Mago National Park
Mago National Park
Location: It lies on the eastern sides of a small branch of the eastern Rift Valley (Omo depression), in the South Omo Zone of SNNPRS and located about 530 and 800 km southwest of Hawassa and Addis Ababa, respectively.
Drainage: The Park is fortunate in possessing numerous rivers and streams, which are by far reasons for the rich wildlife resources of the area. Mago River rises from the northeast highlands of the area and cross the park (north to south) and feeds the Omo River (there are also different perennial rivers like Neri River and other streams, which are tributaries for Mago River in the park. Omo, Mago, and Neri rivers are typical features for the Mago National Park.
Wildlife: the Park supports a typical bush savanna fauna with 81 larger mammals & 237 species of bird. Among mammals: African elephant, buffalo, lesser-kudu, greater-kudu, duiker, warthog, tiang, lewel’s hartebeests, Oryx, grant’s gazelle, gerenuk, giraffe, cheetah, wild dog, lions, leopards, Gureza, common baboon and verevt monkey are common & conspicuous.
Access: The Park is 800km and 500 km from to the south of Addis Ababa and Hawassa, respectively. The road from Jinka town to the park covers a distance of 34km all weather gravel road. The park has about 200km internal roads, which lead to the different attractions sites of the park.
Scenic Value: many national & foreign tourists in the Mago National Park commonly visit the following attractions: the Hot Springs, Forest and savanna habitats, the topography (Murssi mountains and the different viewpoints (Vantages overlooking the park whole view) along the high way of Jinka-Murssi.
Surrounding Community: MNP area is also very well-known for its rich cultural diversity, where many elements of the earliest nomadic lifestyles are still continued. Hammer, Benna, Mursi people (park’s best known attraction) who inhabit villages along the Omo River, known for piercing their lips and inserting disks made of clay,, Ngagatom, Ari, Karo, Body, Kwegu are communities very well known for their traditional culture, lifestyles, colorful body decoration, ceremonies, festivals, rituals, and other living expressions.