Gambella National Park is located on the banks of river Baro. It is also known as the Gambela National Park. The park is at a distance of 600 kilometers from Addis Ababa. Excursions to Gambella National Park from Addis Ababa enable visitors to experience the wildlife. Another aim of the excursions from Addis Ababa to the national park is to introduce the visitors to the undeniable attractions of the Ethiopia.
Short History of the Gambella National Park
Visit to Gambella National Park from Addis Ababa also educates tourists about its interesting past. During the British colonial rule, the national park was maintained by the English people. The British maintained the park because they opened a navigable port on the Baro River. They exported Ethiopian coffee through this port till 1940. However, after the Second World War, the park was seized by the Italians.
Wildlife at the Gambella National Park
Crocodiles, hippos, waterbucks, giraffes, buffaloes and zebras make the wildlife of the national park.
Other wildlife includes hyena, elephant, lion, hartebeest, warthog, Abyssinian reedbuck, bushback, roan antelope, olive baboon, white whiskers and black and white colobus monkeys. Different species of birds are also found in the park.
Transport to the Gambella National Park
Tourists can reach the park by bus and also by air. Bus service is available from Addis Ababa via Bako. It takes two days by bus to reach the park from the city center. However, there are flights operated by the Ethiopian Airlines on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
For further information on the excursions to the Gambella National Park from Addis Ababa, tourists may contact the following address:
Ethiopia Tourism Commission
P.O. Box- 2183