Simien Mountains National Park
The park was primarily created to
conserve Walia Ibex and other endemic species. Its scenic value,
probably the most rugged in Africa, also formed the backbone of the
concept for conservation of the area. These unique wildlife and
breath-taking views on a landscape has further led the park to the
recognition as a World Natural Heritage Site in 1978 by UNESCO.
Location: the Simen Mountains National Park is situated on the northwestern side of the Simen mountains massif in northern Ethiopia, Gonder, with an altitudinal range from 1900 to the highest peak of the African horn, Ras Dejen, at 4620m asl. It lies in the center of a triangle formed by Gonder, Lalibela and Axum- three major Historical Northern Routes. It is roughly about 900km from Addis Ababa. The head quarter is situated in debark, where entrance to the park is permitted.
Nech Sar National Park
Proposed mainly for the prolific wildlife of the Nech Sar plains, especially Burchell’s Zebra; other features includes spectacular scenery; large number of crocodiles and hippopotamus in the lakes Chamo and Abaya.
Location: the park is located south of Addis Ababa. The area is within an altitude range of 1,108-1,650 m asl. The Head Quarter is situated at 500km from Addis near Arba Minch town in Gamo Gofa zone.
Mago National Park
This park was proposed for the conservation of its large numbers of wildlife, particularly Buffalo, Giraffe, and Elephant.
Location: the park is situated in South Omo Zone, some 800km south of Addis Ababa, and 30km from Jinka town. Its altitude ranges between 450-2,528m asl. It is located adjacent to Omo national park close to the Kenya border.
Gambella National Park
The park was created for the numerous larger wildlife species representative of the neighboring Sudan, particularly Nile Lechewe, White-eared Kob and the White-headed stork; in addition to extensive areas of swamp habitat that supports Shoebill.
Location: the park is situated in Gambella Region, some 800km West of Addis Ababa. The altitude of the park ranges between 400-768 asl. It is located close to the Sudan border.
Rainy season: the area receives greatest amount of rainfall that averages about 1,400mm/year. The rainy season extends from April to October. The main dry season is November to March.
Chebera-Churchura National park
Chebera-Churchura National park was established in 2005.
Chebera-Churchura National park is found within the western side of the central Omo Gibe basin, in between Dawro zone and Konta Special Woreda of the Southern National Nationalities People Regions, Ethiopia. The park is located about 330 & 460 km southwest of Awassa (Hawassa) & Addis Ababa, respectively. It covers an area of 1215 km2 that ranges in altitude form 700 to 2450meter above sea level.
Bale Mountains National Park
The park established primarily for the protection of the Mountain Nyala and Ethiopian Wolf., and other features including spectacular scenery, an extensive Afro-alpine plateau and moist highland forest.
Location: the park is located south-east of Addis Ababa. The area is within an altitude range of 1500-4377 m asl. The Head Quarter is situated at 400km from Addis near Dinsho town in Bale zone.
Babille Elephant Sanctuary
The sanctuary was created to protect the last remaining population of eastern elephant.
Location: the sanctuary is situated 570km east of Addis Ababa on the Jijiga road. The coordinate is found between N9o05’and E42o20’, with the altitude ranges 1000-2000m asl.
Rainfall: the lower altitude of the area receives an average of 590mm rainfall annually.
Ecological zone: south-east lowland
Vegetation type: semi-arid bush and woodland.
Major wildlife species: include the endemic Elephant, Hamadryas Baboon.
Awash National Park
The park was primarily created because of its range of larger wildlife species, particularly with a special emphasis to the fascinating number of Beisa Oryx and natural beauty of the area as a major tourist attraction.
Location: the park is located in the northern part of the Great Rift Valley at the point where the rift widens out into the Afar depression. Both Oromia and Afar regions encompass the park boundary. Its altitude ranges between 750-2007m asl (at the summit of Mt. Fantalle). The head quarter is situated at a place called ‘Gottu’, which is 215 km east of Addis Ababa.
Abijata-Shalla National Park
This park was primarily created for its spectacular numbers of aquatic birds, especially Great white Pelican and Lesser Flamingo; the bird breeding islands in Lake Shalla, and its scenery. It is a famous and significant Ornithological Site in the country.
Location: the park is located 207 km south of Addis Ababa on the Shashamene – Hawassa road. The general area is within an altitude range of 1540-2075 m asl. The Head Quarter is situated at 56km from Zeway town at a place known as Dolle.