Nechisar National Park
Nechisar National Park is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Ethiopia. The eye-catching spring waters, the great Bridge of God and the majestic Amaro Mountains, the magnificent Abaya and Chamo Lake, the giant Nile crocodiles and the amazing wildlife are the wonders of Nechisar National Park.
The Simien Mountain Park
Massive erosion over the years on the Ethiopian plateau has created one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, with jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices dropping some 1,500 m. The park is home to some extremely rare animals such as the Gelada baboon, the Simien fox and the Walia ibex, a goat found nowhere else in the world.
Awash National Park
Spanning across the southern tip of the Afar Region and the northeastern corner of the Misraq Shewa Zone of Oromia, Awash National 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 756 square kilometers of acacia woodland and grassland. The Addis Ababa – Dire Dawa highway passes through this park, separating the Illala Saha Plains to the south from the Kudu Valley to the north. In the south of the park, the Awash River gorge has amazing waterfalls. In the upper Kudu Valley at Filwoha are hot springs amid groves of palm trees.
Chebera Churchura National Park
Chebera Churchura National Park(CCNP) is found on the western side of the central Omo-Gibe basin, in between Dawro zone and Konta Special Woreda of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State of Ethiopia. The Omo River provides the boundary between the south and the West. The natural vegetation of the park is diverse. There are montane forests in the eastern and northwestern highlands, riparian forests along the rivers, and woodland vegetation is found in the southern part of the Park. Grass- and scrubland cover the largest part of the Park.
Alatish National Park
Alatish National Park was established in 2006. The general topography of the park is flat to undulating plains, with a general slope or inclination from the south to the north, interrupted by valleys, streams, scattered hills, and seasonal wetlands. Elevation ranges from 520m to 920m above sea level. It is located 970 km north of Addis Abeba, in QuaraWereda, North Gondar Zone, Amhara Regional State.
Gambella National park
Beyond the mountains in the far west of Ethiopia is one of the country’s lesser-known treasures, Gambella National park. It is the home of the second largest migration of antelope in Africa. The white-eared kob crosses the border from South Sudan to the wetlands of Gambella during the dry season and the other way around for the wet season. It’s five thousand square kilometers of wilderness landscape, that theme with wildlife. In the long run, properly managed Gambella National park could be a major national asset to Ethiopia.
Babille Elephant Sanctuary
Babille Elephant Sanctuary also known as the Harar Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in Harari Zone of Eastern Ethiopia. Encompassing 6,982 km2 (2,696 sq mi), the sanctuary embraces the valleys of the Erer, Daketa, and Fafen as well as the Gobele and Borale rivers; all are tributaries of the Shabelle River. The Sanctuary was originally gazetted protect a supposed elephant sub-species, Loxodonta africana oleansie, but recent DNA tests showed that it is the regular African Elephant. Nonetheless, it is the most Northeastern population Elephant populations and with about 400 animals the largest and most visible herd of the about 1000 animals remaining in Ethiopia and the population has been slowly increasing over the last decade.
Mago National Park
Mago National Park is located in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region about 782 kilometers south of Addis Ababa and north of a large 90° bend in the Omo River. The landscape consists of reverie forest, wetlands along the lower Mago River and around Lake Dipa. Also there are mountainous areas with great views over the bush savanna. Mago National Park which is an extremely isolated place is situated eastern shores of river Omo. The park stretches over of 2,162 sq km of land and its landscape is dotted with thick acacia shrubs, Ethiopian deserts and rising and falling grasslands. Its possession of a rich wildlife population is credited for its presenting the best wildlife scenery in the whole of Ethiopia.
Yabello National Park
Yabello National Park lies 565 Km south of Addis Ababa on the Awasa-Moyale highway. It is 10km east of Yabello town in Borena Zone, Oromia Regional State. A trip to Yabelo National Park is nothing like the experience in zoos, rather it’s a trip which takes the traveler deep into the wildlife in its natural habitat. The park screeches over an area of 2,500 square kilometers. It is home to endemic Swayne‟s Hartebeest, Bush Crow and White-tailed Swallow, Ostrich and over 210 species of birds. Zebra, Gazelle and Guenther’s Dik-Dik are quite common.
The Bale Mountains
The Bale Mountains National Park is located southeast of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa in Oromia Regional State of south-eastern Ethiopia. It belongs to the Bale-Arsi massif, which forms the western section of the south-eastern Ethiopian highlands.This magnificent mountain is high altitude plateau with numerous dramatic volcanic plugs, seasonal tiny alpine lakes, and cascading mountain streams. It was established 1970 during Emperor Haileslese. The Bale Mountains National Park is a protected area of approximately 2,200 square kilometers.
