Nechisar National Park

Nechisar National Park

The 514-sq-km Nechisar National Park spans the narrow yet mountainous ‘Bridge of God’ (an inthmus between Lake Chamo and Lake Abaya) and contains diverse habitats ranging from wide-open savannah and acacia woodland to thick bush and sections of riparian forest. The bleached savannah grasses actually spawned the park’s name, which means ‘white grass’ in Amharic. It ranks among the most scenic national parks in East Africa.

The park is an African wonderland, where visitors can easily come across gazelles, zebras and baboons. The park also has populations of bushbuck, bush pig, Anubis baboon, vervet monkeys, and black-backed jackal. It is also home to many endemic birds, including kingfishers, storks, pelicans, flamingos and fish eagles.

Take a car or hike across the Bridge of God or travel by boat across Lake Chamo and enjoy a trek across the savannah, enjoying the wildlife and glimpsing into local homes to learn more about daily life.