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Ethiopia Birdwatching Tour - 16 Days

Ethiopia Birdwatching Tour
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Endemic Birding Tour in Ethiopia

This 16-days Ethiopia Birdwatching tour is designed by Ethiopian bird experts who know their country better than any foreign tour operator.

This  16-day tour, together with the 25-day Ultimate Tour,  are probably the most complete birding tours of Ethiopia currently available.

The most important part of any tour is the vehicles that are used.  Out go the rear bench seats. With our vehicles, we have reclining armchairs so that everyone is comfortable and next to a window to look for the wildlife.  The windows are enlarged so that clients can look skywards as well as horizontally.  The rear seats are raised so that clients see forward over the driver’s head and never miss a bird sighting. The side windows open fully - ideal for those long lenses.

Ethiopia is a unique and spectacular birding destination with over 850 species recorded, and among them, 26 birds are endemic species, found only in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is truly a land of contrasts and extremes that can be broadly broken down into three distinct types and each type attracts different types of birds.

Firstly, the best-known area of all - the Ethiopian highlands of the North of the country that is generally over 2,000 meters altitude rising to the highest mountains at 4,600 meters. The highlands are the home of the kites, the eagles and the vultures.

Next is the South of the country, which is generally hot but also humid. The South is where the Rift Valley lakes are located and where water acidity determines which species of bird.

Finally, there are the desert areas, generally to the East of the country, home to the ostriches and bustards.

On our tours, we will visit a wide range of these different habitats from mountain peaks and forests to arid plains and jungles. Not only can expect to see a wide variety many of the Ethiopian endemic birdlife but a distinctive selection of mammals too.

This tour starts from Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. We start with one of the classic birding areas by driving northwards to Debre Libanos.  The spectacular cliffs of Debre Libanos are where we will search for the Erckel's Francolin, White-winged Cliff Chat and Ruppell's Black Chat.

After an early start, we will descend into the Jemma River valley, where after first light we'll search for Harwood's Francolin. We'll also watch out for Hemprich's Hornbill, White-billed Starling, Black-billed Barbet and Foxy Cisticola, and if we are very fortunate, the scarce Red-billed Pytilia. Then We'll then continue onto the escarpment at Ankober.

We will keep an eye out for Black-headed Siskin, Ethiopian Cisticola and of course the local Ankober serin. Meanwhile, we might see interesting mammals such as the Gelada mountain Monkey, with its red triangular chest.

Then we will head south-east driving through some of Ethiopia's most remote country, to get to Awash National Park. The bird-filled Awash National Park will be the focus of our birding. At Lake Baseka we will search for the highly localisedSombre Rock Chat.

Whilst most of the birds are naturally located near to the river, we will nonetheless search the hot dusty plains at Awash scouring bushland for specials such as Arabian Bustard, Hartlaub's Bustard, Red-winged Lark, Somali Fiscal and Yellow-breasted Barbet.

Then we will start our journey southwards, passing various crater lakes and wetlands. Lake Ziway and Langanoaee our first stops where birds of all types abound. We may see Northern Grey Tit and Black-billed Woodhoopoe.

Lake Langano is an excellent place to break the drive southwards and is full of migrants birds, as well as a right place for day roosts of Slendertailed Nightjar, Greyish Eagle-Owl and Verreaux's Eagle-Owl.

We will then continue to the astonishing Bale Mountains as we pass from a very hot to a very cold climate. The breathtaking scenery of the Bale Mountains provides a home to some of Ethiopia's best birding. We'll spend two days examining the alpine moorlands and Harrena forests of the area before continuing to another remote part of the country near the Kenyan -border.

Negele and Yabello are excellent birding area for searching for endemics and dry-land birds. We then backtrack northwards again for a night at the bird-filled Lake Awassa where we will look for a huge diversity of water birds. Then we drive north back along the eastern shores of the Rift valley lakes. Finally,  we will drive back to Addis Ababa to end this fantastic tour.

