Bird Watching

Duration : 8 days
Transportation : Surface
Destination : Ziway to Abiata-Shala National Parks Wondo Genet Sannate

Day 1:     Drive to Ziway through Ethiopia’s mid rift system, en route you visit Koka, Cheleleka and Ziway lakes to see Crowned and Common Cranes, Fish Eagles, and many more species.Overnight hotel.

Day 2:     Drive to Abiata-Shala National Parks, enjoy the breeding and feeding ground of Flamingoes, Pelicans, Cormorants and other aquatic birds, and many more species.Overnight hotel.

Day 3:     Drive to Lake Awasa to see Saddle billed storks, Malachite and Giant King Fisher. Overnight hotel.

Day 4: Drive to Wondo Genet, where you will be able to see the Black-Headed Forest Oriole, the white cheeked Touraco, the Senegal Coucal and many others, species. Overnight hotel.

Day 5: Drive to Bale Mountains National Park, stopping around Dinsho to see the endemic Wattle Ibis, Rougets Rail and many more species. Overnight camping.

Day 6:Drive to Sannate to see the endemic Blue Winged Goose and the Black headed Siskin and further into the Harena forest you will see the Black-Headed Oriole, the White Cheeked Touraco, and many more, species. Overnight camping.

Day 7:     Drive to Awash National Park to see the birds of Prey.The Tawny Battler and many more species. Overnight hotel.

Day 8:     Drive to Addis Ababa, en route you will visit the Lakes of Debre Zeit, Horan and Babugaya. Overnight hotel.

Duration : 20 days
Transportation : Surface
Destination : Gerfessa reservoir Debrelibanos DebreBirhanBirding Awash National Park senetti plateau and Harenna forest Yabelo,towardsNegelle

Day 1 Arrive Addis Ababa, settle into hotel.Afternoon  birding for first endemics at Gerfessa reservoir.

Day2  Drive out to Debrelibanos, birding around the escarpment and across the solute plains. Birds we hope to see include

 Black-headed Siskin, Thick-billed Raven, White-collared Pigeon and Wattled Ibis. However there will be many other species to look for such as Pallid Harrier, Augur Buzzard, Groundscraper Thrush and Red-breasted Wheatear. 
Our destination is an ideally situated lodge at the edge of a gorge, overlooking the Rift Valley. From this scenically dramatic location we should enjoy some fantastic birdwatching. Parties of Rüppell’s Griffon Vultures, Lammergeier, Verreaux’s Eagle and Lanner, patrol the cliffs and there will also be some fine endemic species amidst the rocky environment – Rüppell’s Black Chat, White-winged Cliff Chat, White-billed Starling, White-backed Black Tit and Abyssinian Woodpecker

Day 3 Drive to Lomiketema where we need to overnight here for early francolin searching. And continue to the Jema valley to see Abyssinian wheat ear speak fronted weaver fox kestrel foxy sisticola etc.  The hotel will be quite simple this day o/n local hotel.
Day 4 Return towards DebreBirhanBirding on the way. Drive on to DebreSina a town in a wonderful mountainous position. Several rare endemics in this area..We also should expect to see Gelada Baboons, Lion-headed Baboons an endemic of Ethiopia and also Lammergeier our largest bird of prey.If lucky we may see the White Billed Starling.One of Our target species for this day is the much localized AnkoberSerin, a rare and elusive Ethiopian endemic discovered only in 1976, which survives along a few kilometers of this grand escarpment, . Other species which we may find in the area include Verreaux’s Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, the seldom recorded Somali Starling and Long-billed Pipet.o/n Hotel  

Day 5 Drive towards  Ankober  Lodge. Birding around this area will produce some nice birds and a rare endemic. Nice birding around this area like yellow throated serin, yellow breasted barbet, half collared king fisher, etc returning to the same hotel.

Day 6  Drive via remote back road to to Awash National Park if road conditions allow.. Very good birding on the way .In and around the Awash park the main birds are Arabian Bustard, Secretary Bird,Ostrich,and of course we will see some mammals.
o/n Lodge in the park.

Day 7  Explore Awash National Park visiting the Awash Falls.o/n Billenlodge.This will give us nice early birding tomorrow and chance to see nightjars this night  if we are lucky. The lodge is near the water hole described by W.Thessiger in his book describing travels in Ethiopia . Here we should find  some nice mammals and birds. Secretary bird, Wild Ostrich and many Woodland Birds such as Sand Grouse and Yellow Naped Spur Fowl.

