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Bird Watching with City tour off Addis in a day excursion

Drive from Addis to Gorge-carved deeply by a tributary of the Blue Nile- and explore the forested escarpment above the monastery of Debre Libanos where you will look for the endemic Ruppell's Chat. Then walk along the lip of the Gorge (a good Spot for a picnic with a spectacular view) where you could observe, Ruppell's Griffons, Lanner Falcons, Fan-tailled Ravens, Black Kites, and the endemic White-billed starling Soar. Lower down, on the lookout for the splendid Gelada Baboon, found in nowhere else of the world, and the endemic White-Winged Clift Chat late Afternoon drive back to Addis.

Tour code: My.T.T  0070
Package Title: Bird Watching Around Addis
Duration: A day Excursion 
Transport: Surface

A day Excursion from Addis Ababa

Early in the morning set off on the road to Mt. Wechacha and the Menegasha forest and expect to see the Abyssinian Catbird, Banded Barbet, Golden-backed Woodpecker, Black-headed Forest Oriole, Wattle Ibis, Yellow-fronted Parrot, Black-winged Lovebird, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Crowned Eagle and Narina’s Trogan. Among the wildlife species recorded here are:  Menelik’s Bushbuck, Leopard rarely seen), Colobus Monkey, Serval, Grey Duiker, Hyaena, Warthog, Porcupine and Civet Cat. 

Tour code: My.T.T  0071
Package Title: Bird Watching Around Addis and sodere
Duration: A day Excursion 
Transport: Surface

Early morning drive to Sodere hot spring there is a large” naturally heated swimming pool”, and a number of smaller pools throughout the grounds of the resort.  The forests which fringe the river are good for birds – there are about 9 or 10 endemics to be seen, including Black Winged Love Bird, White Collared Pigeon, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Abyssinian Cat Bird, Yellow Fronted Parrot, Abyssinian Wax Bill. Lunch will be served in Sodere and back to Addis late in the  afternoon.

 2 Days and 1 Night Bird watching around Addis Ababa

Tour code: My.T.T  0072
Package Title: Bird Watching Around Addis        
Duration: 2 days and 1 night
Transport: Surface

Day 01:

Before breakfast early morning drive from Addis to Ankober via Debre Birhan; stop for lunch at Debre Birhan then keep on driving to Ankober.  

Overnight Ankober in Palace lodge.

Day 02:

Early morning before breakfast set out for bird watching, there are panoramic views over the escarpment, and for ornithologists; it could be an opportunity to see the very rare Ankober Serin, and other species such as Smith's Francolin, Yellow Throated Serin, White billed Starling, Black-winged Love Bird, Lammergeyer, Mountain Buzzard, Peregrine, Red-breasted Sparrow Hawk, Alpine Swift, Crag Martin and Blue Rock Thrush.  Wildlife recorded in the area includes: Leopard (rarely seen), Colobus and Vervet Monkeys, Gelada Baboon, Menelik’s Bushbuck, Klipsringer and Rock Hyrax, which despite its small size is a distant relative of the elephant. Late afternoon drive back to Addis.

4 Days / 3 Nights Bird watching 

Tour code: My.T.T  0073
Package Title: Bird Watching Around Addis 
Duration: 4 days and 3 nights
Transport: Surface

Day 01:

Drive from Addis to Ankober via Debrebirhan; Lunch en route at Debrebirhan afternoon arrive  at Ankober and  start visiting  the small town of Ankober, there are many attraction over the escarpment.  O/n Palace Lodge.

Day 02:

Early  morning head for Bird watching ,the Ethiopian endemic birds such as Ankober Serine, Smith's Francolin, Yellow Throated Serin, White billed Starling, Black-winged Love Bird, Lammergeyer, Mountain Buzzard, Peregrine, Red-breasted Sparrow Hawk, etc. After lunch drive to Bilen Lodge via Melka Gebdu. At Melka Gebdu, you will see many of the common acacia savannah birds of Ethiopia, including Red-bellied Parrot, White-bellied Go-away-bird, Rufous Chatterer, and Ruppell’s Weaver, Jameson’s Fire finch and a beautiful Half-collared Kingfisher; then proceed to Bilen lodge for dinner and over night.

Day 03:

Morning watch the birds around the Bilen Lodge and enjoy the naturally hot spring and the Afar nomadic people. Late afternoon after lunch drive to Awash National Park. O/N Stay at Awash falls lodge or Camping / Hotel in Awash town.

