Our 19-day birding tour comprehensively covers this unique country and every single endemic bird is targeted (Ethiopia has the second highest count of endemics on the continent). Up to five hundred species of birds and many rare mammals can be expected and the ease of the birding is quite remarkable. Ethiopia is also one of Africa’s most rewarding photographic destinations.
In central Ethiopia we explore massive Rift Valley lakes teeming with birds, moss-draped mountain forests supporting a wide selection of endemics, the high Bale Mountains home to the critically endangered Ethiopian Wolf, the impressive Jemma Valley and Awash National Park, a Mecca for game and bird watching (home to an incredible six species of bustard). Key species we will seek include Spot-breasted Lapwing, Blue-winged Goose, Rouget’s Rail, Wattled Ibis, Ankober Serin, Yellow-fronted Parrot, White-backed Black Tit and Abyssinian Woodpecker.
To find some of Ethiopia’s most sought after endemics such as the fabled Ruspoli’s Turaco and enigmatic Stresemann’s Bush Crow, we will venture to remote corners of this ancient land (close to the Somali frontier at Bogol Manyo and the Kenyan border at Yabello). In these significantly drier habitats of southern Ethiopia, we will be searching for birds unique to this region including White-tailed Swallow, Degodi and Sidamo Lark, White-winged Collared-Dove, Red-naped Bushshrike and Juba Weaver.
Day 1: Addis Ababa to Lake Awassa
Day 2: Lake Awassa to Goba
Day 3: Goba and excursion to Sof Omar
Day 4: Goba and excursion to the Bale Mountain National Park
Day 5: Goba to Negele via the Bale Mountains
Day 6: Negele and the road to Bogol Mayo
Day 7: Negele to Yabello
Day 8: Yabello area
Day 9: Yabello to Bishangari
Day 10: Bishangari to Lake Langano
Day 11: Lake Langano and Lake Abijata
Day 12: Lake Langano to Awash National Park
Day 13 & 14: Awash National Park
Day 15: Awash National Park to Debre Berhan via Melka Gebdu track
Day 16: Debre Berhan and excursion to the Jemma Valley
Day 17: Debre Berhan to Weliso via Gemasa Geden & Addis Ababa
Day 18: Ghibe Gorge and onto Addis Ababa
Day 19: Addis Ababa and departure
Our three-day Lalibela Historical extension will allow us to explore the unique series of 12th century monolithic churches hewn out of solid rock, often considered one of the wonders of the world. We will enjoy an excursion to the church of Asheton Mariam located on the top of a 4,000m ridge, providing fantastic views of the countryside. The spectacular scenery, fascinating history, diverse cultures and astonishing wildlife make Ethiopia a truly superb destination.
Day 1: Addis Ababa to Lalibela
Day 2: Excursion to Asheton Mariam
Day 3: Lalibela to Addis Ababa
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