General

This tour takes you across stunning landscapes as you explore the Great Rift Valley lakes, each teeming with its own microcosm of bird life. As part of this tour, you will have the opportunity to explore surrounding mountain forests, which support a wholly different selection of endemic birds. Ethiopia has the second highest number of endemic birds in Africa.

Program Duration:

  • 10 days

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Drive to Debre Libanos, where you will get to see several endemic birds and mamals as well as visit the Monastry and the Portugese bridge. Overnight stay at hotel in Addis Ababa
  • Drive to Ziway through Ethiopia’s mid rift system, en route you visit Koka, Cheleleka and Ziway lakes to see Crowned and Common Cranes, Fish Eagles, and many more species. Overnight stay at hotel
  • Drive to Abiata-Shala National Parks, enjoy the breeding and feeding ground of Flamingoes, Pelicans, Cormorants and other aquatic birds, and many more species. Overnight stay at hotel
  • Drive to Lake Awasa to see Saddle billed storks, Malachite and Giant King Fisher. Overnight stay at hotel
  • Drive to Wondo Genet, where you will be able to see the Black-Headed Forest Oriole, the white cheeked Touraco, the Senegal Coucal and many others, species. Overnight stay at hotel
  • Drive to Bale Mountains National Park: Stopping around Dinsho to see the endemic Wattle Ibis, Rougets Rail and many more species. Overnight camping
  • Drive to Sannate to see the endemic Blue Winged Goose and the Black headed Siskin and further into the Harena forest, where you will see the Black-Headed Oriole, the White Cheeked Touraco, and other bird species. Overnight camping
  • Drive to Awash National Park, which has a bird checklist of almost 500 species including the birds of Prey, the Tawny Battler and many more species. Overnight stay at hotel
  • On the way back to Addis Ababa, you will visit the Lakes of Debre Zeit, Horan and Babugaya. Overnight stay at hotel in Addis Ababa
  • “Best of Addis Ababa”, our best selling City Tour of Addis Ababa. You will visit the National Museum (where the 3.5 million-year-old bones of Lucy lie), Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa), Lunch at Taitu Hotel (the first hotel in Ethiopia) and enjoy a panoramic view of Addis from Entoto from Entoto Mountain
  • At the end of your city tour of Addis, you will have a farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Pick-up from Airport
  • Experienced English or chosen-language speaking birding guide
  • Scouts and cooking staff
  • Horses to carry your luggage and trekking equipment
  • Road transportation cars, drivers, fuel
  • Accommodation (Twin/Double Room sharing) including camping
  • Meal plans
  • Fees for entrances and local guides

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flights and visas
  • Activities not mentioned above
  • Photo and video fees
  • Other personal expenses

Tips

  • Bale is very cold, with sub-zero temperatures frequently registered on the Sanetti Plateau. Hikers should bring plenty of warm clothing and a windbreaker jacket.

Source: ETO

Available departures

This tour is available throughout the year, including public holidays.
Unfortunately, no places are available on this tour at the moment