We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“I saw the Hippos” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hippo watching on Lake Awassa

Hippo watching on Lake Awassa
Awassa, Awasa, Ethiopia
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #1 of 1 Fun & Games in Awasa
Attraction details
Phoenix, Arizona
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“I saw the Hippos”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

I stayed at the Haile Resort. I needed a break from the hustle of Ethiopia and was yearning for a long hot shower. The hippos live in a small water grass area just North of the Haile resort. I went at about 9:30 am and there were 7 or 8 Hippos grazing. The boat is rented for set amount (long tour 800 birr-shorter tours are less). If you are one or 5 people the amount is the same. The driver circled the hippo's area, keeping maybe 30 yards away. he said they swim very fast and will attack the boat. They, like any wild animal, will protect their territory and young. The tour continued around the lake pointing out the fish market, etc. A very pleasant, though not very long adventure.

Visited May 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

22 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    6
    8
    4
    4
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“no hippo”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

I have been to Lake Awassa several times, I have been sailing on the lake using thier boat/ it is still in my face book cover page....but the funny part is I have never seen a hippo, I don't trust the guys who posted here..... The Mian reason of boat ride in Awassa is to say " I was on a Lake" that is the smallest in Ethiopia Shabbiest and incomparable with the rift valley lakes like Ziway, Chamo,Abayata, in which you see the hippos, bird life, crocodile even without sailing.

Visited May 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Hippo watching on Lake Awassa also viewed

Awasa, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region
Arba Minch, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region
 
Ziway, Oromiya Region
Goba, Oromiya Region
 

Been to Hippo watching on Lake Awassa? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Hippo watching on Lake Awassa, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.