Endemics Wildlife Tour in Ethiopia Focused on Mammals
This 10-day Ethiopia Endemic Mammals Tour is a moderately-paced safari available on request where you can expect to see around 30 mammals including seven endemic mammals. Ethiopia's mammals' safari offers unique opportunities to experience and understands how the endemic and rare mammals found in two national parks fit into the African ecosystem.
Ethiopia is one of the top 25 biodiversity-rich countries in the world. The Bale Mountains and Simien Mountains possess the lion's- share of the country's unique biodiversity. On the subject of lions, Ethiopia has a particular breed of lion called the 'black-maned lion' which is different in colouring from those found in the savannah of other African countries.
The Simien Mountain National Park is a stunning mountain range located in the Northern part of Ethiopia which UNESCO classified the SMNP as a "World Heritage Site" since 1978. It is an exotic setting with unique wildlife and breathtaking views on a landscape shaped by nature.
Then Simiens are angular highland ridges at altitudes above 3600 meters above sea level. They are covered with grasses, isolated trees, Erica forests and the bizarre Giant Lobelia. The high plateau falls abruptly into 1000- to 2000-m deep escarpments. It is home to several endemic faunas, including the Gelada monkeys, which live in large bands of up to 200 individuals. The visitor can get very close for some great photography. In addition, there is the Walia ibex and the very rare Ethiopian Wolf, a highly endangered species. The combination of altitudinal variation and isolation of the Simien Mountains National Park makes it an extraordinary region to visit.
The Bale Mountains National Park is the largest area of Afro-alpine habitat of the African continent. It also has a significant section of moist tropical forest, the second-largest in Ethiopia. The Bale Mountains cover an area higher than 3000m above sea level. The highest peak is Tullu Dimtuu, at an altitude of 4,377m is the second-highest mountain range in Ethiopia.
The Bale Mountains have one of the highest incidences of animal endemism of any terrestrial habitat on earth. The park itself holds 26 per cent of Ethiopia's endemic species. It is 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. The Bale Mountains National Park offers opportunities for unsurpassed mountain walking, horse trekking, and scenic driving. However, perhaps the primary attraction of the Bale Mountains is the simple escape it offers from the city life into peace, serenity and beauty.
While you drive from Lake Awassa to Bale Mountain National park, you will have a stop at Senkele Game Reserve, an open acacia woodland of the reserve is quite scenic and some of the animals are easily spotted especially the Swayne's hartebeests. There are other wild animals including Bohor, Reedbucks, Greater Kudus, Orbis Antelopes, Spotted Hyenas, Serval and Civet Cats, Caracals, Warthogs and Common Jackals.
Ethiopia Mammals Tour Highlights include:
- See the awe-inspiring landscapes of Simien Mountains National Parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Bale Mountains National Park
- Spot the rare and endangered Ethiopian Wolf, (the last Wolf of Africa) and Gelada Monkeys
- Experience the Great Rift Valley lakes and abundant birdlife of Ethiopia.
- Explore the beautiful Senekele Wildlife sanctuary
- Visit the ancient castles of Gondar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Ethiopian Adventures are the only company in Ethiopia that has vehicles that are specially adapted for travelling for birding and wildlife tour, learn more here.
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Alternative Tour Name: Endemic Mammals of Ethiopia Tour