Yangudi-Rassa National Park

The park was especially created to secure a protected desert ecosystem for Wild Ass, along with the consideration of its geological and archeological significances. It’s value being a refuge and a route to palearctic and Intra- Africa migratory birds is of a great concern, too.

Location: the park is located on the northeastern part of the country. The headquarter is situated in Gewane, Afar region, some 365km from Addis Ababa on Djibouti road. The altitude of the park ranges between 400-1460m asl.

Rainy season: as the area is arid usually experiences an erratic and low rainfall pattern, ranging between 200 and 400mm. The rainfall distribution follows bi-modal pattern, in which small showers occurs from February through March and second rainy season usually July to August.

Temperature: Maximum reading usually fluctuates over 42 0c.

Ecological zone: Rift Valley.

Vegetation types: semi-desert trees and succulent scrub, semi-arid grass and plains, shrub-steppe, bush land and acacia-wooded grassland.

Major wildlife species of the park: Wild Ass, Soemmerring’s Gazelle, Hamadryas Baboon, Gerenuk, Cheetah, Leopard, Lion, Greater Kudu , Lesser Kudu , Salt’s Dikdik and Warthogs. Neither endemic mammal nor bird occurs.

Major physical/geological features: Awash River, active volcanoes, archeological sites, extensive arid-desert ecosystem, nearby alkaline lakes and Dallol Depression.

Surrounding people: Afar and Issa.

Hundufo plain- for game viewing
Awsh reverine forest - for bird watching
Yangudi mount

Outside parks: Gewane, Mille-Sardo and Alledeghi reserves offer good opportunity to view a spectacular number of games, including Soemmerring Gazelle, Beisa Oryx, Wild Ass, Gerenuk, Ostrich, Dorcas Gazelle and Grevey’s Zebra.

More to discover the surrounding beauties:
Hadar archeological site
Active volcano around Afdera
Dallol depression
Alkaline Lakes

Accommodations: these are available at nearby town such as Gewane, Mille and Dupti. Camping is also possible inside the park but need to be dealt with park authority for permit and information. Additionally, two tourist lodges in Billen – Hertelle were erected and functional.

Time to visit: all the year- round.
Access: road