Birding is one of the reasons that people come to Ethiopia. It ranges from Local birds and breeding birds to migrant birds and wintering birds .There are many waterfowl, wading birds ,songbirds ,raptors, game birds ,swifts and nighthawks that live in a wide variety of environments from forests , meadows, shorelines ,cities and urban green spaces. All in all, there are about a thousand species of birds and among there are about 23 endemic birds.
On the best tours ,over 800 species of birds can be seen ,including the famous Turaco, strange Stresemann’s bush crow , Roget’s rail , spot-breasted lapwing ,thick-billed raven ,Salvador’s seedeater , red billed pytila and many other endemic and rarely endemic variety of birds .
Later in the day, we drive to Geferssa Reservoir, about an hour’s drive from Addis where at least seven of endemic species might seen, including Blue-winged Goose and Black-headed Siskin. Overnight stay Addis Ababa.
En route , we will have many roadside stops including one major stoppage at Cheleklaka wet land some 42kms east of Addis. The yellow-billed stock, African spoonbill, Red-billed Duck, Knob-billed Duck, Crowned Crane, Black Crake, and White backed duck and Hottentots Teal are one of the dwellers of Cheleklaka wet land. Then proceed to Nazareth for lunch. In the afternoon we continue to Awash National Park. In this lowland and acacia woodland area, over 350 bird species recorded. Overnight stay in Awash
Full day birding and game viewing in the park. Overnight (see day 2)
Along the way, we are birding at Awash River bridge and / or Koka dam. After noon birding at lake Ziway where huge number of water birds inhabit. It is a wonderful lake for its different storks, plovers, Egrets and Ducks. Overnight Langano Wabe-Shebelle hotel.
Drive to lake Abijata, which is a magnificent habitat for a wintering species from Europe and North Asia. After lunch, we spend more time in the acacia woodland area at the Abijata-Shalla Lakes HQ. the spotted Eagle Owl, Rufus crowned and Lilac-breasted Rollers, Bearded and cardinal Woodpeckers, African pygmy Falcon, Imperial Eagle, Crested Francolin and Black-wood Hoope are amongst the verities of birds inhabiting this area. Then, proceed to Wondogenet for two night staying. Overnight Wondogenet Wabe Shebelle hotel.
In the morning, bird watching in and around Wondogenet forest. The endemics yellow fronted parrot and Abyssinian woodpecker, double toothed Barbet, white checked Turaco, Abyssinian ground Thrush, Narian’s Trogon, Spotted Creeper, Lesser Striped Swallow, Crowned Eagle, Ayer’s Hawk, Eagle, Lemon, and Tambourine Doves are one of the special birds we are looking for. Afternoon drive back to Addis Ababa