Day 04 :

Early morning after B/F drive around the Park and view birds and Game animals, in Awash National park; such as Augur Buzzards, Long- Crested Eagles, Carmine Bee -eaters, Abyssinian and Rufous-crowned Rollers, Ostriches, Buff-crested Grouse, Rosy-patched and other Shrikes. Many species of Hornbills, Wavers, Woodpeckers, Vultures, Doves, Pigeons, Guinea fowl, Glossy starling, Parrots Bee-eaters, Barbets, Mouse birds and Finches and the endemic Yellow throated seed eater are  to name but a few. After lunch drive to Addis Ababa. Dinner and O/N at reserved hotel. 

Tour code: My.T.T  0074
Package Title: Bird Watching Around Addis 
Duration: 4 days and 3 nights
Transport: Surface

Day 01:

Early morning after breakfast drive to South through a small town of Akaki  Debre Zeit, and Mojo, detour south at Mojo to the Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes, Visit the artificial Lake of Koka then Ziway and watch out a variety of aquatic birds, lunch and then proceed to Shashemne and continue to Bale Mountains

National Park  head quarter at Dinsho, dinner and O/n camping or Park lodge at Dinsho.

Day 02:

Early morning watch various kinds of bird species found in Park which include the endemic birds such as Abyssinian Long -eared owl, white backed black tit, Abyssinian cat bird etc. After lunch climb to the Sanate plateau to observe the beautiful Takezze and Malachite sun bird. Dinner   and   O/n Dinsho  Lodge.                            

Day 03:

Early morning drive to Sof Omar’s extensive underground cave system formed by the web River as it changed its course in the distant past, Picnic lunch en route visit Abijata Shalla National Park and Langano Lake resort , late afternoon drive back to Addis . Departure.

10 Days/ and 9 Nights Bird watching

Tour code: My.T.T  0075
Package Title: Bird Watching tour
Duration: 10 Days and 9 Nights   
Transport: Flight and Surface

Day 01:

Arrive atAddis Ababa if arrival time is in an early hours  in the afternoon drive to Geferssa Reservoir; to explore  some of the endemic birds like the Wattle Ibis, Rouge’s Rail, black-headed Sis- kin, Abyssinian Long claw, the white collared pigeon and Blue-winged Goose. The African-black Duck, Ortolan bunting, Red-breasted Wheatear, Three-banded plover; African Marsh Harrier and African Fish Eagle are one of the species that we do see this afternoon.  Overnight  in hotel at Addis.

Day 02:

Early morning  start for Debre-Libanos monastery about 110 km north of the capital via Sululta Plain, the Red-rumpled and Lesser-striped Swallows, Pectoral-patched Cist cola, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, common Buzzard and Black winged Lapwing are some of the birds that would be seen along the road. Around the monastery we expect to see some of the endemic birds like the Black-headed Forest Oriole, Banded Barbet, the White-billed Starling, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Rappel's chat, the White-backed Black Tit and Abyssinian slaty Flycatcher. The Lammergeyers, Egyptian Vulture, Lanner Falcon, Verreaux's Eagle and the White-checked Tura co are seen at the escarpment. Late in the afternoon drive back to Addis. Overnight in reserved hotel.

Day 03: 

Leave Addis Ababa for Awash National Park, this morning we stop at Chalalklaka wetland near Debre-Zeit. The White-backed Duck, Tufted Duck, little stint, Ruff, African Spoon bill, Yellow billed stork, Common and crowned cranes, White-winged Black Tern and others are expect to be seen. Then we will have a short stop at lake Hora for more birding. Lunch will be at Nazareth. After lunch proceeding to Awash, one of the best birding sites in Ethiopian Rift valley. Overnight in lodge.

Day 04: 

Full day birding in the Awash National   Park, The Arabian Bustard, Kori Bustard, White bellied Bustard, Buff crested Bustard, the Rosy-patched Shrike, Swallow tailed Kite, Bristle Crowned Starling, different woodpeckers, Grey-headed and Sulpher breasted Bush Shrike, Gabar Goshawk, Shirk, Crested Francolin, Common Quail, Harlequin Quail, Palm Swift, Orange-bellied Parrot, Martial Eagle, different wood Doves, Yellow billed Hornbill, Crested Lark, Singing Bush Lark, Red wing Bush Lark, Somali Golden-breasted Bunting, Little Rock Thrush, Grey-headed Batis and Spotted Flycatcher are one of the important birds that we are planning to see for today. Overnight in same.

