Mazie national park was established in 2005 G.C.It is 210 square kilometers wide & it is 490 kilometers away from Addis Ababa.
MzNP is one of the wildlife conservation areas known for its good population of the critically endangered endemic Swayne’s Hartebeests population and located 460km and 235 south west of Addis Ababa and Hawassa, respectively, in Gamo-Gofa Zone.
The Park is fortunate in possessing a number of rivers and streams which ultimately drains to Omo River. The name of the park derived after the largest river that crosses the park called Maze River.
The Park is covered by savannah grassland with scattered deciduous broad leave trees as well as Riverbasine association along the main watercourses. The Wild animal of the MzNPsupports a wide range of savannah species. So far 39 larger and medium sized mammals and 196 birds’ species have been recorded. 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, serval cat are among others common species.
The landscape of MzNP is surrounded by interesting high rugged mountain ranges, escarpment and small hills. The landscape is breathtaking and important for sustainable eco-tourism development. The MzNP and the surrounding area have different natural, cultural and historical attractions such as Bilbo Hot Springs, Wenja Stone Cave, “Kaouwa Wella”(Yeniguse Warka),
Bilbo/Halo Hot Spring: is situated at the upper parts of Maze River in the park It is a form of geyser, which shoot up hot water from deep in side the ground. The smoke released from this hot spring, cover wide area and seen from a distance. People from far areas and local people used it as traditional medicine.
Wenja Stone Cave: Natural rock cave that can hold up to 300 people. According to legends, in the past, the site was used to punish criminal/ unlawful member of the community.
Religious Site in Chosho Market: There are two oldest big trees in Chosho Market. These trees are believed as justice giving (court) by the locals residence for any disagreement that may arise among them. The site is locally called “Kaouwo welloa” meaning the king’s tree.
10 Nights / 11 Days wildlife safari
Title: Special wild life safari tours in Ethiopia
Tour code: SET NEW 030
Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
Means of Transport: Surface
Description: This is the special wild life safari to Chebera Churchura , Maze National park and Bale Mountain national park. This itinerary is designed for those who love nature, wild life, and authentic culture. Most of the major National parks in the country that are famous for their wild life are included. Several of the National parks included are the most untouched ones and rarely visited by tourists, hence offering great wild life experience.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive in Addis Ababa Bole International airport and meet your guide in the airport the will be transferred to the hotel.
Overnight: Jupiter or Similar 4* Hotel
Day 2: Drive Addis – Chebera Churchura National park
After breakfast, drive from Addis Ababa to Chebera Churchura national park via Jimma, the capital of the former Kaffa province after which coffee is named. Late in the afternoon, enjoy game drive in the Park.
Day 3: Chebera Churchura National park
Today will be an epic day in Chebra Churchural National Park. This park is one of the recent developments in Ethiopia, and it is the most untouched parks with great wilderness. So far, 37 larger mammals and 237 species of birds have been recorded in the different habitats (Highland & Rverine forest and savanna and bush lands) of the park. White- winged cliff chat, banded-barbet, wattled ibis, black-headed forest Oriole and thick billed Raven are endemic birds for the country. Common mammals include the African elephant, hippopotamus, Cape buffalo, lion, and leopard. The park appears to be the least disturbed and reliable ecosystem for the African elephant and Buffalo in the country. Overnight camping
Day 4: Chebera Churchura National park
Drive and game view towards Shoshuma Campsite, especially for elephants. Overnight camping
Day 5: Drive Chebera Churchura – Maze National Park
After early morning game drive, leave Chebera Churchura National park and drive to Maze National Park.
Maze national Park is covered by savannah grassland with scattered deciduous broad leave trees as well as river basin association along the main water courses. So far 39 larger and medium sized mammals and 196 birds’ species have been recorded. The park is one of the three sites in the country where good population of the endemic Swayne’s Hartebeest’s population still survives. In addition, other mammals like Orbi, Bohor red buck, warthog, bushbuck, waterbuck, greater kudu, lesser kudu, bush pig, Anibus baboon, vervet monkey, leopard, and wild cats are among others common species.
