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Endemic Birds of Ethiopia 11 days/ 10 nights

Trip Overview

Title: Endemic Birds of Ethiopia 11 days/ 10 nights
Duration: 11 days
Code: SLET – 007
Transport: Drive

The extensive highlands are the largest mountain block in Africa, with about 30 bird specialties confined to this dramatic region. Ethiopia adds up to a truly bird-filled experience in an unusual country: it offers numerous endemics, a rich assemblage of montane and arid savanna species and an influx of European and Central Asian migrants. Unrivaled scenery, unique mammals and fascinating cultures enhance the feeling of outlandishness. On our tours we visit a wide range of habitats from mountain peaks and forests to desert plains.

Highland grasslands and moorlands hold unusual endemics such as Blue-winged Goose, Spot-breasted Lapwing andRouget’s Rail, whereas rocky areas are home to Rueppell’s Black Chat and White-billed Starling. In forest patches in the central highlands we will search for White-cheeked Turaco, Ethiopian Oriole, Abyssinian Catbird, Yellow-fronted Parrot, Black-winged Lovebird, Abyssinian Woodpecker and White-backed Tit. The Rift Valley’s arid savannas and numerous lakes teems with birds, including a good diversity of bustards. In the remote south of the country we may find three of Ethiopia’s most sought after endemics, fabled Prince Ruspoli’s Turaco, Stresemann’s Bush Crow and unusual White-tailed Swallow.

Our trip is designed to focus on these specials plus all the birds for which Ethiopia is revered as a birding destination. The birding is relatively easy and very diverse, the scenery forms probably Africaís most dramatic backdrops, and a number of special mammals will be looked for, such as Mountain Nyalaand the critically endangered Ethiopian Wolf. This makes our Ethiopia trip a top birding tour embedded in a great all-round nature experience.

 

Trip Details

Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa. Meet and greet at the airport then transfer to 3* hotel.

Day 2: Drive to Debre Libanos. En route, birding at Sululta plain and Debre Tsige area for many species of birds mainly the endemics. Continue driving to Debre Libanos which the best site for birding on this day. overnight hotel

Day 3: Early morning drive to Jemma Valley which is the only place for Hardwood Francoline. Then drive to Debre Birehan. Late after noon, excursion to Ankober (42 km) for endemic bird of Ankober Serin which can be identified between 30 – 32 kms from Debre Birehan. Overnight basic hotel

Day 4: Early morning drive to Melka Jebdu via Ankober. On the way, you will have a chance to see Ankober Serin if not seen on day 3. Melka Jebdu (65 km from Debre Birehan) is the place for endemic Yellow Throated Serin. Continue driving to Awash National Park. Overnight basic hotel

Day 5: Birding at Awash Park and the Awash area. Overnight same

Day 6: Early morning to Sodere for short time birding then continue driving to Langano. En route there are best birding stops at Koka Dame, Awash River and Lake Ziway. Overnight Bekele Molla hotel

Day 7: Early morning birding around the hotel and little further in Abiyata –Shalla National Parks. Then drive to Wondogenet for afternoon birding. Overnight Wabishebele Resort hotel at Wondogenet

Day 8: Drive to Bale Mountains. Afternoon, birding around Dinsho park then continue driving for overnight at Goba Wabishebele hotel.

Day 9:Excursion drive to Senete plateau and Harena forest for birding and visiting the endemic Ethiopian Wolf. Overnight same

Day 10:Drive to Lake Awassa via Shashemenie. Afternoon, birding along the shore of Lake Awassa. Overnight Wabishebele hotel

Day 11: Drive to Addis Ababa and excursion drive to Geferssa for birding. Evening farewell dinner party and then transfer to airport for departure.

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