17 Days Ethiopia Bird Watching Tour

17 Days Ethiopia Bird Watching Tour


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17 Days

Tour Type





Surface, Car And Fly




We invite all bird enthusiasts on a 17-Day Bird Watching Ethiopia Tours. In this 17 day, you will a diverse range of bird species in some finest bird-watching destinations. This tour begins in Addis Ababa and traverses through the National Museum and Church of Holy Trinity. The journey continues to Debra Libanos, known for its monastery and birding opportunities.

As you drive through different regions, you’ll encounter various bird species, including many endemics to Ethiopia. The itinerary covers stunning landscapes, such as the escarpment at Ethio-German Lodge and the Bale Mountains National Park, home to the rare Ethiopian Wolf. Cultural highlights include visits to local towns and lakeside areas. The tour concludes with a farewell dinner in Addis Ababa. Throughout the trip, you’ll have the chance to observe a rich variety of birdlife and immerse yourself in Ethiopia’s natural and cultural wonders.

Tour Plan

Arrival in Addis Ababa you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Addis was founded in 1886 by Menelik II, and situated at an elevation of around 2438m which makes it third highest capital city in the world. Addis Ababa enjoys an excellent climate all year around, with an average temperature of 25°C. we will start our sightseeing at the National Museum which houses some of the country's historic treasures. The collection of fossils and bones of early hominids discovered in Ethiopia includes the 3.5-million-year-old remains of 'Lucy', the oldest hominid ever found. Proceed to visit the two major highlights of the city, the Ethnographic Museum and the church of the Holy Trinity, Ethiopia's main cathedral and home to the remains of the last emperor, Haile Selassie.Overnight Hotel.
In the morning when sunrise in the extensive drive to the north by 4WD first birding stop on the Sululta plains where a number of species including the endemic Erlanger’s Lark and Ethiopian siskin, Red-throated pipit could be seen. They will be headed up to Debra libanos Which is famous for its monastery. On the way around a large fig tree is particularly good yielding Banded Barbet, Black-winged lovebird and Ruppell’s black chat (all endemics), African paradise flycatcher (with long tail feather) , Red checked cordon- blue, Red-billed firefinch and yellow-bellied waxbill.In the late afternoon continue driving to the Ethio- Ethio-Germany Park Hotel. Here you can relax on the edge of the escarpment while enjoying the chance to see the spectacular views and the many Fan-tailed Ravens, Ruppells Hooded and Griffon Vultures and Lanner Falcon.Overnight Ethio – German Lodge.
On the way road heeding south via maka Turi(muketuri) and then east and north on to the escarpment above the hot and dry Jemma valley, here it’s the targeting bird on the escarpment is the rare Harwood’s Francolin, Erckel’s francoli’s, Fox kestrel, Abyssinian black, wheatear Woodchat shrike, Black-billed wood – hoopoe, variable sunbird, woolly- necked stork, Somali and greater blue eared starling, speckle- fronted weaver and Tawny eagle. Will have lunch in Debra birhan and drive to Ankober for endemic Ankober serin.Overnight Ankober lodge.
Early in the morning see able birds from the lodge to the downwards including Fan-tailed Raven, Tropical Boubou, Brown woodland warbler, Red rumped swallow, White checked Turaco, and so much more then drive down in to the beautiful rift valley below the Ankober escarpment, stopping to watch possible birds such as African grey-headed woodpecker, Hemprich’s hornbill, Eurasian golden oriole, endemic yellow-breasted seedeater, chestnut crowned sparrow- weaver, yellow-breasted barbet, little rock Trush, Go- away bird, the Abyssinian white eye then drive to back to Addis Ababa continue to drive to Adama east Ethiopia.Overnight Adama( Nazreth).
Breakfast and drive east along the main trucking route that takes traffic ultimately to Djibouti and Gulf of Eden. Stop nearby Fentale for targeting birds – somber rock chat, shining sunbird, Red-fronted warbler then walks down to the shoreline of Lake Beseka for many water birds such as marabou, yellow-bellied and saddle-bellied stork, pink–backed pelican, Red – bellied Oxpecker then continue to drive to Blen lodge – sitting in the arid afar country northeast of the Awash national park chance to spot around the lodge chestnut bellied sand grouse, African pygmy kingfisher.Overnight Blen lodge.

Walk from the lodge along the Awash river and see able birds such as Senegal thick knee, Red – fronted tinker bird, Grey headed Batis, Gaber goshawk, Slender – tailed night jars and Yellow necked spurfowl.

Overnight Blen lodge.

Drive to Awash national park chance to spot white bellied bustard , Buff- crested and kori Bustard, Northern white crowned shrike, Somali fiscal, Tawny Eagle, Abyssinian ground horn bill, Yellow – necked spurfowl and throat finch and wildlife along the filwuha spring and Ilala sala plains.

Overnight Awash falls Lodge – Awash national park.

Drive west back  to Adama and south towards the rift valley lakes en route we stop at lake koka. Here white faced Ducks and numerous other water birds are seen. In lake koka birds are relatively tame, probably because the people do not hunt pintail, northern shoveller, Lesser jacanda, Black tailed God wit and Green pigeon are seen. Overnight Wabeshebelle hotel where the rooms are surrounded by pleasant gardens.

