AWASH NATIONAL PARK

AWASH NATIONAL PARK

  • Size: 750m2(Seventh)
  • Region: Oromia/Afar
  • Geographical Location:-Bordering the A wash River in the upper rift valley,225kmeast of Addis Ababa
  • Altitude: 750-2,007m
  • Physical Features: Nearby Lake Basaka is to many water bird species. The park’s southern boundary is, in part, the Awash River,one of the Major rivres of Ethiopia.
  • In the middle of the Park is the dominant volcano of Fantale, reaching a height of 2,007m on its rim. The Park also includes the dramatic awash fall and the unbelievablyclear blue-but hot-pools of the Filwoha hot spring.
  • Temperatures:can reach as high as 420c.Nights are cooler, with temperatures between 100cand 220c.
  • Rain: mainly falls b/n February and April and June to August &averages 619mm
  • Vegetation: Arid and semi-arid woodland and savannah, but also riverine forest.The plains are covered by grass species, with scattered small tree covered in dense thickets of acacia species. The rocky valleys to the north of the parkare heavily bushed. Along the river a thin belt of denseriverine forest, including acacia, tamarina and fig species.
  • Fauna: Forty six (46) species, including Beisa Oryx, greater and lesser Kudu, Soemmering’s Gazelle, Swayne’s hartebeest,lion, Hamadryads and Anubis baboon and their hybrids,Defassa waterbuck, Salt’s dik-dik.
  • Birdlife:-There are five(5) endemic among the 392 species(1st) to be found in the park. Resident species include green wood hoopoe, red-and-yellow barbet, emerald-spotted wood dove, carmine bee-eater several bustard species,fish eagle, tawny eagle, lanner and pygmy, falcon, black shouldered Kite, dark chanting goshawk, several varieties of Kingfishers and rollers, ostrich and lammergeyer.
  • Visitor facilities: Very basic caravan lodge on edge of Awash gorge, campsite beside river, museum. 

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