NATIONAL PARKS SAFARIS ETHIOPIA

HIGHLIGHTS, WHERE THEY ARE AND HOW TO VISIT

 

 

GAMBELA NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE TOUR

GAMBELA NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE TOUR: Endless wetlands with the second greatest wildlife migration in Africa and the best wildlife viewing in Ethiopia

 

Gambela National park

At a road distance of ± 850 km Gambela - Addis Ababa, the 50,600 ha Gambela 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.

 

A picture is worth a thousand words. Most of our hundreds of pictures are favored in Google! Why? Because no other website has so many beautiful high resolution pictures, taken by ourselves. Our pictures not only show you the beauty of Ethiopia, but they also show that we go everywhere, photographing wildlife, plants, people and culture. They show our professionalism, our keen eye for detail and our passion for the culture and nature of Ethiopia. So why consider booking our our Ethiopia Culture & National Parks modules? Because we don't mislead you like many tour operators do. When the Blue Nile falls are dry.... we tell you. When fog clouds the lava lake of Erte Ale? We let you know. Just drop us a mail and we will check it out for you.

Our tours get you to ALL the 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; Eastern 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 may be very costly. So let us help you plan your entire trip and book your local flights for an incredibly low price after you booked your international flight with Ethiopian Airlines!

 

GAMBELA, ETHIOPIA

NATIONAL PARK SAFARI MODULE

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

Getting to see GAMBELA 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 Gambela. Overnight accommodations are extremely basic. During the wet season it is very difficult to get around in Gambela 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 Gambela, Ethiopia, road distance ± 850km;

  1. Fly to Gambela town;

  2. Pick up from airport;

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

  4. Sleep in Gambela town.

 

Day 2

  1. Exploration of the grasslands,

  2. Visit the gallery forest

  3. Visit the high grounds of the savannah.

 

Day 3 Gambela - Addis Ababa by plane

  1. Gambela - Addis Ababa

 

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

 

Wildlife of Gambela 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. Gambela 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 Gabela 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.

 

GAMBELA NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE TOUR: African Buffelos are still fairly common in Gambela National Park

GAMBELA NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE TOUR: Only small herds of Elephants roam Gambela National Park.

African Buffelos are still fairly common in Gambela National Park.

Only small herds of Elephants roam Gambela National Park.

   

GAMBELA NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE TOUR: Occuring in Gabela National Park, White Eared Kobs are the second most common migratory species in Africa.

GAMBELA NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE TOUR: 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.

   

GAMBELA NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE TOUR: Giraffes are rather rare in Gambela National Park.

GAMBELA NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE TOUR: With so much water, Hippopotamus are very common in Gabella.

Giraffes are an uncommon sighting in Gambela National Park.

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

   

GAMBELA NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE TOUR: Possibly the most common hoofed animal in Ethiopia is the Wart Hog, which can be found in almost all lowland national parks. including Gambela

GAMBELA NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE TOUR: 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.

   

GAMBELA NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE TOUR:

GAMBELA NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE TOUR: 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.

   

GAMBELA NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE TOUR: Shoebilled Herons are a thrilling species to see in Gambela.

GAMBELA NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE TOUR: Weaver Birds are extremely common, occuring in large colonies in Gabella National Park.

Shoebilled Herons are a thrilling species to see in Gambela.

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

   

GAMBELA NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE TOUR: Saddlebil Storks in the grasslands of Gambela

GAMBELA NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE TOUR: 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 1 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.

Blue Nile Falls, EthiopiaSt. George Church, LalibelaStellas, Axum, EthiopiaTukuls, Lalibela, EthiopiaElephant bull, Babile, EthiopiaEthiopian Wolf, Bale National Park

Gelada, Simien Mountains National ParkFacilides Bathroom, Gondar, EtiopiaWabia Ibex, Simien MountainsChurch, Lake Tana, EthiopiaErica trees, Bale Mountains National Park.Facilides Castle, Gondar, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is home of Ethiopian Airlines, featuring Africa's youngest fleet of the latest intercontinental jet airplanes - including 2 Dreamliners - as well as short-distance Bombardier turboprops for affordable and reliable in-country flights servicing all major cities of Ethiopia. The best airline of Africa, will fly you non-stop from the USA and Europe to Addis Ababa. Take our 1-week Ethiopia Cultural Monuments Tour and then continue for your Kenya or Tanzania safari - or any other East African capital - thus completing your journey. IF YOU BUY YOUR INTERNATIONAL TICKET FROM ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES, YOU WILL GET MOST INTERNAL FLIGHTS FOR $40 - $70 PER LEG! BUT CHANGING AFTERWARDS IS EXPENSIVE, SO WORK OUT A SCHEDULE WITH US TO GET A FABULOUS DEAL FOR FLYING THROUGH THE COUNTRY IN STEAD OF SPENDING ENDLESS TIME ON THE ROAD!!!

 

What makes us different from so many other tour operators?

Just look at the quality of our high resolution pictures. We took them all ourselves. We have thousands of high resolution pictures on this website, that you can see enlarged by clicking on them. These pictures show that we have been everywhere in the country of your interest and really know the details. We are professional explorers and biologists with MSc and PhD.

 

National Parks Tours Worldwide, a social responsibility and conservation company, is a brand name of the World Institute for Conservation & Environment, registered in the Netherlands with headquarters in the USA.

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