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16 Day Ethiopia Birdwatching Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 20 people
Destination(s): Ethiopia  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching  
Season: November - February
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1357 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2015 US Dollar (USD)

Ethiopia boasts 857 bird species of which 20 are endemic. Blue Winged Goose, Black headed siskin, Abyssinian Long Claw, White collared Pigeon, and Lammergeyers are some of them. So if you pick Ethiopia for bird watching, knows that you make the right choice. Be wise! Do it with us!!!

Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa.
Arrive Addis be met by our repersenative at the airport and taken to hotel for check in and get rest.

Day 2: Lake Geffersa.
Spend all the day at a lake Geffersa, on the outskirts of town where our first endemics should include Rouget's Rail, Blue-winged Goose, Wattled Ibis and White-collared Pigeon. Return to the hotel.

Day 3: Solulta Plain to Debre Libanos.

Take a full day to drive north through the Solulta Plain to Debre Libanos. On the Solulta Plain search for more endemics including Abyssinian Longclaw, Erlanger's Lark and Black-headed Siskin, as well as look for the flocks of Common Crane that winter in the area and seek out the few pairs of Red-chested Swallows that breed here. Debre Libanos is an important monastic center for the Orthodox Church, where the 13th century monk and mystic, Telehaimanot, is reputed to have stood on one leg for seven years. There will be no such hardships for us as we search this spectacular location on the edge of massive gorge for Lammergeier, Rüppell's Griffon Vulture, Verreaux's Eagle, Erckel's Francolin, the endemic Black-winged Lovebird, Rüppell's Chat, White-billed Starling and White-backed Tit. Night in Addis.

Day 4: Rift Valley to Lake Langano.

Today we'll head down the Rift Valley to Lake Langano and as we travel south we'll begin to notice vividly-colored Northern Carmine Bee-eaters and Abyssinian Rollers on the roadside wires. After arriving at our hotel we'll search the grounds for Freckled Nightjar, Hemprich's Hornbill, Red-fronted Barbet, wintering Masked Shrikes, Boran Cisticola, here mingling with Rattling for comparison, and Rüppell's Weaver. Night in Langano.

Day 5: Rift Valley Lake-Abiata.

Leaving Lake Langano we'll immediately call in at another Rift Valley lake-Abiata. Here the lakeshore will be thronged with tens of thousands of flamingoes and wintering waders. Continuing south down the Rift Valley we should reach Lake Awasa in time for lunch. In the afternoon we'll search the lake edge for more waterbirds as well as the adjacent forest for White-rumped Babbler, Wattle-eye, Spotted Creeper, Grey-headed Batis and Red-fronted Tinkerbird. Night in Awassa.

Day 6: Yabello.

For those who wish, today we'll travel even farther south to the remote town of Yabello. Here can be found perhaps one of the most remarkable birds in the whole of Africa, Stresemann's Bush Crow, a species restricted to a tiny part of southern Ethiopia. We should also see the endemic White-tailed Swallow as well as White-crowned Starling and a host of other species not seen elsewhere on the tour. The accommodation here is very basic and those who opt out of this journey can remain in the comfort of the lakeside hotel at Awasa. Night in Yabello.

Day 7: Awasa.
After some more birding around the outskirts of Yabello we'll return to Awasa, birding along the way. Night in Awasa.

Day 8: Drive to Bale Mountain National Park for overnight.

Day 9: Today's Climb into the Bale Mountains.
Today's climb into the Bale Mountains and across the southeast high-lands to Goba will take us through some magnificent scenery where we'll stop to look for Abyssinian Long-eared Owl.

Day 10: Bale Mountains National Park.
We'll spend this day birdwatching in the superb setting of the Bale Mountains National Park in search of typical birds of the region which include Wattled Crane, Spot-breasted Plover, Black-headed Siskin and Abyssinian Catbird. The park is also the haunt of two rare mammals-the Simien Wolf and the Mountain Nyala, both of which we hope to see. Nights in Bale Mountains National Park.

Day 11: Today we'll leave the highlands and retrace our steps back down toward the Rift Valley. Night in Wondogenet.

Day 12: Wondogenet.
Our hotel is located in an extensive area of forest that is home to many birds including African Wood-Owl, Bruce's Green Pigeon, Yellow-fronted Parrot, Half-collared Kingfisher, Dark-headed Oriole, Abyssinian Woodpecker and Abysinnian Ground Thrush. Here we can also expect to see the striking Eastern Black-and-white Colobus Monkey. Night in Wondogenet.

Day 13: Awash National Park.
We'll return north along the Rift Valley to Awash National Park where we'll spend two nights. Our lodge at Kereyou is perched on the edge of the dramatic Awash Gorge affording eye-level encounters with Fan-tailed Ravens. Night in Awash National Park.

Day 14: Awash National Park.

We'll spend the day birding in Awash National Park. Although a few Lions still roam the park we are more likely to see Beisa Oryx, Soemmering's Gazelle and Swayne's Hartebeest as well as White-bellied, Crested, Kori and possibly Arabian Bustards. African Swallow-tailed Kites inhabit the grasslands and other raptors could include Red-necked and Sooty Falcons. Ethiopian Swallows can be found here as well along with Red-winged and Singing Bush Larks, Fawn-colored and Gillet's Larks, Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark, Yellow-breasted Barbet and Shining Sunbird. One night we'll stay out after dark to look for Plain and the similar-looking Star-spotted Nightjars and Heuglin's Courser. Night in Awash National Park.

Day 15: Awash National Park.
We'll spend the morning in the park before returning to Addis in the afternoon in time for a special end-of-tour night in Ethiopian cultural restaurant with live music. Night in Addis.

Day 16: Transfer out for your international flight.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- Single room supplement: USD 185.

Price Includes:
- Hotel in double room sharing with breakfast.
- Ground transportation as per the program.
- Entrance fees.
- Guide service.
- Transfer from/to Airport.

About This Supplier
Location: Ethiopia
Joined InfoHub: Jun 2003

M09824 is one of the competent tour operators in Ethiopia. Being stuffed with well experienced and professional personnel in tourism industry,we provide package, tailor made tours and safaris to our guests. Our specialization is organizing trekking To Semien Mountain, Bale national park and Surma in addition we do the...

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