We will wake up at 6 am and walk to the mountain behind the hotel to see some birds such as Red – shouldered cuckoo shrike, Doubled toothed Barbet, Hooded vultures, Spotted and African dusky fly catcher. After breakfast continues to the southeast of Addis Ababa to Dinsho (Park headquarters of the Bale mountains national park) chance to spot Rouget’s Rail, Abyssinian ground thrush, Abyssinian long eared Owl, white-backed black Tit and so much more.This area is also the best place for Ethiopian endemic mammals such as endemic Mountain Nyala, Menelik Bushbuck and Bohor Reedbuck. Continue to Bale Robe.Overnight Robe, Siko Mendo hotel.

Full day spend in the Bale Mountains National Park and a long its access route, driving initially through the Junipers forest then steep climb through patches of indigenous forest until we entered the park. The terrain of Sanetti plateau is the largest afro alpine area in Africa chance to spot raptors such as Tawny Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Verraux Eagle and Golden Eagle. Plus that chance to see Chestnut Naped Francolin, Spot-breasted Lapwing, Moorland chat, Augur Buzzard and Moorland Chat.

Up on the plateau also a chance to see rare and endangered Ethiopian Wolves. Continue driving to Harenna forest (tropical rain forest) chance to spot some birds species and endemic Bale Monkey. Late afternoon drive back to Goba.

Overnight – Goba Wabeshebelle hotel.

Very early start drive to east of Bale Goba through vast agricultural lands to the valley containing the remote Sof omer caves, one of the deepest caves in the world formed by the Web river cutting through the Limestone formations on the way to the Genale rivers east of Bale Mountains National Park. The caves are named after Sheikh Sofomer, a 12th century muslim leader who used them as a refuge for pilgrimage Muslim. This area is good for endemic birds such as Salvadori’s Seedeater, Lesser kestrel, Dwarf Ravens, Brown tailed Rock –chat, Rosy- patched Bush Shrike, Slate colored Boubou, African Citril etc. Yellow spotted Hyrax and Vervet monkey also seen in this area. On the return trip we will stop and walk along the road birding in the trees and shrubs.

Overnight – Goba Wabeshebelle Hotel.

We will be heading to south through Bale Mountains National Park at dawn, seeing expected birds Chestnut napped Francolin, Harwood Francolin and Rouget’s Rail en Enroute. As we descend from the sanetti plateau the vegetation becomes thicker and taller until the road bisected the Harenna forest. Bird species that can be seen include Silvery checked Hornbill, African dusky Flycatcher, Yellow billed Kite, African pygmy Kingfisher, Grey backed Cameroptera, Northern back Flycatcher, Black billed Barbet, Double – toothed Barbet, Yellow breasted Apalis, African paradise flycatcher, African Thrush and Prince Ruspoli’s Turaco.Overnight – Negelle hotel.

Drive from Negelle to Yabello birding nearby and on the way to Yabello chance to see Sidamo Lark, Somali Shor-toed Lark, African White winged Dove, Broad- billed Roller, Purple Roller, Grey Kestrel, Stremans Bush crow, White crowned Starling.

Overnight – Yabello.

Today we go birding nearby Yabello for full day chance to see endemic Stremanse’s Bushcrow, Grey headed silver bill, Red fronted Barbets, Go away bird, Variable Sunbird, Crimson- rumped Waxbill, Long billied Pipit and Eurasian Reed- Warbler.

Overnight – Yabello.

We will be heading to south Dilla to search of birds such as Pygmy Falcon, Jacobin Cuckoo, Nubian Woodpecker, Golden breasted Starling, Little Sparrow Hawk, Levant sparrow Hawk harassing a Tawny Eagle overhead, Tiny Cisticola, Stresemann’s Bush- Crow, Short tailed Lark.

Overnight – Dilla.

Our next destination will be lake side town of Awassa enroute we will see Double toothed Barbet, Black and White Mannikin in Awassa through the grounds to the Shoreline of the lake Awassa sightings for western Banded Snake Eagle, Batis ( Black headed) , Pygmy Goose, Ruff pied Kingfisher, Tern yellow wagtail, Red bellied Oxpecker, Silvery checked horn bill and Black – tailed God wit and another great sightings opportunity in Awassa is Colobus Monkey.

Overnight – Awassa.

Today enroute we will stop to Bird a long lake Ziway to see Marabou Stork, Black tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Wood sand piper African Fish Eagle and so much more.Our second stop will be in Debrazeith ( Bishoftu) Creater Lake which is 42km from Addis Ababa. Continue to back to Addis to enjoy farewell dinner at one of the traditional Ethiopian restaurants with live songs and dances of different ethnic groups, then transfer to the airport for departure back home.

Include And Exclude

Services Inclusions

  • Meet and greetings at the Airport and assistance for Hotel transfer.
  • Hotel Accommodations based on twine Room.
  • half board meal (breakfast and dinner with soft drinks)
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees where applicable according to the itinerary.
  • Domestic Flight
  • Professional Guide (English speaking).
  • elder payment 
  • Transfers and all ground transportations based on Best 4WD cars fuel and driver expense.as per the itinerary with all fuel expenses.
  • Additional activities for experiencing the real culture of Ethiopia: Coffee ceremony and Honey wine drinks in Addis Ababa.
  • All necessary Government taxes. 

Services Exclusions

  • International Flight
  • Porterage fees.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Video filming and photography fees.
  • Personal nature expenses, alcoholic drinks, laundry expenses, telephone calls, tips for the tour staffs etc…

Any other expenses except those listed on the inclusion parts.

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