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Nech Sar Park

The bridge of God

Crocodiles are the treasures of the park

This park is found near Arbaminch town over an area of 514 sq km south of Addis Ababa; of which 78 sq km is covered by water. It is gifted land between the two rift valley lakes Abaya and Chamo, which are separated by uphill land that is known as “the bridge of God”. The park is the home of undoubtedly the most spectacular scenery in the whole rift valley region of Ethiopia.

The vegetation is savanna characteristics such as grassland, ground water forest, wetlands and bush land. The park is within an altitude of 1,108-1,650m above sea level. It has features of rift valley escarpments, kulfo ground water forest and hot spring. Prolific wildlife of the Nechisar plains allows roaming it especially Burchell’s Zebra, Swayne’s hartebeest, great kudu, guenther’s dikdik, red bushbuck, bush pig, Anubis baboons and vervet monkeys, warthog, African hunting dog, hippopotamus, crocodile and others are the treasures of the park.

It is also the best place for Ornithologist’s for discovering different types of birds over hundreds including the Endemic Nechisar nightjar, red-billed and grey hornbill, Abyssinian grand hornbill, fish-eagle, kingfishers and various bustard species and more… The two lakes are of course habitats for the aquatic lives like crocodiles and hippos. Lake Abaya, the largest of the Ethiopian rift valley lakes, is recently known for its crocodile farm; and the adjacent Chamo Lake is famous for its crocodile market.

To the south is Lake Chamo, known for its big Nile crocodiles.

Grant’s gazelle roam the high savanna.