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Ethiopian Endemics I

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 19 day(s)
Group Size: 8 - 10 people
Destination(s): Ethiopia  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - February
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 5750 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5750 US Dollar (USD)

Simply put, Ethiopia is one of Africa’s most productive and rewarding birding destinations. The plethora of endemic birds to be found here, many of which are very tame and confiding, is further complimented by a rich assemblage of forest and savanna species, while the influx of Palaearctic migrants at the time of this tour all combine to make for a truly bird-filled adventure! To boot, you’ll be exposed to the kaleidoscope of cultures that grace this ancient land, and all of these factors combine to ensure a fascinating experience of not just the country’s birds, but also its amazing mammals, including Ethiopian Wolf and troops of the incredulous Gelada Baboon. The spectacular landscapes and scenery, fascinating history, good road infrastructure, diverse cultures and astonishing wildlife make Ethiopia an essential expedition, and for many of our guides this remains one of their top destinations on the African continent!

Tour Dates: Ethiopia Endemics I: 11th to 29th January (19 days)

Tour Price: Ethiopia Endemics I: US$5,750 * £3,760 * €4,415 * ZAR52,320 per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)

Tour Size: Limited to a maximum of 10 participants and 2 M17026 leaders.


11th January-Arrival in Addis Ababa
12th January-Addis Ababa to Lake Awassa
13th January-Lake Awassa to Goba
14th January-Goba and excursion to Sof Omar
15th January-Goba and excursion to the Bale Mountain National Park
16th January-Goba to Negele via the Bale Mountains
17th January-Negele and the road to Bogol Mayo
18th January-Negele to Yabello
19th January-Yabello area
20th January-Yabello to Bishangari
21st January-Bishangari to Lake Langano
22nd January-Lake Langano and Lake Abijata
23rd January-Lake Langano to Awash National Park
24th & 25th January-Awash National Park
26th January-Awash National Park to Weliso
27th January-Weliso to Debre Birhan via Ghibe Gorge
28th January-Debre Birhan and excursion to the Jemma Valley
29th January-Debre Birhan to Addis Ababa via Gemasa Geden, Melka Gebdu Track and depart (or overnight in Addis Ababa for those doing the Lalibela Extension)

The fee for this Ethiopian Endemics I tour is US$5,750 * £3,760 * €4,415 * ZAR52,320 per person sharing.
A single supplement of US$480 and US$110 for the main Ethiopia Endemics I tour 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);
•Visa fees;
•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 M17026 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 M17026 leaders. Therefore, if you feel that they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.

Please Note:
•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 towards 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.

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 a 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 M17026 office.

Bole Airport in Addis Ababa is the main port of entry for international flights into Ethiopia and is well serviced by British 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. We can, however, book the return flights from Addis Ababa to Lalibela for the extension.

IMPORTANT: please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the M17026 office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour Price: Ethiopia Endemics I: US$5,750 * £3,760 * €4,415 * ZAR52,320 per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)

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