Ethiopian Birds 10 days Ethiopia Birding Safari Addis Ababa Debre Zeit Bird Watching Tour Shalla

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Ethiopia has a total of 861 bird species, of which 16 are endemic. Many of the National Parks provide areas less affected by human activities where a broader range of bird species can habitually be seen. According to their habitat, the most recommended sites for bird-watching are - the highland plateau, the lakes region, and the lowlands. Nearby sites include Debre Zeit, Entoto, Gefersa, and Menagesha forest. The best season for bird-watching is from the beginning of September up to February. Between November and February, migrant birds raise the bird population and widen species diversity as well.

Day 1: Addis Ababa-Debre Libanos-Addis Ababa

We take the road north, crossing the Sululta plain, stopping at the Jemma River gorge before proceeding to Debre Libanos, an important monastic and religious center for more than 700 years. Many endemic birds can be seen here and also an endemic mammal: the Gelada (bleeding heart) baboon. Return to Addis Ababa for an overnight stay.

Day 2: Rift Valley Area

We drive south down the Rift Valley, stopping off at Koka Dam, Awash river and Lake Seaway, overnight in Awassa next to the lake.

Day 3: Wondo Genet

Drive to Wondo Genet forest and hot springs. We have our overnight stay at Wondo Genet. Days 4-5: Bale Mountains National Park and Mountain Nyala After breakfast, drive in the western direction to Bale Mountains National park where 16 endemic species of birds have been recorded, including Simien Wolf , and Mountain Nyala. Of the total endemic birds, over 60 percent of the species are found in the Bale Mountains National Park. Totally 161 bird species are recorded in this park. We enjoy our nights stay at Goba.

Day 6: Harenna Area

After breakfast, drive to Harenna for a full day in the forest and on the Harenna escarpment. Return to Goba for an overnight stay.

Day 7: The Lakes Region

Drive back towards the lakes region there by enjoying the view of the water birds. Enjoy an overnight stay at Lake Langano.

Day 8: Shalla , Abiata and Awash National Parks

Enjoy bird life at Shalla and Abiata National Park before proceeding to Awash National park where more than 350 bird species have been recorded. At Awash Park is where we stay for an overnight.

Day 9: Full day Awash National Park

Enjoy the beauty of Awash National Park on this day with a rewarding full day birding and game viewing in the park. Overnight therein the Park.

Day 10: Awash National Park

Addis Ababa Enjoy early morning birding & game viewing. After, visit Filwoha hot springs before returning to Addis Ababa for farewell dinner and traditional dance. Enjoy your overnight stay at a hotel in Addis Ababa.
 

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Ethiopia has a total of 861 bird species, of which 16 are endemic. Many of the National Parks provide areas less affected by human activities where a broader range of bird species can habitually be seen. According to their habitat, the most recommended sites for bird-watching are - the highland plateau, the lakes region, and the lowlands. Nearby sites include Debre Zeit, Entoto, Gefersa, and Menagesha forest. The best season for bird-watching is from the beginning of September up to February. Between November and February, migrant birds raise the bird population and widen species diversity as well.

Day 1: Addis Ababa-Debre Libanos-Addis Ababa

We take the road north, crossing the Sululta plain, stopping at the Jemma River gorge before proceeding to Debre Libanos, an important monastic and religious center for more than 700 years. Many endemic birds can be seen here and also an endemic mammal: the Gelada (bleeding heart) baboon. Return to Addis Ababa for an overnight stay.

Day 2: Rift Valley Area

We drive south down the Rift Valley, stopping off at Koka Dam, Awash river and Lake Seaway, overnight in Awassa next to the lake.

Day 3: Wondo Genet

Drive to Wondo Genet forest and hot springs. We have our overnight stay at Wondo Genet. Days 4-5: Bale Mountains National Park and Mountain Nyala After breakfast, drive in the western direction to Bale Mountains National park where 16 endemic species of birds have been recorded, including Simien Wolf , and Mountain Nyala. Of the total endemic birds, over 60 percent of the species are found in the Bale Mountains National Park. Totally 161 bird species are recorded in this park. We enjoy our nights stay at Goba.

Day 6: Harenna Area

After breakfast, drive to Harenna for a full day in the forest and on the Harenna escarpment. Return to Goba for an overnight stay.

Day 7: The Lakes Region

Drive back towards the lakes region there by enjoying the view of the water birds. Enjoy an overnight stay at Lake Langano.

Day 8: Shalla , Abiata and Awash National Parks

Enjoy bird life at Shalla and Abiata National Park before proceeding to Awash National park where more than 350 bird species have been recorded. At Awash Park is where we stay for an overnight.

Day 9: Full day Awash National Park

Enjoy the beauty of Awash National Park on this day with a rewarding full day birding and game viewing in the park. Overnight therein the Park.

Day 10: Awash National Park

Addis Ababa Enjoy early morning birding & game viewing. After, visit Filwoha hot springs before returning to Addis Ababa for farewell dinner and traditional dance. Enjoy your overnight stay at a hotel in Addis Ababa.