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The Great Rift Valley lies between the Ethiopian Plateau to the north and the Somalia Plateau to the south. The rift developed as the Nubian and Somalian plates began to separate during the Miocene Period along the East African rift system. Rift initiation was asynchronous along the Ethiopian rift valley: deformation began around 18 million years ago at the south end, around 11 million years ago close to the Afar depression and probably around 6-8 million years ago in the central sector. The rift is extending in an ESE-WNW direction at about 5–7 millimetres (0.20–0.28 inches) annually.



Day 01: Drive to Arba Minch through rift valley lakes of Ziway, Langano, Abjata and Shalla.

Day 02: Go to Nech sar National Park, which is situated in the rift valley, is 2000 m above sea level, flanked by lakes Abaya and Chamo.

Day 03: Drive to the mountains of Chencha to visit Dorze people and continues to Sodo

Day 04: Go to fish market of Lake Awassa as well as bird watch. Birds like Cormorants, Pelicans, Marabou storks, Hammer Kops, Fish Eagle, Kingfishers and other more are abundant .

Day 05: Visit the Abjata -Shalla National Park which is abundant with different water birds, especially Pelicans and Flamingos. Finally back to Addis Ababa.

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