Top  5 Highlights

  • 400-450 bird list, including 26 Ethiopia's endemics Birds
  • Visit the rich diversity of birds and mammals in Awash and Bale Mountains National Park.
  • Visit the Great Rift Valley Lakes of Ethiopia and its Birdlife.
  • Endemic mammals: Gelada Monkey, Ethiopian Wolf and Mountain Nyala, Menelik's Bushbuck, Swayne's hartebeest to name but a few.
  • Expérience the Fascinating Ethiopian culture.

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Alternative Tour Name: Endemic Bird Tour of Ethiopia
Day 1
Day 1 - Addis Ababa-debre Libanos Via Sululta Plains

On your arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport you will meet and met by your local Bird Guide and transferred to the city for breakfast & coffee. Then we will drive for 100 km to Debre Libanos via the Suluta plains.

Debre Libanos is located in Northern part of Addis Ababa region, a place that is known for the Ethiopia's most reputed Orthodox monastic enclaves founded on 13th Century by Saint Abune Teklehaimanot. The forest surrounding this monastery is also one of the best places for bird watching, overlooking Jema River Gorge, a tributary of the Blue Nile. We might do a short walk to observe the endemic Gelada Monkeys and the Portuguese bridge constructed during the 16th Century together with the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge. The whole area is rich with birds to get the tour off to a good start.

Abyssinian wood pecker, African Stanechat, Banded Barbet, Black headed Siskin, Black-wing Lapwing, Bluewing goose, Erlanger's Lark, Red breasted wheatear, Rouget's Rail, Ruppell's black chat, Morland Chat,Ortolan Bunting, Wattled Ibis, White backed black Tit, White-billed starling and White-Collared Pigeon are all found in the area.

Before reaching Debre Libanos, we drive through via the well-known Sululta Plains and take a lunch break along the route, with the chance to find the beautiful Spot-breasted Lapwing and other endemics.

We also hope to find Gelada Monkeys which are endemic to Ethiopia. Geladas are the world's most terrestrial primates after humans. They live only in the high mountain meadows of Ethiopia an environment that is different from those of their forest or savanna-dwelling primate relatives. As mostly grass-eaters, they are the last surviving species of ancient grazing primates that were once numerous in Africa.

Eventually, we reach Cillale Hotel to stay over for two nights.

Accommodation: Cillale Hotel, Debre Libanos Meal plan: Full board

Day 2
Day 2 - Debre Libanos

On Day 2 we will drive a short distance to Debre Libanos monastery forest area, stopping along the way to find Gelada Monkeys and other bird species such as Red-collared Widowbird.

The forest surrounding the monastery is a very attractive and good place to see several White-cheeked Turacos and also an endemic Banded Barbet, Abyssinian Slaty Flycatcher and Black-winged Lovebird.

We also look for Abyssinian Oriole, Abyssinian CatBird, Hemprich'shornbill, Ruppell's black chat, Montane White-eye, Yellow-Bellied Waxbill, Blue-winged Goose, Erckel's francolin, Moorland chat, Ortoln Bunting, Cinnamon-Breasted Bunting, Yellow-bellied wax bill, Tacazze sunbird, White–Winged Cliff chat, Ethiopian Cisticola.

Accommodation: Cillale Hotel, Debre Libanos Meal plan: Full board

Day 3
Day 3 - Debre Libanos - Debre Birhan With An Route Birding At Jemma River Valley

Early in the morning, we will drive to the surrounding area of the Jemma Gorge. This is an arid land, where we will look for a very different type of birds compared to those of Debre Libanos area. (see bird notes below).

The Jemma River is one of the main tributaries of the Blue Nile. The altitude at the Jemma river-crossing from 1,300 m to 2,000 m at the top of the gorge. Here we have fast flowing rivers inhabited by various species. The limestone soil supports Sterculia Africana trees, Tamarindus indica and Ficus thonningii; the endemic Aloe schelpii. The acacia woodland, found away from the rivers and on the gorge sides provides different bird habitats.

Jemma-River valley is a small paradise for birds and animal watchers with a breathtaking panorama. Bearded vultures, Verreaux's Eagle and Steppe Eagle, White-Cheeked Turaco, can all be seen.

