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MAGO NATIONAL PARK & MURSI TRIBE

MAGO NATIONAL PARK & MURSI TRIBE. MAGO NATIONAL PARK. 800km south of Addis on east bank of the Omo river, famous 4 wildlife & MURSI TRIBE

 

Mago National Park & Mursi Tribe

The Mursi Tribe in Mago National Park lives on the eastern shore of the Omo River that runs drains the Rift Valley in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region of Ethiopia, at a distance of about  800 km southwest  from Addis Ababa. The nearest town, Jinka, is at mere 34km from  over an all weather gravel road which descends from the mountains to the lowlands of the park, showing breathtaking views of the landscape of the park. About 200km of graded roads traverse the park and the main rivers running through the park are the Mago River and Neri River which are tributaries to the Omo River. The main landscape of the park consists of gallery forests bordering the rives, the plains vary from open grasslands to woody savannahs and shrubs. The park also has several hot springs. Across the Omo River lies the Omo National Park.

 

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The Park is home to some 81 larger mammals and 300 species of bird. Among the mammals: African elephant, buffalo, lesser-kudu, greater-kudu, duiker, warthog, tiang, Lewel’s hartebeests, Oryx, grant’s gazelle, gerenuk, giraffe, cheetah, wild dog, lions, leopards, gureza, common baboon and varies species of monkeys.

 

 

Tribal communities of Mago National Park

The park is also famous for its different tribal communities: the Hamar, Benna, Mursi, Ngagatom, Ari, Karo, Body and Kwegu. Particularly the Mursi are quite famous for their women wearing terracotta disks in their under lips.

 
As there is more water along the rivers, they are lined with gallery forests in Mago National Park Where water is less abundant, grassland savannahs cover the plains of Mago National Park
On more moist locations, the plains are covered with wooded savannahs in Mago National Park

As there is more water along the rivers, they are lined with gallery forests.

On more moist locations, the plains are covered with wooded savannahs.

Where water is less abundant, grassland savannahs cover the plains of the park.

Looking like miniture Baobab trees, the Desert Rose is a gorgeous dwarf tree common in South Eastern Ethiopia.

The Desert Rose looks like a Rhodondendron (which it is not) and sets its beautiful flowers in February. The trunk resembles a miniture Baobab tree.

The Desert Rose looks like a miniture Baobab tree, Ethiopia The Desert Rose looks like a Rhodondendron (which it is not) and sets its beautiful flowers in February.
Many plants and trees flower at the end of the dry season in February and March. like this yellow flower in Southern Ethiopia Many plants and trees flower at the end of the dry season in February and March, like this white flower in Southern Ethiopia

Many plants and trees flower at the end of the dry season in February and March.

   
One can still find Greater Kudus in Mago National Park. Hippos are still widely distributed in all major rivers of Ethiopia, including in Mago National Park

One can still find Greater Kudus in Mago National Park.

Hippos are still widely distributed in all major rivers of Ethiopia.

   
Oryx in Mago National Park. With up to 4 cubs per litter, and adaptable to almost any ecosystem in Africa, Leopards or Panthers can survive both hunting pressure and habitat change like in Mago National Park

Oryx in Mago National Park.

With up to 4 cubs per litter, and adaptable to almost any ecosystem in Africa, Leopards or Panthers can survive both hunting pressure and habitat change.

   
Although rare, Lions still are present in Mago National Park Elephants are a very rare sighting in Mago National Park.

Although rare, Lions still are present in Mago.

Elephants are a very rare sighting in Mago National Park.

   
African Buffalos still roam the plains of Mago National Park Unfortunately, Giraffes have almost disappeared from Mago National Park

African Buffalos still roam the plains of Mago.

Unfortunately, Giraffes have almost disappeared from Mago.

   
The Warthog is extremely common wildlife in Mago National Park. Some hoofed animals are very small, like this common Guenther's Dik Dik, including Mago National Park

The Warthog is extremely common wildlife in all parks of Ethiopia.

Some hoofed animals are very small, like this common Guenther's Dik Dik.

   
Extremely rare worldwide, Grevy's Zebras are still present in Mago National Park Spotted hyenas even occur in the big cities, including Mago National Park.

Extremely rare worldwide, Grevy's Zebras are still present in the park.

Spotted hyenas even occur in the big cities, including Addis Ababa.

   
The Hammerkop occurs everywhere in Ethiopia, including Mago National Park. Not rare but always beautiful, the Snowy Egret in Mago National Park.

The Hammerkop occurs everywhere in Ethiopia.

Not rare but always beautiful, the Snowy Egret.

   
The Von Der Decken Hornbill is a common savannah and bush bird, including Mago National Park With more feathers on its head, the Egyptian Vulture is one of the prettier vultures in Mago National Park..

The Von Der Decken Hornbill is a common savannah and bush bird.

With more feathers on its head, the Egyptian Vulture is one of the prettier vultures in Africa.

   
The Common Ostrich lives in several of the national parks of Ethiopia, including Mago National Park. The Maribou Stork is a qualifying species for being the ugliest bird in the world.

The Common Ostrich lives in several of the national parks of Ethiopia, including Mago National Park.

The Maribou Stork is a qualifying species for being the ugliest bird in the world.

   
African Spurred Tortoises frequent grassy and woody savannahs of Mago National Park. The Nile Crocodile is common in the rivers of Mago National Park.
Pythons are common predators in Mago National Park on medium sized and small mammals.

African Spurred Tortoises (left above) frequent grassy and woody savannahs.

 

The Nile Crocodile is common in all rivers of Ethiopia.

 

Pythons (left) are common predators on medium sized and small mammals.

