Mago National Park

This park was proposed for the conservation of its large numbers of wildlife, particularly Buffalo, Giraffe, and Elephant.

Location: the park is situated in South Omo Zone, some 800km south of Addis Ababa, and 30km from Jinka town. Its altitude ranges between 450-2,528m asl. It is located adjacent to Omo national park close to the Kenya border.

Rainy season: the rainfall in the park averages about 900mm a year. The wet season is March to June with a second wet season in September. The main dry season is December to February.

Temperature: the highest temperatures are 36-40oc in December – February and the lowest are 20-21oc in April –June.

Ecological zone: Rift Valley

Vegetation type: Savanna characteristics predominantly patchy grasslands, woodland, bushland and riverine forests.

Major wildlife species: include Buffalo, Elephant, Burchell’s Zebra, Greater Kudu, Lesser Kudu, Lelwel Hartebeest, Tiang, Waterbuck, Oribi, Oryx, Giraffe, Grant’s gazelle, Gerenuk, Hippopotamus, Crocodile, De brazza’s monkey, Patas monkey, Black-backed Jackal, Warthog, African hunting Dog, Guenther’s Dikdik, Lion, Leopard, Caracal, Cheetah, Striped Hyaena, Bat-eared Fox and Serval Cat.

Major physical/geological features: Mago Mountain and Omo River.

The surrounding people: Hamer, Karo, Benna, Ari, Mursi and Muguji

Wildlife Viewing: it is the best place to visit bigger savanna mammals like buffalo, elephant, lesser kudu, lelwel hartebeest and tiang among others. With Omo Park, the largest concentrations of aforementioned animals are supposed to occur in this park. The best area for game view is its central part around Neri River.

Outside Park: colorful life style of Hamer, Mursi, Karo and Benna gives a rewarding stays, especially coincidence with market day is so great.

Accommodations: Jinka and Turmi towns offer accommodation facilities. Or else there are camping sites designated inside the park, specifically in the dense forest along Neri River. However, campers should bring all their camping and cooking gears. Accommodations are also available at Murulle Lodge, which is located inside the Controlled Hunting Area, situated extreme south of the park.

Access: Road and air.