Mago and Omo National Parks

Mago National Park

Located on the eastern bank of the Omo River, it is 2162 sq km in area. The abundance of wildlife in the park is equally fascinating as the Omo Park. Within dense acacia scrubs, rolling grassland and deserts, birds dart in and out and the game roams freely. unlike in the Omo Park area accessibility is very simple in this region. Found in Gamo Gofa region with the size of 2,162 square kilometer. Geographically the park is located in south-west of Ethiopia, touching east bank of Omo river. Established to protect large mamalsof the plains(Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes etc). Its altitude ranges from 450 to 2,528meter high on mount Mago
    
Physical features:- Most of the park lies on the rift valley floor at an altitude below 500m, and is correspondingly hot and sweaty. The highest point is Mount Mago situated in the north of the park. Temperatures here swing between 140C and 410C and rainfall, which falls from March to May and October to December, is low, being 480 millimeter on average.

Vegetation:- The park is dominated by dense Acacia woodland, which is interspersed with small areas of open grass savannah, pristine riparian forest areas around the rivers. Very dense bush makes for difficult game viewing.

Animal life:- The park was set up to conserve the large numbers of plains animals in the area, particularly buffalo, giraffe and elephant which now a days are hardly seen because of poachers. Also among the fifty-six species of mammals seen here are topi and lelwel hartebeest, as well as lion, cheetah, leopard, burchell's zebra, gerenuk, oryx and greater and lesser kudu.

Bird life:- The birds are typical of the dry grassland habitat, featuring bustards, hornbills, weavers and starlings. Kingfishers and herons can be seen around the Nile River, which provides an alternative habitat. There are 153 species, three of them endemic.

Omo National Parks    

One of the most beautiful national parks in Ethiopia, its 4068 km2 of wilderness bordered by the Omo river, is home to an amazing range of wildlife. 306 species of birds have been identified here, while large herds of Eland, some Buffalo, Elephants, Giraffe, Cheetah, Lion, Leopard, Burchell's Zebra are not uncommon.

The park is not easily accessible, as the current means of access is via Omorate and the ferry to the north bank of the river. The park HQ is 75 km from Kibish settlement. However, a new airstrip is available close to the HQ and to a pleasant campsite on the Mui River - plans are in hand for further major improvements.

Omo National Park, the largest in the country, with an area of 4,068 square kilometres. It is a vast expanse of true wilderness, adjacent to  the Omo River, which flows southwards into Lake Turkana and is one of the richest and least-visited  wildlife sanctuaries in eastern Africa. Eland, oryx, Burchell's zebra, Lelwel hartebeest, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, waterbuck, kudu, lion, leopard and cheetah roam within the park's boundaries.

The Omo Valley is virtually free of human habitation but is rich in palaeo-anthro-pological  remains. According to scientific research done in 1982 by the University of California at Berkeley, hominid remains from the Omo Valley probably date back more than four million years.

Much of Africa's volcanic activity is concentrated along the immense 5,000 kilometre crack in the earth's surface known as the Rift Valley. It is the result of two roughly parallel faults, between which, in distant geological time, the crust was weakened and the land subsided. The valley walls - daunting blue-grey ridges of  volcanic basalt and granite - rise sheer on either side to towering heights of 4,000 metres. The valley floor, 50 kilometres or more across, encompasses some of the world's last true wildernesses.

Ethiopia is often  referred to as the 'water tower' of eastern Africa because of the many rivers that pour off its high tableland, and a visit to this part of the Rift Valley, studded with lakes, volcanoes and savannah grassland, offers the visitor a true  safari experience.

Located on the eastern bank of the Omo River, it is 2162 sq km in area. The abundance of wildlife in the park is equally fascinating as the Omo Park. Within dense acacia scrubs, rolling grassland and deserts, birds dart in and out and the game roams freely. unlike in the Omo Park area accessibility is very simple in this region. Found in Gamo Gofa region with the size of 2,162 square kilometer. Geographically the park is located in south-west of Ethiopia, touching east bank of Omo river. Established to protect large mamalsof the plains(Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes etc). Its altitude ranges from 450 to 2,528meter high on mount Mago
    
Physical features:- Most of the park lies on the rift valley floor at an altitude below 500m, and is correspondingly hot and sweaty. The highest point is Mount Mago situated in the north of the park. Temperatures here swing between 140C and 410C and rainfall, which falls from March to May and October to December, is low, being 480 millimeter on average.

Vegetation:- The park is dominated by dense Acacia woodland, which is interspersed with small areas of open grass savannah, pristine riparian forest areas around the rivers. Very dense bush makes for difficult game viewing.

Animal life:- The park was set up to conserve the large numbers of plains animals in the area, particularly buffalo, giraffe and elephant which now a days are hardly seen because of poachers. Also among the fifty-six species of mammals seen here are topi and lelwel hartebeest, as well as lion, cheetah, leopard, burchell's zebra, gerenuk, oryx and greater and lesser kudu.

Bird life:- The birds are typical of the dry grassland habitat, featuring bustards, hornbills, weavers and starlings. Kingfishers and herons can be seen around the Nile River, which provides an alternative habitat. There are 153 species, three of them endemic.

Omo National Parks  

One of the most beautiful national parks in Ethiopia, its 4068 km2 of wilderness bordered by the Omo river, is home to an amazing range of wildlife. 306 species of birds have been identified here, while large herds of Eland, some Buffalo, Elephants, Giraffe, Cheetah, Lion, Leopard, Burchell's Zebra are not uncommon.

The park is not easily accessible, as the current means of access is via Omorate and the ferry to the north bank of the river. The park HQ is 75 km from Kibish settlement. However, a new airstrip is available close to the HQ and to a pleasant campsite on the Mui River - plans are in hand for further major improvements.

Omo National Park, the largest in the country, with an area of 4,068 square kilometres. It is a vast expanse of true wilderness, adjacent to  the Omo River, which flows southwards into Lake Turkana and is one of the richest and least-visited  wildlife sanctuaries in eastern Africa. Eland, oryx, Burchell's zebra, Lelwel hartebeest, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, waterbuck, kudu, lion, leopard and cheetah roam within the park's boundaries.
The Omo Valley is virtually free of human habitation but is rich in palaeo-anthro-pological  remains. According to scientific research done in 1982 by the University of California at Berkeley, hominid remains from the Omo Valley probably date back more than four million years.

Much of Africa's volcanic activity is concentrated along the immense 5,000 kilometre crack in the earth's surface known as the Rift Valley. It is the result of two roughly parallel faults, between which, in distant geological time, the crust was weakened and the land subsided. The valley walls - daunting blue-grey ridges of  volcanic basalt and granite - rise sheer on either side to towering heights of 4,000 metres. The valley floor, 50 kilometres or more across, encompasses some of the world's last true wildernesses.

Ethiopia is often  referred to as the 'water tower' of eastern Africa because of the many rivers that pour off its high tableland, and a visit to this part of the Rift Valley, studded with lakes, volcanoes and savannah grassland, offers the visitor a true  safari experience.

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