highest all-weather road of Africa goes up to the Sanetti
Plateau of Bale Mts.
we can see incredible Afro-alpine environment and series of
palearctic-related endemics and rarities.
are still the attraction of the deep south. Here karo women
warriors near the bend of the Omo river.
woman with lip-plate.
is the home of some of the most beautiful people of the Planet.
the home of the earliest orthodox Christianity. Here priests
are walking during a religious feast.
will see hundreds of Colobus monkeys on this tour...
like endemic Gelada babouins.
of our star-lighted camps during an earlier exploratory to
the Mursi area.
Walia ibexes near the Geech Abyss escarpment.
buck with maybe a world record trophy. One of the many signature
animals of the country... maybe 600 specimens left.
Ethiopian birding adventure.
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.
schedule: TBA Duration:
17 days. Northern Circle extension with Lake Tana and Simien
Mts. are available. Please ask for
... 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..."
2 x 4WDs.
are offering a 5 days Djibouti-extension for this tour to
see Djibouti Francolin, Whale Shark and some incredible
landscape. Please ask for details!
Day 1: Departure.
We depart from London to Ethiopia and spend the night on
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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