Bird Watching


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Ethiopia has a total of more than 850 bird species no less than 30 endemics of which 20 are fairly easy to see and a few more near endemics.

Ethiopia is an ideal destination either for a short-range or long-range birding trip. With some 30 endemics, some of African species difficult to see elsewhere, and many birds quite approachable, and the almost complete absence of dangerous animals make it possible to bird on foot in most places.

This ancient country perched on the Horn of Africa, cut by the Great Rift Valley, and with extensive highland areas is a superb birding locale. The highland plateaus on either side of the Rift represent the continent`s largest area of Afro-alpine habitat and also contain some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa. This makes Ethiopia birds’ paradise unmatched by any country in the continent.

Bellow is sample itineraries for birding tour in Ethiopia. Most rewardingly a birding tour in Ethiopia can perfectly be combined with cultural and historical tours.
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Birding Watching Tour - 13 Days
Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa, Afternoon Geferssa reservoir. Here, we expect to see some of the endemic birds like the Wattled Ibis, Rouget's Rail, Black-headed Siskin, Abyssinian Long claw, the White collared pigeon and Blue-winged Goose. The African-black Duck, Ortolan Bunting, Red-breasted Wheater, the Three-banded Plover, African Marsh Harrier and African Fish Eagle are one of the species that we do see this afternoon. O/n

Day 2: Fly to Bahir Dar, in the afternoon birding around Lake Tana and the Bezawit Palace. Lake Tana area is one of the best birding sites of the northwestern, part of the country. The open bill stork, Saddle bill stork, Crowned Crane, Eastern Grey Plantain eater, Giant Kingfisher, Osprey, Great Black-headed Gull, Little and Yellow billed Egret, Black-winged Love-bird, Red-eyed Dove, Glossy Ibis, and different birds of prey would expected here. O/n Bahir Dar Hotel.

Day 3: Morning drive to the magnificent "Blue Nile Falls", The White throated Serine, Black-billed Wood Hoopoe, Red winged starling, Black-chaste Snake Eagle, Beautiful and Tacaze Sunbirds, Banded Barbet, Augur Buzzard, Tawny Eagle, Blue-eared Glossy starling, Ruppel's long-tailed starling, Wattle Ibis, Red-billed Oxpecker, White-backed Vulture, Rappel's Griffon Vulture, Carmine Bee-eater, Blue breasted Bee-eater and some others are one of the birds that we will see this morning. Then, drive back to Bahir Dar for Lunch. Afternoon programmed would be a boat trip on Lake Tana and visiting Ura kidane Mehirt Monastery. O/n Bahir Dar Hotel.

Day 4: Fly back to Addis Ababa. O/n A.A.

Day 5: Leave Addis Ababa early in the morning for Awash National Park. Before lunch there is a stoppage at Chalaklaka wetland in Debre-Zeit The white backed Duck, Knob-billed Duck, Tufted Duck, Little stint, African spoon bill, Yellow billed stork, common and crowned cranes, White-winged Black Tern, Dark chanting Goshawk, Lesser spotted Eagle, Lesser Masked Weaver, Red throated pipit and some others are expected to be seen. Then we will again have a short stop at Lake Hora for more birding. Lunch will be at Nazereth. After lunch proceeding to Awash national park, one of the best birding sites in Ethiopian Rift valley. O/n Awash Kereyou Lodge.

Day 6: Full day in Awash national park, the Arabian Bustard, Kori Bustard, White bellied Bustard, the Rosy-patched Shrike, Swallow-tailed Kite, Bristle crowned starling, Grey-headed and sulpher Breasted Bush shrike, Gabar Goshawk, Shikra, Crested Francoline, common and Harlequin Quail, Palm swife, Martial Eagle, different wood Doves, Yellow billed Horn bill, Singling bush Lark, Red-winged Bush Lark, Somali-Golden breasted Bunting, Grey-headed batis and some others are of the important birds that we are looking for today. O/n Awash.

Day 7: Driving to Wondo Genet, after lunch birding around lake Ziway. The black-Heron, Lesser jacana, Lesser Moorhen, African pygmy Goose, Black-headed Gull, Great-Black headed Gull, Verreaux's Eagle Owl, Red-breasted Wryneck, Bearded Woodpecker, Beautiful sunbird, Woodland Kingfisher, Klaas's Cuckoo, Common snipe, little Ringed plover, Darter, Glossy Ibis, and Goliath Heron are one of the species are expecting to see around the lake. Then proceed to Wondo Genet. O/n Wondo Genet.