Day 05:

Drive to Langano, before lunch we will have short stops at Koka Dam (Awash River Bridge) for more aquatic and woodland birds. Then, we continue to Lake Zeway where we stop for lunch and afternoon birding. Lake Zeway is one of the important areas of the Ethiopian Lakes. The Black Heron, Lesser Jacana, African Pygmy Goose, Pink backed and White Pelicans, Crowned Crane, Black-headed Gull, Great-black headed Gull, Verreaux's Eagle Owl, Green Shank, Wood Sandpiper, common and African Snipe, Red breasted Wryneck, Masked Weavers, Beautiful Sunbird and some others would be seen. Overnight in hotel at Ziway.

Day 06:

Early morning birding around the Hotel garden and the cliff near the lake. Shallow's Wheatear, Red bill and Von de Deckins Horn bill, Diedderik Cuckoo, Slender-tailed Nightjar, woodland Kingfisher, striped Kingfisher, Little and Blue-breasted Bee-eater, the endemic Black winged Love bird, Red-headed Weaver, Fan tailed Raven, Hemp Rich's Hornbill, Brubru, Bearded Woodpecker, Bare faced Go away bird and Marico sunbird are one of the species we expect this morning. After breakfast we drive to the Abijata-Shalla Lakes National park for more birding. The Saddle bill stork, Goliath Heron Golden Plover, Grassland pipit, lesser and Greater Flamingos, and hundreds of other water birds could be easily seen. Overnight in hotel at Langano.

Day 07:

Full day birding in the forest of Wondo Genet, it is the site for some the endemic birds like the Yellow-fronted Parrot, Thick-billed Raven, the Abyssinian Wood pecker and Banded Barbet. In addition, We expect to see the Red -shouldered and Black Cuckoo shrikes, Grey Cuckoo shrike, Marin's Trogon, White-checked Turaco, Double Toothed Barbet, Scaly and Lesser Honey guide, Crowned Eagle, Aria's Hawk Eagle, Silvery checked Horn bill, Hadada Ibis, Banded Wattle eye, Sharpest starling, Broad billed Roller, Black billed Barbet, Lemon Dove, Mountain Buzzard and Half-collared Kingfisher. Overnight  in hotel at Wendogenet Hotel

Day 08: 

Set off for Lake Hawassa. The spotted creeper, African pygmy kingfisher, Bruce's Green pigeon, Violet-backed Starling, Grey Kestrel, Giant Kingfisher, Klaasa's Cuckoo, Tree pipit, Allen's Gallenue, Lesser Moorhen, Painted Snipe, Lesser Swamp Warbler, Grey kingfisher, Banded snake Eagle, the African and common snipe, purple and Goliath Heron, Greater Honey Guide, Grosbeak weaver, Red-breasted Wryneck, African Harrier Hawk and Greater spotted Eagle are one of the birds have been recorded in Hawassa. Overnight in hotel at Hawassa.

Day 09:

Drive back to Addis Ababa. En route looking for the species that haven't been in the previous days of the trip. Overnight in hotel at Addis. 

Day 10: 

After breakfast move for city tour of Addis and have time for shopping. Evening after  farewell dinner offered by Sof Omar Tour and Travel departure.

10 Days and 9 Nights Bird watching

Tour code: My.T.T  0075
Package Title: Bird Watching tour
Duration: 10 Days and 9 Nights   
Transport: Flight and Surface

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa
Day 02: Arrive Addis Ababa. Afternoon visit to Gefersa Reservoir. O/n Hilton Addis Hotel .
Day 03: Day Trip to Debre Libanos.  Overnight Hotel in Addis Ababa.
Day 04: Drive to Awash National Park. Overnight Hotel in Awash town.
Day 05: Birding in Awash National Park. Overnight Hotel in Awash Town.
Day 06: Birding at Lake Ziway. Overnight Hotel in Ziway.
Day 07: Birding at Lake Langano, Abiata. Overnight Wondo Genet.
Day 08: Early morning birding at Wondo Genet then on to Awassa.Overnight in Hotel .
Day 09: Drive to Debre Zeyit birding on the way. Overnight in Debre Zeyit/Addis Ababa.
Day 10: Fly Home.

 16 Days / 15 Nights Bird watching

Tour code: My.T.T  0077
Package Title: Bird Watching tour          
Duration: 16 days and 15 nights
Transport: Surface

Day 01: Arrive in Addis Ababa , Meet and greet , then transfer to Hilton Addis Hotel , here in the compound you can see some birds . Overnight  Hilton Addis.

