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Senkele (Ethiopia)

Practical information about Senkele

  • Family
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Countryside
  • Off the beaten track
2 / 5 - One review
How to get there
5 km by car from the town of Aje, on the Arba Minch - Shashamene road
When to go

All year round

Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Senkele

Camille Griffoulieres Travel writer
116 travel articles

Senkele Sanctuary is located approximately thirty kilometres from Shashamene. It stretches out across just 58 km² and it's known for its Swayne's hartebeest population.

My suggestion:
Take binoculars with you to observe the numerous birds which are also present in Senkele Sanctuary.

Senekele Sanctuary is really tiny, and it was only created to protect a species of antelope native to the region, which is threatened with extinction: Swayne's hartebeest. Of the 3,000 beasts which lived in the region, only 250 remain... A true carnage.

The advantage of this reserve is that you have an almost 100% chance of seeing these animals. There are also lots of birds there for those who love birdwatching and some warthogs... With a dry savannah vegetation, consisting mainly of African acacias.

I didn't think the trip was really worth the detour. There are more interesting places in the surrounding area, such as Yabelo Sanctuary, Nechisar National Park around Lakes Abaya and Chamo, or the Stephanie fauna reserve around Lake Chew Bahir.  

Swayne's hartebeest in Senkele Sanctuary