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 kilometres 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, Burchell's Zebra, are quite common.
The park is not easily accessible. The park HQ is 75km from Kibish settlement. However, a new airstrip is available close to the HQ and to a pleasant campsite on the Mui River.
Size:- 4,068 square kilometer.
Region: - Kaffa
Geografical location:- 870 kilometer south-west of Addis Ababa, on west bank of Omo River.
Altitude:- 440-1,183 meter.
Physical features:- Belts of forest along the Omo and Mui rivers, hot springs, extensive wilderness. The grass plains are relived by hands of hills to the north and south of the centrally located park headquarters. Temperatures are high, ranging from 140C to 410C, and the rainfall averages 500 millimeter a year, falling between March and April, and September and October.
Vegetation:- Savannah, riverine forest, deciduous woodland, acacia bush.
Animal life:- The park's wildlife includes large herds of eland and buffalo, elephant, giraffe, cheetah, lion, leopard and Burchell's zebra. Lesser kudu, lelwel hartebeest, topi and oryx are all found here, in addition to deBrazza's and colobus monkeys and Anubis baboon. A total of fifty-seven species of mammal can be found in the park
Bird life:- Three hundred and six species, one endemic.
Visitor facilities:- Campsite on Mui River, museum.