Ethiopia’s largest national park extends over 5,060km2 of Gambella Regional State in the low-lying far west. It is bordered to the north by the Baro River, a wide tributary of the Blue Nile navigable all the way to its confluence with the White Nile at Khartoum. Gambella National Park is at its most alluring between March and June, when Africa’s second-largest antelope migration, an estimated 1.2 million white-tailed kob, crosses into Ethiopia from South Sudan. The park is also a stronghold for the endangered Nubian giraffe, localized antelope such as Nile lechwe, Lelwel hartebeest, and tiang, relict populations of lion, leopard, buffalo, and elephant, and the largest terrestrial patas monkey.
A checklist of 327 bird species includes Ethiopia’s only population of the bizarre papyrus-dwelling shoebill stork and Uelle paradise whydah, along with Egyptian plover, African skimmer, and the exquisite little green bee-eater. Game viewing is best around Matara, 185km west of the park headquarters in Gambella town.
What to See?
This is the amazing park of Ethiopia that keeps millions of sommering gazelle. The swampy park keeps an important ecosystem which enables it to shelter dozens of wild animals and bird species. The vast plain of this park resembles the parks in Kenya and Tanzania.
Practical information before your trip to
Gambella National Park
The Town of Gameblella and the Gamebella National park is found 670 km from the capital Addis Ababa Via Jimma. Ethiopian airlines have a scheduled flight to Gambella three days a week.
Make sure Tour Operators that based in Addis Ababa arranged your trip to the Gambella National park. They will communicate with the park office and arrange your scouts and other supporting escorts. For the best experience helicopter safari is the best way of visiting Gamebella national park.
The town of Gambella keeps few standard hotels. Camping option also available if the program is adjusted before you embark on your visit to the park.