Awash National Park
Awash National Park, 211kms east of Addis Ababa cover 827 square kilometers (319 square miles). The park takes its name from the Awash River which marks the park’s southern boundary. The rivers last gesture is the salt lake, Lake Abbe, on the Ethiopia-Djiboutian border. The park offers quite good wildlife and outstanding birdlife viewing. It also contains an interesting range of volcanic landscapes.
The Beisa Oryx and Sommering Gazelles – in the open areas, Greater and Lesser Kudus – in the bushed areas, the endemic Swayne’s Hartebeest – in the grass plains, the tiny salt Dik-Dik – under the dry acacia bushes and Defarsa waterbuck – in the bushy river area and the two monkey species – the Anubis and Hamadryads – can be seen near the river. Among other monkeys, Colobus and Grivet monkeys are found in the riverside and drier areas respectively. Leopards, Lions, Black-Backed and Golden Jackals, Caracals, Servals and Wildcats are also seen in the park very rarely.
Bale Mountain National Park
Lying south-east of Ethiopia, Bale Mountains National Park covers 2400 square kilometers (1488 square miles) covering wide range of habitats and ranging in altitude from 1500 to 4377 meters (4920 to 14357 feet) at Tulu Dimtu, the highest point in the southern Ethiopia.
The wildlife of Bale includes many endemic species. The park was originally established to protect the two endemic mammals: the Mountain Nyala and the Semien Fox or Jackal.
Mago National Park
Located on the eastern bank of the Omo River, it is 2162sq km in area. The abundance of wildlife in the park is equally fascinating as the Omo Park. Within dense acacia scrubs, rolling grassland and deserts, birds dart in and out and the game roams freely. Like in the Omo Park area accessibility is very difficult in this region.
Netch – Sar National Park
Situated 510km south of Addis near the town of Arba Minch, in between Lakes Abaya and Chamo. A wide variety of plains game roams freely amongst 514m2 of savannah, dry bush and groundwater forest, which are also the habitats of 188 recorded species of birds. Animals to be seen are Bushbuck, Swayne’s Hartebeest (endemic), Burch ell’s Zebra, Grant’s gazelle, Guenther’s Dik-Dik, Greater Kudu, Anubis Baboon, and Grey Duiker. Birds seen include Red-billed Hornbill, Grey Hornbill, Fish Eagle, Kori Bustard, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill and more. A backdrop of hills and mountains combine to make this one of the most attractive national parks in Ethiopia, and its location makes it very accessible. In the far eastern part of the park hot springs bubble to the surface.
Omo National Park
Omo National Park, located in the south-west on the west bank of Omo River, is 870km south-west of Addis Ababa. It is one of the most beautiful national parks in Ethiopia.
The Omo National Park covers 4,068 square kilometers of wilderness bordered by the Omo River, is home to an amazing range of wildlife. 306 species of birds have been identified here, while large herds of Eland, some Buffalo, Elephants, Giraffe, Cheetah, Lion, Leopard, Burch ell’s Zebra, are quite common.
Semien Mountains National Park
The mountains high lands constitute one of the major mountain massifs in Africa. The region includes many summits above 4000 meters in the highest point in Ethiopia, Ras Dashen, at 4620 meters, the fourth highest mountain in Africa.
Its dramatic topography is the result of the erosion of basalt lavas, which have been calculated to be nearly 3000 meters thick. It is home to the endemic mammals of Walia Ibex, Ethiopia Wolf, Gelada Baboons and many species of birds and plants apart from its spectacular scenic beauty.