Day 02 :  We set off early on the road north, through the Sululta plain to Debre Libanos and the Jemma River Gorge, about 110 km from the capital. Sululta plain is a wide shallow valley, ringed by mountains, with many rivers draining into it and forming extensive wetlands for much of the year. En route through the plain we can expect to see Black-winged and Spot-breasted Plover, Wattled Ibis, Blue-winged Goose, Rouget's Rail, Abyssinian Longclaw, Abyssinian Catbird, Common Crane and Wheat Ear. It is currently the only known location in Ethiopia for the exceptionally rare White-winged Flufftail. We will make a small detour from the main road to take in the very attractive 200 m Aleltu Falls, where we can expect to see White-billed Starling, Ruppel's Chat, Bearded Vulture, Verreaux's Eagle, Lanner and Peregrine Falcon.

Debre Libanos has been an important monastic centre for Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity since it was established in the 13th century by Saint Teklehaimanot, a renowned mystic. During the brief Italian occupation (1935-41), the site marked the spot of a major atrocity - more than 300 monks were slaughtered here in an attempt to undermine resistance by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.  On arrival at Debre Libanos, we will first stop at the Jemma River gorge. The Jemma river is one of the tributaries of the Nile, and there is a drop of nearly 1000 metres to the valley below. Here at the gorge, and in the forest around the church we can expect to see the Banded Barbet, Black-headed Forest Oriole, White-billed starling, Red-billed starling, White-winged Cliff Chat, White-backed Black Tit, White-cheeked Turaco, Montane White-eye, Abyssinian Longclaw, Abyssinian Catbird and Hemprich's Hornbill. We will also see one of Ethiopia's endemic mammals, the Gelada or bleeding heart baboon. (In the gorge we will see a variety of vultures - Lamergeyer's, Ruppell's and Lappet faced vultures.) We will leave Debre Libanos late afternoon, returning to Addis Ababa early evening.

Day 03 :  After breakfast we head west on the Ambo Road for Menagesha State Forest, about 50 km from Addis Ababa. The Emperor Zera Yacob (1434-1468), noticing the degradation of the forest around Mount Wechecha, initiated what was perhaps the first reforestation and conservation measure in the region by having Juniper trees planted. We will take a picnic lunch, making our way up through the forest towards the top of Mount Wechecha. We can expect to see the Abyssinian Catbird, Banded Barbet, Golden-backed Woodpecker, Black-headed Forest Oriole, Wattled Ibis, Yellow-fronted Parrot, Black-winged Lovebird, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Crowned Eagle and Narina's Trogan. Among the wildlife species recorded here are: Menelik's Bushbuck, Leopard, Colobus Monkey, Serval, Grey Duiker, Hyaena, Warthog, Porcupine and Civet Cat. We will return to Addis Ababa by the Jimma Road, to the south of the forest. Overnight Addis Ababa.

Day0 4 : Today we head south down the Ethiopian Rift Valley, turning east at Mojo towards Awash and our destination, to Bilen, some 270 km from Addis Ababa. We will be birding along the way, and will stop in Nazret.

Day 05 : Full day birding in the different habitats of the area, the plains, cliffs, wetlands and riverine forest by the Awash. We can return to the camp for lunch. Camel trekking can be arranged to some of these sites - one gets a great view from on top of a camel, and can also get closer to birds and wildlife provide Bilen

Day 06 : Today we retrace our steps towards Mojo, birding along the way, and stopping to see the hippo in the pools near Nazret. At Mojo we take the road south for the Lakes Region, Overnight Langano. 

Day 07 :  We drive to Shalla and Abiyata National Park, and then on to Lake Awassa - see Day 4 of VE 001B for this day's activities. Overnight Awassa .

Day 08 : Full day birding along the shores of Lake Awassa. In composition this fresh water Lake is different from the alkaline lakes of Abiyata and Shalla. The Black forest near the lake is an additional and interesting birding site. See Day 4 of VE 001B for further information. Overnight  Awassa.

Day 09 : We take an early morning visit to the fish market for some excellent photo close ups of birds used to human company, and after breakfast we drive to Wondo Genet, about 37 km to the east. Overngiht Wondo Genet.

Day 10 : Full day with picnic lunch in the forests around Wondo Genet. Overnight Wondo Genet.

Day 11 : We leave Wondo Genet for the Bale Mountains National Park, stopping at the Park HQ at Dinshu en route. Overnight Goba.