We'll also watch out for Hemprich's Hornbill, White-billed Starling, Black-billed Barbet and Foxy Cisticola, Abyssinian black wheatear, Fox kestrel, Steppe eagle, White Throated Seedeater, Speckle fronted Weaver,moorland francolin and Erckel's francolin and if we are very fortunate, the scarce Red-billed Pytilia.

In the late afternoon, we will arrive to Debre Birhan and stay over in Eva Hotel for one night.

Accommodation: Eva Hotel , Debre Birhan Meal plan: full board

Day 4
Day 4 - Debre Birhan – Ankober

Today we drive to highlands of Ankober 40 kilometers (25 mi) to the east of Debre Birhan. Here we might find the endemic & other vulnerable spices.

Ankober was the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Shoa around 18th Century when ruler descended from the Solomonic Dynasty. There are many famous Ethiopian Orthodox monasteries and churches in the area surrounding Ankober.

Ankober is perched on the eastern escarpment of the Ethiopian Highlands at an elevation of about 2,465 meters (8,100 ft). The highlands of Ankober are great for hiking and even more rewarding for birdwatchers. The very rare endemic Ankober serin can be found here, and you may also be spotted White-Throated and Yellow -hroated seed-eater.

Additionally, we will also watch out for Verreaux's Eagle, Rufous-breasted Sparrow Hawk and Black Headed Siskin.

Accommodation: Ankober Lodge, Ankober Meal plan: full board

Day 5
Day 5 - Ankober – Awash National Park

Today we will drive 385km (240 Miles) through some of Ethiopia's most remote country from Ankober to Awash, looking down over the Great Rift Valley. Finally we will arrive in the Awash National Park. It is a long and thrilling drive across Afar territory where we will get a chance to meet Afar tribesmen with their outrageous "afro" hairstyles.

On this route we could see Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Abyssinian Roller, Abyssinian Scimitar bill , Arbian Bustard, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Black-Billed wood hoopoe, Black-Headed Lapwing, Blue-Naped Mousebird, Crested Francolin, Chestnut-Bellied Sandgrouse, Gillett's Lark, Koribustard, Nile Valley Sunbird, Northern Carmin bee-eaters, Olive Bee-Eater, African orange bellied Parrot, Somali bulbul, buff -crested bustard, White-bellied Go-Away-bird, and Yellow-Breasted Barbets among many others.

In the late afternoon, we will arrive at Awash National Park to stay over in Awash Falls Lodge for two nights

Accommodation: Awash Falls Lodge, Awash National park Meal plan: Full board

Day 6
Day 6 - Awash National Park

Today we explore the wide-ranging species of birds available in and around this semi-desert Awash National Park.

Awash National Park is situated in the East Africa Great Rift Valley, known for wildlife viewing and outstanding birdlife. It contains an interesting range of volcanic landscape where there has been volcanic activity and lava flows during the past hundred years. Smoke still rises from vents on the sides of Mt Fentale. The park vegetation is typical of the hot and arid lowlands. The park takes its name from Awash River, the largest river in Ethiopia, with some spectacular waterfalls near the park headquarters.

Awash National Park is bestowed with over 400 species of birds. Today's target birds in the park include African Collared Dove, African Fire Finch, Boran and Ashy Cisticolas, Bruce's Green Pigeon, Somali Ostrich, Chestnut-headed Sparrow-Larks, Cut-throat Finch, Egyptian Vulture, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Mouse-colored Penduline Tit, Red billed Quelea, Northern Masked Weaver, Northern White –Crowned Shrike, Pale and African Grey Flycatchers, Singing Bush Lark, Somali Fiscal, Southern Grey Shrike, Swallow-tailed Kite, Woodchat Shrike.

The park also boasts a variety of mammals: Beisa Oryx, the Anubis Baboon, Colobus Monkey, Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Egyptian Mongoose,Warthog, Soemmering's Gazelle, Lesser Kudu, Salt's Dik-dik, etc.

Accommodation: Awash Falls Lodge, Awash National park

Meal plan: Full board

Day 7
Day 7 - Awash – Lake Ziway

On Day 7, we will drive 235 km (145 miles) from Awash National Park to Ziway for Birding in the Great Rift Valley lakes. On the way, we will break our journey at Lake Koka to see birds such as Greater and Lesser Flamingoes, Great White Egret and many others.

