Yabello is a non-descript town that mostly serves as an overnight stop for onward travel to Kenya, Awassa or the Bale Highlands. The main interest is mostly to ornithologists or bird watchers as Yabello is in the heart of the territory occupied by the white-tailed swallow and the Streseman’s bush crow. These are two of Ethiopia’s most localised endemics. Small wild mammals like Guenther’s dik-dik and ground squirrel are sighted around the Moyale road but for larger animals like Zebra, Swayne’s hartebeests or gazelles, the Yabello Game Sanctuary Park is probably a better bet.
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.