National Parks

The alpine scenery and the relative ease with which one can explore this 2,200-km2 park and see the many birds and animals that are unique to Ethiopia is the main attraction of the Bale Mountains. Even Tullo Deemtu, Ethiopia’s second highest mountain at 4,377 meters, can be reached easily by anyone with the interest.

The endemic mammals of the park are the Mountain Nyala, Menelik’s Bushbuck and the world’s rarest canine, the Semien Red Fox, more common here than in the Semien Mountains. The Park has a variety of endemic rodents of which the Giant Molerat is the most notable.You could also see here up to ten of the country’s 30 or so endemic birds of which there are 835 (Africa’s largest number) in total. The more common ones are: the Blue-winged Goose, Thick-billed Raven, Black-headed Siskin, Spot-throated Plover and Rouget’s Rail.

NECH SAR NATIONAL PARK

Some 300 km east of the Omo, Nech Sar embraces the eastern shores of the two southernmost of Ethiopia’s Rift Valley Lakes, Abaya and Chamo. But no less than 84 mammal and 343 bird species have also been recorded in the park

MAGO NATIONAL PARK

With an area of 2,162 km2 and at 770 km from Addis Abeba, Mago National Park is one of the relatively more accessible and thus more frequented parks because it offers a combination of great camping environment, game viewing and tribal people close by.

OMO NATIONAL PARK

This is the remotest, least developed, and so least accessible and the largest (3,450 km2) of Ethiopia’s national parks.

SEMIEN NATIONAL PARK

The Semien Mountains National Park has many summits above 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) with Ras Dashen, the highest point in Ethiopia and the fourth highest in Africa being 4,620 meters (15,157 feet). With at least three general botanical zones, the park is known for its distinct ecology, animals and vegetation. SIMIEN MOUNTAINS -“CHESS PIECES OF THE GODS

AWASH NATIONAL PARK

Awash National Park is located 220 km (136 miles) east of Addis with an area of 837 sq. km. With its southern boundary alongside the Awash River, this park is mostly made up of acacia woodland and grassland. This park contains nearly 50 large mammals and 400 bird species, which is characteristic of a dry thorn scrub ecosystem.