The Ethiopian Rift Valley lakes are the northernmost of the African Rift Valley lakes, also known as the Great Rift Valley. The valley splits the Ethiopian highlands into northern and southern halves and the Ethiopian Rift Valley lakes occupy the floor of the rift valley between the two highlands. Most of the Ethiopian Rift Valley lakes do not have an outlet and most are alkaline.

We will continue birding around the lakes and wetland sites of the Great Rift Valley. We can look for Abyssinian Woodpecker, African fire Finch, African Pygmy Goose, Banded Barbet, Bare- Faced go-away bird, Bearded Woodpecker, Black Crowned Crane, Black winged love bird, Black-billed Wood Hoopoe, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Boran Cisticola, Buff-bellied Warbler, Clapperton's Francolin, Collared Pratincole, Double toothed barbet, Fulvous Whistling Duck, Gray Black Fiscal, Grey-headed Batis, Lesser and African Jacanas, Gull-billed Tern, Gree backed Eremomela ,Red-fronted Barbet, Heuglin's courser, Little weaver, Reichenow's seedeater, Mouse-colored Penduline Tit, Northern Black Flycatcher, Pygmy Batises , Rüppell's Weaver,Von der Decken's Hornbill, Western Marsh Harrier, White-cheeked Turaco, White-headed Vulture, White-rumped Babbler, White-winged Black Tit, woolly-necked stork,Yellow fronted parrot.

Accommodation: Haile Resort in Ziway. Meal plan: Full board

Day 8
Day 8 - Lake Langano -Bale Goba

In the morning we can take a walk around the Lake Langano shores. Then we have to leave, driving for 133 km (85miles) from Lake Langano to Bale Mountain National park via Shashemene. We then begin the steady climb through the Southeastern highlands before arriving at the park headquarters. Immediately we notice the birds and animals.

We will spot some of the endemics such as Blue-winged Goose, Spot-breasted Lapwing, Abyssinian Longclaw, Wattled Ibis, Black-headed Siskin, Rouget'sRail, Banded Barbet and other species.

Accommodation: Wabishebele Hotel, Goba Meal plan: Full board

Day 9
Day 9 - Bale Mountain National Park

This will be a day of great contrasts and amazing scenery and birding. We will depart early and ascend the Bale Mountain massif onto the Sanetti Plateau, at an altitude of 3,800m to 4,377m to search for birds that survive in the cold and at this altitude.

The Bale Mountains are home to a wide range of bird species. Rated by the African Bird Club as the number four birding spot in Africa, the Bale Mountains are home to over 300 species of birds six of which are endemic to Ethiopia and 11 to Ethiopia and neighbouring Eritrea.

We hope to see the endangered and endemic Prince Ruspoli's Turaco and other rare birds by walking along a dry river bed and carefully checking the large fig trees with fruit. This is an excellent place to start to see birds such as Chestnut-naped Francolin, Mountain Thrush, the secretive Abyssinia Ground-thrush, the vocal Abyssinian Catbird, Abyssinian Slaty Flycatcher, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Brown(Bale)Parisoma, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Ethiopian Cisticola, Lammergeier, Moorland Francolin, Red throated Pipit, Thekla Lark, Wattled Ibis and the endemic White-backed Black-Tit and many more.

If we are very fortunate, we will see a pair of the endangered Wattled Cranes in the moist grasslands.

Accommodation: Bale Mountains Lodge Meal plan: Full board

Day 10
Day 10 - Bale Mountains – Negele Borena

Today you will have a long drive ahead of us today, and an early start to our journey is required. Leaving the Harenna Forest, we will gradually lose altitude en route to Negele, a town in the Guji Zone of the Oromia Region. We will exit the forest zone and progressively arrive at a drier thorn savanna. This is a remote, southern sector of Ethiopia where very few birders ever visit.

