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In Quest of the „Flying Flowers" (Hungarian butterfly trip)"
Slovenia-Croatia butterfly special with 4 Large Blues pre-extension
Butterflies of Montenegro
Butterflies of Serbia with False Comma
Sri Lanka: Butterflies, Leopards, Blue Whales
Nepal: Butterflying at the Foothills of the Himalaya
Ethiopian Butterfly & Wildlife adventure with Tribal extension
Ghana butterfly adventure
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Bears, Great Bustards… vampires!
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The mighty Awash waterfalls.
Classic East-African savannah.
Enormous trees next to Bishangari Lodge.
The forest of Wondo Genet.
Termites near Lake Turkana.
El Sod crater near Yabello.
The highest all-weather road of Africa goes up to the Sanetti Plateau of Bale Mts.
Where we can see incredible Afro-alpine environment and series of palearctic-related endemics and rarities.
Tribes are still the attraction of the deep south. Here karo women are chating.
Karo warriors near the bend of the Omo river.
Mursi woman with lip-plate.
Ethiopia is the home of some of the most beautiful people of the Planet.
Also the home of the earliest orthodox Christianity. Here priests are walking during a religious feast.
We will see hundreds of Colobus monkeys on this tour...
...just like endemic Gelada babouins.
One of our star-lighted camps during an earlier exploratory to the Mursi area.
Picnic.
Photographing Walia ibexes near the Geech Abyss escarpment.
Walia buck with maybe a world record trophy. One of the many signature animals of the country... maybe 600 specimens left.

 



Ethiopian birding adventure.


Summary and recommendation: "...A 17 days easy and relaxed birding circle to see the best and most significant birds and endemics of Ethiopia, with breathtaking scenery, great selection of habitats and great photo-opportunities.


 

Destination country: Ethiopia. Start and finish in Addis Ababa. 5 days extension to Djibouti.

Next schedule: TBA

Duration: 17 days. Northern Circle extension with Lake Tana and Simien Mts. are available. Please ask for details!

Price: GBP ... GBP + ... GBP single supplement. Price includes: accommodations and meals (lunch is typically picnic!), drinking water, vehicle hire with fuel and driver guide, park entrance fees and ranger guides. The price exclude: bank transfer loss, domestic and international flights, visa, tips, drinks, personal travel insurance and any other activities of personal request e.g. laundry, toalet fees, phone calls, etc.

Accommodation: Three-star hotels with all rooms en suite.

Numbers: 6 person with 1 guide.

Description: "...Ethiopia is one of the most diverse countries in Africa with regards to culture, geography, nature and wildlife. Our tour takes us to 3 national parks and several wildlife reserves. We explore the Rift Valley lakes, the Afro-Alpine Highlands, savannahs, lush forests and deserts in search of endemic and regional endemic birds, mammals and other wildlife. We visit Geffersa Reservoir and Jemmu Gorge around Addis for many exciting birds among them Wattled Ibis and Rüppell’s Chat. We continue to Lake Langano and stop at various wetlands and Lake Ziway on the way. We explore the Abiyata-Shalla National Park to see thousands of flamingos and Wondo Genet National Forest for Yellow-fronted Parrot and other endemics. We spend 2 days in the Bale Mountains National Park visiting the Sanetti Plateau in quest of Spot-breasted Plover and Rouget's Rail and Harenna Forest. We drive south visiting Genale River in search of Ruspoli’s Turaco and spend some time on the Liben Plain in search of Sidamo Lark. We spend a day in Yabello Wildlife Sanctuary to see Stresemann's Bush-Crow and White-tailed Swallow. Then we drive north exploring Lake Awassa and Awash National Park..."

Transport: 2 x 4WDs.

Note: We are offering a 5 days Djibouti-extension for this tour to see Djibouti Francolin, Whale Shark and some incredible landscape. Please ask for details!


Itinerary

Day 1: Departure. We depart from London to Ethiopia and spend the night on board.

Day 2: Addis Ababa birding. We arrive to Addis Ababa in the morning. First we drive to our hotel and after a bit of relaxing we explore the extensive birding grounds of the capital where we expect to see Sacred Ibis, Nyanza Swift, Tacazze Sunbird, Thick-billed Raven and Abyssinian Slaty Flycatcher. In the afternoon we leave for the Geffersa Reservoir, which supports Blue-winged Goose, Black-headed Siskin, Wattled Ibis, White-collared Pigeon and Abyssinian Longclaw.

Day 3: Sululta Plains. We drive north and passing through the Sululta Plain we might see Black-winged Plover, White-winged Cliff-chat, Erlanger’s Lark and Red-chested Swallow. On arrival at Debre Libanos, we stop at Jemmu gorge, which supports seven endemics. Here we expect to see Lammergeier, Rüppell’s Griffon, Verreaux's Eagle, Erckel’s Francolin, White-billed Starling, Black-winged Lovebird and Rüppell’s Chat.

Day 4: Chelekleka Marsh, Lake Hora, Lake Ziway, Lake Langano. We leave Addis Ababa heading south for the main Ethiopian Rift. First we stop at Chelekleka Marsh and Lake Hora where African Darter, Maccoa Duck, pelicans, Hottentot Teal, Southern Pochard can be found. Our next stop is at Koka Dam, an important site for many waterbirds including Black Crowned Crane. Then we arrive at Lake Ziway, where we expect to see Marabou, African Fish-Eagle, Black Crake and other tame birds attracted by the offall of fisheries. We leave Ziway to reach Lake Langano. Our hotel offers good birding with Little Rock-thrush, Banded Barbet, Mocking Cliff-chat, White-winged Black Tit and Black-winged Lovebird.

