Gambela National Park
Gambella National Park
Description: Gambela National park was established as a protected area in 1973 to conserve a diverse assemblage of wildlife and unique habitats, mainly for protection of extensive swamp habitat and its wildlife.
Location: The park is located at 850 km west of Addis Ababa,in the center of Gambela Regional state between the rivers of Baro and Gilo.
Climate: is hot and humid and the rainy season extends from May to October while the dry persists from November to April. Gambela National Park is a vast area of savanna Grassland, flood plains and reverine forests.
Wildlife: the park has a wide variety of wildlife and 41 larger mammals have been recorded here : Buffalo, Giraffe, Taing (Topi), Waterbuck, Roan Antelope, White-eared Kob, Nile Lechwe, Burchell’s Zebra, Bushbuck, Reedbuck, Warthog, Elephant and others.
The rivers host healthy populations of Hippopotamus and Nile Crocodiles. The park has at least 300 bird species of which 11 are Sudan-Guinea Biome species. Nile perch weighing up to 100 kg have been caught from the Baro River.