The lake is found 157km away from Addis Ababa next to Ambo. A further 32km drive on the gravel road leads to the lake. Coming from Ambo or Weliso to wenchi Crater Lake the gravel road ascending mountain slopes almost to the rim of the creator where the height reaches 3386m at a peak. Here green oasis (when compared to surrounding area) comes to view.
Touristic appeal of the crater mainly stemmed from its fantastic beauty .Standing on the rim of the crater you will be watching unique shaped and crystal clear water lying in deep basin and circular slops covered with greenery alpine vegetation that largely contributed for its dramatic scenery.
The crater lake is endowed with forest of more than 15major tree species and many other alpine type vegetation , many aquatic terrestrial and bird species and some mammals , of which colobus monkey frequently seen . In the hot spring, valley, one can absorb natural offers like hot and cold mineral springs (being used by local people for cure of illness): the waterfall gushing out just from the foot of the hill and many other eye-catching scene .
Wenchi crater lake is an ideal site, and has a good appeal to such tourist activities and recreations like hiking , boating , canoeing , horse ridding , forest exploring and many other eco tourism oriented activities .
Do you have any problem with your health ? The sodre spa is popular spa resort centre in Ethiopia oromia region which is situated at the foot of greenish hills near the bank of Awash river , the spa resort much of its attraction to hot spring . The Awash river and riverside vegetation in the area .It is main offers include : the tourist standard resort hotel providing accommodation and dining services , hot bath in the rooms or in open air enjoying the warm climate and the beautiful scenery of surrounding vegetation inhabited by monkeys .It is like a pebble in the street and in the precinct . The Sodre spa is very nice for health if anyone who have various health problem that penetrate your disease inside your body and you will be sure from any disease .
Swimming and relaxing are the objective of most people’s trip to Sodre . There are also many birds like African Hoopoe , Go-away -bird ,huge vultures construct their platform nest high up in the river side trees ,bright iridescent starling strut cheekily or yellow weavers for the construction of their amazing nests , spar winged plover, Grey headed kingfisher ,African grey horn bill ,long tailed cormorants . Nearby there is waterfall at Soder .
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 .
Menagesha Suba Forest Park
After 48km drive west of Finfine , out of which 20km is dusty road detouring 3km is the town of Menagesha suba forest park .The forest was origionally protected by King Zera Yakob of Shewa and was served as crown land in old system . At present, the forest is brought to be a park and being conserved by government . The total area of natural forest alone is about 9200 hectares whose composition represent the natural high forests vegetation various from high forest to alpine vegetation within altitude range of about 2300m to above 3000m .
The oldest tree of Junipers which estimated to be over 200yrs old and six other tree species are among high forests while Erica arboreal and Helichrysum represent vegetation of above 3000m ( high altitude ) .Suba as a tourist site boasts not only indigenous tree species but also a number of birds and mammals species .
The forest is characterise by thick heath and undergrowth’s of palms endemic to Ethiopia .As the forest is dominated by Juniper and Podocarpse gracilor which are estimated to be over four hundred years old .
The park is gravel through a winding dusty road on western slope of mountain Wechecha .
At the top of the mountain where the giant trees give their way to grass land .there is a guest house and camping ground. From here visitors certainly enjoy the spectacular scenery of the plain far away from the park to the south and the natural beauty of Adere and Mogloi mountains ,which is the place for sight seeing , hiking , and bird watching and natural admiration .
Suba allow access to a good diversity of forest species on an easy half day trip from Addis Abeba but anyone can tire after visit this diversity forest . Nearly 3000 hectares of Juniper forest lie amongst plantations on the eastern slopes of 3,385m mount wechech.
Menagesha is the shape of an upside down Pudding basin & is covered more or less entirely thick heath and undergrowth. The long grass and thick bushes provide plenty of cover for wildlife and birds.