Ethiopia Wildlife and Birding Tours
Ethiopian Adventures is the tour operating division of Simien Lodge, ready to take you to all corners of the country for birding and wildlife tours in Ethiopia including conservation, photography, trekking, animal and bird safaris as well as the possibility of visiting the incredible cultural and geographic sites that the country has to offer. Simien Lodge is an award-winning lodge and the highest in Africa at 3260 metres altitude – one of the great birding destinations.
Born out of a desire by clients to go deep into the Simien Mountain National Park to photograph the gelada monkeys or the very elusive Ethiopian wolf, the company has now expanded and has modern four-wheel-drive vehicles to take clients to the remotes parts of this fascinating country.
The Ethiopian travel market is still in a development stage and not overrun by tourism so birding and wildlife tourism is still totally authentic. All of our Ethiopian wildlife tours are conservation-based and we are activists in ensuring that the destinations are protected by a long-term vision. Ethiopian Adventures are so far the only Ethiopian company to win conservation awards. (Skal Gold award for Rural Accommodation and Silver African Responsible Tourism Award for our community support).
The comfort and safety of our clients are of primary concern. We only use good quality accommodation with approved standards.
Our Special Vehicles for Wildlife:
Ethiopian Adventures are the only company in Ethiopia that has vehicles that are specially adapted for travelling for birding and wildlife tour. The seating behind the driver’s seat is staggered so the clients look over the driver’s head. There is a specially adapted higher windscreen too for better forward vision thereby avoiding those frustrating situations when the guide sees the bird or animal but the clients do not. The side windows slide open so that long lenses can quickly be focused before the wildlife disappears.
Gone is the bench seats where the person in the middle has a terrible view. Each seat is an individual armchair so that everybody sits close to a window. The two seats behind the driver fully recline whilst the rear seats recline 20°. This is important because there are some long distances, especially on our 16-day and 25-days tours. Every seat has a 230 volt and USB port for battery charging. Of course, the vehicles are fully four-wheel drive with a differential lock and they have improved suspension for real off-road driving. Above all the vehicles are all brand new, highly maintained and approved by the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Tourism. In a country where vehicle age and quality varies enormously, we believe in providing total safety for our clients.
Ethiopian Adventures understand the requirements of our clients are all different. Birders and wildlife enthusiasts all have different expectations and we are happy to design the tour to fit our client’s requirements. We have 6 standard tours but every wildlife or birding tour can be tailor-made on request.
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Ethiopian Adventures run a wide variety of conservation activities but one of our most popular is the Conservation Classes for Children which is unique. We run these programs twice a year when we close our lodge (Simien Lodge) and the children become our guests for the weekend. By working with communities, Ethiopian Adventures ensure that the end of the national park is kept clean and children are not invasive for clients.
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