Awash National Park

Posted By on August 30, 2016

Awash National Park

Awash National Park has 56 square kilometers area Awash national park is situated at 225 kms south east of Addis Ababa on the highway leading to Djibouti and Harar. The Awash National Park is the oldest and relatively the most developed wildlife reserve in the country. The park is entirely established on the plain of rift valley. With the exception of 600m high mountains Fantalle, the park area is predominantly covered with acacia trees and Savannah grass land. The main tourist attractions of the park include: The 400 plant species growing in the park, the 46 major species of mammals and 453 species of birds among which six species are endemic to the country. All other mammals are mainly composed of East African plain animals like greater and lesser kudus, Oryx, bush buck, dik-dik, gazelle, fox, klipspringer, cheetah, lions and others. The bird species include secretary birds, Abyssinian ground hornbill, carmine bee-eater, Abyssinian Roller and birds of riverine forest like coucal, tureca and go away birds.

The Awash River at the end of its slow and quite flowing in relatively plain surface suddenly drops in to a gorge where the waters hit the bottom basaltic rocks to form a smoky waterfall that offers delightful sensation.

Fantalle Mountain, which rises majestically over the surrounding low land with its fascinating feature of volcanic origin, and depression on top of the mountain that form a rugged surface with clouds of volcanic steam rising here and there.

The palm springs of the northern part of the park, where hot water springs from the wall of hill flows down making a stream and a natural swimming pool amidst palm trees.  There is also a museum in the park head quarters where trophies of animals living in the park are displayed.

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