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October 7, 2015

Ethiopian Bird watching tour – 16 days and 15 nights

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Day 01Arrival in Addis Ababa
Arrival and transfer to hotel in Addis Abba. O/n Ghion or Dream Liner Hotel

Day 02 Addis Ababa-Sululta-Debre-Libanos
after breakfast drive to the Sululta Plain. The usual bird species of the area include White-backed Black Tit, Wattled Ibis, Tawny Eagle, Ethiopian Siskin, Ethiopian Cisticola, White-collared Pigeon, Blue-winged Goose, Abyssinian Longclaw and the like. Then extend the drive to Jemmu Valley escarpment, a home to the endemic Banded Barbet, White-cheeked Turaco, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Ethiopian Black-headed Oriole, Lammergeyer, Egyptian Vulture. O/n Ethio-German Lodge (B& D)

Day 03 Debre-Libanos-Jemmu Valley-Ankober
Today we drive to Jemmu Valley to locate the rare Harwood’s Francolin and Abyssinian Black-wheatear. Then drive to Ankober, the former Place of Emperor Minilik before moving it to Addis Ababa via the town of Debre-Birhan. O/n Ankober Lodge. (B& D)

Day 04 Ankober-Addis Ababa-Debre-Zeit
drive towards Tarmaber breath-taking scenic view. Our main interest is to find the rarest endemic Ankober Serin feeding in the highland grass field. In the lower fields, we can expect Brown-rumped and Streaky Seed-eater. Then drive towards Bishoftu via Addis. The crater lakes of Debre-Zeit are ideal places to locate Cranes, Marabou storks and Cormorants. O/n Dreamland Hotel (B& D)

Day 05 Debre-Zeit to Awash

Drive to Awash via Nazareth towns. Awash is a habitat for a variety of bird species. On the way visit to Lake Basaka’s saline water which is good habitat for water birds such as Flamingoes, Pelicans, Storks, Herons, Plovers, Lapwings, Sandpipers and Stints. Up on arrival in the Awash National park, have an activity in the park. Also visit to the Awash River Waterfalls and acacia thickets for birds such as Grey Hornbill, Somali Fiscal, Kori Bustard, Yellow-necked Francolin, Woodland and Striped Kingfishers. Also visit the available mammals such as Vervet Monkey, Lesser Kudu, Oryx, Hammadryas Baboon and Olive Baboon. O/n Awash falls Lodge (B& D)

Day 06 Awash-Langano
after breakfast drive to the twin lakes of Abiyata-Shalla and Lake Langano. There is possibility of viewing birdlife such as Little Bee-eater, Masked Weaver, Spur-winged Plover, and Banded Barbet. Overnight Savana Lodge (B& D)

Day 07 Langano-Bale Goba

drive to Bale Mountains this road along the Bale mountain is widely inhabited by Abyssinian Catbird, Abyssinian Slaty-flycatcher, Rouget’s Rail & Thick-billed Raven. Have a stop at Dinsho, the head quarter of the Bale Park to spot wild animals including Mountain Nyala, Minilik’s Bushbuck, Warthog, Bohor Reedbuck and Bush Duiker. O/n Shebelle Hotel (B & D)

Day 08 Goba-Sanate-Goba
drive to the Senate plateau with its chain of tiny terrains. In this strange and fascinating afro-alpine climate we will find the rare Ethiopian Wolf, Starck’s Hare and Giant Mole-rat. Drive back to Goba. O/n Shebelle Hotel (B & D)

Day 09 Goba-Sof Omar-Goba
drive to Sof Omar Cave on the eastern edge of Bale Mountains maybe the world’s most spectacular cave crossed by the Weyb River into the limestone that line it. Time has carved out ornate and immense pillars, domes and chambers, and the river flows through the caves year-round. The site is also a famous religious shrine and pilgrimage for Muslims. The surrounding gorge is home to the endemic Salvadori’s Seedeater and Bristle-crowned Starling. O/n Shebelle Hotel (B & D)

Day 10 Goba-Negele Borena
take another chance of driving through the Sanate Plateau crossing further the Harena forest on the way to the Borena diverse ecosystem with time to spot different bird species such as Sidamo Lark, Ruspoli’s Turaco, Vulturine Guineafowl, African White-winged Dove and more. O/n Green Hotel (B & D)

Day 11 Negele Borena
have an excursion to Hara-kalo and Wadera dry river valleys to look for Prince Ruspoli’s Turaco. On the way much chances of spotting different birds of prey including Eastern Chanting Goshawk, Pygmy Falcon and more. O/n at Green Hotel (B & D)

Day 13 Yabello-Dubluk-Konso
visit the Yabello Forest Sanctuary for Northern Black Flycatcher, White-cheeked Turaco, Tawny Wagtail, Bare-faced Go-Away-Bird and more. Then drive to Konso. O/n Kenta Lodge (B & D)

Day 14- KonsoArba Minch

Drive back to Arba Minch. Up on arrival in Arba Minch have a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the Crocodile and Hippos. There is a huge advantage of admiring the flock of pelicans on the lake. Moreover have a chance to see the wattled ibis, Cormorants, yellow-billed stork and also the king fisher. O/n Swayne’s Hotel (B & D)

Day 15 Arba Minch-Aregash Lodge

Drive from Arba Minch to Aregash Lodge, which is another spot for different bird species. En route stopover in the city of Awassa, named after the smallest rift valley lake it harbors. Visit the White Pelicans, Marabou Storks, Blue-headed Coucal and more. O/n Aregash Lodge (B & D)

Day 16 Aregash Lodge-Addis Ababa

Drive back to Addis Ababa. En route visit the twin lakes of Abiyata-Shalla and Lake Langano. There is possibility of viewing birdlife such as Little Bee-eater, Masked Weaver, Spur-winged Plover, and Banded Barbet. In the evening attend a complementary traditional dinner with live dancing show. Transfer out to airport (B & D)

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Country: Ethiopia
Region: Africa
City: Addis Ababa
Address: Haile Gebre Selasse Avenue, behind the main traffic office
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