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Parks


Omo National Parks

Zebra

Ethiopia's two major nature reserves, the Omo and Mago National Parks are also found on either sides of River Omo. The parks are areas of great animal wealth including herds of eland, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, kudu, lion and leopard.

Bale Mountains National Park

On the eastern wall of the rift valley, and on the countries of high altitude plateaus lies the Bale Mountains National Park. Best known for its bio-diversity, the park is extremely beautiful with its own unique fauna and flora. Out of the larger endemic mammals of Ethiopia three of them, namely: Mountain Nyala, the Ethiopian Wolf and Menelik's Bush Buck are found in a reasonably good number in the park. Sixteen of the twenty-eight endemic birds are also residents of Bale. An area of high plateaus broken by numerous dramatic volcanic plugs and peaks, beautiful alpine lakes and rushing mountain streams, characterizes the Park's landscape. It is the largest Afro-Alpine habitat in the whole of Africa offering excellent high altitude trekking and scenic driving of fishing in the streams filled with rainbow and brown trout fish.

Nech Sar National Park

Nech Sar National Park

Further south in the rift valley some 500kms from Addis, lie the twin lakes of Abaya and Chamo. The distinctive white-grass plains together with some parts of Lakes Chamo and Abay constitute the Nech Sar National Park. The Park was originally established to protect the endemic Swain's Hartebeest. Other mammals which occur in the park include hippo, Zebra, greater Kudu, Grant's Gazelle, lions, leopards, genets, crocodiles, and jackals. Also 188 species of birds are found in the Park.

Abijata Shala lakes National Park

Situated in the heart of the Rift Valley this is an important sanctuary for variety of resident and migratory birds. The islands in Lake Shalla are used as a breeding site by many birds, and are homes to the continent's most important breeding colony of the great white pelicans.
Thousands of greater and lesser flamingoes and many other birds are drawn to the alkaline lake of Abijata which provide a perfect feeding ground.

Awash National Park

Only 215 km from Addis Ababa the 700 sq. km of the park area comprises semi dominant volcanic mountains, hot spring pools, waterfalls, and great tracts of Savannah. 400 species of birds are known to occur in the park and the wildlife consists of Oryx, Soemmering's Gazelle, Waterbuck, Greater and Lesser Kudus, dik-diks, warthog and baboons. Some notable carnivores in the park include lion, leopard, cheetah and serval cat, jackals and hyena.

The Semien Mountains National Park

Ethiopian Wolf known as Red Fox

The Semien Mountains constitute one of the major and best-known mountain massifs in Africa. the highest peak in the country, Ras Dejen at 4,620m (15,160 ft.) stands adjacent to the Semien Mountains National Park. In 1969, the wildest part of the region was gazetted as a national park. It has also been adopted by UNESCO as a world heritage site for the mountains are home to a wealth of exotic fauna and flora. In addition to its breath taking scenery, dramatic volcanic walls and unique vegetation, it is sanctuary to rare animals like the Walia Ibex Ethiopian Wolf and Gelada Baboon - which can be seen only in Ethiopian highlands Trekking in the Semiens therefore gives visitors a unique experience with the beauty of mountain wilderness as well as endemic fauna and flora which will remain vividly in the memory of a visitor long after they have already gone.

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