It is 215km East of Addis Ababa and covers 756 sq km. Its altitude ranges between 750-2007 m above sea level. The park is known by an interesting range of volcanic landscapes which is the most geologically active regions; it is marked by Fantalle Crater, Filhowa hot springs and Lake Basaka nearby.
Awash River with its waterfall and gorges is scenic features of the park. A range of larger wildlife species particularly fascinating number of Beisa Oryx and natural beauty of the area as a major tourist attraction.
The wildlife consists mainly of East African plains animals. Oryx, bat-eared fox, caracal, salt dik-dik, colobus monkeys, Anubis and Hamadryads’ baboons, klipspringer, leopard, bushbuck, hippopotamus, Soemmering’s gazelle, cheetah, lion, kudu and others live within the park’s area. About 462 bird species have been recorded recently. Bird species include banded barbet, golden-backed woodpecker, white-winged cliff-chat, thick-billed raven, white-billed starling, secretary bird, bustards, and storks.
Fascinating number of Beisa Oryx and natural beauty of the area are a major tourist attraction.