Along the dusty drive, we can expect to start by adding a number of new species to our list. These might include, Northern Red-billed and Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbills, Lilac-breasted Roller, Orange-breasted bush shrike, Pringle's Puffback, Red-headed Weaver, Golden Breasted Starling, Violet-backed Starlings, White-crested helmet shrike and yellow-breasted Apalis.

Later, we will reach a dry wadi on the Genale River, one of Ethiopia's great endemic hotspots and home to Ethiopia's most sought-after endemic, Prince Ruspoli's Turaco. The bird is named after an Italian Prince, its hapless discoverer, who was killed by an elephant soon after collecting a specimen in the 1890s.

Later we will search for fig trees along the wadi to lead us to this very unusual and beautiful turaco.

We will arrive in Negele in the early evening and check into our basic hotel.

Accommodation: Marega Guest House Meal plan: Full board

Day 11
Day 11 - Birding the Negele Area and The Liben Plains

On Day 11, on the Negele Plains, our target will be the endemic Sidamo Lark and the Somali Short-toed Lark and possibly Heuglin's Bustard.

In the East of Negele lies unique open grassland, the Liben Plains, to which the little known Archer's Lark is found. This species belongs to the unusual genus Heteromirafra, that also includes South Africa's Rudd's Lark. It is considered one of the most endangered birds on Earth.

We will walk through these plains in search of this unique bird, which we hope to watch performing its parachute display flight.

We should also find Salvadori's Seedeater, African Bare-eyed Thrush, Foxy Lark, Northern Grosbeak Canary, Pale Prinia, Pectoral- patch Cysticola, Plain Backed pipit, Rattling Cisticolas, Reichenow's Seedeater, Shelley's Rufous Sparrow, Somali Courser, Spotted Palm Thrush, White-bellied Bustard and White-crowned Starling.

If we're very lucky, we may see coveys of Coqui Francolin or flush a migratory Corn Crake.

Accommodation: Marega Guest House Meal plan: Full board

Day 12
Day 12 - Negele Borena To Yabello

Today we will have a long drive that will take us near to the Kenya border near Yabello, home to two of Ethiopia's most sought-after endemic birds, both listed as globally threatened: the enigmatic Stresemann's Bush crow and glistening White-tailed Swallow.

This area of Acacia savanna is characterised by giant red termite mounds, some towering 5m above the plains. Both the Stresemann's Bush crow and glistening White-tailed Swallow seem to be associated in some way with these marvels of natural architecture.

This day should also be special as we are expecting to increase number of new birds in our list. White tailed Swallow, Stresemann's bush crow, Acacia Tit, African White Wing Dove, Banded Parisoma, Black-capped Social Weavers, Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird, Grey-capped social Weaver, Hunter's Sunbird, Juba Weaver, Magpie Starling, Purple Grenadier, Parrot Billed Sparrow, Scaly Chatterer and Shelley's Sparrow.

Accommodation: Yabello Motel Meal plan: Full board

Day 13
Day 13 - Yabello - Birding in Yabello Wildlife Sanctuary

Yabelo Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area and wildlife sanctuary in the Borena Zone of the Oromia Region southern Ethiopia. The sanctuary covers an area of 2,496 sq km and was originally created to protect Ethiopia's endemic Swayne's hartebeest.

Today we will have a full day birding in Sanctuary and look again for Stresemann's Bush Crow and White-tailed Swallow.

We will spend the whole day in the Wildlife Sanctuary and Reserve looking for the species that are found here; Stresemann'sBushcrow, White-tailed Swallow, D'Arnaud's Barbet, Eurasian Hobby, Red-NapedBushshrike, Short-tailed Lark, Somali Courser, Somali Fiscal, Speke's Weaver, Taita Fiscal, Steel blue Whydah, Straw-tailed whydah and purple Grenadier.

Accommodation: YabelloMotel Meal plan: Full board

Day 14
Day 14 - Yabello- Lake Awassa

We are nearing the end and starting the return. But it is not over yet. We will drive 245 km (150 miles) to Awassa. This is a long drive but we will make use of Ethiopian Adventures unique vehicles with their large side windows. If we spot birds then we can stop. En route, we might see Abyssinia Oriole, Banded barbet, Abyssinia Ground Hornbill, Abyssinian waxbill, Common Bulbul, Grassland Pipit, Silver Cheeked Hornbill, Double tooth barbets, Red-throated Wrynecks, Nubian Woodpecker, African Pygmy Goose, Spotted Creeper and White-backed Duck.

