9. Gambela National Park
Home to some of Ethiopia’s greatest wildlife populations, Gambela National Park is said to have wildlife numbers that can rival even the famous reserves and national parks of neighboring East African countries, Kenya and Tanzania. In addition to the wildlife, you also get to traverse beautiful savannahs, flood plains, and riverine forests.
If you do decide to head out here, however, you should keep in mind that you’ll need a local guide and a reliable 4WD as the animals are thought to be concentrated in the swampiest and hardest-to-reach areas of the park. You’ll also need to be self-sufficient in terms of food, water, and camping equipment. That’s why it makes sense to book this trip with a trusted tour operator so that they can handle these logistics prior to your arrival.