Ethiopia

The north eastern African country of Ethiopia offers serious African hunters and sportsmen the opportunity to collect some of the most unusual and exotic species found in Africa today. Most of Ethiopia’s hunting areas lie around the outer edges of the Abyssian Plateau. Game species outside this region are similar to other species found in neighboring countries, but game found in and near the Abyssianian Plateau generally tend to be found only in Ethiopia due to a geographic zoological phenomenon referred to as the “barrier situation.” This same phenomenon, is similar to the way species have evolved in the Galapagos, or on a larger scale Australia.

Hunting arrangements in Ethiopia can be quite complex and it is essential that you plan your safari well in advance of the date you want to hunt. Famous areas and names of regions like the Omo Valley, the Great Rift Valley, Danakil, Gambela, Arba Gugu, and several others are found throughout the literature of classic Africana. These are fantastic, but highly specialized hunts for key species that are not found anywhere else in Africa. A big game safari in Ethiopia is not just a hunt, but a total cultural and physical hunting experience.

History and Description

Unique among African countries, the ancient Ethiopian monarchy maintained its freedom from colonial rule with the exception of the 1936-41 Italian occupation during World War II. In 1974, a military junta, the Derg, deposed Emperor Haile SELASSIE (who had ruled since 1930) and established a socialist state. Torn by bloody coups, uprisings, wide-scale drought, and massive refugee problems, the regime was finally toppled in 1991 by a coalition of rebel forces, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). A constitution was adopted in 1994, and Ethiopia’s first multiparty elections were held in 1995. A border war with Eritrea late in the 1990′s ended with a peace treaty in December 2000. Final demarcation of the boundary is currently on hold due to Ethiopian objections to an international commission’s finding requiring it to surrender territory considered sensitive to Ethiopia.

Location:Eastern Africa, west of Somalia
Area:1,127,127 sq km, slightly less than twice the size of Texas
Border Countries:Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan
Climate:Tropical monsoon with wide topographic-induced variation
Terrain:High plateau with central mountain range divided by Great Rift Valley