The trail to Lake Shala is now the main trail through the national park. It turns right off the main road at 215 km. directly opposite the turning to Bekele Mola. You drive in and follow your nose and the reasonably good track which leads first to a spectacular lookout point with a view over densely forested country and both Abyata and Shala. From here you descend the small escarpment and enter the acacia woodland which clothes the shoulder running between the two lakes. Birdlife is profuse: the bright yellow Masked Weaver, the red-rumped Buffalo Weaver, Red-billed Hornbill, African Fish Eagle, Didric’s Cuckoo, Abyssinian Roller, Superb Starling; the woods teem with flashes of brilliant color and resound with birdsong. The track emerges at the lake shore of Shala where again a vast profusion of ducks, geese, coots, waders, shorebirds of every kind mingle with flamingo and pelican at the ware’s edge. It is possible now to make the tour of the lake (Shala) which is one of the more spectacular; on the north side a tumbling cascade sixty metres high, rushes from the rocky hillside down to the wide bay. Tilapia reaches a fair size and can be cooked over the camp fire at one of the beautiful camping sites along the lake. You will enjoy this lake less for its swimming the water has a peculiar alkaline flavor – than for its atmosphere of untouched natural beauty and its splendid variety of shoreline and colour, and its prolific birdlife.