Day 12 Full day birding in the stunning Afro-Alpine setting of the Sanetti plateau. for more information Overnight Goba.

Day 13 :  Full day birding in Harena forest Overnight Goba.

Day 14 : We return to the Lakes Region via Dinshu and arrive late afternoon at Lake Langano, where we can spend some time birding along the shores. Overnight Langano

Day 15: Early morning birding by the cliffs next to the lake, then after breakfast we set off back to Addis Ababa, with a lunch stop in Debre Zeit. We can take in at least one of the Crater Lakes (there are seven in the area), probably Green Lake (Maccoa Duck, Cape Teal, Red-billed Duck, possibly White-winged Cliff Chat and Red-breasted Wry Neck), before leaving for Addis Ababa, arriving back in time for souvenir shopping. Overnight Addis Ababa.

Day 16 : There will be a morning excursion to Gefersa reservoir, some 20 km west of the city, where we can expect to see Rouget's Rail, Abyssinian Longclaw, Blue-winged Goose and Black-headed Siskin. Farewell party Yod Abyssinia Live music and dancing.

22 Days and 21 Nights Bird Watching

Tour code: My.T.T  0078
Package Title: Bird Watching tour
Duration: 22 days and 21 nights
Transport: Surface

Day 01: 

Arrival at Bole international Airport , Meet and greet by our representatives , be transferred to your hotel then , relax in your hotel or sightseeing of Addis .

Overnight Hilton Addis.

Day 02:

We will depart early and head south, dropping into the Great Rift Valley and making our first birding stop at Debre Zeit Crater Lake. The woodlands surrounding the lake teem with birds and we will look for Black Goshawk, flocks of approachable Black-winged Lovebirds, African Long-eared Owl, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Black-billed Barbet, Rufous-necked Wryneck, African Yellow Warbler, Rüppell’s Robin-chat, Black-headed Batis, Beautiful Sunbird and Rüppell’s Weaver. We will also visit Koka Dam and Lakes Gelila and Zeway. Here we will search for Pink-backed and Great White Pelicans, Intermediate Egret, African Darter, Goliath Heron, Hamerkop, Yellow-billed and Saddle-billed Storks, Spur-winged and Egyptian Geese, Comb Duck, African Pygmy-goose, African Fish-eagle, Black Crowned Crane, African and Lesser Jacanas, Senegal Thick-knee, Spur-winged Lapwing, Pied and Malachite Kingfishers and Winding Cisticola. We will enjoy a picnic lunch in the field and check into our hotel in the late afternoon. Overnight at the Wabe Shabelle Hotel, Lake Awasa.

Day 03 :

Before breakfast we will explore our wooded hotel grounds. Amongst our targets, we hope to see African Mourning Dove, Woodland Kingfisher, Green Woodhoopoe, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Double-toothed Barbet, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Spotted Creeper, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Grey-backed Fiscal, Northern Puffback, Little Weaver and Bronze Mannikin. Reedbeds in the vicinity support Greater Painted-snipe, Purple Swamphen, Black Crake, Blue-headed Coucal, Red-faced Cisticola, Lesser Swamp Warbler and Common Waxbill. After breakfast, we will visit Lake Awasa fish market, where the discarded waste attracts large numbers of Marabou Storks and other birds, giving unrivalled photographic opportunities. We should also see Long-tailed Cormorants, Sacred Ibis, Grey-headed and Heuglin’s Gulls and the aptly-named Thick-billed Raven. In the afternoon we will transfer to the Wondo Genet Resort Hotel for a two-night stay. The hotel comes complete with swimming pools filled with water from nearby hot springs.

Day 04 :

We will spend the day exploring our hotel gardens and the nearby forests. Species we may find include Ayre's Hawk-eagle, flocks of endemic Yellow-fronted Parrots, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, White-cheeked Turaco, the endemic Banded Barbet, Little Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser and Green-backed Honeyguides, Brown Sawwing, Mountain Wagtail, Olive Thrush, Brown Woodland-warbler, Abyssinian Slaty-flycatcher, White-rumped Babbler, Collared and Scarlet-chested Sunbirds, Western Olive-sunbird, Dark-headed Oriole, Slender-billed and the rare Sharpe’s Starling, Green-backed Twinspot and Black-and-white Mannikin. The hotel grounds also support families of Grivet Monkeys and Guereza Black-and-white Colobus monkeys.

