There are numerous hot springs around Lake Abaya. Chokore Hot Springs (Chakoware Hot Springs) north from the lake recently had even some geysers.

Geysers were active here up to 1979 – the last geyser was erupting erratically, up to 1.8 m high.

Now here are located very hot and powerful springs, with water temperatures as high as 96°C. A platform of geyserite with cones of former geysers has been preserved.

Lake Abaya Hot Springs are included in the following list:

Geysers of Africa

Geysers of Africa


  1. T. Scott Bryan. The Geysers of Yellowstone, Fourth Edition. 2008, Boulder.
Lake Abaya Hot Springs on the map
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Location, GPS coordinates: 6.6305 N 37.9103 E (mistake up to 5 km)
Categories: Thermal springs, Geysers (extinct?)
Values: Geology, Visual
Rating: 1.5 out of 10 stars
Where is located? Africa, Ethiopia, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region, to the north from Lake Abaya
Alternate names: Chokore Hot Springs, Chawokare Hot Springs

Landmarks of Ethiopia

Jinbar Falls, Ethiopia
Jinbar Falls / Giustino, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0
Ethiopia is very interesting country with rich cultural and natural heritage. Highlights of Ethiopian heritage are its rock cut churches, ancient stelae and megaliths and places, where are found some of the oldest hominins and humans in the world.


Lake Bogoria, geyser and flamingos
Lake Bogoria, geyser and flamingos / , Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
Hasty hydrogeologist would say: geysers are thermodynamically and hydrodynamically unstable hot springs. “Normal” people would say – geysers are hot springs which at more or less regular intervals shoot up a fountain of boiling water and steam. Sometimes these fountains are even 100 m tall… or even 450 m!

Recommended books

Landscapes and Landforms of Ethiopia

This book provides a succinct but comprehensive presentation of key geomorphological locations and topics including information about geomorphological heritage and maps to visit the most important sites.


The bestselling guide to Ethiopia in recent years, this fully updated seventh edition of Philip Briggs’ acclaimed guide reveals an ancient country that continues to surpass all expectations: from the ancient Judaic cultures ofthe fertile highlands to the Animist people of the South Omo Valley, from the Afroalpine moorland of the Bale Mountains National Park to the thundering Blue Nile Falls.

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