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How amazing to see these creatures in their natural habitat! We stayed at the Haile Resort Hawassa and did a boat tour from there. Our driver was careful not to get too close.
At night, we could hear them barking from our hotel room.
My tip for an awesome free lake Awassa experience: go to the edge and start following the path going to the right. Enjoy the birds, the swamp, the people fishing, the kids swimming and the the table tennis matches (I even got invited to play)....More
Hippo watching was an experience. Our 'voluntary' guide was very eager to show us all the birds and the hippos. After that we could give him a voluntary fee of 500 or 1000 ETB. He was a character and could sing songs in Chinese. He...More
Our family hired A One Ethiopia Tours who arranged a private boat tour of Hawassa Lake; one of the highlights of our trip. Hippo and bid sightings were plenty and lots of fun. A must while in southern Ethiopia.
We had a great one and a half hours on a boat with an excellent and very knowledgeable guide who was able to point out many different types of birds and also spot a large monitor lizard then take us close into the shore so...More