This scenic national park is situated in the dry acacia savanna of the Rift Valley some 200km from Addis Ababa. A magnificent 150m-deep gorge, carved by the Awash River, forms the southern boundary of the park, including a substantial waterfall. To the north, you’ll see the ragged edges of Mount Fantelle, a dormant volcano whose crater towers above the surrounding bush.
Other highlights include the Filwoha Hot Springs, which feed a series of beautiful translucent blue pools and Lake Beseka. Although 80 mammal species have been recorded in Awash, the game viewing is less of an attraction than the scenery and birdlife. Awash National Park is regarded as one Ethiopia’s top birding destinations, with over 450 species. Including the endemic yellow-throated serin and the Ethiopian cliff swallow.