Awash National Park

Awash National Park is in Ethiopia. The Lower Valley of the Awash, a site where some of the earliest human remains have been found, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1980.


Awash National Park

Flora and fauna

Awash is one of the best areas in Africa to observe hyenas.

Get in

By car

Routes through Awash National Park

Awash National Park is 200 km by road from Addis Ababa, 3 hours drive using the Addis Ababa–Adama Expressway. It's 105 km north-east from Adama (Nazreth), national highway 4.

The   park entrance is located in between two towns: Metehara (14 km west) and Awash (16 km east).

WARNING: Awash National Park is on the main road to the port of Djibouti, so it is busy with many trucks importing goods to the capital. This can be rather a dangerous road to travel and especially after dark when many vehicles lack lights.

Ethiopia has the highest rate of traffic fatalities per vehicle in the world, according to the World Health Organization. Travelling by night on this road is discouraged in travel advisories from several western countries.

Government travel advisories

(Information last updated Sep 2015)

Get around

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.


Oryx in the Awash National Park



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