 

Quite a few Mursi People live in Mago National Park, where they live in very simple grass covered huts. The Mursi are famous for the women stretching up their underlip to fit a large terracotta disk. Several villages in the park can be visited.

Quite a few people of the Mursi Tribe live in Mago National Park, where they live in very simple grass covered huts. The Mursi are famous for the women stretching up their underlip to fit a large terracotta disk. Several villages in the park can be visited.

 

The Mursi are famous for the women stretching up their underlip to fit a large terracotta disk, Mago National Park Mursi woman and child in Mago National Park.
Mursi woman with baby in Mago National Park. Mursi woman with terracotta disk in her under lip in Mago National Park.
Mursi girl with disk in her under lip and wooden rings in her ears in Mago National Park. Mursi warrior man in Mago National Park Mursi man with traditional tatoes and clothes in Mago National Park Typical Mursi men and women in Mago Nationa Park
FWD vehicles parking for the night before entering Mago National Park There are no lodges within the boundaries of Mago National Park, and the closest quality lodge is Buska Lodge.

Tourists on their way to Mago National Park spending the night in one of the lodges.

 

 

There are no lodges within the boundaries of Mago National Park, and the closest quality lodge is Buska Lodge at a distance of 150km. Alternatively one can sleep in the Jinka Resort Hotel, which is less fancy but has a beautiful garden/park in the nearby town of Jinka, at about half an hour from the park.

This tour includes Mago National Park and the Musi tribe:

ETHIOPIA CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PARKS & TRIBES SAFARI TOUR

WILDLIFE SAFARIS ETHIOPIA. DISCOVER ETHIOPIAN NATIONAL PARKS with former professional to Ethiopian Park Service

8 days. Price: starting at $890.

Day 1: ADDIS ABABA - AWASSA, ± 275km

  1. Stop at Lake Ziway for watching wetland birds;

  2. Abyjata-Shalla Lakes National Park to watch Ostriches and wetland birds at alkaline Lake Abijatta, including potentially Flamingos;

  3. Senkele Wildlife Sanctuary to watch the Swayne's Hartebeest. In this small nature reserve one almost can see the extremely rare Swayson's Hartebeest of which less than 500 survive in the wild, all in Ethiopia;

  4. Spend the night in Awassa.

 

Day 2: AWASSA - YABELLO, ± 410km

  1. Proposed Megado Podacarpus National Monument to take a look at one of the nicest Podocarpus forests of Ethiopia trees up to more than 1m wide and 35m high.

  2. Yabello Wildlife Sanctuary to see the endemic Stresemann's Bushcrow and White-tailed swallows, Burchell's Zebras and other wildlife.

  3. Spend the night at Yabello Motel.

 

Day 3: YABELLO - KONSO, ± 220km

  1. Konso tribal villages at Mecheke, including Konso tribal king's house. Konso is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site for its traditional landscape with terraces, its uniquely structured villages and huts and for their famous wooden statues;

  2. New York Village, so called after the vertical erosion formations that in the minds of local people look like sky-scrapers. In fact they are hoodoo formations of quartz minerals similar to those in Brice National Park in the USA.

  3. Kanta Lodge, a beautiful brand new lodge in Konso style luxury sleeping cabins and restaurant.

 

Day 4: KONSO - BUSKA LODGE, ± 130km

  1. Drive to Turmi to visit the Hamer People.

  2. Birding at the floodplane of Chelbi Wildlife Reserve

  3. Spend the night at Buska Lodge

 

Day 5:  BUSKA LODGE - JINKA, ± 140km

  1. Early in the morning, drive to the Mursi village in Mago National Park. Mursi women wear clay lip plates that they make from locally dug clay. The men adorn themselves with clay;

  2. game viewing Mago National Park. While wildlife stocks in Mago National Park are down, it is still one of the better places to see extraordinary wildlife;

  3. Sleep at Jinka Resort Hotel.

 

Day 6: JINKA - ARBA MINCH, ± 275km

  1. Long drive until arrival at hotel in Arba Minch, overlooking Nechsar National Park.

  2. If we can get permission from the park we go looking for the mysterious Nechisar Nightjar.

 

Day 7: NETCH SAR PARK AND LAKE CHAMO EXCURSIONS

  1. In the morning drive to Netchsar National Park on the istmus seperating Lake Abaya and Chamo. There still is a herd of the endemic Swayne's hartebeests, Burchell's zebra are very common, greater and lesser kudus are frequently seen, as well as grants gazelle. Out of the more than 180 species of birds recorded, you have a good chance at seeing Secretary bird, Ground hornbill, different species of bustards, etc.

  2. In the afternoon we go on boat ride along the western shore of Lake Chamo to watch African Crocodiles, Hippopotamus and a large variety of wetland birds.

  3. Return to the hotel at night and if permission granted again look for the Nechisar Nightjar.

 

Day 8: ARBA MINCH - ADDIS ABABA, ± 505km

  1. Return to Addis Ababa. Alternatively you have the option to fly back to Addis Ababa at additional costs for the flight, which we would recommend as it is a long ride back to Addis Ababa.

The price of this WILDLIFE SAFARI ETHIOPIA starts at $890 and includes transportation, entry fees, non-alcoholic beverages, tee/coffee at meals, hotels.

 

Ethiopia modernizes and changes more rapidly than any other country in Africa. Many features may not be there anymore in the near future. If you want to see it the way it was for thousands of years, see it now before it has changed forever! Compose your own once-in-a-lifetime Ethiopia-Africa-Adventure from our affordable modules:

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Bale Mountains National Park and Sof Omar Caves Tour

Gambella National Park Safari

Addis Ababa City Tour & Airport Transfer

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