Tourist Paradise


ethiopia

Ethiopia is truly a tourist paradise-beautiful, secretive, mysterious and extraordinary. Above all things, it is a country of great antiquity, with a culture and traditions back more than 3,000 years. The traveler in Ethiopia makes a journey through time, transported by beautiful monuments and the ruins of edifices built long centuries ago.

Omo Valley… Africa’s White-Water rafting location

Reckoned by enthusiasts to be one of Africa’s premier locations for white-water rafting, the Omo River’s early fury takes it through gorges hundreds of meters deep over fish and the huge shapes of crocodiles and hippos.

On the final leg of its journey south to Turkana, the Omo forms the border between kefa and Gamo Gofa provinces. It is here that Ethiopia’s largest nature sanctuary, the Omo National Park- one of the richest in spectacle and game and yet one of the least- visited areas on East and Central Africa- is located. And another sanctuary, the Mago National park, has been established on the eastern bank of the river: a land of endless, distant horizons.

Both parks can offer amazing spectacles of big game and have the merit, also, of being far off the beaten track. Virtually unexplored, they are places in which game can be seen in a truly natural state. Most easily reached from the town of Jinka, Mago National Park is mainly savannah, with some forested areas around the river, it was set up to conserve the large number of plain animals in the area, particularly buffalo, giraffe and elephant the birds are typical of the dry grassland habitat- bustards, hornbills, weavers and starlings. Kingfishers and heroines feed in and around the Neri River, which provides and alternative habitat. Adjoining Mago the large and beautiful Omo National Park has hardly been visited in the past two decades, as getting there has been so difficult. 

The parks are extensive wilderness areas, where wildlife can be prolific: large herds of eland, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, cheetah, lion, leopard and Burchell’s zebra. Greater and lesser kudu, lelwel hartebeest, topi, gerenuk and Oryx are all resident species as well as deBrazza’s colombus monkeys and Anubis baboon the 306 bird species recorded include many that will be familiar to east Africa visitors.