After a short night (way too short! Why do the monkeys need to play at OUR roof?!) we started the day with a morning trekking tour at 6:30 am. Our local guide took us outside the resort right into the forest. Besides many colorful birds we also saw beautiful old trees, a little waterfall and a variety of different landscapes around the lake. Enjoying the good weather, we had breakfast at our open-spaced breakfast room, afterwards capturing every single ray of sunlight at the beach.
Back on the road again we then stopped at the Abidjatta Shalla National Park, famous for ostriches living there. Before we actually saw them, we did discovered more birds, boar pigs and the skin of a rather big snake. Finally we were able to spot several of the huge ostriches – both male and female. These animals are so big! And very beautiful. They were obviously quite used to visitors as we could approach them by less than 8 meters.
The last stop at our road back to the capital, an UNESCO World Heritage site called Tiya, led us through the Gurage Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region south of Addis Ababa – one of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen. At Tiya we were supposed to see only stone stela with mysterious symbols written on them from an ancient Ethiopian culture. Unfortunately the site was closed so we could see the stones only from outside.
A big THANK YOU to our organizer, tour guide and first aid person Weiwei at this point! Thanks for organizing this great trip with all the unforgettable memories!