be good areas for birdwatching.

Huge emergent fig trees can attract a lot of wildlife and be good areas for birdwatching.

Beyond the forest periphery the flamingoes stay around the shallow edges of the lake.

Beyond the forest periphery the flamingoes stay around the shallow edges of the lake.

The rocky outcrops around the shore are collecting points for some birds and can look very beautiful in the evening light.

The rocky outcrops around the shore are collecting points for some birds and can look very beautiful in the evening light.

The lake is also of course the ideal place to observe Fish Eagles. There is a nesting pair near Bishangari.

The lake is also of course the ideal place to observe Fish Eagles. There is a nesting pair near Bishangari.

As evening approaches large numbers of swifts gather in the reeds.

As evening approaches large numbers of swifts gather in the reeds.

The layering of the pumice rocks on the shore shows up well in the evening light.

The layering of the pumice rocks on the shore shows up well in the evening light.

Evening view across the pumice area.

Evening view across the pumice area.

In the dry season the golden light of early evening catches the heads of the grass around the shore.

In the dry season the golden light of early evening catches the heads of the grass around the shore.

Sunsets are often very colourful.

Sunsets are often very colourful…

Nightime in Bishangari.

… before finally giving way to another starry night in Bishangari.


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