The town of Gambela is located about 753kms west of Addis Ababa. Perched at an elevation of 526m, Gambela is founded on the banks of the Baro River - Ethiopia's widest & only navigable river. Geographically, the portion of Gambela land is situated in what is known as the western lowlands.
The Annuak are Nilotic people who inhabit the Gambela region and even the land across the Ethio-Sudanise border in the Sudan. They depend on fishing, farming, hunting and gathering for subsistence.For the Annuak, while crop production (sorghum & maize) is an important activity of the rainy season, fishing in the Baro& Akobo Rivers becomes a vital means of subsistence in the dry season. In this regard, the Annuak are expert fishers and they catch huge number of tilapia, Nile perch and catfish from these rivers.
Inhabiting the region of Gambella and belonging to the nilo-saharan linguistic group, Majanger people have a total population of about 16,000. They are the predominant inhabitants of the tropical forests of the highland in the eastern part of Gambella mainly the Godere area.
The Majanger are primarily engaged in bee keeping though hunting is also an important activity.The traditional hunting tools of these people are spears and traps.Recently they have also started using rifle.
The Nuer, like the Annuak, are Nilotic people who live in the Gambela region. They number about 65,000 individuals on the whole and inhabit the low laying plains which stretch to the border with the Sudan. In these plains close to the banks of river Baro and its tributaries, the different families of the Nuer traditionally preferred and enjoyed living together in large
Gambela National Park
Year of Establishment: 1974 G.C
Area: 5061 sq.km
Found: in Gambella region 777 km away from Addis Ababa
Key species: the park contains 41 species many representative of neighbouring Sudan and not found else where in Ethiopia, Such as Nile lechwe and the white-eared kob, the latter migrating in large numbers. Roan Antelope, Topi, Elpephant, Buffalo, Lelwel hartebeest, Lion and Giraffe are also present. There are also 154 bird species. Such as the Whale-headed stork, an unusual large billed, tall bird has seen standing in the swamps.
Unique feature: largest wet land in the country including 4 big rivers.
General Description: The Baro River area, accessible by land or air through the western Ethiopian town of Gambela, remains a place of adventure and challenge. Traveling across the endless undulating plains of high Sudanese grass, visitors can enjoy a sense of achievement in just finding their way. This is Ethiopia’s true tropical zone and here is found all the elements of the African safari, enhanced by a distinctly Ethiopian flavor.
Visitor facilities: No development yet.