Lake Langano is one of a series of crater lakes scattered along the Ethiopian Rift Valley. Its proximity to the capital (200 kilometers south of Addis and a 3-hour drive) and the many holiday resorts dotted around the lake has made it a popular destination with tourists and a weekend retreat for urbanites.
Owing to its bilharzia free status, swimming and water sports is a popular pastime on the lake. The mineral rich soil at the bottom of the lake has given Langano its characteristic copper color and fueled a belief that the water has special healing properties.
The serene podocarpus and fig tree forests of Langano nature reserve spans the eastern shore of the lake and provides a lush shelter to monkeys, baboons, warthogs and a variety of birds who dwell there. The area can easily be explored by foot or on horseback.