NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

NATIONAL PARKS

Bale Mountains National Park

Bale Mountains National Park is a must watch destination for For hikers, nature lovers, birders and wildlife watchers. Bale Mountains National Park is a diverse landscape and biodiversity hotspot located 400km southeast of Addis Ababa. There are hills ,deep gorges, alpine lakes, rushing streams, several waterfalls, lava flows and views that make it a spectacular delight. It would have been as popular as the Simien Mountains if it wasn’t located in such a remote corner of the country.  All visitors will have the opportunities for unsurpassed mountain walking, horse trekking, scenic driving and the chances to view many of Ethiopia’s endemic mammals, in particular the Mountain Nyala and Semien Fox, and birds, such as the Thick-billed Raven, Wattled Ibis, Blue-winged Goose, and Rouget’s Rail.

Mago National Park

The Mago National Park is the newest of Ethiopia’s several National Parks and is located 782 kilometers south of Addis Ababa and on east bank of Omo river. This beautiful 2162-sq-km park has abundant wildlife and you can expect  dik-diks, baboons and guinea fowl and plenty of Burchell’s zebras, lesser kudus, defassa waterbucks, gerenuks and black-and-white colobus. The birds such as bustards, hornbills, weavers, and starlings can also be seen in this park. Unfortunately, Giraffes have almost disappeared from Mago. Different tribal communities live in this park and they include Hamar,Benna, Mursi, Ngagatom, Ari, Karo, Body and Kwegu of which Mursis are famous for their women  wearing large terracotta disks in their under lips. The Temperatures  vary from  14° and 41°C (57° and 106°P)

Yangudi Rassa National Park

Located in the Afar Region near Mount Yangudi and with altitudes from 400 to 1459 meters above sea level, Yangudi Rassa is an extensive wilderness of  sandy semi-desert and a wooded grassland. This park was established mainly to protect the African Wild Ass and quite recently, the Wild Ass went extinct in Yagundi Rassa. The headquarters of the Park is in the town of Gewane. Large animals including Beisa Oryx, Soemmering’s gazelle, gerenuk and Grevy’s zebra and More than 200 birds have been recorded here including Phoenicopterus minor, Petronia brachydactyla and Ardeotis arabs. Temperature ranges from 42 – 43 ºC in the shade and rains are bi-modal with the main rainy season extending from October-December. A heavy pattern of rainfall is expected from August to September.

Nechisar National Park

Nechisar National Park lies in the southwest Ethiopian region, 510km south of Addis near the town of Arba Minch, in between Lakes Abaya and Chamo. This beautiful park  was established in 1974 and is considered one of Ethiopia’s last great surviving wildernesses. A vast habitat of 188 recorded species of birds  including Red-billed Hornbill, Grey Hornbil,l Fish Eagle, Kori Bustard, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill are found in this park. Wide variety of animals  seen are Bushbuck, Swayne’s Hartebeest, Burchell’s Zebra, Grant’s Gazelle, Guenther’s Dik-dik, Greater Kudu, Crocodile, Anubis Baboon, Grey Duiker. The highest temperatures are in the month of January to March of  about 35Cand the the average annual rainfall is about 900mm. The rainy season is from March to May

Omo National Park

Omo National Park is one of the toughest parks in Ethiopia. Travelling to this park is not only  incredibly tough but also is situated in a remotest area. One has to cross  two new bridges over the Omo River to get into the park making it more accessible than ever before. It is a good example of good wildlife habitat consisting of grasslands, hot springs and riverine forests even though the wildlife here has come into conflict with the native tribes who live here, among them the Surma, Mogudge and Dizi. The Park consists of buffalo, elephant, giraffe, Burchell’s zebra, topi, and oryx, as well as predators (cheetah, lion, leopard) and primates (including deBrazza’s and colobus monkeys). 312 recorded species of birds are also seen here blue-breasted kingfisher, red-naped bush shrike, bare-eyed thrush, etc

Awash National Park

Awash National Park is 225 kilometers east of Addis Ababa with its southern boundary along the Awash River which forms the park’s southern boundary with some spectacular waterfalls near the park headquarters. The park has an area of 756 square kilometres, featuring mainly of acacia and grassland, and nothing but  with an interesting range of volcanic landscapes  including a dormant volcano of Fantale, reaching a height of 2007 meters at its top. Two species of baboon — the Anubis and the hamadryas, live in this region and plenty of lions, leopards, servals, caracal, and wildcats are all seen infrequently. Various raptors are seen here such as Fish eagles, tawny eagles, lanner and pygmy falcons, black-shouldered kites. Ostriches roam the plains and the- immense lammergeyer soars all around the park.