Authentic Ethiopia Tours
Parks of Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a country having a three-in-one tourism attraction-Nature, Culture and History.  The country has a diversified natural attractions and covers from the lowland of Dallol and Ert-Ale, to semien mountains, to birds and wildlife, gorges and rivers, lakes…The birds and mammals are scattered throughout the country mainly in the national parks.  Some of Ethiopia National parks includes:

Semien Mountains National Park:

Semien Mountains National Park is one of the National Parks of Ethiopia. Located in the northern(Semien) Gondar Zone of the Amhara Region, its territory covers the Semien Mountains and includes Ras Dashan, the highest point in Ethiopia.

It is home to a number of extremely rare species, including the Ethiopian wolf, Gelada Baboon, and the Walia Ibex, a wild goat found nowhere else in the world. More than 50 species of birds inhabit the park, including the impressive Bearded Vulture, or Lammergeyer, with its 10-foot (3m) wingspan. The park was established in 1969, one of the first sites to be made a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (1978).  Semen National Park gives the chance to its visitors a glimpse of an amazing and breath taking  sceneries.

Best time of visiting the national park runs from October to February and can be combined with the Northern Historic route.

Awash National Park

Awash National Park is one of the National Parks of Ethiopia. Located at the southern tip of the Afar Region, this park is 225 kilometers east of Addis Ababa (and a few kilometers west of Awash), with its southern boundary along the Awash River, and covers around 756 square kilometers of acacia woodland and grassland. Wildlife in this park include the Beisa Oryx, Soemmerring's Gazelle, Dik-dik, and the lesser and greater Kudus, as well as over 350 species of native birds. The best features of the park is the beautiful water fall formed by Awash River.

Best time of visiting the Awash National Park runs throughout the year and best is combined with the Eastern Historic area-Harar & Dire Dawa.  It can also be combined with Rift Valley and South Omo Valley regions.

The Bale Mountains National Park/ The Land of Endemism/

The Bale Mountains National Park/ The Land of Endemism/ covers about 2,200 square kilometers, covering a wide range of habitats and ranging in altitude from 1,500 to 4,300 meters, the highest point in the southern part.  Variations in altitude graded the vegetation as from the Riverine plains to afro alpine plantations.  Regarded as s “land of endemism”, the park has so many wild animals, birds, amazing vegetations and an abundant bird species.
Actvites around Dinsho walking trail, the Gay Say extension, the Senatte Platue, Web river Valley and Harena forest are some of the areas that will give you the guarantee to spot some endemic animals like Mountain Nyala, Menelik’s Bush Buck, Semen Fox... and more than 16 species of birds.

From September to May is the best season to visit and to make trekking and hiking in Bale Mountain National Park.

Abijatta-Shalla National Park

Abijatta-Shalla National Park is one of the National Parks of Ethiopia. Located in the Oromia Region 200 kilometers south of Addis Ababa to the east of the Ziway - Shashamene highway, it contains 887 square kilometers including the Rift Valley lakes of Abijatta and Shalla. The two lakes are separated by three kilometers of hilly land. Besides the two lakes, the primary attraction of this national park are a number of hot springs on the northeast corner of Lake Abijatta, and large numbers of flamingoes on the lake. The altitude of the park ranges from 1540 to 2075 meters, the highest peak being Mount Fike, which is situated between the two lakes.  The park was created for the many species of aquatic birds that use the lakes, particularly Great White Pelicans and Lesser Flamingo. Lake shala has its islands in it that are used as breeding sites by many birds, and is infact home to the continent’s most important breeding colony of Great White Pelicans. Other birds include white Necked Cormorant, African Fish Eagle, Egyptian Geeze and various Plovers species and Herons.  Grant’s Gazzel, Greater Kudu, Oribi, Warthog and golden Jackal are some of the mammals rarely found in the park.

Nechisar National Park

Nechisar National Park having 514 square kilometers of territory which includes the "Bridge of God”, parts of the two rift valley lakes and the Nechisar plains east of the lakes. The park is an impressive swathe of white grass plains set against the backdrop of clearly defined, deeply cut hills and mountains. There are hot springs at the far eastern sector of the park. Seventy-eight square kilometer of the park is water-parts of the lake Chamo and Lake Abaya.

The 188 bird species including the  two endemics and Thirty-seven species of  mammals including the mainly spotted one-Burchell’s Zebra, Swayne’s Hartebeest and Grant’s gazzel are found in the park. The park elevations range between 1108 and 1650 meters above sea level. Nechisar National Park was established in 1974.

Mago National Park

Mago National Park is one of the National Parks of Ethiopia. Located in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region about 782 kilometers south of Addis Ababa, the 2162 square kilometers of this park are divided by the Mago River, a tributary of the Omo River, into two parts. The park office is 115 kilometers north of Omorate and 26 kilometers southwest of Jinka. All roads to and from the park are unpaved.

Grass savannah land, with some forested areas around the rivers, acacia forest are some of the vegetations of the park. Though there are around 56 fauna species in the park, due to the dense bush vegetations and inaccessibility of the road for game viewing, spotting the mammals  are very difficult.
However, the best known attraction of the park are  the Mursi people, who inhabit villages along the Omo, known for piercing their lips and inserting disks made of clay.

Omo National Park

Omo National Park covers approximately 4,068 square kilometers, about 870 kilometers southwest of Addis Ababa, its altitude covers from 440-1183 meters. Due to its altitude, the vegetations of the park features savannah, riverine forest, deciduous woodland and acacia bush.  The park host about 306 species of birds and  its wild life includes large herds of eland and buffalo, elephant, giraffes, cheetah, lion, leopard…and a total of fifty-seven mammals are found.

Apart from its wild life, the park is also the settlement for the Mursi, Suri, Nyangatom, Dizi and Me'en tribes. The lower reaches of the Omo river were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980, after the discovery of the earliest known fossil fragments of Homo Sapiens that have been dated at circa 190,000 years old.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 December 2010 09:56