Day 1: Arrive Addis upon evening arrival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, members on the group flight are greeted with the traditional Ethiopian hospitality at the airport and transferred to the hotel.
Day 2: After breakfast, drive to Gefersa reservoir to see some of the endemic birds like the Wattled Ibis, Rouget’s Black – headed Siskin, Abyssinian Long claw, the White collared pigeon and Blue-singed Goose and many other types of birds. Overnight at Addis Ababa.
Day 3: Leave Addis Ababa early in the morning to Chalklaka wetland in Debre – Zeit to see the white backed duck, Konb-billed Duck, Tufted Duck, Little stint, African spoon bill, yellow billed stork, common and crowned cranes, white-winged Black Tem, Dark chanting Goshawk, have a short stop at Lake Hora for more birding viewing. After lunch proceeding to Awash National park, one of the best birding sites in Ethiopia Rift Valley.
Day 4: Full day in Awash National park where we will be able to see the Arabian Bustard, Kori bustard, white bellied Bustard, the Rosy-oatched shrike, Swallow-tailed kite, Bristle crowned starling, Grey-headed and sulpher Breasted Bush shrike, Gabar Goshawk, Shikra, Crested Francoline, and many other birds.
Day 5: After lunch drive around lake Ziway to see the black – Heron, Lesser Jacana, Lesser Moorhen, African pygmy Goose, Black – headed Gull, Great-black headed Gull. Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Red – breasted Wryneck, Bearded Woodpecker, Beautiful sun bird, Woodland Kingfisher, Klaas’s Cuckoo, and other common birds in the area and then proceed to wondo Genet.
Day 6: Full day in Wondo Genet, a site known for some of the endemic birds like the yellow fronted parrot. Thick billed raven, the Abyssinian Woodpecker and Banded Barbet the Red – showered and Black Cuckoo shrikes, Grey Cuckoo shrike, Narina’s Trongon, Double-toothed Barbet Scally Honey Guide, crowned Eagle, Arye’s Hawk Eagle, Banded wattle eye, sharps starling, Broad billed Roller, Lemon dove and Half collard Kingfisher are also to be seen throughout the day.
Day 7: Our day tour will take us to Sofomar, the largest under ground river cave in the country, some 115 km, east of Goba town. The thorny bushes of this lowland is producing a large number of bird species including the endemic Salvador’s serine, Grasshopper Buzzard, Martial Eagle, Ring necked Dove, Brown tailed Chat, African Goshawk Abyssinian Scimitar Bill, Shining sun bird.
Day 8: Full day bird watching on the Sanattie plateau and in the forest near Goba town. Sanattie plateau and in the forest near Goba town. Sanattie plateau is, the highest moorland track in moorland track in Africa home to the elegant endemic Ethiopian wolf, Abyssinian wood pecker, Rufous breasted sparrow hawk, Olive pigeon, malachite sun bird, golden Eagle, Somali chestnut winged starling, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Moorland Francolin, African snipe.
Day 9: Drive to the Rift Valley – Awassa for the two nights staying late afternoon birding around the hotel garden and along the lake Shore.
Day 10: Proceed to Arbaminch via Konso, to have a next day birding in Nechsar National park. En route we shall see a great number of acacia lowland birds. The habitat between Arero and Konso is almost the same with few varieties of birds, Magpie staring, white crowned starling, Dodson’s Bulbul, Eastern black headed Oriole, African Goshawk, pearl spotted owlet, tiny cist cola and Pringle’s puff back are some of the species we are coming across along the roadsides.
Day 11: Full day bird watching and game viewing in the suburb lowlands of Nechsar National park which has recently received an ornithological discovery of a new species of Nechsar Nightjar during a survey of the park in 1992 different birds species known to occur on the Nechsar Plains including the rare greater kestrel, orange River francolin yellow throated sand grouse, Desert colas and stripe – breasted seed eater.
Day 12: Drive to Awassa for an overnight staying. This afternoon we may have opportunity of seeing a few species along the lake shore, giant kingfisher, painted snipe, Lesser moor hen, Allen’s Gallinule, Banded Snake Eagle, Iranian, Little weaver, Grey Kestrel, Spotted creeper, Grey headed kingfisher, African and common snipes are some of an excellent birds we shall see in Awassa area, overnight dinner and camp fire hosted by the fest Ethiopia group at Langano Hotel, WabiShebele.
Day 13: Drive to Addis Ababa, on the way birding at the Abijata- Shalla Lakes National park. This is one of the best birding sites in the lakes region, antiques and a little gift presented in the Fest Ethiopia office and later that night depart for home.
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