This dry, acacia savannah reserve, low lying and arid, is noted for its desert landscape. It is inhabited by the Afar, a nomadic people who are famous for trading camels and salt, which they gather in the harsh-below-sea-level craters of the desert. The Afar people are a beautiful, elegant, tall race, known to be fiercely protective and who live in very small groups. The park’s notable features are the Awash river, which has carved a 150 metre deep gorge into which the river falls, creating a substantial waterfall. Dormant volcanoes can be seen all around with the bleak lava flows from Mount Fantelle. Steam vents can be seen displaying from the surrounding plains at night-time. The Filwoha Hot Springs feed a series of clear, blue pools and are situated in a grove of tall doum plants and are captivating. Lions are likely to be seen at the springs, and if not seen, their night time roars can be heard at the campsite. This is a first rate birding location, many endemic species of birds, including water birds can be seen here. Although walking in the park is very limited, there are several walks and treks that take you around Lake Beseka and around the Awash gorge.
Geographically Ethiopia is stunning. The landscape is dominated by the dramatic Ethiopian Highlands with peaks of 4000m or higher. The country is bisected by the Rift Valley, which starts at the Red Sea, to the North East, and continues south to Mozambique in southern Africa.