Erta Ale

 

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Erta Ale (or Ertale or Irta’ale) is a continuously active basaltic shield volcano in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia, the most active volcano in Ethiopia. It is in the Afar Depression, a bad land desert area spanning the border with Eritrea, and the volcano itself is surrounded completely by an area below sea level, making it a relatively low-elevation volcano.

Great Rift Valley, Ethiopia

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Great Rift Valley, Ethiopia: Dallol volcano in the Great Rift Valley – the world’s largest rift system which stretches 6,000km from the Red Sea down to Lake Malawi. Up to 74km in places, it’s cradled by a series of cliffs, rising from the valley floor to the top of the highest escarpments, up to 1.6km above …

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Mountain Nyala –

Mountain Nyala

The mountain Nyala (Tragelaphus buxtoni) or balbok is an antelope found in high altitude woodland in a small part of central Ethiopia. Mountain nyala were named for their similarity to the Nyala but they are now considered closer relatives of the kudu.

Mountain Nyala stand 90-135 cm at the shoulder and weigh 150 to 300 kilograms, males being considerably larger than females. Mountain Nyala have grey-brown coats sometimes with poorly defined white stripes and splotches, their coats darken as they age, the underside is lighter than the rest of the coat. Males have horns which twist one or two times and average slightly less than a metre in length.

Mountain Nyala are endemic to the Ethiopian highlands southeast of the Rift Valley, between 6°N and 10°N. Their former range was from Mount Gara Muleta in the east to Shashemene and the northern Bale Zone to the south; currently, the main area of distribution is the Bale Mountains National Park. Within this range, the Mountain Nyala prefer woodland, heath, and scrub at altitudes of at least 2000 meters above sea level sometimes wandering as high as 4000 meters. Mountain Nyala mainly eat herbs and shrubs. Mountain Nyala live in groups of about four to six animals sometimes ranging to thirteen and occasionally more, these groups are mainly females and calves often with one old male.

Ethiopia

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This culturally rich East African nation has always been an enticing destination, and though it remains poor, independent travel around the country is becoming easier thanks to a boom in small hotels and restaurants. Take your pick of spell-binding attractions: untouched national parks, the ancient cities of Axum, Harar and Lalibela, the world’s first coffee plantations, the largest cave in Africa at Sof Omar and the continent’s largest concentration of UNESCO sites.

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The Endemic Goat: Walia Ibex

Ethiopia is home to the world’s only population of Walia Iibex, which is found only in and around the Simien Mountains of north-western Ethiopia. Formerly more widespread in the Simen Mountains, most remaining Walia Ibex are found within the boundaries of the Simien Mountains National Park (13,600 ha), mainly along 25 km of the northern escarpment between Adarmaz Camp and Chennek Camp. There are also four small populations outside the protected area: north of Werk Amba west of the park; between Silki and Walka north-east of the park; between Bwahit and Mesarerya; and just north of Weynobar along the Ras Dejen escarpment to the north.

Nechisar National Park, Ethiopia

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Nechisar National Park

One of the most unusual parks I’ve been in. It was not too expensive to enter and we found it to be a perfect test before entering the south bound Turkana track with all its river crossings, mud baths and windy picturesque tracks.

Nechisar is made up of jungle, river crossings, beautiful lake views and plains. We entered and could see it had been raining. On entering which was around 16h00, we headed to the nearest camp which was obstructed by a falling tree (they failed to inform us) and we ended up turning back after running into a stretch of deep river crossing as it was too late in the day to attempt. We ended up staying in the staff compound the night and it rained heavily.

The following morning we crossed the river, which was high, and at one point we could see that the…

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