Ethiopia is a land of natural contrasts, from the top of the rugged Semien Mountains to the depths of the Danakil Depression which, at 120 meters’ below sea level, one of the lowest and the driest land points on Earth. The cornucopia of natural beauty to which Ethiopia is blessed offer an astonishing variety of landscapes: Afro-Alpine highlands soaring up to 4,300 meters, deserts sprinkled with salt flats and yellow sulphur, lake lands with rare and beautiful birds, moors and mountains, the splendor of the Great Rift Valley, white-water rivers, savannah teeming with game, giant waterfalls, dense and lush jungle, the list is endless.
The Bale Mountain National Park, which covers an area of 2,470 square kilometers, holds Ethiopia’s second highest peak, Mount Batu, which stands at 4307 meters. It is the best place to see the endemic Semien Red Fox, the Mountain Nyala and Menelik Bushbuck. Amongst a profusion of birds and other wildlife to be seen, are Anubis baboons, Columbus monkeys, giant forest hogs, and lions and leopards to name just a few. The creeks of the park, which become important rivers down stream offer some of Africa’s finest fishing places for both rainbow and brown trout.
The two most southern parts of the chain of Ethiopia’s Rift Valley lakes, Abaya and Chamo, are the lush est in vegetation and the richest in wildlife. The Nech-Sar National Park embraces the eastern shores of the lakes and was established as a sanctuary for the endemic Swayne’s Hartebeest. The lakes support many species of fish, including the Nile Perch and the Tiger Fish, as well as hordes of hippos and crocodiles.