In central Ethiopia we explore massive Rift Valley lakes teeming with birds, moss-draped montane 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, Sidamo Lark, White-winged Collared Dove, Red-naped Bushshrike and Juba Weaver.
Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.
Tour dates: Ethiopia Endemics IV: 12th to 30th November (19 days)
Tour Prices: Ethiopia Endemics IV: US$5,450 * £3,510 * €4,380 * ZAR44,500 per person sharing (see below)(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size: Limited to a maximum of 8 participants and 1 leader (see below)
THE ETHIOPIA ENDEMICS IV ITINERARY
12th November- Arrival in Addis Ababa
13th November- Addis Ababa to Lake Awassa
14th November- Lake Awassa to Goba
15th November- Goba and excursion to Sof Omar
16th November- Goba and excursion to the Bale Mountain National Park
17th November- Goba to Negele via the Bale Mountains
18th November- Negele and the road to Bogol Mayo
19th November- Negele to Yabello
20th November- Yabello area
21st November- Yabello to Bishangari
22nd November- Bishangari to Lake Langano
23rd November-Lake Langano and Lake Abijata
24th November- Lake Langano to Awash National Park
25th & 26th November- Awash National Park
27th November- Awash National Park to Weliso
28th November- Weliso to Debre Birhan via Ghibe Gorge
29th November- Debre Birhan and excursion to the Jemma Valley
30th November- Debre Birhan to Addis Ababa via Gemasa Geden, Melka Gebdu Track and depart (or overnight in Addis Ababa for those doing the Lalibela
The fee for this Ethiopian Endemics IV tour is US$5,450 * £3,510 * €4,380 * ZAR44,500 per person sharing
A single supplement of US$415 and US$100 for the main Ethiopia Endemics IV tour will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation.
If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.
This tour fee includes:
All meals from Dinner on day 1 to dinner on day 19, Bottled drinking water;
A soft drink/water at meals;
All lodgings during the tour,
All ground transportation;
All national park and other reserve entrance fees; and
All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services).
This tour fee excludes:
ANY flights, (see above);
Alcoholic beverages; and
Special gratuities, telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$) and the actual cost in
the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) Approximate domestic flight and single
supplement rates have been converted to US$ but are also subject to exchange rate movements.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 paying participants on the main tour and 5 paying participants on the extension) a small party supplement will have to be charged.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware
that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does not include your leaders. Therefore, if you feel that they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.
It can be very hot in some areas, especially in the extreme south, whilst the highland areas can get cold especially at night and light rain may be experienced in the Bale Mountains.On our visits to the Bale Mountains we get up to 4,200m (13,780ft) above sea level, but very little walking is done at this altitude.
There are several long, all day drives on this Ethiopia trip but we will take regular rest stops and birding stops to break the long journeys. The longest drives are the Goba to Negele and
Negele to Yabello drives and, although they are lengthy, they are scenic and full of interesting waypoints!
Due to potential security issues we cannot guarantee that the day trip to Bogol Mayo will go ahead. We will asses the security situation at the time and plan accordingly. Accommodation throughout the trip is generally comfortable but can be very basic in some areas. The accommodation in the extreme south of the country at Negele (2 nights) is extremely basic. Please note that the hotels that we make use of are always the best
available accommodations in most areas visited (exceptions are in places like Addis where they are very expensive luxury hotels that we tend to avoid).
The food in Ethiopia is generally fairly basic and consists of western and local cuisine. We will also enjoy many “bush breakfasts and lunches” on the side of the road whilst in good
birding areas. This will occur mainly in the remote south and north of the country and will be prepared by our very able drivers. Although rather basic, these meals are often a
highlight of any tour to Ethiopia.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DETAILS:
Main Tour – You may arrive in Addis Ababa anytime you wish on day 1 as this is an arrival day. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude in Addis Ababa after farewell dinner on the evening of day 19.
PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late for either the main tour or the
extension and would like assistance or advice in this regard, kindly contact the office.
Bole Airport in Addis Ababa is the main port of entry for international flights into Ethiopia and is well serviced by British Midland Airways and Ethiopian Airways. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to
book these flights for you.
IMPORTANT: please DO NOT book your international flights until you
have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.
Tour PRICE: Ethiopia Endemics IV: US$5,450 * £3,510 * €4,380 * ZAR44,500 per person sharing (see below)
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