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Rift Valley Lakes

Rift Valley Lakes

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The rift valley of Ethiopia is considered the largest bird sanctuary in Africa. Each of the seven lakes has its own attractions and hosts different species of birds and wildlife.

The Great Rift Valley, formed about 20 million years ago, is the single largest geographical feature on the African continent. Its gradual expansion has been accompanied by a large amount of volcanic activity: the valley floor is studded with dormant and extinct volcanoes such as Fenatle in Ethiopia. The Rift Valley runs through Ethiopia from the Red Sea to the Kenya border. In northern Ethiopia it forms the Danakil Depression, an inaccessible and inhospitable desert that dips to the lowest point on the earth’s surface. Along with the historical circuit in the north, the southern Rift valley is probably the most touristed part of Ethiopia.

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