Located some 300 kilometers from the capital Addis Abeba, the city of Awasa attracts tourists mainly because of its beautiful lake. Awasa is better developed in terms of accomodation and infrastructure because of its tourist attracting lake.
Lake Awasa is one of the best lakes to fish, cruise on small rafts,enjoy the view of beautiful bird species and different kinds of ducks. Perhaps the only limitation is that the lake is not recommended for swimming, even though you might see some of the local kids having a bath in lake. Except lake Langano most of the Ethiopian lakes are said to be prone to Bilarzia.
The small park known as Amora Gedel, established on one side of the shores of the lake is a big fish market. At Amora Gedel you can have a memorable picnic with monkeys jumping behind your back.