Abijitta-Shalla National Park
Abijatta-Shalla National Park is one of the oldest Parks in Ethiopia. It is located 200 kilometers south of Addis Ababa. Abijatta is founded in 1963, in Central Ethiopian Highlands of Oromia Region. The 887 square kilometers park revolves largely around the stunning alkaline lakes Abijatta and Shalla, which act as a migratory home for vibrant and diverse bird life. The two lakes are separated by three kilometers of hilly land.
Yangudi Rassa National Park
Yangudi Rassa National Park is located in the northeastern part of the country. The headquarter is situated in Gewane, Afar region, some 365km from Addis Ababa on Djibouti road. The altitude of the park ranges between 400-1460m asl. its 4730 square kilometers of territory include Mount Yangudi near the southern border. Sandy semi-desert and wooded grassland cover the majority of the park’s area.
Omo National Park
Omo National Park is one of the largest and biologically rich National Parks in Ethiopia which is found in Southern Nations and Nationalities of Ethiopia & located about 870 Km southwest of Addis Ababa. It is located on the west bank of the Omo River and was established as a national park in 1966. The park has approximately 2,527 square miles of vegetation and wildlife. Although an airstrip was recently built near the park headquarters on the Mui River, this park is not easily reachable; the Lonely Planet guide to Ethiopia and describes Omo National Park as “Ethiopia’s most remote park.”
Maze National Park
Maze National Park is one of the youngest Ethiopian National parks, which is located in Gamo Gofa Zone in South West Ethiopia. The name of the park “Maze” is derived after the largest river that crosses the park. The main rivers, which are tributaries to the river Maze are Lemase, Domba and Zage rivers. The park, which was established in 2005 was a controlled for hunting area for many years starting from the Derg regime to its establishment; and it has been called “Shambara Bazuwa” where Shambara stands for Very Wide Area and Bazuwa stands for Wilderness or Desert by the local people. It lays within the boundaries of five weredas namely Qucha, Daramalo, Zala, Kamba and Denba Gofa
Borena-Sayint National Park
Borena-Sayint National Park (formerly known as denkoro Chaka state reserve) is found in the central Amhara development corridor of Ethiopia, which is about 600km from Addis Ababa through Debre Birhan, 300km from Bahir-Dar through Merto Lemariam and 200km south west of Dessie. Borena-Saynt NationalPark is sharing a boundary with Borena, Mehal Saynt, and Saynt woredas.
Bahir Dar Blue Nile Millennium Park
The geographic location of Bahir Dar Blue Nile Millennium Park is started at the source of Blue Nile out late from Lake Tana to the famous river fall of Tis Isat (Northeast to Southeast Part of Bahir Dar Town Assefa and Abraha, which covers about 4680ha riverine land of Abay. Bezawit forest patch is found at the south of Bezawit revegetation and the dense forest to the west of Bezawit palace extending down to Abay River.
Kafta-Sheraro National Park
Kafta-Sheraro National Park (KSNP), which was recognized as a Park in 2007, is situated in the northwest of Ethiopia. It is bordered by Eritrea in the North and it is presumed to have an estimated total area of 6000 square km. In addition to estimated area coverage of the park, an estimated area coverage in Gash-Setit, Eritrea is 5,275 km2. The park is located 600 km northwest of Mekelle the capital city of Tigray and is one of a few areas in the region which is relatively not densely populated and with relatively better natural vegetation cover compare to another part of the region. It stretches from Ruwassa River in the south to Tekeze River in the north from Welkait wereda in the east. The Park is home to many ungulates, predators and other wild animal species.
Dati Wolel National Park
Dati Wolel National park is among the few youngest protected areas in the western tropical forest belt of the country with a unique ecosystem and diversified faunal resources. The park was established in 1998 and it covers 431 square kilometers (166 sq mi). More than half of the area of the park is covered by wanted and followed by the woodland, and riverine forest covers the least. The park was initially designated as a controlled hunting area. However, as there was no well-established regulation for such activity associated with poor enforcement of the existing legislation, the mammalian resources were severely threatened.
Gambella National Park
Beyond the mountains, in far West Ethiopia is one of the country’s lesser-known treasures Gambella National Park. Which was created in 1973, 5000 square km of the landscape, that teams with wildlife; But over the years the parks boundaries and the wildlife within it were gradually encroached upon, so Ethiopia’s Wildlife Conservation Authority decided to protect and developing and marks boundaries. In the long run, properly managed Gambella National Park could be a major National asset.
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