Chebera Churchura National, a rich and untouched wilderness area
Chebera Churchura is found within the western side of the central Omo Gibe basin, in between Dawro zone and Konta Special Woreda of the SNNPRS, Ethiopia.
The park is located about 330 & 460 km southwest of Hawassa & Addis Ababa, respectively.
It covers an area of 1215 km2 that ranges in altitude form 700 to 2450 m.a.s.l.
Unique and very attractive topography
The Park is fortunate in possessing numerous rivers and streams and four small creator lakes (Keriballa, Shasho, Koka) which are reason for the rich wildlife resources of the area.
Zigina River is rises from the north east highlands of the area and cross the central part of the park (north to south) and feeds the Omo River (there are also different perennial rivers feeding Omo River crossing the park).
Shoshuma River is rises from the north western highlands of the Konta area highlands cross the north eastern part of the park and mixed with Zigina River inside the park, which go down together to Omo River.
The prominent topographic features is unique & highly attractive and characterized by unique and highly heterogeneous and hilly terrain, few flat lands and highly undulating to rolling plains with incised river and perennial streams, valley and gorges.
Chebera Churchura, a rich wildlife resource
So far, 37 larger mammals and 237 species of birds have been recorded in the different habitats (Highland & Riverine forest and savanna and bush lands) of the park.
White-cliff chat, banded-barbet, wattled ibis, black-headed forest Oriole and thick billed Raven are endemic birds for the country.
Common mammals include the African elephant, hippopotamus, Cape buffalo, lion, and leopard.
Currently, CCNP appears to be the least disturbed and reliable ecosystem for the African elephant and Buffalo in the country.
Discover an untouched wilderness area
This park is one of the relatively untouched, recently discovered and rich wilderness areas but the less visited and known park in the country.
The park comprises unique and attractive mountain closed forest, closed tall-grassed savannah habitat, thick woodland forest.
The landscape very fascinating highly rugged, undulating to rolling plains there a number of hilly & mountainous land which the whole year covered by vegetation.
A number of cold & hot springs, historical caves, the Meka Forest (which is always with African Elephants).
The park is the best site to see the African Elephants, and Buffalo in Ethiopia.
The Park & surrounding area also have different natural and cultural attractions such as different hot and cold springs, lakes and caves.