15 Days Bird Watching Tour

TYPOLOGIES

Wildlife

DIFFICULTY

Low

MIN. AGE

10 Years

3597 $

Amazing Experience

Because of types of vegetation,climate and various landscape birds are everywhere in Ethiopia.Bale Mountain National Park offers some of the finest and endemic bird watching in Ethiopia.Most endemic birds are concentrated in this park.Some popular bird sites in Ethiopia include Sululta plain area,DebreLibanos,LakeZiway,Gefersa water reservoir, Ankober, Alidege Wildlife sanctuary ,NegeleBorena, lake Abijata and Chetu for pink Flamingo.

 

Tour Code: BWT221
Duration: 14 nights and 15 days
Transportation: Surface drive-by 4ᵡ4 Toyota Land Cruiser
Tour Type: Bird Watching

Hoya Tours Ethiopia guide well came to Bole International Airport and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time you will have a full day or half day city tour of Addis Ababa. The city was founded by Emperor Menelik 2 in 1886.Addis Ababa in Amharic means "New Flower''. The capital city is home for Africa's Diplomatic capital with the presence of the Head Quarters of the African Union and many embassies.
After breakfast or rest we drive up to the Entoto Mountain(3300m) high for a panoramic view of Addis, visit Entoto Museum with historical and Royal Exhibit, and the church of St.Mary. Drive back to Addis Ababa and visit the Ethnographic Museum,National Museum,Holy Trinity Cathedral and Merkato Market(One of the biggest Open Air Markets in Africa).

Accommodation: Azzeman Hotel
Accommodation upgrades options: Best Western Plus Pearl Addis
Meals: None

After an early breakfast, drive to Debre Libanos through Sululta plains. Sululta plain is a wetland during the Ethiopian rain season. While you are driving on the road you will view birds including Dusky Turtle doves, the endemic White-collared Pigeon, Tacazze sunbirds, Baglafecht weavers, and Streaky seed eaters. The resident birds we may find in Sululta plain include: the Secretary bird, White-backed vulture, African hobby, Erckel's francolin, Red-chested swallow, Cape crow, Pectoral-Patch cisticola, and African Quail Finch. In the Blue Nile drainage system in Debre Libanos we will concentrate our search for Rappel’s vulture, Verreaux's eagle, the African bawk-eagle, Augur buzzard (dark-morph birds are commonly seen here), Lanner falcon Rüppell's Robin chat, the White-winged Cliff-chat, Lammergeyer(bearded vulture ) and the White-billed starling .The Mocking cliff-chat, the Yellow-rumped serin, and the Cinnamon-breasted bunting are also available here.

Accommodation: Germen Lodge
Accommodation upgrades options: C-Lale Resort hotel in Fiche
Meals: Breakfast

Early in the morning we will explore the highly localized endemic Harwood’s Francolin along the cliffs of Jemma River Valley. This morning, enroute to Ziwai, on the Sululta plains we will look for Ethiopia's endemic species: the Abyssinian longclaw, Erlanger’s lark, Ethiopian siskin, Wattled ibis, Blue-winged goose, and Spot-breasted Plover. We then head to Ziwai, stopping to look for birds on the way.

Accommodation: Babo Gaya View Point Lodge
Accommodation upgrades option: Kuriftu Resort
Meals: Breakfast

In DebreZeit we spot Birds at and around your lodge on lake Babogaya including African hoopoe, African firefinch, African fish Eagle, African scops owl, Baglafecht weaver, Banded barbet, Beautiful Sunbird, Black winged lovebird and others. Today enroute you will visit birds in Koka Dam and Lake Ziway.
Lake Ziway is the largest lake in the Ethiopian Central Rift Valley and is home to a large bird population including the Sacred ibis, Great Pelicans, African marabou, different kinds of Ducks, Hammerkop Etc.The show of the birds is spectacular. In Ziway after lunch,we will explore birds on and around the lake. On the lake we will look for flocks of approachable Black-winged lovebirds, Blue-breasted bee-eaters, White-faced whistling ducks, Hottentot teals, Great white pelicans, Black herons, Black-billed barbet, Rufous-necked wryneck, African yellow warbler, Rüppell’s robin chat, Black-headed batis, Beautiful bunbirds, and Rüppell’s weaver.And then drive to Langano.

Accommodation:Sabana Beach Resort
Accommodation upgrades option: None
Meals: Breakfast

Today in Langaon and Abijatta-Shalla National park we explore different bird species in their ecological grounds for Sulfur-breasted Bush shrike, Northern puff back, Black shrike, Yellow-shouldered shrike, Common redstart, Slender-tailed nightjar, Senegal thick knees, Abyssinian ground thrush, Ostrich. In the afternoon drive to Hawassa.