Day 8: Full day in Wondo Genet, it is the site for some of the endemic birds like the Yellow-fronted parrot, Thick billed Raven, the Abyssinian Woodpecker and Banded Barbet Moreover, We expect to see the Red - showdered and Black Cuckoo shrikes, Grey Cuckoo shrike, Narina's Trogon, Double-thoothed Barbet, Scally Honey Guide, Crowned Eagle, Arye's Hawk Eagle, Banded Wattle eye, Sharps starling, Broad billed Roller, Lemon Dove and Half-collard Kingfisher. O/n Goba.

Day 9: Full day birding in the Sanattie Plateau where we expect to see the Abyssinian Catbird, Abyssinian Woodpecker and the beautiful spot-breasted plover. The Wattled Crane, Moorland Francoline, Chestnut napped Francoline, cinnaman Bracken Warbler, Brown Woodland Warbler, Reddy shull Duck, African Snipe, Yellow bellied Waxbill, Olive pigeon, Mountain Buzzard, the Golden Eagle, different birds of prey, Slender billed and Somali Chestnut winged Starlings, Malachit sunbird, Thekla lark and many other mountain birds would be seen.

Day 10: Drive back to the Rift valley - Awassa for the two nights staying, late afternoon birding around the hotel garden and along the lake Shore. O/n Awassa.

Day 11: Full day birding in and around Lake Awassa, the woodland near the lake is also so productive. The African pigmy kingfisher, Lesser moorhen, Grey Kestrel, Senegal Thicknee, Bruce's Green pigeon, Hadada Ibis, Grosbeak Weaver, Banded Snake Eagle, Giant Kingfisher, Lesser Swamp warbler, Black-headed Batis, Violet backed starling, the spotted Creeper, purple Gallenue, African Harrrier Hawk, African Thrush, Little Weaver and Irania are one of the birds has been recorded here. O/n Awassa.

Day 12:Driving to Addis Ababa, on the way birding at the Abijata-Shala Lakes National Park. This is one of the best birding sites in the lakes region. (See Day 6 on page 3 for more details.) O/n A.A.

Day 13: In the early start for Debre Libanose monastery, about 110 km north of Addis Ababa via Sululta plain. The Red-rumped Swallow, pectoral-patched cisticola and Black winged Lapwing are some of the birds that we are seeing along the road. Around the Monastery we will see the endemics like the Black-headed forest Oriole, White-billed starling, the Ruppell's chat and White-backed Black Tit. The Lammergier, Verreaux's Eagle, Egyptian and White-backed Vultures, Lanner Falcon, Little Rock Thrush and Plain-backed pipt are seen at the escarpment. Late afternoon drive back to Addis-Ababa. O/n

Day 14: Transfer to the airport for Departure.
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Birding Watching Tour - 19 Days
Day 1: A.A - Geferssa.
Day 2: Debre Libanos - Lemi
Day 3: Lemi - Jima Valley - Alem Ketema
Day 4: Alem Ketema - D/ Birhan
Day 5: Ankober - A.A
Day 6: Awash National Park
Day 7: Awash National Park
Day 8: Langano on the way visit lake Ziway
Day 9: Wondo Genet
Day 10: Wondo Genet
Day 11: Bale mountains National Park
Day 12:Sof Omer cave
Day 13: Bale - Sanattie Plateau
Day 14: Goba - Negelle
Day 15: Negelle
Day 16: Yabello
Day 17: Awassa
Day 18: Awassa
Day 19: Departure to home .
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Birding Watching Tour - 10 Days
Day 1: Day Arrive Addis Ababa, afternoon drive to Geferssa Reservoir. Here, we expect to see some of the endemic birds like the Wattle Ibis, Rouget's Rail, black-headed Sis- kin, Abyssinian Long claw, the white collared pigeon and Blue-winged Goose. The African-black Duck, Ortolan bunting, Red-breasted Wheatear, Three-banded plover; African Marsh Harrier and African Fish Eagle are one of the species that we do see this afternoon. O/n A.A.

Day 2: Early start for Debre-Libanose monastery about 110 km north of the capital via Sululta Plain. The Red-rumpled and Lesser-striped Smallows, Pectoral-patched Cisticola, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, common Buzzard and Black winged Lapwing are some of the birds that would be seen along the road. Around the monastery we expect to see some of the endemic birds like the Black-headed Forest Oriole, Banded Barbet, the White-billed Starling, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Rappel's chat, the White-backed Black Tit and Abyssinian slaty Flycatcher. The Lammergeyers, Egyptian Vulture, Lanner Falcon, Verreaux's Eagle and the White-checked Turaco are seen at the escarpment. Late afternoon drive back to Addis. O/n A.A.

