The lakes of Debre Zeit have been the most interesting easy accessible popular recreation and resort town for overnight visitors and weekend excursionist throughout the year .
From Dukem , it is only about ten km drive thriving town of Debre Zeit ,which is also known as by the traditional Oromo name of Bishoftu , and the site of air force base and the veterinary institute .An Altitude 1,900Absl , it enjoys a warmer climate than the capital city .The town lies within a circle of lovely five creater lakes make it a very popular weekend resort for Addis Ababa .
The town itself is resplendent with the beautiful colours of numerous pepper tree ,bougainvillea ,flame tree and franeripani .
The main high way on the rim of the largest creater Hora lake where water birds such as boating are extremely popular . There are a number of species of water birds to be seen including cormorants , pelicans , grebes and storks and myriad of brightly coloured passerines .
In Debre Zeit one can enjoy a delicious or just sip a cool drink from the terrace of the begging of October, the local farmers hold a big ,colourful festival to celebrate the begging of spring planting season is held under the huge fig at the lake shore across from the hotel .The following are the major resort lakes for tourist who come into the city for leisure and sightseeing purpose .
One of the creater lakes of Bishoftu believers take a sheath of leave or yellow flower and carry them down to the lakeside as they give thanks for the green thing and often other praise or prayers they wish .
The festival it is said to be the prominent festival of the waaga followers .
Lake Hora is the oldest known lake resort in the town is only 2km drive from the centre of the town situated in deep and it’s major attractions include . The water of the lake is reputed for water sports and scenic beauty . Fish Species inhabiting in the lake such as Telaphia gives opportunity for fishing .
Watching the bird species inhabiting in the area like cormorants , Hammer kobs , Ducks ,the cultural experience including IRRECH ( thanks giving ) ceremony site on the eastern shore of the lake ,where the Oromo traditional spiritual festivals conduct mainly once a year towards the end of September .This Offers the opportunity to experience the colourful ceremony of festival upon which the local oromo and people from elsewhere come together at this site under a big tree known as Oda ( Ficus Sycamore ) and pray to God for the good will and well being of their cattle and family , in the following year . The former Ras Hotel is supposed to reconstructed to finest resort hotel level that elaborate attraction magnitude of the area .
This lake probably the deepest of the surrounding lakes .The attractive features of the lake is its scenic beauty .The beautiful surrounding rocky steep also invites for sightseeing & nature admiring .It is ideal site to enjoy scenery .
Lake Babogaya & Lake Kuriftu
It is the same size but much deeper than lake Hora .The presence of fishing like Tilapia , makes the possibility of fishing high and water birds like ducks , and Geese are common . It is especially endowed with breathtaking beauty .
Lake Magarsia & Lake Kilole
12km hard drive north east of the town .It is the fastest of the lakes in the area . Birds like waterfalls , African fish eagle , cormorants , Egyptian Geese , Ducks , plovers etc observed here .
Tour and Bird watching
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