The park is 887 sq. km wide; 482sq km of this is covered by the lakes’ water. The altitude ranges from 1500 to 2000 meters. The highest peak is Mt Fike, situated between the two lakes. The park was created for many species of aquatic birds, particularly great white pelicans and greater and lesser flamingoes. Lake’s islands are used as breeding sites by many birds including pelicans; and Lake Abijata is their feeding sanctuary. Other birds in the area include white necked cormorant, African fish eagle, Egyptian geese, various plover species and herons.
The surrounding area is mainly acacia woodland, some of which is very degraded by human interaction. Using Lake Langano as your base, it is an easy side trip to visit Abijata-Shalla Lakes National Park.