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Yabelo (Ethiopia)

Practical information about Yabelo

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Countryside
  • Off the beaten track
3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
124 ml south of Dila by car
When to go
From May to November
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Yabelo

Camille Griffoulieres Travel writer
116 travel articles

Yabelo is a small village in southern Ethiopia in the Omo Valley next to the natural reserve of the same name, in Borana country.

My suggestion:
Yabelo is a good base from which to visit the natural sanctuary, before continuing one's road towards Konso or going back up towards Arba Minch .

I really liked Yabelo as it is an authentic village, but it is clearly "off the beaten track" and the hostelry offer is very basic and limited. A stop over here is really not indispensable, but I really appreciated my visit to a Borena village. 

Just like its twin reserve, the Senkele Wildlife Sanctuary, the Yabelo sanctuary was founded to protect Swayne's hartebeest, a gazelle indigenous to the region that is becoming extinct. In the space of ten years, its population in Ethiopia has dwindled from 3 000 to 250... However, this park that is 965 ml2 is much larger than Senkele and is henceforth also a refuge for other wild animals. Here, you can see Burchell's zebras, kudus, Grant's gazelles, dik-diks and 200 species of birds.

The barren savannah landscape is typical of East Africa. You must pay an entrance fee (of 100 birrs) and be accompanied by a scout (120 birrs for the day) to enter this park with your own vehicle. You go through the necessary procedures in Yabelo. 

Borena woman in Yabelo