National Parks of Ethiopia

Awash National Park

The park is situated on the Awash River. The main dominant is 1800 m high semi-dormant Fantalle volcano. Park is characteristic by rocky blisters, which can be found else only in Hawai.

Area: 765 km2
Location: 225 km east of Addis Abbaba
Animals: oryx, bat-eared fox, caracal, aardvark, colobus,green monkey, Anubis, Hamadryas baboons, klipspringer, leopard, bushbuck, hippo, Soemmerring's gazelle, Grevy's zebra, cheetah kudu, around 400 species of birds

Bale Mountains National Park

Mountains are over 4000 m high and create part of the Eastern Highlands of the larger Ethiopian Plateau. The highest mountain is the Mount Batu (4307 m). Park compounds vast moorlands as well as lower reaches covered with St John's wort. Typical for the park are also virgin woodlands, pristine mountain streams and overall alpine climate.

Area: 2470 km2
Location: 400 km south of Addis Ababa
Animals: Simien red fox, Mountain nyala, Menilek's bushbuck (all endemic animals)

Gambella National Park

Park is situated between Baro and Gilo rivers near Gambella, a western Ethiopian town. Park is covered with undulating plains of high Sudanese grass. Park is situated in the true tropical zone and contains all elements of a typical African safari.

Area: 5060 km2
Location: 700 km west of Addis Ababa
Animals: Nile Perch, huge crocodiles, white, eared kob, Nile lechwe, buffalo, giraffe, tiang, waterbuck, antelope, zebra, bushbuck, Abyssinian reedbuck, warthog, hartebeest, lion, elephant, hippotamus

Omo National Park

Park is situated on the Omo river in the Omo Valley. It compounds richest and least visited wildlife sanctuaries in Eastern Africa with paleoanthropological remains.

Area: 4068 km2
Location: 870 km south-west of Addis Ababa
Animals: Eland, oryx, Burchell's zebra, Lelwel's hartebeest, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, waterbuck, kudu, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dogs

Simien Mountains National Park

Park compounds a broad plateau cut off on the north and west by an enormous single crag over 60 km long with average elevation of 4000 m. Mountains are composed of hardened basalt, crags and buttresses (Simien escarpments). The Ras Deshen (4453 m) is the highest peak in Ethiopia, and 4th largest in Africa.

Area: 179 km2
Location: 600 km north of Addis Ababa
Animals: Gelada Baboon, Simien red fox, Walia ibex (all 3 endemic animals), Ethiopian Wolf, Hamadryas baboon, klipspringer, bushbuck, lammergeyer bird (famous bone-breaker), Auger buzzard, Verreaux's eagle, kestrel, Lanner falcon

Mago National Park

Park is composed mainly of riverine forest, wetlands along the Mago and around Lake Dipa, the various grasslands, and scrub on the sides of the hills. Other rivers include Neri and Omo. Lower Omo areas are populated with a rich diversity of ethnic groups, including the Aari, Banna, Bongoso, Hamer, Karo, Kwegu, Male and Mursi peoples. The major attraction is Mursi ethinic, famous for piercing their lips and inserting disks made of clay.

Area: 2162 km2
Location: 770 km southwest of Addis Ababa
Animals: river birds Turdoides tenebrosus, Estrilda troglodytes, Phoeniculus damarensis, Porphyrio alleni, Butorides striatus, Pluvianus aegypticus, Scotopelia peli and Cossypha niveicapilla

Nechisar National Park

Charcteristic of the park are the "Bridge of God" (an isthmus between Lakes Abaya and Chamo), and white grass (Nechisar) with plains east of the lakes. Park was founded originally as a game reserve to the east of Lake Chamo to provide protection for the population of Swayne's Hartebeest and other local wildlife.

Area: 574 km2
Location: 225 km east of Addis Ababa, in the Southern Rift
Animals: Swayne's hartebeest (endemic)

Yangudati-Rassa National Park

Park is shaped by the Mount Yangudi near the southern border and the surrounding Rassa Plains (400m to 1459 m above sea level, sandy semi-desert and wooded grassland. Park is crossed by the Awash River. Park lies between the territory of the Afars and the Issas, tribes which are in conflict. Park was originally founded to protect African Wild Ass.

Area: 4730 km2
Location: 500 km northeast of Addis Ababa
Animals: African Wild Ass, Phoenicopterus minor, Petronia brachydactyla and Ardeotis arabs, endemic to the park are Beisa Oryx, Soemmering's and Dorcas gazelle, gerenuk and Grevy's zebra


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