Day 1: Lake Langano.
Drive to Lake Langano. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Bishangari Lodge.
Day 2 - 4: Bale Mountains National Park.
This morning we have an early start to the 2,400 sq km Bale Mountains National Park, the largest area of Afro-alphine habitat in the whole of Africa. Although no doubt long and tiring, the drive to the Bale Mountains is both scenic and ornithologically exciting. Climbing through forests, fields, little villages and banana groves, we reach open grassy uplands where Blue-winged Geese, Rouget's Rails and Abyssinian Longclaws introduce us to the long list of Ethiopian endemics to be found in the area. Approaching the park the scenery becomes increasingly spectacular. Magnificient forests cling to the sides of deep valleys and high peaks, rocky outcrops, pinnacles and ridges pierce horizons, and moorlands, grasslands and peaty pools sit in plains and hollows. Entering the park we should start to watch out for mammals such as the endemic Mountain Nyala (a magnificient antelope unique to these hills), Common Duiker, Bohor Reedbuck and Menelik's Bushbuck whilst Warthog may be seen as forest margins. We will then drive on through the Park to Goba, a small town amongst agricultural lands on the Park's edge. Here we will check in to the Goba Wabe Shebelle Hotel, our base for the next three nights.
Days 5 & 6: Sodere.
Drive to Sodere to search the Hamadryas Baboon, Sommering Gazelle and Wild Ass along banks of the Awash River. Good birding with some 9 endemics to be seen in the grounds. Lunch, dinner and overnights at Sodere Wabe Shabelle Hotel.
After breakfast we leave Sodere and drive back to Addis Ababa. Overnight at Sheraton Hotel.