Day 05 :

Today we head towards the world-famous Bale Mountains National Park. At the park headquarters in Dinsho we will search for Chestnut-naped Francolin, Groundscraper Thrush (endemic race simensis), Abyssinian Ground-thrush, Abyssinian Catbird and the endemic White-backed Black-tit. We also hope to see a variety of mammals including Mountain Nyala, Menelik’s Bushbuck and Desert Warthog. Two nights at Wabe Shabelle Hotel, Goba.

Day 06:

Today we descend 1600m to enjoy some dry warmth in the Sof Omar region. The habitat here consists of broad-leaved and Acacia woodlands, which hold many new species for us. Our main target bird is the extremely range-restricted Salvadori’s Serin, the most attractive of Ethiopia’s endemic canaries. Other target birds include D'Arnaud’s Barbet, Somali Crow, Northern Brownbul, Somali Tit, the localised Brown-tailed Chat, Yellow-breasted Apalis (this form likely to be split as Brown-tailed Apalis), Rosy-patched Bushshrike and the impressive Bristle-crowned Starling. Other likely species include: Crested Francolin, Vinaceous, Ring-necked and Namaqua Doves, Emerald-spotted Wood-dove, Red-bellied Parrot, Speckled Mousebird, White-bellied Go-away-bird, Black-billed Woodhoopoe, Von der Decken’s and Red-billed Hornbills, Black-throated Barbet, Cardinal and Nubian Woodpeckers, Grey Wren-warbler, Northern Crombec, Rufous Chatterer, Pygmy Batis, Kenya Violet-backed Sunbird, Brubru, White (Bushy-crested) Helmetshrike, Superb Starling, White-headed Buffalo-weaver, Speke's Weaver, the local subspecies of Red-headed Weaver, Eastern Paradise-whydah, Straw-tailed Whydah, Village Indigobird, Red-cheeked Cordonbleu, Cut-throat, Purple Grenadier and Reichard’s Seedeater. Sof Omar boasts Ethiopia's longest cave system, and we will take time out from our busy birding schedule to wander through some of these impressive tunnels with underground waterways and roosting Horseshoe Bats.

Day 07 :

We will drive up the Bale Mountain massif onto the Sanetti Plateau, which lies between 3800m and 4377m above sea level. As we ascend, we will enter a Tid, or Juniper forest zone, and here we will search for African Goshawk, Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk, African Hill Babbler, the very-localised Abyssinian Woodpecker, Cinnamon Bracken-warbler, Broad-ringed White-eye and Yellow-bellied Waxbill. Once we reach this unique plateau we will be driving on Africa’s highest road, passing close to the summit of Ethiopia’s second highest mountain. This habitat is termed 'Afro-alpine moorland' and is characterised by Jibrra, or Giant Lobelias, which tower over the rich tussock grasslands. This site is an Important Bird Area of immense significance, supporting seven globally-threatened species and nearly all of Ethiopia’s highland biome species. If we are very fortunate we will see a pair of endangered Wattled Cranes striding through the moist grassland, or spot a Cape Eagle-owl sunning on a rocky perch. We will also search for Black Stork, Wattled Ibis, Lammergeier, Chestnut-naped and Moorland Francolins, the endemic Rouget's Rail, Spot-breasted Lapwing, Thekla Lark, Red-throated Pipit, Red-breasted Wheatear and Moorland Chat. The grasslands are estimated to support an amazing biomass of 4000kg of rodents per hectare. This obviously attracts raptors, and we should see Steppe and Golden Eagles and Pallid Harriers courting over this green sea. They share this abundant food source with the plateau's most celebrated resident, the Ethiopian, or Simien, Wolf, the world's rarest canid. Finally, we will reach the escarpment of this elevated plateau and stare down through the clouds at the vast Harenna Forest below. This is the largest intact forest block in Ethiopia and the largest protected Afro-alpine forest on the continent. It still supports populations of Lion and the only surviving forest-dwelling African Wild Dogs. Here, we will search for the uncommon Mountain Buzzard, Rameron Pigeon, Lemon and Tambourine Doves, African Emerald Cuckoo, Narina Trogon, Brown Woodland-warbler (a subspecies endemic to this National Park), Abyssinian Crimson-wing, the virtually-endemic African Citril and Cape Canary. In the afternoon, we will return across the Sanetti Plateau to Goba.

Day 08 :

Today we depart early, heading for progressively drier thorn savanna in this remote southern section of Ethiopia. Finally, we reach a dry wadi on the Genale River, home to Ethiopia’s most sought-after endemic, Prince Ruspoli's Turaco. We should enjoy excellent views of this very unusual and beautiful bird. In the late afternoon we will arrive in Negele, where we will spend two nights at the simple Green Hotel.

