The Awash National Park

awashLying in the lowlands east of Addis Ababa and striding the Awash River, the Awash National Park is one of the finest reserves inEthiopia. The Awash River, one of the major rivers of the Horn of Africa, waters important agricultural lands in western and central Ethiopia and eventually flows into the wilderness of the Danakil Depression.

The dramatic Awash Falls, where the river tumbles into a gorge, is a sight not to be missed. The Awash National Park, surrounding the dormant volcano of Fantale, is a reserve of arid and semi-arid woodland and savannah, with riverin forests along the Awash River.

Forty six species of animals have been identified here, including Beisa Oryx and Swayne’s Heartbeest. The birdlife is prolific, especially along the river and at nearby Lake Basaka. There are fine endemics amongst the 392 species recorded. A special attraction is the beautiful clear pools of the Filwoha hot springs.