The park is located 207km south of Addis Ababa. It is famous for and significant ornithological site in the country which is 887 sq. km wide; 482sq km of this is covered by the lakes’ water. The park is created for many species of aquatic birds, particularly great white pelicans and greater and lesser flamingoes. Lake Abijata is used as their feeding sanctuary and Lake Shalla islands are used as breeding sites to the birds.
Most commonly seen birds are a Great white pelican, flamingoes, storks white-necked cormorant, African fish eagle, Egyptian geese, various plover species, and herons; many other types of birds including migratory too.
The park is combination of Lake Abijata and Shalla, and the land between and around them. Geological features include hot springs, lava caves and four islands used as nesting site four different bird species. Some mammals are common to the park like; Grants gazelle, Colobus monkey, and Grivet monkey, Warthog, Klipspringer, Oribi and Jackals. The altitude ranges from 1500 to 2000 meters. The highest peak is Mt fike, situated between the two lakes. The lakes are terminal, but they are very different in nature.
Most commonly seen birds are great white pelican and flamingoes.
Great white pelicans.