Situated within the Great Rift Valley and believed to be the cradle of humankind, Ethiopia is a melting pot of Eastern, Western and African cultures, matured into a fabulous mixture of races, religions, tribes and languages. The only country in Africa not to have been colonised, Ethiopia has retained its own unique and ancient cultural heritage. Our expedition will cover numerous lakes in search of perfect bird images, explore the high altitude Bale Mountains (– home of Africa’s most endangered carnivore, the Ethiopian Wolf –) and visit the dry Awash National Park, a mecca for both game and bird photography.
The Bale Mountains plateau’s most celebrated resident, the Ethiopian or Semien Wolf, crowned with the unenviable title of “the world’s rarest canid”, provide one of the finest photographic experiences for any wildlife photographer. Here we also stand chances of locating and hopefully photographing Menelik’s Bushbuck, Mountain Nyala (endemic to the Bale Mountains), Klipspringer and, if we are fortunate, even Serval. On the far side of the plateau, we will then descend through the clouds into the vast Harenna Forest. This remarkable forest of twisted alpine trees constitutes the largest protected montane forest on the continent. Time spent photographing in this breathtakingly beautiful, moss-draped wonderland is truly inspirational!
The 350 square miles of Awash National Park are our next destination. Awash is the oldest and best preserved of all Ethiopian national parks. Here we will visit various habitats, ranging from riverine forests, wetlands, Acacia woodlands, savannas, rocky hills, cliffs and escarpments. Mammals are particularly well represented here, and we will seek out the regal Beisa Oryx, fleet-footed groups of Soemmering’s Gazelle, Swayne’s Hartebeest, the elegant Gerenuk (a giraffe-proportioned relative of the widespread Impala), both Greater and Lesser Kudu, and the endearing, rubber-nosed Salt’s Dikdik. In terms of primates, both Olive and the bizarre Hamadryas or Sacred Baboon occur here; and in the riverine woodlands, Grivet Monkeys are abundant.
All in all, this tour offers some really amazing photographic opportunities amidst a backdrop of spectacular mountains, lush forests, desolate plains and rich savannas, providing a vast array of potentially brilliant images.
-Habitats covered: lakes, dry savanna, acacia woodlands, forests, alpine grasslands, mountains
- Expected climate: hot and dry in the lowlands, cold in the highlands with a chance of snow
- Max group size: 8 with 1 leader from our company
- Tour pace and walking mostly relaxed and undemanding
- Accommodation: comfortable lodges and hotels
- Photographic opportunities: brilliant
- Key photographic targets: traditional homesteads and people, spectacular birds, stunning landscapes, numerous special mammals, including possibilities for Ethiopian Wolf.
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