Classic Ethiopia Tours

Bird Watching

Tour Code No:- CET-500

10 Nights/11 Days Bird Watching in the Ethiopian Highlands & Rift Valley Lakes

Day 01:- Arrive Addis Ababa. In the afternoon, we are birding around Geferssa Reservoir.

Overnight stay in Addis Ababa.


Day 02:-A day tour to Debra Libanose Monastery via Sululta plains which holds large number of wintering paratactic passerines and a variety of Afro tropical species including the endemic Black headed(Abyssinian) sis kin, White billed starling, Rupell’s Black chat, Lanner Falcon, Verreaux’s and Tawny eagle, Egyptian and White backed vultures, Lammergeyer, Erick’s francolin, Rufus breasted sparrow hawk, Little and common rock Thrush, Red collared window bird, Abyssinian wood pecker, White Backed black Tit, White Winged cliff chat and Brown wood land warbler are amongst the species we may see. Beside, the beautiful endemic Gelada Baboon could be easily seen at the edge of Debra Libanose gorge .we drive back to Addis Ababa in late after noon. Overnight stay in Addis Ababa.

Day 03 :-Leave Addis Ababa in the morning for Awash NP. This morning we stop at Cheleklaka wetland near Debra Zeit where we see a great numbers of Ducks, waders and few arboreal species including Tufted Duck, White backed Duck, Red bullied Teal, Wood sand piper, Marsh Harrier, Lesser spotted and steppes Eagles, Laughing and Red eyed Doves, Chestnut backed sparrow Larks, Red throated pipit, common and crowned cranes, Isabeline wheatear, Knob billed Duck, Ferruginous Duck, Masked Weavers, Avocet, Red tailed Shrike, Glossy Ibis and Others. We reach Nazareth at midday for lunch. After lunch, we proceed to the superb low land of Awash. The Roadside stop supplies a lot of birds including Brown snake Eagle, African pygmy Falcon, Black- chested Eagle, White bellied Bustard Acacia paradise Whydah, Abyssinian Roller, Black crowned Tchagra, Red and yellow Barbet, different weavers and Vultures. Overnight stay in Awash.

Day 04 :- Leaving Awash National Park we drive down to the lakes region. We shall have launch lake Ziway, where we are spending more time this after noon. Lake Ziway is one of the bird paradises in the Ethiopian rift valley. It accommodates a great number of aquatic birds. Lesser black backed and Great headed and gulls, lesser jacana, skimmer, red shank, black heron, African pygmy Goose , Temminck’s and little stints, common snipe, woodland king fisher and black tailed Godwit are some of the species can be seen here .Late after noon we drive down to Langano resort for an over night staying. En route we may have one short stop at the acacia Wood land of the cattle development ranch for few species like the Black billed and Black wood Hoopoes, Yellow vented Eremomela, Grey flycatcher, Oliveceous and buff bellied Warbles, Red faced Crombec, wood headed Buffalos weavers and ring necked dove. Overnight stay Langano Resort.

Day 05:-making an early start, we drive to the Bale mountains National park some 215 km from Wondo Genet with a packed lunch. We shall have few roadside stops as we are coming across with some high land bird species. We shall have a lunch stop at Washa River before we start ascending the Mountain range. Red capped Lark, Augur and Steppe Buzzards, Long legged Buzzard, White head Vulture, Gambaga Flycatcher, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, stone chat, Tawny and Steppe Eagles, African black Duck, Black- headed Sis kin, the beautiful Spot-breasted Plover, African snipe, Abyssinian Long claw, Chest nut napped Francolin, Slender billed and Red winged starlings are one of the species we encountering. Besides, as we enter the park boundary we shall see few mammals that restricted to the southeastern mountain Chains of Ethiopia. The elegant endemics of Mountain Nyala and Menelik's Bushbuck are the beauty of the Bale Mountains NP. We may reach at Dinsho, the park HQ, in a very late afternoon and then after we pay all the necessary fees we continuing to Goba where we are staying for two nights. Overnight stay in Goba .

