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NechiSar National Park

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Zebras in Nechisar National ParkSituated 510km south of Addis near the town of Arba Minch, in between Lakes Abaya and Chamo. A wide variety of plains game roam freely amongst 514m2 of savannah, dry bush and groundwater forest, which are also the habitat of 188 recorded species of birds.

Animals to be seen are Bushbuck, Swayne's Hartebeest, Burchell's Zebra, Grant's Gazelle, Guenther's Dik-dik, Greater Kudu, Crocodile, Anubis Baboon, Grey Duiker. Birds seen include Red-billed Hornbill, Grey Hornbil,l Fish Eagle, Kori Bustard, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill. A backdrop of hills and mountains combine to make this one of the most attractive national parks in Ethiopia, and its location makes it very accessible. In the far eastern part of the park hot springs bubble to the surface


Crodile View at Lake ChamoArba Minch is an important regional centre and meeting place for people from the southern parts of the Great Rift Valley. There is a crocodile farm near Lake Abaya.

Both lakes have good populations of fish, including nile perch, and there is a small, modern fishing industry.

Crocodiles thrive in Lake Chamo and are being culled commercially for their highly prized skins. Extensive areas to the west of Lake Abaya were cleared in the 1960s and 1970s to establish large-scale mechanized farms for cotton and other lowland crops.

Some note on birds

Female  Palid Harrier in  Nechisar National ParkFalco naumanni occurs on passage, with a few birds possibly wintering. Similarly, Circus macrourus is fairly common on passage, with some wintering. Small numbers of Phoenicopterus minor occur on Lakes Chamo and Abaya. Somali?Masai biome species typical of bushland habitats include Phoeniculus somaliensis, Lanius dorsalis and Cisticola bodessa.

The open plains support three species that are little known in Ethiopia: an isolated population of Mirafra albicauda (unknown elsewhere in Ethiopia), the endemic Caprimulgus solala (known from just one record) and the rare C. stellatus.

The plains support populations of two other nightjars, Caprimulgus fraenatus and C. donaldsoni. The south-western corner of Lake Abaya supports one of only two Ethiopian populations of Myrmecocichla albifrons.

Other notable species include Aviceda cuculoides, Macheiramphus alcinus, Chelictinia riocourii, Gypaetus barbatus, Accipiter ovampensis, Francolinus levaillantii, Podica senegalensis, Schoutedenapus myoptilus, Coracina caesia and Serinus reichardi.


is available at Wendo Genet, Arba Minch and Awasa, while there are camping sites in the park.

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