Awash National Park

Awash National Park is found in the lowlands to the east, 211 Kms from the capital. With total
area of 827 square kilometers, it’s bounded with Awash River in the south. The Fantale
volcano, where one can see the dark scar of the latest lava flow, is among the main features of
the park.
The plains of the park are excellent for game viewing and admiring the spectacular Awash
Gorge.
Awash is home for numerous bird species and endemic animals like Swayne’s hartebeest
Awash National Park is the oldest and most developed wildlife reserve in Ethiopia. Featuring
the 1,800-metre Fantalle Volcano, extensive mineral hot-springs and extraordinary volcanic
formations, this natural treasure is bordered to the south by the Awash River and lies 225
kilometers east of the capital, Addis Ababa.
The wildlife consists mainly of East African plains animals, but there are now no giraffe or
buffalo. Oryx, bat-eared fox, caracal, aardvark, colobus and green monkeys, Anubis and
Hamadryas baboons, klipspringer, leopard, bushbuck, hippopotamus, Soemmering’s gazelle,
cheetah, lio n, kudu and 450 species of bird all live within the park’s 720 square kilometers.

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