Accommodation: Haile Resort
Accommodation upgrades option: None
Meals: Breakfast

Early in the morning explore birds on and around Hawassa Lake. The lake provides important habitat that supports a large number of bird species including the two endemic species- Banded Barbet and Thick Billed Raven as well as other species-wlack winged lovebird, Ethiopian oriole, Marabou stork, Egyptian goose, White winged black tern. Drive to Yabelo and view interesting birds found here including Ostrich, Short-tailed larck, and Pringle’s puff-back, Northern grey tit, Abyssinian grosbeak canary, Vulturine guinea fowl, Somali sparrow, Black-capped social weaver, Donaldson-smith nightjar, Star-spotted nightjar, Grey-headed social weaver and Magpie starling.

Accommodation:Yabello Hotel
Accommodation upgrades option: None
Meals: Breakfast

Today we have a full day birding in the Yabelo area, getting better known with the Stresemann’s bush crow and White-tailed swallow. Today birds that we will expect to see include Gabar goshawk, the Shrike-sized pygmy falcon, Yellow-necked spurfowl, attractive flocks of Vulturine guinea fowl, Black-faced sandgrouse, Mottled swift, Tree pipit, the localized African bare-eyed thrush, Spotted palm thrush, African grey flycatcher, Pale prinia, Yellow-bellied eremomela, Banded parisoma, Hunter’s and shining sunbirds, Superb and wattled starlings, Chestnut sparrow, Yellow-spotted petronia, Grey-capped social Weaver, Chestnut weaver, Green-winged pytilia, White-bellied canary and White-winged widowbird.

Accommodation:Yabello Hotel
Accommodation upgrades option: None
Meals: Breakfast

Early in the morning we will drive to Negele Borena and Liben plains.Our target bird today is the rare endemic and habitat restricted Liben lark (Sidamo lark), after this we expect to see birds Like White crowned starling, Ethiopian swallow, Teminics courser, Black wing plovers, Somali short toed lark, Tawny eagle, Kori bustard, Secretary bird, Red headed weaver, Sulfur Breasted shrike and many other birds.

Accommodation: Turaco Hotel
Accommodation upgrades option: None
Meals: Breakfast

Early in the morning we will drive to Bale Mountain National park through a dry valley on the Genale River, home to Ethiopia’s most sought-after endemic, Prince Ruspolli’s Turaco. The bird is named after an Italian Prince, its hapless discoverer, who was killed by an elephant soon after collecting the type specimen of the Turaco in the 1890s. It took another 50 years before explorers saw the Turaco again, only in the 1970s was anything revealed about this bird. Then search for fruiting fig trees along the valley, and with the assistance of local farmers, you should enjoy excellent views of this very unusual and beautiful turaco. Then keep driving and ascending up, there will be change in altitude and vegetation distribution.

Accommodation: Tented Camp at Harenna forest
Accommodation upgrades option: None
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

After breakfast, I drove to Harenna forest. If we are very fortunate, we will see a pair of endangered Wattled cranes striding through the moist grassland, or spot a Cape Eagle-Owl sunning on a rocky perch. We will also search for the Black stork, Wattled ibis, Lammergeyer, Chestnut-naped francolin, Moorland francolin, Rouget's rail, Spot-breasted lapwing, Thekla lark, Red-throated Pipit, Red-breasted wheatear, and Moorland chat. This obviously attracts raptors, and we should see Steppe eagles, Golden eagles, and Pallid harriers. They share this abundant food source with the plateau's most celebrated resident, the Ethiopian Wolf, the world's rarest candid. Finally, we will reach the escarpment of this elevated plateau and walk down through the clouds at the vast Harenna Forest below. This is the largest forest block in Ethiopia and the largest protected Afro-Alpine forest on the continent. It still supports populations of Lion and the only surviving forest-dwelling African Wild Dogs. Here, we will search for the uncommon Mountain buzzard, Rameron pigeon, Lemon dove, Tambourine dove, African emerald cuckoo, Narina trogon, Brown Woodland-warbler (a subspecies endemic to this national park), Abyssinian crimson-wing, African( Abyssinian) citril, and Cape canary.

