Chebera Churchura National Park is located in Konta Woreda, Dawro Zone. It is 480 km south of Addis on the Addis–Jimma-Chida-Ameya road. It has a total area of 11,900 ha and elevations range from 500-2000 masl. This park used to be part of the Kulo KontaControlled Hunting Area specifically set to hunt Elephants. The decline of Elephants in Africa and the need to conserve a representative area where this species could be protected in Ethiopia is a leading objective for its establishment.
This park is one of the relatively untouched, recently discovered and rich wilderness areas but the list visited and known park in the country. The park comprises unique and attractive mountain closed forest, closed tall-grassed savannah habitat, thick woodland forest. The landscape very fascinating highly rugged, undulating to rolling plains there a number of hilly & mountainous land which the whole year covered by vegetations. A number of cold & hot springs, historical caves, the Meka Forest (which is always with African Elephants). The park is the best site to see the African Elephants, and Buffalo.
Maze National Park was established in 2005 G.C. It is 210 square kilometers wide and it is 490 kilometers away from Addis Ababa. The fauna of the Maze National Park supports a wide range of savannah species. So far 39 larger and medium sized mammals and 196 birds’ species have been recorded. The landscape is breathtaking and important for sustainable eco-tourism development. It is one of the three sites in the world where good population of the endemic Swayne’s Hartebeest’s population still survive. Besides, orbi, Bohor red buck, buffalo, warthog, bushbuck, waterbuck, greater kudu, lesser kudu, bush pig, Anubus baboon, vervet monkey, lion, leopard, wild cats, and serval cat are among others common species.
Day 01: Arrival – Sightseeing Addis (The new Flower)
Welcome to Ethiopia You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Refresh and begin your sightseeing of Addis with a drive up to mount Entoto for a panoramic view of Addis. Descend down and drive to National museum where you will have a chance to spot the oldest hominids of ‘Lucy’ fossil. Visit and proceed to the Holy Trinity built during the WWII. Then proceed to Ethnographic museum, which use to be the palace of Emperor Hailesellase. To wrap up you drive to merkato, the biggest market in East Africa.
DAY 2: Addis Ababa –Chbera Churchura National Park
Depart Addis Ababa in the morning via either the Addis-Jima- Ameya road or Addis-Shashemene-Sodo-Waka-Tocha, and have your lunch on your way. You will arrive in Chebera Churchura National Park in the late afternoon. Enjoy the scenery of the park from the park headquarters and the campsites where you will stay overnight.
DAY 3: Chbera Churchura National Park
Morning expedition to the national park where you will walk to the two sites namely Meka and Erka Forests, mammals include are the African elephant, hippopotamus, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard and birding watching activities. You will be back for lunch and after a break, you will go walk to the hot springs and waterfall sites. The schedule also includes small lake visit for birding and other interesting birding sites. You will stay overnight in the camp.
DAY 4: Chbera Churchura National Park
On the morning, you will depart to the other part of the park namely heading to Borbo Falls and Bulo Lake. Activities include different animals and birds. Then you will have a lunch break. On the afternoon, you will continue to the other sites, visitors can explore 80 kilometers rough dry weather road crossing the western sides of the park and show the entire park view or it is also possible to trek inside the park following the footpaths available. Overnight will be in the camp.
DAY 5: Chbera Churchura National Park –Maze National Park
You will have a morning drive to Maze National Park. Explore the wildlife and the landscape features of the area. Maze is notably known for the endangered Swayne’s Hartebeest. Overnight will be in Bekele Mola Hotel.
DAY 6: Maze National Park-Arba Minch-Nech Sar National Park–Addis Ababa-Departure
Drive to Arba Minch. Visit the Rift valley lakes, lake Chamo, and the crocodile farming. You will also visit the Dorze village to witness their traditions. You will have a cultural dinner party before your departure.