Crocodile Market on Lake Chamo admin January 17, 2021

Crocodile Market on Lake Chamo

Much like the temporary day markets that are common in Ethiopia, the Crocodile Market is a daily event on Lake Chamo where crocs similarly get together to see and be seen. A trip to this market is also a good chance to spot hippos, fish and birds.

here the Kulfo River empties into Lake Chamo you’ll find oodles of crocodiles sunning themselves. Both the size of the congregation and the size of the crocs (6m is common) make this one of Africa’s best crocodile displays. There are also plenty of hippos, fish eagles and shore birds.

The Rift Valley Boat Service Association holds a monopoly on the trips, so prices are high. The cost of the boat (which has a roof) for a group of up to six people is Birr800, and hiring a mandatory guide is between Birr250 and Birr300. You also have to transport the guide and boat driver to the launching point, 11km from Shecha.

While it’s only a 20- to 30-minute boat ride to the crocs (there’s actually not a single spot – their preferred perch changes with the seasons), allow two hours for the trip. It’s best to visit mid-afternoon or early morning.