Ethiopia is a
paradise for bird watchers, with more than 850 recorded species of which 29 are endemic.
The itinerary below will guarantee a lot of endemic
sightings, and of course wonderful scenery. But one can go birdwatching anywhere in Ethiopia:
on the Historic Route (Lake Tana provides excellent birding), or in Nech Sar, Mago and Omo
Travel Ethiopia will provide a trained
ornithologist to accompany visitors on these tours, and can arrange short birding extensions
around Addis Ababa.
Activities on Day 1 will depend on the time of
arrival. Afternoon birding programs around Addis Ababa can be easily arranged.
(NB: for reasons of space we cannot list bird
species for each location, but an indicative list is supplied with detailed itinerary.)
Tour TE-08 10 days
We take the road north,
crossing the Sululta plain, stopping at the Jemma River gorge before proceeding to
Debre Libanos, an important monastic and religious center for more 700 years.
Many endemic birds can be seen here
and also an endemic mammal: the Gelada (bleeding heart) baboon. Return to Addis Ababa for
We drive south down the Rift Valley,
stopping off at Koka Dam, Awash river and Lake Seaway, overnight in Awassa next to the
A short drive to the forests and
hot springs of Wondo Genet for an overnight.
Drive west to Bale Mountains
National park where 16 endemic species have been recorded, including Simien Wolf , and
Mountain Nyala. O/n Goba.
Full day on the Harenna escarpment
and in the Harenna Forest. O/n Goba.
Return to lakes region for an
overnight at Lake Langano.
Visit Shalla and Abiata National
Park and continue to Awash National park where more than 350 bird species have been
recorded. O/n Awash park.
Full day birding and game viewing in
Morning birding & game viewing.
Visit Filwoha hot springs. Return to Addis Ababa for farewell dinner.