Day 3: Leave Addis Ababa for Awash National Park. This morning we stop at Chalalklaka wetland near Debre-Zeit. The White-backed Duck, Tufted Duck, little stint, Ruff, African Spoon bill, Yellow billed stork, Common and crowned cranes, White-winged Black Tern and others are expect to be seen. Then we will have a short stop at lake Hora for more birding. Lunch will be at Nazerath. After lunch proceeding to Awash, one of the best birding sites in Ethiopian Rift valley. O/n Awash Kereyou Lodge.

Day 4: Full day birding in the Park, The Arabian Bustard, Kori Bustard, White bellied Bustard, Buff crested Bustard, the Rosy-patched Shrike, Swallow tailed Kite, Bristle Crowned Starling, different woodpeckers, Grey-headed and Sulpher breasted Bush Shrike, Gabar Goshawk, Shirk, Crested Francolin, Common Quail, Harlequin Quail, Palm Swift, Orange-bellied Parrot, Martial Eagle, different wood Doves, Yellow billed Hornbill, Crested Lark, Singing Bush Lark, Red wing Bush Lark, Somali Golden-breasted Bunting, Little Rock Thrush, Grey-headed Batis and Spotted Flycatcher are one of the important birds that we are planning to see for today. O/n Awash Kereyou Lodge.

Day 5: Drive to Langano, before lunch we will have short stops at Koka Dam (Awash River Bridge) for more aquatic and woodland birds. Then, we continue to Lake Ziway where we stop for lunch and an afternoon birding. Lake Ziway is one of the important areas of the Ethiopian Lakes. The Black Heron, Lesser Jacana, African Pygmy Goose, Pink backed and White Pelicans, Crowned Crane, Black-headed Gull, Great-black headed Gull, Verreaux's Eagle Owl, Green Shank, Wood Sandpiper, common and African Snipe, Red breasted Wryneck, Masked Weavers, Beautiful Sunbird and some others would be seen. O/n Langano Bekele Molla.

Day 6: Early birding around the Hotel garden and the cliff near the lake. Schalow's Wheatear, Red bill and Von de Deckins Horn bill, Diedderik Cuckoo, Slender-tailed Nightjar, woodland Kingfisher, striped Kingfisher, Little and Blue-breasted Bee-eater, the endemic Black winged Love bird, Red-headed Weaver, Fan tailed Raven, Hemp Rich's Hornbill, Brubru, Bearded Woodpecker, Bare faced Go away bird and Marico sunbird are one of the species we expect this morning. After breakfast we drive to the Abijata-Shalla lakes national park for more birding. The Saddle bill stork, Goliath Heron Golden Plover, Grassland pipit, lesser and Greater Flamingos, and hundreds of other water birds could be easily seen. In the late afternoon we drive to Wondo Genet for two nights staying. O/n Wondo Genet Wabe Shebelle Hotel.

Day 7: Full day birding in the forest of Wondo Genet, it is the site for some the endemic birds like the Yellow-fronted Parrot, Thick-billed Raven, the Abyssinian Wood pecker and Banded Barbet. In addition, We expect to see the Red -shouldered and Black Cuckoo shrikes, Grey Cuckoo shrike, Narin's Trogon, White-checked Turaco, Double Toothed Barbet, Scally and Lesser Honey guide, Crowned Eagle, Arye's Hawk Eagle, Silvery checked Horn bill, Hadada Ibis, Banded Wattle eye, Sharpes starling, Broad billed Roller, Black billed Barbet, Lemon Dove, Mountain Buzzard and Half-collared Kingfisher o/n Wondo Genet Wabe shebelle Hotel.

Day 8: Set off for Lake Awassa. The spotted creeper, African pygmy kingfisher, Bruce's Green pigeon, Viloet-backed Starling, Grey Kestrel, Giant Kingfisher, Klaasa's Cuckoo, Tree pipit, Allen's Gallenue, Lesser Moorhen, Painted Snipe, Lesser Swamp Warbler, Grey kingfisher, Banded snake Eagle, the African and common snipe, purple and Goliath Heron, Greater Honey Guide, Grosbeak weover, Red-breasted Wryneck, African Harrier Hawk and Greater spotted Eagle are one of the birds have been recorded in Awassa. O/n Awassa.

Day 9: Drive back to Addis Ababa. En route looking for the species that haven't been in the previous days of our trip, lunch at Ziway. O/n A.A.

Day 10: Transfer to the airport for Departure.
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