We will arrive late afternoon for a stay in Awassa.

Overnight: United Africa Hotel Group, Awassa Meal plan: Full board

Day 15
Day 15 - Lake Awassa- Lake Langano

Early in the morning, we will go to Lake Awassa western shore.

Awassa, also called Hawassa, is a city in the Great Rift Valley of central Ethiopia, It lies at the eastern edge of large Lake Awassa.

Lake Awassa watershed is located in the middle of the Ethiopian Rift Valley between the Abijata–Shalla basin to the north and that of Lakes Abaya and Chamo to the south. Significant numbers of water birds are found on the lake. It is particularly known for the Red-knobbed coot (Fulica cristata). Over 300 Marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) were counted in November 1997, the largest concentration of this species in Ethiopia.

Today we will spot various birds that include Pink-backed Pelican, Black-Headed Heron, Goliath Heron, Yellow-billed stork, Glossy Ibis, and Black Crake.

It is also an excellent place to find: Banded Snake Eagle, African Harrier Hawk, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Blue-headed Coucal, Senegal Thicknee, GiantKingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Pygmy Kingfisher, Woodland Kingfisher, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Little Bee-Eater, Red-Breasted Wryneck, Black-billedWood-hoopoe, Grey-backed Fiscal, Spotted Creeper, Variable Sunbird, Shining Sunbird, Lesser Swamp Warbler, Masked Weaver, Grosbeak Weaver, White-browed Sparrow-weaver, Pied Crow and the king of thelake – the Hippopotamus.

In the afternoon drive to Lake Langano on the way bridging en route at Wondo Genet and the surrounding green hills with their natural thermal natural springs. The birds that we will be looking for here include endemic birds such as the yellow fronted parrot, white checked Turaco, Red-shouldered and Emerald Cuckoo, lesser striped Swallow and Lesser Honey Guides, Mountain Wagtail, Blue Spotted Wood Dove,

African Hill Babbler, Grey Cuckoo Shrikes, etc.

We will then drive to Hara Langano Lodge for Stay over.

Overnight: Hara Langano Eco Lodge, Langano Meal plan: Full board

Day 16
Day 16 - Lake Langano- Addis Ababa - Fly back home

Today we will spend some time relaxing around the lodge area and exploring the wonders of the area.

This lovely lodge is a superb place to prepare for the journey home. We will visit some beautiful fig forest and associated woodland that teem with birds.

In the mid-day we will depart for the drive back to Addis Ababa and check in the hotel for day use, and in the evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner with live traditional dance.

Day Use Hotel : Saphhire 4*

Hotel, Addis Ababa Meal plan: Full board

Wildlife species expected to see:

