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13 Days Birding Tour in Ethiopia

13 Days

Embark on a captivating 13-day birdwatching adventure through Ethiopia’s diverse landscapes, from Awash National Park to Bale Mountains National Park with Magic Ethiopia Tours. Marvel at endemic species like the Ethiopian Red Wolf and Abyssinian Catbird. Explore Negele Borena and Yabello Borena for unique sightings. Conclude in Addis Ababa with a traditional farewell dinner. An unforgettable journey for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.

Itinerary

Arriving at the airport regardless of arrival time. For morning flight arrivals you may begin your tour after checking into your hotel. For afternoon or evening arrivals, you may begin your tour the following day.

In the morning drive to Awash National Park where you can see many species of birds like: Red-bellied Parrots, Bustards, Weavers, Hoopoe, Yellow-throated Serine, Red-fronted Barbet, Pygmy Batis, and the Lesser-striped Swallow. The park also boasts a variety of mammals: the Anubis Baboon, Colobus Monkey, Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Egyptian Mongoose, Warthog, Beisa Oryx, Soemmering’s Gazelle, Lesser Kudu, Salt’s Dikdik, etc. Overnight Lodge

Early in the morning Continue our birding tour in Awash National Park and proceed to the Alledeghi Plains about 70 km from Awash Park. This is a good area to spot different bustards, larks, sandgrouse, etc. Overnight Lodge

Today , we drive to Lake Langano with birding stops at Koka Dam, the Awash River, and Lake Ziway to see spot species such as; the African Pygmy Goose, Black-billed Woodhoopoe, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Northern Black Tit, Little Weaver, Yellow-billed storks, Collared Pratincole, Lesser Jacana, African Jacana, White Pelicans, Fish Eagles, and crowned and common cranes are seen here in impressive numbers. Overnight Lodge

In the morning , Continue birding around Lake Langano and Abiyata—Shalla National Park. There are Over 300 species can be seen around Lake Abiyata, such as: Yellow Wagtails, Ibis, Cormorant, Pelicans, Ducks, Egrets, Herons, Flamingos, Storks, Swallows, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Rollers, Wheatear, African Marsh Harrier, etc. Overnight Lodge

After breakfast drive from Langano to the Bale Mountains National Park, rated by the African Bird Club as the number 4 birding destination in Africa. Over 300 species of birds live here, six are endemic to Ethiopia. Arrive at the park headquarters in the afternoon in time for a leisurely afternoon hike, possibly spotting two endemic mammals that frequent the area:
Menelik's Bushbuck and the Mountain Nyala. Birds in this area include the Blue-Winged Goose, the Spot-Breasted Lapwing, the Abyssinian Long Claw, the Wattled Ibis, the Black-Headed Siskin, Rouget’s Rail, and numerous other species. Overnight Hotel

Begin on a magical bird tour Bale Mountains National Park and drive further into the interior Spot birds such as Chestnut-naped Francolin, Ground Thrush (of the distinctive, endemic species Simensis), the secretive Abyssinian Ground- thrush, the vocal Abyssinian Catbird, and the endemic White-backed Black-Tit. If we are very fortunate, we will see a pair of the endangered Wattled Crane in the moist grasslands or spot a Cape EagleLapwing, Thekla Lark, Red-breasted Wheatear, and Moorland chats. On the Senetti Plateau, (the largest continuous area of its altitude in Africa) look for the endemic and rare Ethiopian Red Wolf.
Overnight Hotel

In the morning we drive to Negelle en route with many birding stops, Look for the Turaco and outstanding Golden-breasted Starling. We will also seek the endemic Sidamo Lark and the Somali Short-toed Lark and possibly Heuglin’s Bustard on the Negele Plains. Overnight Hotel

Spends the morning seeking the Degodi Lark if not yet sighted. We'll also search for the White-winged Dove and Juba Weaver, two prized sightings in the area, plus Black-faced Sandgrouse, Chestnut-headed Sparrow-lark, and the Scaly Chatterer. Look for the Sidamo Lark, a quite secretive bird and like many Ethiopian endemics inhabits a very
small area. Overnight Hotel

Drive to Yabello. Search for the endemic White-tailed Swallow and Stretsemann’s Bush Crow. You should spot the Swallow threading its way through the termite chimneys and groups of Bushcrows in the thorn bushes. For the entire day explore the Yabello Wildlife Sanctuary and Reserve; species to look for include: Somali Ostrich, Secretary Bird, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Martial Eagle, Grasshopper Buzzard, African Pygmy Falcon, Vulturine Guineafowl, Kori Bustard, Donaldson-Smith’s Nightjar, Star-spotted Nightjar, Yellow-billed Hornbill, Lilac-breasted Roller, Rufous-crowned Roller, D’Arnaud’s Barbet, Red and Yellow Barbet, Short-tailed Lark, Northern Grey Tit, Shelley’s and White-crowned Starlings, Abyssinian Grosbeak Canary, Somali Sparrow,
Black-capped Social Weaver, Grey-headed Silverbill, Taita Fiscal, and Somali
Golden-breasted Bunting. Other possibilities include: Coqui Francolin, Somali Courser, African Bare-eyed Thrush, Little Spotted Woodpecker, Pringle’s Puffback, Little Tawny Pipit, Fawn-coloured Lark. Mammals that inhabit the park include: Burchell’s Zebra, Aardvark, Grant’s Gazelle, Thompson’s Gazelle, and Lesser-spotted Genet. Overnight Hotel

Continue birding in the Yabello area. See Degodi Lark, Bush crow ,white -tailed
swallow,corsar,Garganey pintail and others you might not have seen on the first day. Overnight Hotel

Drive to Hawassa. En route to spot numerous species: Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Roget's Rail, Marabou Stork, Black and White Egrets, African Pygmy Goose, Spur-winged Goose, Swallows, Ibis, African Fish Egret, Woodland Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, etc.
Overnight Hotel

On the way back to Addis Ababa stop at Lake Ziway, In Addis Ababa, enjoy a
Farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for late night departure or additional hotel night booked upon request.
Overnight Hotel Optional

Package Includes and Excludes

Package Includes

  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance fees
  • Local Guide Fees
  • Car rental service
  • Accommodation
  • Rope fees
  • Meals (3)
  • Miscellaneous Expenses

Package Excludes

  • Tip
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Visa
  • International flights
  • Souvenir Expenses

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13 Days Birding Tour in Ethiopia
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