AWASH NATIONAL PARK

The Awash National Park, lying in the lowlands 220km due East of Addis Ababa and striding the awash River, is one of the finest nature reserves in Ethiopia. The Awash River is one of the major rivers in the Horn of Africa which is used for agricultural activities and hydroelectric power production. The River finally drains to the north-eastern part of Ethiopia into the wilderness of Danakil Depression. The dramatic Awash falls in the national park, as the River tumbles into its gorge, is a site no to be missed. A special attraction is the beautiful clear pools of the hot springs (Filwoha).

The Awash National park, surrounding the dormant volcano of Fantale, is a reserve of arid and semi-arid woodland and Savannah with reverie forests along the Awash River. Forty-Six species of animals have been identified here, including Beisa Oryx (the most visible mammal in the national park), animus baboon, hamadryads baboon and Swayne`s Hartebeest, to name a few. The bird life is also prolific, especially along the river, and 392 species of birds are recorded in the National park.

The people and culture of Ethiopia

Ethiopia has been called a rich cultural mosaic due to the eighty different languages and dialects.

The North and the center part of the country has got different Semitic languages like Tigrinya, Guraginya and the official national language Amharic are spoken.

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Festivals

Christmas is also one of the biggest ceremonies which fall on 7 January.The celebration of Timket or Epiphany, on the 19 January is probably the biggest festival of the year. On the eve of Timket, with great ceremony the sacred tabot (the replica of the ark of the covenant) is taken from each church by the priests up to the central area where the ceremony twill take place.

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