Day 6: Drive Maze – Arbaminch
After morning game drive, proceed to Arbaminch. In the afternoon, have a remarkable boat ride on the southernmost Rift Valley Lake of Ethiopia – Lake Chamo. Boat trip on Lake Chamo is among the best anywhere in Ethiopia. One can spot many Hippos and the world's most spectacular concentrations of Giant Crocodiles (It is locally called as "Crocodile Market"). The water birds are great the scenery is truly unforgettable. Fishing for Nile Perch and many other species by locals on their traditional boat is by far the best in the country. You will also watch various low land water birds like the African Fish Eagle, Great White Pelicans, egrets, etc.
Day 7: Drive Arba Minch – Awassa
After breakfast, drive to Chencha to visit the Dorze people who are known for weaving tradition and for their beautiful huts made of bamboo. Then head to Awassa visiting the Alaba village for their painted houses.
Day 8: Awassa- Bale Mountains National Park
In the morning, visit the fish market at lake Awassa. Then drive to the world famous Bale Mountains National Park. At the park headquarters in Dinsho we search the trails for the colorful Chestnut-naped Francolin, Ground scraper Thrush (of the distinctive, endemic race simensis), the secretive Abyssinian Ground-Thrush, vocal Abyssinian Catbird, and the endemic White-backed Black-Tit. We also hope to see a variety of mammals, including Mountain Nyala- now entirely restricted to the Bale Mountain massif, Menelik’s Bushbuck and Warthog, unusual at this high altitude. Further drive to Goba for overnight
Overnight Goba Wabishebele
Day 9: Full day Sanetti Plateau Wildlife Excursion
Today will be a day of great contrasts with amazing scenery and birding. We will depart early, and ascend the Bale massif onto the Sanetti Plateau, which is between 3800m and 4377m above sea level. Once we reach this unique plateau, we will be driving on Africa’s highest road, passing close to the summit of Ethiopia’s second highest mountain. This habitat is termed “Afro-alpine moorland”, and is characterized by Jibrra or Giant Lobelias, which tower like monolithic giants over the rich tussock grasslands and extensive cushions of yellow Everlasting flowers. This site is an Important Bird Area of immense importance, supporting seven globally threatened species and nearly all of Ethiopia’s Highland biome species. The grasslands are estimated to support an incredible biomass of 4,000kg of rodents per hectare. This obviously attracts an array of raptors and we should see Steppe and Golden Eagle, Augur Buzzard and elegant Pallid Harriers courting over this green sea.
They share this abundant food source with the plateau’s most celebrated resident, the Ethiopian Wolf, crowned with the unenviable title of “the world’s rarest canid.” We should enjoy excellent photographic opportunities in this unique mountain wonderland. Finally, we will reach the escarpment of this elevated plateau and stare down, through the clouds, at the vast Harenna Forest below. This remarkable forest is the largest intact forest block in Ethiopia and the largest protected Afro-alpine forest on the continent. It still supports populations of lion and the only surviving forest-dwelling African Wild Dogs. Although unlikely that we will see either of these species, the descent through this breathtakingly beautiful moss-draped forest is inspirational. Late afternoon return to Goba.
Overnight Goba Wabishebele
Day 10: Drive to Langano
After breakfast, we drive to Lake Langano. Here we can enjoy watching several water bird species in and around the lake, and the ever spectacular sunset. Lake Langano is bilharzias free and suitable for swimming.
Overnight Sabana beach Resort
Day 11: Drive to Addis Ababa
After breakfast, drive back to Addis visiting the Rift Valley Lakes of Langano, Abiyatta, Shalla, and Ziway.
In the afternoon, make city tour of Addis Ababa that includes, National Museum, Merkato:-It is the largest open-air market in Africa. Here you will be presented with confusing, but fascinating, glimpse of the vast range of goods and artifacts available from all parts of the country and you will enjoy the Ethiopian trade exchange tradition in the open air, you can purchase anything you desire here.
In the evening before departure, have a fare well dinner party at one of the best traditional restaurants where you will see the folkloric dancers of the people of Ethiopia, and taste the variety of Ethiopian meals and it will be good opportunity to meet Mr. Taddese Atlaw for the feedback about your trip. Then, be transferred to the airport for your departure
N.B- This program can be extended if clients have more time