Starting at around 7.00am, we drive 150 kms west from Addis Ababa to the Wenchi Crater lake, which lies at a height of 3000 m (10,000’) above sea level in the crater of an extinct volcano in the Oromo Region. After completing entrance formalities and picking up an obligatory guide at the Wenchi Eco-Tourism Office, we drive uphill for a short distance to reach our start point. Here we have the option of walking or riding a horse for the 4 km journey down to the lake shore. There are lovely views of the surrounding hillsides and the lake as we descend, passing through a couple of villages, before we reach the lake edge, where there is a small jetty area. On the island of Deber is a monastery which we can visit by rowing boat. After a picnic lunch here, we will visit the monastery, before making the return trip back to our vehicle for the journey back to Addis Ababa.
Another option available is to camp overnight near the shores of the lake so as to have more time to interact with the local people.