Day 5: Lake Langano, Bishangari Forest. In the morning we bird on the shores of Lake Langano to see a nice array of waterbirds. In the afternoon we move to Bishangari forest to search for Narina Trogon and Silvery-cheeked Hornbill among other forest specials.

Day 6: Abiyata-Shalla National Park. After breakfast we drive to Abiyata-Shalla National Park. Lake Abiyata is home to thousands of Lesser and Greater Flamingos. In the afternoon we reach Wondo Genet. We explore the forest, where Yellow-fronted Parrot, Black-headed Forest Oriole, Abyssinian Slaty-Flycatcher and Brown Saw-wing live.

Day 7: Bale Mts., Dinsho area. After a morning birding we head to Bale Mountains National Park. The park is the best place in Ethiopia for endemic and rarely seen birds. We stop at Dinsho, the HQ of the park to spend some time looking for the endemic Mountain Nyala and Menelik's Bushbuck. We expect to see Spot-breasted Plover, Rouget's Rail, Thick-billed Raven, Blue-winged Goose, Abyssinian Longclaw, White-collared Pigeon and Cape Eagle-owl on the way. Then we reach Goba where we spend 2 nights.

Day 8: Bale Mts.: Sanetti-plateau. A full day will be spent on the Sanetti plateau, where we should also be able to see Wattled Crane, Abyssinian Catbird, Black-headed Siskin, Slender-billed Starling, Brown Parisoma, Abyssinian Woodpecker and Lammergeier. We hope to see Simien Wolf, the rarest wolf in the world. Later we arrive to the Harenna Escarpment, from where we will have an astonishing view over the giant forest 2000 m below.


Day 9: Genale, Negele areas. We depart early to reach a dry wadi on the Genale River, home to Ethiopia’s most sought-after endemic, Prince Ruspoli's Turaco. In the late afternoon we arrive in Negele where we spend two nights.

Day 10: Liben Plains. We visit the Liben Plains east of Negele, to which the endemic Sidamo Lark is restricted. We search for this special bird and with luck we should also find Coqui Francolin, Kori and Black-bellied Bustards, Temminck's Courser and Somali Short-toed Lark. The surrounding dry woodland and thorn savanna support Boran and Tiny Cisticolas, Golden Pipit, Mouse-coloured Penduline-tit, Red-and-yellow Barbet, Taita Fiscal, Northern White-crowned Shrike, Golden-breasted, Shelley's and White-crowned Starlings, Somali Crow, Somali Golden-breasted Bunting and Northern Grosbeak-canary.

Day 11: Yabello area, Dawa River. We drive towards Yabello to arrive there in the afternoon. On the way we stop at the Dawa River to search for the range restricted African White-winged Dove, Black-bellied Sunbird and Juba Weaver. In Yabello Wildlife Sanctuary we expect to see Stresemann's Bush-Crow and White-tailed Swallow.

Day 12: Yabello area. We spend a day in the Yabello Wildlife Sanctuary where target birds will include Red-naped and Rosy-patched Bush-shrike, White-crowned Starling and White-bellied Bustard. Other birds here include Somali and Heuglin’s Courser, Taita Fiscal, Chestnut Sparrow, Straw-tailed Wydah, Foxy Lark, Bare-eyed Thrush, Pringle's Puffback, Grey-capped and Black-capped Social Weavers and White-bellied Canary.

Day 13: Lake Awassa. After a morning birding we drive back to Lake Awassa where we hope to find Red-breasted Wryneck, Spotted Creeper, Allen's Gallinule, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Banded Barbet, Blue-headed Coucal and Eastern Honeybird.

Day
14: Awash National Park. After a morning visit to the fish market of Awassa we set off to Awash National Park. In the park we expect to see many ungulates, including Beisa Oryx, Salt's Dikdik, Soemmering’s Gazelle and Swayne's Hartebeest, as well as Spotted and Striped Hyaenas. The bird list of the park includes Somali Ostrich, Pygmy Falcon, Kori and Buff-crested Bustard, Two-banded Courser, Spotted Thick-knee, Yellow-breasted Barbet, Orange-bellied Parrot, Lilac-breasted Roller, Singing Bushlark, Red-winged and Gillett's Lark, Ashy Cisticola and Somali Fiscal.

Day 15: Awash National Park. We spend another day in Awash National Park to look for the specialities. If we get permission we do a night drive in the park in search of Slender-tailed and Plain Nightjar, Heuglin's and Violet-tipped Courser and jackals.

Day 16: Fantele Crater, to Addis. In the morning we visit Fantele Crater to look for Sombre Rock-Chat and Blackstart. Then we return to Addis stopping en route in suitable habitats to add a few extra birds. The afternoon activities in Addis are optional. Then we have a farewell dinner in a local restaurant before we depart for the airport for our late night flight.

Day 17: Departure day. We return back to London.


   



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Ethiopian Bush-crow justify any tours to Ethiopia on its own...
...just like Prince Ruspoli's Turaco.
Rosy-patched Bush Shrike.
We will encounter many great nightjars and other goodies during our night drives, just like this Spotted Thick-Knee.
Narina's Trogon.
Secretarybirds in Nechisar NP.
Batteleur.
The lakes of the Rift Valley hosting mirriads of waterfowls...
...and flamingoes.
Blue-winged Goose is a typical endemic of the high plateaus, related to some Geese of the Andes.
The sought-after Rouget's Rail
An incredible Lammergeier.
Kori Bustards.
Somali Ostrich near Bilen lodge.
Beisa Oryx.
Awash NP is technically the only place on Earth where you can see Soemmering' Gazelles.
The famous Simien Wolf.
Mountain Nyala is the lastly discoved antelope of the continent.
The endemic Menelik's Bushbuck.
Burchell' Zebras in Nechisar NP.
Swayne's Hartebeest is another nerly extinct endemic, from Shenkelle Game Reserve.
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