Day 09 :

East of Negele lie the Liben Plains, to which the endemic Sidamo Lark is restricted. We will begin our day by walking through the plains in search of this special bird, which we hope to watch performing its parachute display flight. We should also find Kori and Black-bellied Bustards, Black-winged Plover and the range-restricted Somali Short-toed Lark. If we are very fortunate, we may see coveys of Coqui Francolins or flush a migratory Corn Crake. The surrounding dry woodland and thorn savanna support Bateleur, Tawny Eagle, African Harrier-hawk, Eastern Chanting-goshawk, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Abyssinian Roller, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Greater Honeyguide, Red-and-yellow Barbet, the rare and enigmatic Gillett’s Lark, Dodson's Bulbul, Spotted Mourning Thrush, Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush, Boran and Ashy Cisticolas, Golden Pipit, Pallid Flycatcher, Mouse-coloured Penduline-tit, Grey-headed and Red-naped Bush-shrikes, Slate-coloured Boubou, Taita Fiscal, Northern White-crowned Shrike, Golden-breasted, Shelley's and White-crowned Starlings, Somali Crow, Somali Golden-breasted Bunting and Northern Grosbeak-canary. If we are lucky, we may see Salt's and Günther’s Dikdiks and Gerenuk, whilst Anubis Baboons may also be encountered.

Day 10 :

Today's drive takes us near to the Kenyan border and finally to the Yabello region, home to two of Ethiopia’s most sought-after endemic birds, both listed as globally threatened: Stresemann's Bush Crow and White-tailed Swallow. This area of Acacia savanna is characterised by giant red termite mounds, some towering 5m above the plains, and both of these birds seem to be associated with these marvels of natural architecture. Other birds that we may see today are the extremely-localised White-winged Collared Dove and Juba Weaver. Two nights at a simple local hotel.

Day 11 :

A full day exploring this bird-rich area. Besides the two special endemics, other species we will look for are: Gabar Goshawk, Pygmy Falcon, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Vulturine Guineafowl, Mottled Swift, Lichtenstein's and Black-faced Sandgrouse, Blue-naped Mousebird, Pale Prinia, Rufous-crowned and Lilac-breasted Rollers, Pringle's Puffback, Yellow-bellied Eremomela, Hunter's and Shining Sunbirds, Three-streaked Tchagra, Superb and Wattled Starlings, Yellow-spotted Petronia, Chestnut Sparrow, Grey-headed and Black-capped Social-weavers, Chestnut Weaver, Green-winged Pytilia and White-bellied Canary. 

Day 12 :

Today we will enjoy some early morning birding in the Yabello Wildlife Sanctuary searching for Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Fawn-coloured Lark, Bare-eyed Thrush, Banded Parisoma, Somali Long-billed Crombec, African Grey Flycatcher and White-winged Widowbird before making our way back towards Addis Ababa. In the late afternoon we will arrive at Lake Langano for a two-night stay at the comfortable Bekele Molla Hotel on the shores of the lake, with views of the 4000m Arsi Mountains in the in the background. In the evening we will look for Greyish and Verreaux’s Eagle-owls, African Scops-owl, Northern White-faced Owl and Freckled Nightjar around our hotel.

Day 13 : 

The three neighbouring lakes in the central Ethiopian Rift Valley are totally different from each other but have one thing in common: all are superb birding sites. We will spend the day exploring the shores and surrounding woodlands of all three lakes. We hope to find Somali Ostrich, huge flocks of Greater and Lesser Flamingos, Southern Pochard, Cape Teal, Dark Chanting-goshawk, Eastern Imperial and Long-crested Eagles, Grey Kestrel, Kittlitz's Plover, Great Black-headed Gull, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Little Bee-eater, Hemprich’s Hornbill, Abyssinian Ground-hornbill, Grey Woodpecker, Grassveld Pipit, Isabelline, Pied and Schalow’s Wheatears, Little Rock-thrush, African Thrush, Buff-bellied Warbler, Red-faced Crombec, Rüppell’s Long-tailed Starling, Red-billed Oxpecker and Red-billed Firefinch. Mammals we may see include Grant's Gazelle, Oribi and Spotted Hyena.

Day 14 :

After further early-morning birding around Lake Langano, we will head to the Awash National Park, where we will spend the next two nights. The route takes us through savanna habitat and numerous Rift Valley Lakes with great birding.

