Omo National Park (ኦሞ ብሄራዊ ፓርክ) has long been one of the most remote parks in Ethiopia and travelling here can be incredibly tough – but never less than fascinating. But getting to the park has just got a whole lot easier – with two new bridges over the Omo River, the park can now be reached from the rest of southern Ethiopia, making it more accessible than ever before.
The park consists of grasslands, hot springs and riverine forests, which provide good wildlife habitat. Surveys of what animals exist here are still underway, but birding is excellent with 312 recorded species. Highlights include the blue-breasted kingfisher, red-naped bush shrike, bare-eyed thrush (burdened with the rather unfortunate scientific name Turdus tephronotus…), Boran cisticola, violet wood hoopoe and Donaldson Smith's sparrow-weaver among others.