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National Park

 

Omo National Park

The park was proposed for its extensive wilderness area and prolific plains wildlife; it is important for the very large herds of Common Enland and for the conservation of Elephant.

Species recorded: mammals’ 75 and birds 325 Charismatic species: Common Enland

Location: the park is situated in South Omo Zone some 870km south of Addis Ababa at the coordinate between N6010’ and E35050’. Its altitude ranges between 440-1,183m asl. It is located t the extreme southern part of Ethiopia, the Omo national park extends following the Omo river bank close to Sudan border.


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Rainy season: the rainfall in the park average about 810mm per year. The wet season is March to June with a second wet season in September. The main dry season is December to February.

Temperature: the highest temperature is 36-400c in December- February and the lowest are 20-210c in March-May.

Ecological Zone: Rift Valley system

Vegetation type: Savanna characteristics predominantly plains, deciduous woodland, bushland and riparian formations.

Major Physical/geological features: Omo River, extensive Ililbai, and Sai plains and Kuma hot springs

Wildlife Viewing: the park is one of the least spoiled wildernesses with splendid attraction of rich savanna and geo-morphological formations. The park is perhaps the last strong hold for several species of wildlife. The most notable are the spectacular population of common Enland, Buffalo, Taing and Grant’s Gazelle. These large concentrations of plain species can be seen througn a game derive to the Illibai and Sai plains,

Outside park: colorful life style of Surma is fascinating

Accommodations: Jinka and Maji towns offer accommodations. Or lese camping is possible inside the park, specifically along Mui River; this is best recommended as both towns are a long away from the park. However, compers should bring all their camping and cooking gears.

Access: the park can be reached by road and air either via Jinka or Maji.