Awash National Park
Flora and fauna
Awash is one of the best areas in Africa to observe hyenas.
Routes through Awash National Park
Large areas of the park need a good 4×4 with high chassis, particularly to visit the northern part including the Hot Springs, where the dirt road is damaged. A standard car can access the southern area south of national highway number 4.
- Awash waterfalls, south of the park (next to the lodge). Waterfalls are more impressive during or just after the rainy season. Sometimes, olive baboons cross the river on the rocks at the top of the waterfalls and are visible from the lodge. Downstairs, you can walk along the Awash River, and you may see crocodiles sleeping on the rocks when the water flow is quiet (dry season). Seeing crocodiles may need the help of a ranger, because of their colour.
- Animal tour in the park. By car. Visible animals: oryx beisa, kudus, dik-diks, sulcata tortoises, Soemmerring's gazelles, olive baboons. Sometimes, there are Afar people and their camels.
- Viewpoint on the Awash River gorges, south-east of the park, in defunct Kereyu Lodge. Viewpoint on the Awash River gorges and one of its tributaries.
- Hot Springs (Fil woha).
- Mount Fentale.
- Awash Falls Lodge, inside the park, 10 km south by dirt road. The only active lodge inside the park. Simple bungalows in a traditional style. A nice lodge to sleep in a natural landscape, with a view of the waterfalls. A room for driver is included. Sgl USD70, Dbl USD100 (reduction for residents of Ethiopia)..
- Sodere - a 1-hour detour on the way back to Addis Ababa, to see the natural hot springs and the Spa, near Awash River. 25 km south of Adama on national highway 8.