Abyssinian woodpecker, African Stonechat, Banded Barbet, Black-headed Siskin, Black-wing Lapwing, Bluewing goose, Erlanger’s Lark, Red-breasted wheatear, Rouget’s Rail, Ruppell’s black chat, Morland Chat, Ortolan Bunting, Wattled Ibis, White-backed Black Tit, White-billed starling, White-Collared Pigeon, Abyssinian Oriole, Abyssinian CatBird, Hemprich’shornbill, Ruppell’s black chat, Montane White-eye, Yellow-Bellied Waxbill, Blue-winged Goose, Erckel’s francolin, Moorland chat, Ortoln Bunting, Cinnamon-Breasted Bunting, Yellow-bellied wax bill, Tacazze sunbird, White–Winged Cliff chat, Ethiopian Cisticola, vultures, Verreaux’s Eagle, Steppe Eagle, White-Cheeked Turaco, Hemprich’s Hornbill, White-billed Starling, Black-billed Barbet, Foxy Cisticola, Abyssinian black wheatear, Fox kestrel, Steppe eagle, White-Throated Seedeater, Speckle fronted Weaver, moorland francolin, Erckel’s francolin, Verreaux’s Eagle, Rufous-breasted Sparrow Hawk, Black Headed Siskin, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Abyssinian Roller, Abyssinian Scimitar bill , Arbian Bustard, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Black-Billed wood hoopoe, Black-Headed Lapwing, Blue-Naped Mousebird, Crested Francolin, Chestnut-Bellied Sandgrouse, Gillett’s Lark, Koribustard, Nile Valley Sunbird, Northern Carmin bee-eaters, Olive Bee-Eater, African orange bellied Parrot, Somali bulbul, buff -crested bustard, White-bellied Go-Away-bird, Yellow-Breasted, African Collared Dove, African Fire Finch, Boran, Ashy Cisticolas, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Somali Ostrich, Chestnut-headed Sparrow-Larks, Cut-throat Finch, Egyptian Vulture, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Mouse-colored Penduline Tit, Red billed Quelea, Northern Masked Weaver, Northern White –Crowned Shrike, Pale African Grey Flycatchers, Singing Bush Lark, Somali Fiscal, Southern Grey Shrike, Swallow-tailed Kite, Woodchat Shrike, Abyssinian Woodpecker, African fire Finch, African Pygmy Goose, Banded Barbet, Bare- Faced go-away bird, Bearded Woodpecker, Black Crowned Crane, Black winged love bird, Black-billed Wood Hoopoe, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Boran Cisticola, Buff-bellied Warbler, Clapperton’s Francolin, Collared Pratincole, Double toothed barbet, Fulvous Whistling Duck, Gray Black Fiscal, Grey-headed Batis, Lesser African Jacanas, Gull-billed Tern, Gree backed Eremomela ,Red-fronted Barbet, Heuglin’s courser, Little weaver, Reichenow’s seedeater, Mouse-colored Penduline Tit, Northern Black Flycatcher, Pygmy Batises , Rüppell’s Weaver,Von der Decken’s Hornbill, Western Marsh Harrier, White-cheeked Turaco, White-headed Vulture, White-rumped Babbler, White-winged Black Tit, woolly-necked stork,Yellow fronted parrot, Blue-winged Goose, Spot-breasted Lapwing, Abyssinian Longclaw, Wattled Ibis, Black-headed Siskin, Rouget’sRail, Banded Barbet, Chestnut-naped Francolin, Mountain Thrush, the secretive Abyssinia Ground-thrush, the vocal Abyssinian Catbird, Abyssinian Slaty Flycatcher, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Brown(Bale)Parisoma, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Ethiopian Cisticola, Lammergeier, Moorland Francolin, Red throated Pipit, Thekla Lark, Wattled Ibis, endemic White-backed Black-Tit, Northern Red-billed Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbills, Lilac-breasted Roller, Orange-breasted bush shrike, Pringle’s Puffback, Red-headed Weaver, Golden Breasted Starling, Violet-backed Starlings, White-crested helmet shrike, yellow-breasted Apalis, Salvadori’s Seedeater, African Bare-eyed Thrush, Foxy Lark, Northern Grosbeak Canary, Pale Prinia, Pectoral- patch Cysticola, Plain Backed pipit, Rattling Cisticolas, Reichenow’s Seedeater, Shelley’s Rufous Sparrow, Somali Courser, Spotted Palm Thrush, White-bellied Bustard White-crowned Starling, Corn Crake, Coqui Francolin, White tailed Swallow, Stresemann’s bush crow, Acacia Tit, African White Wing Dove, Banded Parisoma, Black-capped Social Weavers, Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird, Grey-capped social Weaver, Hunter’s Sunbird, Juba Weaver, Magpie Starling, Purple Grenadier, Parrot Billed Sparrow, Scaly Chatterer, Shelley’s Sparrow, Stresemann’sBushcrow, White-tailed Swallow, D’Arnaud’s Barbet, Eurasian Hobby, Red-NapedBushshrike, Short-tailed Lark, Somali Courser, Somali Fiscal, Speke’s Weaver, Taita Fiscal, Steel blue Whydah, Straw-tailed whydah, purple Grenadier, Abyssinia Oriole, Banded barbet, Abyssinia Ground Hornbill, Abyssinian waxbill, Common Bulbul, Grassland Pipit, Silver Cheeked Hornbill, Double tooth barbets, Red-throated Wrynecks, Nubian Woodpecker, African Pygmy Goose, Spotted Creeper, White-backed Duck, Pink-backed Pelican, Black-Headed Heron, Goliath Heron, Yellow-billed stork, Glossy Ibis, and Black Crake, Banded Snake Eagle, African Harrier Hawk, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Blue-headed Coucal, Senegal Thicknee, GiantKingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Pygmy Kingfisher, Woodland Kingfisher, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Little Bee-Eater, Red-Breasted Wryneck, Black-billedWood-hoopoe, Grey-backed Fiscal, Spotted Creeper, Variable Sunbird, Shining Sunbird, Lesser Swamp Warbler, Masked Weaver, Grosbeak Weaver, White-browed Sparrow-weaver, Pied Crow, the king of thelake – the Hippopotamus

