Year of Establishment: 1967 G.C
Area: 3566 sq.km
Found: in Southern Nation Nationality and people region 867 km away from Addis Ababa.
Key species: Common Eland Buffalo, Elephant, Cheetah, Lion, Giraffe, Topi, Brazza’s Monkey.and 306 species of Birds, one of which, the black-winged love bird is endemic to Ethiopia Unique physical feature: Belts of forest along the Omo and Mui rivers, hotsprings, extensive wilderness. The grass plains are relieved by bands of hills to the north and south of the centrally located park headquarters.
General Description: It is a vast expanse of true wilderness, adjacent to the Omo River, which flows southwards into Lake Turkana and is one of the richest and least-visited wildlife sanctuaries in eastern Africa. Eland, oryx, Burchell’s zebra, Lelwel hartebeest, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, waterbuck, kudu, lion, leopard and cheetah roam within the park’s boundaries. The Omo Valley is virtually free of human habitation but is rich in palaeo-anthropological remains. According to scientific research done in 1982 by the University of California at Berkeley, hominid remains from the Omo Valley probably date back more than four million years.
Visitor facilities: Campsite on Mui River, and also Museum.