8 Days Ethiopian Birding Tour (SET42)

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Ethiopia a paradise for Ornithology, there are about 835 species of birds known to occur in Ethiopia, 23 are found exclusively within the country's boundaries. Most of these 23 endemic birds are widely distributed, chiefly on the western and southern highland plateau. Many of the semi endemic birds of Ethiopia- like Thick-Billed Raven, Wattled Ibis, Black Winged Love bird and White Collared Pigeon- are notably common over extensive areas of the plateau, and, because they are big readily identified and not especially shy, they are consequently easy to see and observe. Even in the highland forests which support comparatively few endemic species of birds, the endemics are nevertheless obvious and common. The song of one- the Abyssinian cat bird - is considered to be one of the most beautiful of any bird in Africa, Three Ethiopian Endemics are confined to the southern edge of Ethiopian plateau: they are the Streetman’s Bush-Crow, The white Tailed Swallow and Prince Ruspoli's Turaco. Another endemic Ethiopian bird, The Blue- Winged Goose, is a very isolated species: its closest relative is a Goose which occurs in South America. It is surprising that the biology of obvious and common endemic birds of Ethiopia remains inadequately known, For the Scientist, they provide a great number of interesting problems of investigation: for the tourist, they provide a very enjoyable opportunity of seeing something new and unique: for the bird watcher, they provide the experience of observing 23 birds found nowhere else in the world.

Common list of Bird species one can observe- Crowned and common cranes, Fish Eagle, king fisher, Jacanas, lapwings, Black Forest Oriole, the White Chicked Turacco and Senegal coucal, White Billed Starling, Ruppel’s black chat, Lanner Falcon, Common Rock Trush, Abyssinian Wood Pecker, Brown Snake Eagle, African Pygmy Falcon, Black Crested Eagle, White Billed Bustard, Abyssinian Roller, Red and Yellow Barbet, Tawny, Battler, the Abyssinian and Lilac breasted Roller, Kore bustard, carmine bee-eater, yellow breasted francolin, Yellow Billed and Ground Horn Bill, Ruppel’s Black Headed Weavers, Egyptian Vultures, Kori Bustard, Red Winged Bush Lark, Common and Red Billed Teals, Herons, different species of Proverbs, Saddle and Yellow Billed Storks, Yellow Fronted Parrot, Abyssinian Woodpecker, and Half Colored king fisher, Yellow Billed Wax bill, Scaly Francolin, Silver Checked Horn Bill, Red Winged Starling, Olive Trash, Red Capped Lark, Augur Buzzard, Abyssinian Flycatcher, Ground Horn Bill, Tawny Eagle, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Abyssinian Cat Bird, White Backed Black Tit, Olive Trush, Wattled Ibis, Rougt’s Rail, Wattled Ibis, Cranes, African Pied Rock, Gray King Fisher, Spotted Creeper, Purple Swamp Hen, Giant King Fisher and beautiful Sun birds, Bush Crow and African Golden Oriole, Gray Headed Social Wavers, Black Breasted Barbet, Golden Breasted Starling, Pale Flycatcher, African Black Headed Oriole, Martial Eagle.

Accommodations/ Hotels

Your choice of Up market/ Midrange/Budget with camping during trekking & adventure trip as per your preferred program

Meal plans

Your choice of meal- BB/HB/FB with all meals during trekking and adventure trip with professional cook at camping.

Transportation (Ground Drives & Domestic Flights)

Your choice of transportation based on the route you pick with Minivans/ Buses/ 4x4s & Domestic flights with walking/hiking, and pack animals during trekking and adventure trips

Entrance fee

All Entrance fee in the sightseeing’s, villages & National parks

Guiding services

Option 1- Professional licensed federal English or your preferred languages speaking guide throughout the trip with a local guides in each destination and scout in the case of attraction sight and national park

Option 2- English speaking driver guide throughout the trip with a local guides in each destination and scout in the case of attraction sight and national park

All activities & services based on your preferred program

Boat trips, pack animals, camel & horse ridding hyena man performance, camping equipments & other activities based on your preferred programs

Water

Daily bottled water

Government tax

Since our company is legal our price include government tax

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  • Tourist Insurance,
  • Video filming and photography fees,
  • Tips and items of personal nature like laundry, souvenirs, etc
  • All expense that are not mentioned in the included part

Tour Title

Ethiopian Birding Tour to the Rift Valley and Bale Mountains

Tour Type

Bird watching, endemic birds, nature, national park, wild life

Activity level

Easy –Moderate

Tour Code

SET 42

Tour Duration

8 Days & 7 Nights

Mode of Transportation

All Drive-/Minivans/Buses/ 4x4s

No of traveler

Private/Groups/ Joining

Type of accommodation

Option of -Up market/ Midrange/ Budget

Attraction Highlights

Ethiopia a paradise for Ornithology, there are about 835 species of birds known to occur in Ethiopia, 23 are found exclusively within the country's boundaries. Most of these 23 endemic birds are widely distributed, among the various species are aquatic birds, Crowned and common cranes, Fish Eagle, king fisher, Jacanas, lapwings, Black Forest Oriole, the White Chicked Turacco and Senegal coucal, Tawny, Battler, the Abyssinian and Lilac breasted Roller, Kore bustard, carmine bee-eater, yellow breasted francolin and much more.

Day 1- ADDIS aBABA – lanagano

Morning after breakfast meet with SET staff at your preferred location and time then start drive down to south, the through the Ethiopian mid-rift system, stop at Lakes Koka and Zway to watch: Crowned and common cranes, Fish Eagle, king fisher Jacanas, lapwings etc, overnight resort.

DAY 2- LANAGANO- AWASSA- ABIATA-SHALLA NATIONAL PARK

Drive to Abiata-Shalla National park, enjoy the breeding and feeding grounds of Flamingos, Pelicans, cormorants, storks and other aquatic birds, best place for aquatic birds continue driving to Awassa, overnight hotel.

DAY 3- AWASSA- EXCURSION TO WONDO GENET

Early Morning bird watching along the shores of lake Awassa, Saddle billed storks, Malachite and Giant King fisher’s, and more then drive back to Wondo Genet, where you Spot the Black Forest Oriole ,the White Chicked Turacco and Senegal coucal, overnight hotel.

Day 4- AWASSA- BALE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Morning after breakfast drive to Bale Mountain National park, Stop around Dinsho - head quarter to see the endemic Wattled Ibis, Rougets Rail and proceed to Goba, overnight hotel.

Day 5- full day birding at BALE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Drive to Sannate, on the highest all weather roads, on the unspoiled alpine lakes, to see the endemic Blue winged Goose and Black Headed Siskin and further in the Harena forest the Black Beaded Oriole and White Chicked Turacco late afternoon drive back to Goba, overnight hotel

Day 6- BALE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK - AWASH NATIONAL PARK

Drive to Awash National Park through Asela and Bekoje, on the way see some birds of prays and others, on the way picnic lunch overnight hotel

Day 7- full day birding at AWASH NATIONAL PARK

Morning after breakfast full day birding including the Tawny and Battler, the Abyssinian and Lilac breasted Roller, Kore bustard, carmine bee-eater, yellow breasted francolin, overnight hotel

Day 8- AWASH NATIONAL PARK- ADDIS ABABA

Mornings after breakfast drive back to Addis, en route stopping around Debre Zeit; creator lakes for birding continue driving, evening cultural dinner in traditional restaurant

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