17 Day Birding Tour


This birding tour comprehensively covers this unique country and every single endemic bird is targeted (Ethiopia has the second highest count of endemics on the continent). Up to five hundred species of birds and many rare mammals can be expected and the ease of the birding is quite remarkable. Ethiopia is also one of Africa’s most rewarding photographic destinations with spectacular montane scenery, traditional farming techniques and homesteads. In central Ethiopia we explore the massive Rift Valley lakes teeming with birds, moss-draped montane forests supporting a wide selection of endemics, the high Bale Mountains home to the critically endangered Ethiopian Wolf, the impressive Jemma Valley and Awash National Park, a Mecca for game and bird watching in Ethiopia (home to an incredible six species of bustard!). Key Ethiopian bird species we will seek include Spot-breasted Lapwing, Blue-winged Goose, Rouget’s Rail, Wattled Ibis, Ankober Serin, Yellow-fronted Parrot, White-backed Black Tit and Abyssinian Woodpecker. To find some of Ethiopia’s most sought after endemics such as the fabled Ruspoli’s Turaco and enigmatic Stresemann’s Bush Crow, we will venture to remote corners of this ancient land (close to the Somali frontier at Bogol Manyo and the Kenyan border at Yabello). In these significantly drier habitats of southern Ethiopia, we will be searching for birds unique to this region including White-tailed Swallow, Archer’s (Sidamo) Lark, White-winged Collared-Dove, Red-naped Bushshrike and Juba Weaver.



Accommodation, meals, all ground transport in well maintained vehicles, services of the leader/guide, reserve entrance fees and bottles of water. NOT INCLUDED International flights to and from Ethiopia, travel insurance, visa fees [approximately £25.00],alcoholic drinks, gratuities and any items of a purely personal nature.


PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH Visas on arrival are available for tourists at Addis Ababa Bole International airport, at a cost of approximately $US50 for 1 month (Euros, US dollars and Ethiopian birr are all accepted. Passports must have 6 months validity. It's advised you have ant-malaria medication with you.

  • Day 1 Arrival in Addis Ababa

  • Day 2 Addis Ababa to Lake Langano

  • Day 3 Lake Langano area

  • Day 4 Lake Langano to Goba

  • Day 5 Goba to Harenna Forest, via Bale Mountain National Park

  • Day 6 Bale Mountain Lodge to Negele Day 7 Negele area

  • Day 8 Negele to Yabello

  • Day 9 Yabello area

  • Day 10 Yabello to Lake Awassa

  • Day 11 Lake Awassa to Lake Ziway, via Lakes Shalla and Abijatta

  • Day 12 Lake Ziway to Nazreth

  • Day 13 Nazreth to Awash National Park

  • Day 14 Awash National Park

  • Day 15 Awash National Park to Aledeghi Wildlife Reserve

  • Day 16 Aledeghi Wildlife Reserve to Debre Bihran via Melka Gebdu & Gemasa Gedel

  • Day 17 Debre Birhan to Addis Ababa via the Jemma Valley

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