Accommodation: Tented camp at Harenna forest
Accommodation upgrades option: None
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Here for a full day we will search for the African Goshawk, Rufous-Chested Sparrow Hawk, African Hill Babbler, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Cinnamon Bracken-warbler, Montane White-Eye, and Yellow-bellied . Once we reach this unique plateau, we will be driving on Africa’s highest road, passing close to the summit of Ethiopia’s second-highest mountain. This habitat is termed 'Afro-Alpine moorland' and is characterized by Giant lobelia plant, which towers over the rich tussock grasslands. This site is an important bird area of immense significance, supporting seven globally threatened species and nearly all of Ethiopia’s highland species. If we are very fortunate, we will see a pair of endangered Wattled cranes striding through the moist grassland, or spot a Cape eagle-owl sunning on a rocky perch. We will also search for the Black stork, Wattled ibis, Lammergeyer, Chestnut-naped francolin, Moorland francolin, Rouget's rail, Spot-breasted lapwing, Thekla lark, Red-throated pipit, Red-breasted wheatear, and Moorland chat.
This obviously attracts raptors, and we should see Steppe eagles, Golden eagles, and Pallid harriers. They share this abundant food source with the plateau's most celebrated resident, the Ethiopian Wolf, the world's rarest candid.
Finally, we will reach the escarpment of this elevated plateau and walk down through the clouds at the vast Harenna Forest below. This is the largest forest block in Ethiopia and the largest protected Afro-Alpine forest on the continent. It still supports populations of Lion and the only surviving forest-dwelling African Wild Dogs. Here, we will search for the uncommon Mountain buzzard, Rameron pigeon, Lemon dove, Tambourine dove, African emerald cuckoo, Narina trogon, Brown woodland-warbler (a subspecies endemic to this national park), Abyssinian crimson-wing, African citril, and Cape canary. In the afternoon, we will return across the Senetti Plateau to Goba.

Accommodation:Goba WabiShebele Hotel
Accommodation upgrades option: None
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

This day in the morning we will continue to explore birds in Harenna forest and go to Sanetti.The Sanetti plateau in Ethiopia is one of the Africa’s greatest birding locations. After early lunch, we ride to the Sanetti Plateau to spotting Bold rouget’s rails, a group of Chestnut-naped francolins, Blue -winged goose,Spot-chested lapwing,Ethiopia Cisticolas,Abyssinian siskins,Moorland chats.Larger endemics like wattled ibis and thick-billed ravens are found here too.Drive to Goba.

Accommodation: Goba Wabe shebelle Hotel
Accommodation upgrades option: None
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

After early breakfast, we head towards the world-famous Bale Mountains National Park H.Q. At the park headquarters, we will search for Chestnut-naped francolin, Ground scraper thrush (endemic race simensis), Abyssinian ground-thrush, Abyssinian catbird, and the endemic White-wacked black-tit. We also hope to see a variety of mammals including Mountain Nyala, Menelik's Bushbuck and Warthog. And then proceed to Doho Lodge, Awash National park.

Accommodation: Doho Lodge
Accommodation upgrades option: None
Meals: Breakfast

Today will be spent exploring the superb Awash National Park. We will bird around the Allideghi Reserve and Doho Lodge with its hot springs, the Awash River, and Kirayawa Gorge, exploring riverine forests, wetlands, thorn woodlands, savanna grasslands, rocky hills, cliffs, and escarpments.
The park boasts a bird list of 460 species and we will make an effort to find, amongst many others, the Egyptian Vulture, Greater Spotted Eagle, Scissor-tailed Kite, Shikra, Buff-Crested, Hartlaub's and White-Bellied Bustards, Three-Banded Courser, Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Small Buttonquail, Eastern Grey Plantain-Eater, White-Browed Coucal, Plain Nightjar, Northern Carmine Bee-Eater, Greater Honeyguide, Wire-Tailed Swallow, Red-winged Lark, Singing Bush Lark, Blackstar, Red-backed Scrub-robin, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Green-backed Camaroptera, Grey-headed Batis, Pale Flycatcher, Slate-colored Boubou, White-rumped Shrike, Somali Fiscal, Nile Valley and Marico Sunbirds, Grey-headed and Sulphur-breasted Bush Shrikes, Fan-tailed Raven, Red-billed Quelea, and Red-rumped Waxbill.
Mammals we may see include the Aardwolf, Lion, Leopard, Beisa Oryx, Aardvark, Soemmering's Gazelle, Hamadryas Baboon, Abyssinian Hare, African Wild Cat, Black-jacked Jackal, Spotted Hyena, and Greater and Lesser Kudu. In the afternoon drive to Awash National park.

Accommodation: Awash Falls Lodge
Accommodation upgrades option: None
Meals: Breakfast

The common birds that you will spot in the park include: Ostrich, Wattled Ibis, Carmine Bee-Eater, Thick-Billed Raven, and Silver-cheeked Hornbills. Early in the morning you will be out for game drive in the park .Visit The Park with a spectacular natural warm swimming pool under desert palm trees ("Filwoha"-Hot springs), Awash River waterfall, lesser Kudu, DikDik, Beisa Oryx, waterbucks, warthogs are expected wildlife. Today after a game drive in the Awash National park you will drive to Addis Ababa.

Accommodation: None
Accommodation upgrades options:None
Meals: Breakfast

Optional City tour of Unity Park and Entoto Park

In the evening/afternoon, a farewell party with free cultural dinner and traditional music to experience Ethiopia’s cultural meals .After the farewell party transfer to Bole international airport for international departure. End of Tour

Notice: This itinerary can be amended up on request

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