In the dramatically beautiful 2162-sq-km Mago National Park wildlife is fairly abundant by Ethiopian standards, however, there’s no chance of an East African-safari-style experience. Poaching remains a problem and the thick acacia woodland dominating the plains makes seeing what wildlife remains quite tough. You can expect to see dik-diks, baboons and guinea fowl, and, if you're lucky, Burchell’s zebras, lesser kudus, defassa waterbucks, gerenuks and black-and-white colobus.

Most travellers visit the park on their way to the Mursi villages (the park's major attractions), which lie along the Mago River – you can leave Jinka very early and spend several hours in the park before visiting the Mursi by arranging this with your guide the day before. Pay the entrance fee when leaving, as the ranger station at the entrance to the park is usually closed in the morning.

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