Day 8 Drive to Lake Langano birding en route at Koka dam and Ziwaylake.where we’ll hope to see White-backed Duck, Southern Pochard, African Pygmy-goose and White-faced Whistling Duck plus Great White Pelican and many egrets, herons and waders. Lesser Moorhen, Black Crake and Purple Swamp-hen are all possible. The surrounding woodland is full of birds and Red-throated Wryneck, Black-headed Batis and Black-billed Wood-hoopoe are among the species we may find. On roadside poles we should see Abyssinian & Lilac-breasted Rollers, Long-crested Eagle and Black-chested Snake Eagle. Overnight BekeleMolaHotel with good compound for nice birding, both in nice position beside the lake. Nice woodland birds such as.Sulphur Breasted Bush shrike, Von Der Deckenhornbills,Owls, and Rufus Breasted Wryneck .A lovely spot to relax in , so nice atmosphere with many flowers.

Day 9  Birding around the area, may be  Lakeshore of Abiata in National Park.At some seasons there are many flamingos and pelicans to spot. Drive towards Bishangari Lodge for more forest birds such as yellow fronted  parrot and NarinaTrogonOvernight Langano.. 

Day 10  Early morning drive to Bale National park. We will have some stops over the Arsi Plain and then at the wetlands at Dinsho to find the Abyssinian Long Claw.. There will be plenty of roadside birding available on the way and we’ll be looking in particular for our first Spot-breasted Lapwings. We should also see a number of mammal species such as Mountain Nyala, Bohor Reedbuck and Common Warthog and there might even be a chance of Ethiopian Wolf. 
The Bale National Park headquarters are at Dinsho where amongst the species we’ll hope to find are Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Abyssinian Catbird, White-backed Black Tit, Lemon Dove, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Brown Parisoma, Rouget’s Rail and perhaps African Wood Owl and Abyssinian Owl.
Overnight – GobawabaShebele

Day 11 Drive to the famous Sof Omar cave  for one particular bird , with opportunity for others as well.o/n Local Hotel

Day 12 Birding on the senetti plateau and Harenna forestA full day in the Bale Mountains, where we will drive up to the scenic Sanetti Plateau to look for Wattled Crane, Ruddy Shelduck, Moorland and Chestnut-naped Francolins, Red-billed Chough and more. Here, amidst a remarkable Afro-alpine moorland landscape dotted with small tarns we will also be looking out for the world’s most endangered canid, Ethiopian Wolf, and its favoured prey, the Giant Moor-rat.
Overnight – GobaWabaShebele

Day 13 Drive to Negele, birding en route across Senetti Plateau and through HarennaForest.We hope to see one of the rarest mammals in the world, The SimienFox.crested crane if lucky and some different francolins. The alpine area is very beautiful and very different before we drop down in to the forested road to Negelle Overnight Local Hotel Negele.

Day 14 Birding around Negele.Some rare endemics to be found in this area such as Prince Raspoli’sTuracoLiben Lark white crowned staling Hotel basic but clean. Overnight Local basic Hotel

Day 15 Drive across to Yabelo, stopping on the way.We will try to find the White Winged Dove,Juba’sWeaver,MagpieStarling,BatleurEagle,Black Chested Snake Eagle.o/n Mobil Hotel

Day 16 Explore area around Yabelo,towardsNegelle and in Nature Reserve for some important larks and shrikes and Stresemann’s Bush Crow. Overnight Mobil Hotel. 

Day 17 Drive north though nice birding area to Hawassa.

Good birding beside the lake and interesting walking in the area .o/n south star hotel

Day 18 Drive after visit to the fish market on the back road toWondo genet. This is old summer residence of the Royal Family and has lovely compound. Vervet monkeys, colobus and silver cheeked hornbills provide lots of enjoyment   many other birds to spot in forest walking. We hope to see Abyssinian Ground Thrush,try again for Yellow Fronted Parrot,Half-Collared Kingfisher. We will walk inside the forest to try to find Abyssinian Woodpecker,Narinna’s Trogon etc

Day 19 Drive towards Addis Ababa, stopping en-route for endemics such as Blue-winged Goose, Erlanger’s Lark, Abyssinian Longclaw and Rouget’s Rail. There should be time later or tomorrow for birding at Lake Cheleleka where a variety of ducks and waders can be expected and where hundreds (sometimes thousands) of Common Cranes and Marabou Storks gather to roost birding at

Day 20 Birding on Cheleleke marsh again and close by according to departure flight .it is only 45 k to the airport.