What is included?

  • Full board Hotel accommodation from simple to good middle class hotel /lodge with bath room or shower / WC in sharing Twin room Basis.
  • All transfer in and transfer out services from Airport.
  • All ground transportation with New Brand Toyota Land cruiser 4WD Car 2019 model.
  • Experienced English speaking Bird tour Expert Guide
  • Field Guides checklist
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Experienced driver & driver allowance.
  • All fuel expenses and lubricants expense
  • Local guide’s fee and Scout fee where needed.
  • Village Visit fee
  • All entrance fees
  • 15 % Government VAT tax

What is not included?

  • Domestic & International Flight
  • Travel Insurance and Visa fee
  • Any alcoholic drinks
  • Any video camera fee
  • Optional safari extensions
  • Laundry service
  • Tips and any expense of Personal items like internet, fax, telephone
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”

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Why book with Ethiopia Bird Watching tour?

Ethiopia is a unique and spectacular birding destination with over 850 species recorded, and among them, 26 birds are endemic species, found only in Ethiopia. This 16 days Ethiopia Endemic Bird tour is designed by Ethiopian expert bird guides who know their country better than any tour operator. This is probably the most complete birding tour of Ethiopia currently available.

What sort of Vehicles do you supply ?

The most important aspect of this tour is the vehicles we used; Ethiopian Adventures have specially adapted Land Cruisers for bird watching with no bench seats. They have large lateral windows and raised rear seats so that clients see forward over the driver’s head so that they never miss a bird sighting.

What sort of accommodation do you supply?

The Hotel standard in Ethiopia has shown great progress in the last ten years. For this specific tour we used accommodations from simple to good middle-class, we will use better standard lodges and hotels for Debre Birhan, Ankober, Awash NP, Lake Ziway, lakes Langano and Awassa, for Bale mountain we use delightful and high standard Bale Mountain Lodge, located right in the forest on the south side of Bale Mts. However some accommodations ( DebreLibanos, Goba, Negele and Yabello) are still very simple, and you may experience some issues with power-outages and no hot water.

What are your group sizes?

The group size for this Bird tour will be 6 pax

Do you arrange airport pick up/drop off?

Yes, we arrange Airport port pick up and Drop off service. Our Guide will meet and greet you at the Airport on your arrival and see you off on your departure.

Do you charge a single Supplement?

Yes the single Supplement price for this 16 days Ethiopia Endemic Bird tour will be USD 380

Can you recommend any articles and/or books to read before this tour?

Birds of Ethiopia and Eritrea Book by John Atkins or Birds of the Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia and Socotra Book by John Fanshawe, Nigel Redman, and Terry Stevenson

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16 Days

Price & Availability

From
USD2,990 / per person
Based on twin/double room
Single Supplement USD 380
This tour is operated by: Ethiopian Adventures

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Tour Facts

  • Ethiopia
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Birds
  • 6 pax
  • 15 Days
  • October
  • +15 Years
  • Challenging
  • English
  • Addis Ababa Bole International Airport
  • Addis Ababa Bole International Airport