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GAMBELLA NATIONAL PARK

GAMBELLA NATIONAL PARK & WILDLIFE. Endless wetlands with the second greatest wildlife migration in Africa and the best wildlife viewing in Ethiopia

Gambella National park

At a road distance of ± 850 km Gambela - Addis Ababa, the 50,600 ha Gambella National park has the richest mega wildlife of the parks in Ethiopia. With elevation ranging from 400 to 768 masl, the park is located in the flood plains of the Akobo, Baro and Gilo Rivers. Being very flat in the flood plain areas, it has extended grasslands, marshes, river forests and savannahs in the Eastern hills. Large areas covered by grasslands of up to 3 m. high are seasonally inundated, while areas closer to the rivers form permanent marshes.

 

Why consider booking our our Ethiopia Culture & National Parks modules? Because for the same price, our tour gets you to ALL cultural places Ethiopia is so famous for, and on top of that, you get to see up to 12 National Parks/Reserves accompanied by a conservation forester. There is nothing similar on the market. As Ethiopia can be combined with other East African countries, we organize tours in modules. Destinations Overview: Historical Circuit; Danakil Depression; Eathern Route; Simien Mountains; Bale Mountains; Southern Parks Safari; Gambella; Addis Ababa BUT WAIT: if you buy your international ticket with Ethiopia Airlines, they will sell the internal flights at a price that you can't even ride the bus for. But you MUST plan it all in one package and making changes will be very costly. So let us help you plan your entire trip for an incredibly low price!

 

GAMBELLA, ETHIOPIA

NATIONAL PARK SAFARI MODULE

GAMBELLA ETHIOPIA. DISCOVER ETHIOPIAN LOWLAND PARKS with former professional to Ethiopian Park Service

Getting to see Gambella National Park is a bit of an undertaking for several reasons. It is so far away that it would take 2 days getting there by cark, so it is recommended to fly to the town of Gambella. Overnight accommodations are extremely basic. During the wet season it is very difficult to get around in Gambella National Park, and some roads may be totally cut off. There are no decent vehicles in the area and we need to send a vehicle a day ahead of you. All this involves rather high costs. For each occasion we need to check with the park authorities if it is worthwhile for you to take the trip, as we only want you to make this trip if you can get into the good places and if you are likely to get some good wildlife viewing.

 

Day 1 Fly Addis Ababa Gambella, Ethiopia, road distance ± 850km;

  1. Fly to Gambella town;

  2. Pick up from airport;

  3. First orientation in the park: Getting to know the higher ground with savanna;

  4. Sleep in Gambella town.

 

Day 2

  1. Exploration of the grasslands,

  2. Visit the gallery forest

  3. Visit the high grounds of the savannah.

 

Day 3 Gabella - Addis Ababa by plane

  1. Gambella - Addis Ababa

 

Price $779. Each additional day is $110 extra. Ask for group discounts.

 

Wildlife of Gambella National Park

41 larger mammals are known including Buffalo, Elephant, White-eared Kob, Hippopotamus, Nile Lechwe, Giraffe, Warthog, Topi, Waterbuck, Roan Antelope,  Burchell’s Zebra, Bushbuck and Reedbuck. The rivers host healthy populations of Nile Crocodiles. Gambella has more than 300 bird species, obviously including water birds like the Shoebilled Heron, Basra Reed Warbler and Demoiselle Crane. Nile perch weighing more than 100 kg have been caught from the Baro River.

 

Gambela National Park is also home to the Nuer and the Anuak people. Both sexes of the Nuer favor cicatrisation, an adornment causing bumps in various patterns on their bodies.

 

Climate of Gabella National park

The climate of Gabella is hot and humid with maximum temperatures just before the rainy season in May. Annual mean temperature is with a minimum and maximum of 20.4 and 34.8 0 C, respectively. Annual rainfall is about 1400 mm. The wet season is from May to October when large parts of the park are totally inaccessible.

 

African Buffelos are still fairly common in Gambela National Park

Only small herds of Elephants roam Gambella National Park.

African Buffelos are still fairly common in Gambela National Park.

Only small herds of Elephants roam Gambella National Park.

   

Occuring in Gabela National Park, White Eared Kobs are the second most common migratory species in Africa.

White Eared Kob only occurs in the park during the rainy season, when is gathers in herds.

White Eared Kobs are the second most common migratory species in Africa.

White Eared Kob only occurs in the park during the rainy season, when is gathers in herds.

   

Giraffes are rather rare in Gambella National Park.

With so much water, Hippopotamus are very common in Gabella.

Giraffes are an uncommon sighting in Gambella National Park.

With so much water, Hippopotamus are very common in Gabella.

   

Possibly the most common hoofed animal in Ethiopia is the Wart Hog, which can be found in almost all lowland national parks. including Gambella

The Nile Crocodille is widespread throughout Gambela National Park.

Possibly the most common hoofed animal in Ethiopia is the Wart Hog, which can be found in almost all lowland national parks.

The Nile Crocodille is widespread throughout Gambela National Park.

   

Burchell’s Zebras are rather widespread in the Southern and Western parks of Ethiopia.

The Nile Lechwe can only be found in Gabella.

Burchell’s Zebras are rather widespread in the Southern and Western parks of Ethiopia.

   

Shoebilled Herons are a thrilling species to see in Gambella.

Weaver Birds are extremely common, occuring in large colonies in Gabella National Park.

Shoebilled Herons are a thrilling species to see in Gambella.

Weaver Birds are extremely common, occuring in large colonies in Gabella National Park.

   

Saddlebil Storks in the grasslands of Gambela

Crowned or Demoiselle Cranes in Gabella  park.

Saddlebil Storks in the grasslands.

Crowned or Demoiselle Cranes in the park.

 

 

 

 

Ethiopia modernizes and changes more rapidly than any other country in Africa. Many features may not be there anymore in the near future. If you want to see it the way it was for thousands of years, see it now before it has changed forever! Compose your own once-in-a-lifetime Ethiopia-Africa-Adventure from our affordable modules:

Famous Ethiopia Historical Circuit

Simien Mountains trek or car visit

Danakil Depression and Erte Ale Volcano Expedition

Awash Babile Harar Safari Tour

Ethiopia Central and Southern Parks & Tribes Safari Tour

Bale Mountains National Park and Sof Omar Caves Tour

Gambella National Park Safari

Addis Ababa City Tour & Airport Transfer

All Ethiopia modules and prices together

We designed our itineraries in such a way that you can compose a 2 to 4 weeks journey from different modules that can show you the entire country or just the parts that interest you, all depending on your personal preferences, available time and budget. Email us on your interests and we can discuss a custom program with you by phone (we have phone lines from the USA and Europe) or skype. So, weather you have a great ethnic affinity, are a birdwatcher or want to go on safari, contact us and we work out a customized program that focuses on YOUR interests.

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