In recent years, Ethiopia has rightly become one of Africa's leading birding destinations. Its avifauna represents an interesting mixture of East and West African, Palearctic and some strikingly unusual endemic components. In addition to more than 800 species of birds, of which a staggering 29 are endemic to Ethiopia and its neighbor Eritrea, Ethiopia has a number of peculiar and unique mammal species as well as a scenic diversity and cultural uniqueness that is hard to equal.
The highlands, which dominate the country, are bisected by the Rift Valley and fall away to arid desert and bushveld in the north, south, and east, and to moister Guinea woodland in the west. Much of the highlands are under subsistence agriculture, but there are still considerable tracts of Afro-alpine shrub land and pockets of Afromontane forest.
For birders, the most popular access to really high altitude is the Bale Mountains National Park in the southern part of the eastern southeastern highlands. Here the highest all-weather road in Africa crosses the Sanetti plateau (4377m), allowing easy access to alpine moorlands, grasslands, and lakes.
342 birds observed in an 8 days trip, shows the high potential of this country for attracting more and more birdwatchers to Ethiopia.
18 Nights & 19 Days
This tour is designed to target as many endemics and near-endemics as possible with the added bonus of seeing Ethiopian Wolves, Gelada and other endemic mammals.
Addis Ababa - Babogaya Lake/Debre Zeit - Awash National Park - Aledeghi Wildlife Reserve - Debre Birhan - Debre Libanos via Jemma Valley - Ziway via Sululta Plains and Lake Koka - Abiata-Shalla National Park - Bale Mountain National Park - Negele - Yabelo - Mega - Awassa - Wondo Genet - Addis Ababa
Yellow-throated, Salvadori and Ankober Serin, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Black-bellied and Nile Valley Sunbird, Blue-winged Goose, Ruspoli's and White-cheeked Turaco, Black-winged Lovebird, Rouget's Rail, Spot-breasted Lapwing, Stresemann's Bush Crow, Yellow-fronted Parrot, Pygmy Batis, Erkel's and Harwood's Francolin, Donaldson-Smith's Nightjar, Somali Short-toed, Archer's and Gillett's Lark, Arabian and Hartlaub's Bustard, Golden-breasted, Magpie and White-billed Starling, Red-naped Bushshrike, Juba Weaver, Wattled Ibis, White-tailed Swallow, White-backed Black Tit, White-winged Collared Dove, Banded Barbet, Sombre Rock Chat, Red-billed Pytilia, Abyssinian Catbird, Abyssinian Long-eared Owl, Thick-billed Raven, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Abyssinian Slaty Flycatcher.
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