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Looking for a day trip outside Addis Ababa? Taking a trip to Wenchi Crater Lake is a nice choice for spending your weekend vacation. Wenchi Crater Lake is 155 km west of Addis Ababa, between Ambo and Weliso. An extinct volcano, the top of which is 3380 meters above sea level, is a crater that contains a large lake, hot mineral springs, waterfalls, beautiful valleys and farmland. There is an old monastery with a church situated on one of the lake islands.
Start your morning by making a hundred and half kilometer drive to West of Addis Ababa. Wenchi Crater lake lies at around 3000m (10,000 feet) above sea level in the crater of an extinct volcano in the Oromia region. After paying entrance, parking fees and purchasing the obligatory guide at the office, you drive uphill for a kilometer to reach the departure point. You have the option of hiking the 4 km to the lake shore on your own or descending on horseback. The downhill trek is full of varied greens on the hillsides and the lake’s surface. After an hour and a couple of villages, a field opens to the shore and a small dock. You will have the opportunity for mule riding, hiking and a boat trip.
Wenchi Crater Lake Day Trip

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Drive to Weliso through the beautiful Oromo villages, Mugar valley, Ambo and the Wenchi Crater Lake, an area famous for its beautiful mountainous landscape partly covered by natural forest. You will also have the chance to visit an old island monastery, do some horse riding and hiking. Have lunch from your lunch box or in a basic local restaurant before you drive back to Addis through Weliso. Arrival in Addis will be late in the afternoon and you will be transferred to your hotel. End of service.

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