Day 15: 

Today will be spent exploring the superb Awash National Park. We will bird around the Bilen and Fulhowa Hotsprings, the Awash River and Kirayawa Gorge, exploring riverine forests, wetlands, thorn woodlands, savanna grasslands, rocky hills, cliffs and escarpments. The park boasts a bird list of 460 species and we will make an effort to find, amongst many others, Egyptian Vulture, Greater Spotted Eagle, Scissor-tailed Kite, Shikra, Arabian, Buff-crested, Hartlaub's and White-bellied Bustards, Three-banded Courser, Helmeted Guineafowl, Small Buttonquail, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, White-browed Coucal, Plain Nightjar, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Greater Honeyguide, Wire-tailed Swallow, Red-winged Lark, Singing Bushlark, Blackstart, Red-backed Scrub-Robin, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Green-backed Camaroptera, Grey-headed Batis, Pale Flycatcher, Slate-coloured Boubou, White-rumped Shrike, Somali Fiscal, Nile Valley and Marico Sunbirds, Grey-headed and Sulphur-breasted Bush-shrikes, Fan-tailed Raven, Red-billed Quelea and Red-rumped Waxbill. Mammals we may see include Aardwolf, Lion, Leopard, Beisa Oryx, Aardvark, Soemmering-s Gazelle, Impala, Hamadryas Baboon, Abyssinian Hare, African Wild Cat, Black-backed Jackal, Striped Hyena and Greater and Lesser Kudu. We will also take a night drive to look for the more elusive nocturnal species. 

Day 16 :

This morning we will ascend the Fantale Crater to search for two more endemics, Sombre Rock-chat and Yellow-throated Seedeater, before heading back to a hotel in Addis Ababa to freshen up before the late evening flight home. Arrival back home on day 17, or two nights at the Ghion Hotel, Addis Ababa for those staying for the optional extension. Extension

Day 17 :

Early this morning we will cross the Sululta Plains. These high-altitude plateau grasslands provide superb birding, despite intensive cultivation. Resident birds we may find here include Secretarybird, White-backed Vulture, African Hobby, Erckel's Francolin, Blanford's Lark, Red-chested Swallow, Cape Crow, Pectoral-patch Cisticola and African Quailfinch. Suddenly, the seemingly endless plain dramatically drops off into the Blue Nile drainage system. Perched on the edge of the gorge is Debre Libanos Monastery, one of Ethiopia's most sacred Christian sites. We will concentrate our search here for Rüppell’s Vulture, Verreaux's Eagle, African Hawk-eagle, Augur Buzzard (dark-morph birds are commonly seen here), Lanner Falcon, Nyanza Swift, Hemprich's Hornbill, Red-rumped Swallow, Mourning Wheatear, Snowy-crowned Robin-chat, the three endemics: Rüppell's Chat, White-winged Cliff-chat and White-billed Starling, Mocking Cliff-chat, Yellow-rumped Serin and Cinnamon-breasted Bunting. Another speciality of this area is the Lion-headed Baboon. In the afternoon, we will return to Addis Ababa, where we will spend the night.

Day 18 :

We will drive to Debre Birhan and up to Ankober to look for the rare and highly-localised (just 5 km2) Ankober Serin, then return to Debre Birhan for the night.

Day 19 :

Today we head for Lomi Ketema, birding en route. Our objective is to look for the highly-localised endemic Harwood’s Francolin. Overnight in Lomi Ketema.

Day 20 :

We will drive into the Jemmu Valley early to look for Harwood's Francolin, after which we will return to Addis Ababa to the Ghion Hotel for the night, birding en route.

Day 21 :

We will take an early-morning flight northwest to Bahar Dar on the shores of Lake Tana. This, the highest lake in Africa, is the source of the Blue Nile, but our primary reason for coming here is the endemic White-throated Seedeater. This is found not far from the lake, where the Blue Nile plummets over the Tississat Falls. Other birds we may see include Black-billed Barbet and Slender-billed and Chestnut-winged Starlings. We may also have time to bird along the banks of the Blue Nile, giving us the opportunity to see multi-coloured flocks of Yellow-mantled Widowbirds, Black-winged, Red and Yellow-crowned Bishops and Zebra Waxbills. Overnight  in Bahar Dar. 

Day 22 :

We will take a late-afternoon flight to Addis Ababa, where we can freshen up at a hotel before the late-evening flight home at the end of the tour.

Itenaries Package Tour