Avash National Park
Ethiopia,

Avash National Park is located in Ethiopia, in the northern part of the Great Rift Valley, 215 kilometers east of Addis Ababa and 15 kilometers from the city of Avash. Avash Park, created in 1966, covers an area of 756 square kilometers, most of which consists of acacia savannas, bushes and floodplain meadows. The southern border of the park runs along the Avash River and Basaka Lake, along the riverbed there are sections of gallery forests. The Avash River, passing through the gorge of the Great Rift Valley, forms several picturesque waterfalls in the park. One of the main attractions of the park is the sleeping volcano Fantale, whose height is 2007 meters above sea level, the diameter of the crater is 3.5 kilometers, and the depth is 350 meters. The southern slopes of Fantale are covered with frozen lava flows, reminiscent of the last volcanic eruption in 1820. In the northern part of the park, in the middle of a large palm grove, are located the hot springs of Filvoha, the water temperature in the tiny lakes formed by the springs is 45 ° C. More than 80 species of mammals live in the park - lions, leopards, caracals, serval, spotted and striped hyenas, black and golden jackals, hippos, wild pigs, East African oryx, Somali gazelle, wild-wild antelope, Kudu forest antelope, warthogs, baboons and Grevet monkeys. Avash National Park is called the "paradise" of ornithologists - about 450 bird species are registered here, including bustards, flycatchers, nectaries, bee-eaters, storks, ostriches, secretary bird, olive bee-eater, turuko, pocked pigeon, black-necked barbet and others. Avash National Park is open to visitors all year round; tours are recommended to be accompanied by professional guides. The park has developed fascinating tourist routes, equipped observation platforms, recreation and parking areas. Tourists who decide to stay here for a few days can stay at the campsites and lodges of the park.

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