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National Park


Yangudi- Rassa National Park

The park was especially created to secure a protected desert ecosystem for wild Ass, along with the consideration of its geological and archeological significances. Its’ Value being a refuge and a route to palearctic and Intra Africa migratory birds is of a great concern too.

Species recorded: mammals’ 36 and birds 230 Charismatic species: Walia Ibex

Location: the park is located on the north eastern part of the country between N10045’latitude and E40045’ longitude. The head Quarter is situated in Gewane, Afar region, some 365km from Addis Ababa on Djibouti road. The altitude of the park ranges between 400-1460m asl.

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Raint season: as the area is arid usually experiences an erratic and how rainfall pattern, ranging between 200 and 400mm. the rainfall distribution follows bimodal pattern, in which small showers occurs from February through March and Second rainy season usually July to August

Temperature: Maximum reading usually fluctuates over 420c

Ecological Zone: Rift valley

Vegetation type: semi desert trees and succulent scrub, semi arid grass and plains shrub-steppe, bushland and acacia wooded grassland.

Major wildlife species: wild Ass, Soemmerring’s Gazelle, Hamadryas Baboon, Gerenuk, Cheetah, leopard, Lion, Greater Kudu, Lasser Kudu, Salt’s Dikdik and Warthogs.

Major physical geological features: Awash Rivr, active volcanoes, archeological sites extensive arid desert ecosystem, nearby alkaline lakes and Dallol Depression.

Attractions: Hundufo plain for game viewing, Awash reverine forest for bird watching and Yangudi Mountain

Outside parks: Gewane, Mile Sardo and Alledeghi reserves offer good opportunity to view a spectacular number of games, including Soemmerring Gazelle, Beisa Oryx, Wild Ass, Gerenuk, Ostrich, Dorcas Gazzelle and Grevey’s Zebra

More to discover the surrounding beauties: Hadar archeological site, active volcano around Afders, Dallol depression, Artale, Alkaline Lakes

Accommodations: these available at nearly town such as Gewane, Mile and Dupti camping is also possible inside the park but need to be dealt with park authrority for permit and information. Additionally teo tourist lodges in Billwn hertelle wre erected and functional.

Time to visit: all the year-round.

Access: road