Day 06:-Today we shall have a full day binding in the forests near Goba and on Sanattie plateau. Sanattie is the largest moorland tract in the whole Africa and it is the home to the rare Ethiopian Wolf and the Giant mole Rats. Abyssinian Woodpecker, Abyssinian catbird, White backed Black Tit, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Yellow crowned Canary, Somali chestnut winged starling, Olive Pigeon, Mountain Buzzard, African snipe, Thekla Lark, Malachite sunbird, Mottled and Alpine swifts, Moorland Franolin, Golden Eagle, Lanner Falcon, Watteled Crane, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Ruddy shelduck, Verreaux's' Eagle, Yellow bellied and common waxbills, Tropical Bouboo, Rufus breasted. Sparrow Hawk, Abyssinian Slaty Flycatcher, Black winged Lovebird, Bale Parisoma and Slender billed Starlings are amongst of interesting birds of the Bale Mountains National Park. The beautiful Ethiopian Wolf (endemic), Abyssinian Hare, Klipspringer, Giant Mole Rats and different species of grass rats are some of the mammals that we expect in this magnificent moorland region. We return to Goba this evening. Overnight stay in Goba

Day 07:- Drive back to the Rift Valley for a two nights stays in Wondo Genet. Overnight stay in Wondo Genet.

Day 08:-A full day Bird watching in Wondo Genet forests. The Yellow fronted Parrot, Abyssinian woodpecker, Double-toothed barbet, Yellow fronted thinker bird ,Half collared kingfisher, Narina’s Trogon, White checked Turaco, Red shouldered and emerald cuckoo, Yellow bellied waxbill, Scaly francolin, Abyssinian ground Thrush, Spectacled and Grosbeak weaves, Lemon and Tambourine Doves, Slivery checked Hornbill, Steppe buzzard, Crowned eagle, Ayer’s hawk Eagle, Fantailed and Thick billed Ravens, African Little sparrow hawk, Crested Eagle, African Harrier Hawk, Sharp’s starling, Broad billed Roller, Blue headed Coucal, Scaly and Lesser Honey Guides, Mountain wagtail, Blue spotted Wood Dove, Abyssinia Hill Babbler, Red winged Starling, Hadada Ibis, Olive pigeon, and Grey cuckoo Shrikes are Some of an excellent birds we are expecting to see in this lush forest. Overnight stay in Wondo Genet.

Day 09:- Proceed to Lake Awassa, the smallest and shallowest lake of the Ethiopian Rift System. Today we may not have any special stoppage unless we see special things in order to get enough time in Awassa this afternoon. The Huegljne's Robin Chat, Willow and Lesser swamp Warblers, Woodland and Grey Kingfisher, Spotted creeper, Painted snipe, Purple swamp Hen, Western banded Snake eagle, Giant Kingfisher, African Thrush, Senegal Thick knee, Green shank, Black headed Batis, Little and Spectacled weavers, Red shouldered Cuckoo shrike and Beautiful sunbirds are one of the most interesting birds inhabiting Lake Awassa and the surrounding woodlands. Overnight stay in Awassa.

Day 10:- Drive back to Addis with an en route bird watching in Abijata-Shalla Lake National Parks. This wood land provides a lot of birds like the Black checked and common Waxbills, Abyssinian black Wheatear, Dederic and Klaas’s Cuckoos Doran and Rattling cist colas, red billed and Von de Deck en’s hornbills, Banded Barbet, Spotted Eagle Owl, Red headed weaver, African pygmy kingfisher, Nubian and Bearded woodpeckers and some other species. Abijata Lake, the feeding site for thousands of flamingos and a great numbers of aquatic birds is home to different aquatic birds like the Southern Pochard, Common, Red billed Teal, Tufted duck, Purple and Goliath Herons, and different species of Plovers, and Saddle bill and Yellow billed Storks. Overnight stay in Addis Ababa .

Day 11:- Fly back home.