Ethiopian Mammals Tour in Three National Parks
This is an 8-day Mammals of Ethiopia Tour is a moderately-paced safari available on request where you can expect to see approximately 30 mammal and other wildlife species. This Ethiopia Mammals Safari focuses on the varied mammals found in the three national parks and two wildlife reserves located inside the Great Rift Valley lakes region and the South Eastern Highlands of Ethiopia. These areas are highly regarded for wildlife viewing and outstanding birdlife.
Awash National Park is situated in the Rift Valley and is home to a diverse range of plains wildlife. These including the Beisa Oryx, Desert Warthog, Summering Gazelle, Lesser Kudu, Hamadryads Baboon, Olive Baboon, Grivet's Monkey, Abyssinian Hare, Harar DikDik, Spotted Hyena, Ard Wolf, Bat-Eared Fox, Golden Jackal and African Wild Cat. These mammals of Ethiopia are a unique concentration of wildlife, many of which are not found in other parts of Africa.
There are tremendous bird watching opportunities, with over 400 species recorded here. Whilst this Ethiopian Mammals Tour focuses on Wildlife, the visitor will immediately be struck by the wide variety of birdlife too.
In the South-Eastern part of Awash National Park, you will get a chance to explore the Hallyadege Wildlife Reserve (also called Alledeghi Wildlife Reserve). This is a newly proposed national park that is home to more than 32 mammals and 140 bird species. It also offers some superb interaction with the local Afar tribe's people. The reserve supports a large group of Gerenuk, Salt's dik-dik, Lesser Kudu, Leopard, Lion, Spotted and Striped Hyenas, Warthogs, Black-backed Jackal and porcupines. The most significant and most isolated populations of Gravy's Zebra in Ethiopia are found inside the park.
On the way to Lake Awassa, you will have a chance to visit other prominent parks inside the Great Rift Valley lakes region of Ethiopia. These include Abijatta-Shalla Lakes National Park, established to conserve the wetland birds.
The drive from Lake Awassa to Bale Mountain National park and Senkele Game Reserve. The open acacia woodland of the reserve is quite scenic and some of the animals are easily spotted. In particular, especially Swayne's hartebeest is a mammal with much-reduced numbers. Other animals including Bohor, reedbucks, greater Kudus, Orbis antelopes, Spotted Hyenas, Serval and Civet cats, Caracals, Warthogs, Common Jackals as well as 91 species of birds.
A great part of this Mammals of Ethiopia Tour is the visit to Bale Mountains National Park. This Park is the ultimate destination for hikers, wildlife watchers, and culture and nature enthusiasts.
Bale Mountains National Park contains a spectacularly diverse landscape. The high altitude, afro-montane Sanetti Plateau rises to over 4,000m and includes the highest peak in the southern Ethiopia highlands. It is one of the best sites to spot the rare and endangered Ethiopian Wolf on the spectacular Sanetti Plateau which is best as the sun rises.
Our Special Vehicles for Wildlife:
Ethiopian Adventures are the only company in Ethiopia that has vehicles that are specially adapted for Birdwatching and wildlife viewing. The seating behind the driver’s seat is staggered so the clients look over the driver’s head. There is a special higher windscreen too for better forward vision thereby avoiding those frustrating situations when the guide sees the bird but the clients do not. The side windows slide open so that long lenses can quickly be focused before a bird or animal disappears.
Each seat is an individual armchair rather than a bench seat so that everybody sits close to a window. The two middle seats 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 but they have improved suspension for real off-road driving.
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Alternative Tour Name: Mammals of Ethiopia Tour