Awassa (Hawassa) My Home Town Things to do

Posted: December 15, 2014 in Ethiopia - the Secret of Africa
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Hawassa (Awassa) is an active town Ethiopia at the heart of the rift valley. It is the capital of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region. Over 50 various nation nationalities made their home with their own traditions, languages, dress, dance, and culture. It serves as an excellent base for exploring the southern Ethiopia and tribes of Omo Valley. The town has been named after the lake that stands next to it.

Awassa (Hawassa) town is attaining a continuous growth; and daily attracting tourists and has opened its doors wide to investors. It is an attractive town that you can come in any of your interest and do what you wish. It is at a distance of 275km from Addis Ababa, founded on 1959.

Life in Hawassa starts at the fish market, as every morning the fishermen bring home the fresh catch, surrounded by the opportunistic birds of the lake. The abundance and variety of the lake side birdlife is truly spectacular. A highlight of any trip here will be with no doubt taking a boat across the lake to see the hippos, all the while surrounded by birds of every shape and colour, from awesome fish eagles and storks, to the smallest waders and weavers.

Sipping a cold drink as you sit at the lakeside while the sun sets over the volcanic hills to the west, the birds fly across the water to rest is surely one of the life’s simplest but most rewarding pleasures.

Awassa (Hawassa) is well served by excellent hotels and restaurants, bars and clubs. Delicious traditional foods compete for your appetite’s attention with superb western dishes, while both the best local and international wines are available to digest. Ethiopia is a musical country, and combining a few of the excellent local beers with a spot of dancing is a popular way of spending the night life.

In Awassa you can spend with optional excursions such as:

  • In the morning you visit the pretty morning fish market of Awassa, the fishermen arrive in their wooden rowing boats, filled with fresh Tilapia, catfish and barbus. Young boys repair the nets, others sell bread, plastic bags and other things and pelicans, marabous, kingfishers, herons and other water birds surround the boats to get their portion.
  • In the nearby Amora Gedel Park you can spot different birds and also Gureza- and other monkeys.
  • Rowing boat trip on lake Awassa to Tikur Wuha where you can see Hippo’s and different water birds.
  • Walking trip along the shores of lake Awassa to observe the many water birds or on the flat topped Tabor hill which dominates the city and from where you have a very nice view on the town and the lake.
  • A bicycle Tour around lake Awassa.
  • Visit the local market (on Monday and Thursday).
  • In the afternoon excursion to Wondo Genet which is a green paradise in the mountains where you can walk to the hot springs or swim in the pool filled with warm spring water. The farmers grow sugar, coffee, chat and various fruits such as banana, mango, avocado and papaya, making use of an indigenous irrigation system. In the mountain forest you can see many birds such as black headed forest oriole, golden-backed woodpecker and blak rough-wing swallow.

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