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 .
We will rise early this morning and spend most of the day driving slowly to the Awash National park, bird watching as we go. As we cross flat, dry farmlands there is little of scenic interest, but the roadside birds are in plenty: Augur Buzzards, Long-crested Eagles, Carmine Bee-eaters, Abyssinian and Rufous-crowned Rollers to name but a few. We will stop for lunch in the small farming town of Nazareth, and later at Lake Basaaka to look for Nile Crocodiles and water birds. We should reach Awash in the late afternoon, in time to enjoy the beautiful sunset over sunset over the park and to see the first of this areas interesting birdlife. Overnight stay in Awash
We will today explore Awash National Park by a mix of bird watching drives and walks. It is suited on the Awash River, with its spectacular gorges, and is made up of acacia and scrub-bound plains, with hills and the volcano, Mount Fantalle, in its northern quarter. The birdlife is exceptional, however, and includes Ostriches, Buff-crested, White-bellied, Kori, and even Arabian Bustards, Lichtenstein’s and Chestnut-bellied Sand grouse, Rosy-patched and other shrikes, plus many species of hornbills, weavers, woodpeckers, vultures, doves, pigeons, guinea fowl, glossy starlings, parrots, bee-eaters, barbets, mouse birds and finches, to name but a few!
This evening we may be able to ahead out on a night-drive along the tracks close to the campsite. This will provide us with the chance of an encounter with one or two of the nocturnal mammals, perhaps a Spotted Hyena, Bet-eared Fox, African Wild Cat, African Civet, Abyssinian Genet of Abyssinian Hare! Overnight stay I Awash
We may have time early this morning for further bird watching in Awash before the long drive to lake Langano in the Rift Valley. En Route, we will make extended roadside stops at lakes Koka and Ziway, where the arrays of water birds are quite exceptional. Lake Koka offers a great variety of waders, herons, spoonbills and egrets, patrolled by overhead harriers and Vultures;Ethiopian and Wire-tailed swallows.At Lake Ziway,as well as the water birds,we will look for the endearing tree Hytax,which is generally uncommon in central Ethiopia.Arriving at Lake Langano at Dusk for an overnight stay.We may have time early this morning for further bird watching in Awash before the long drive to lake Langano in the Rift Valley. En Route, we will make extended roadside stops at lakes Koka and Ziway, where the arrays of water birds are quite exceptional. Lake Koka offers a great variety of waders, herons, spoonbills and egrets, patrolled by overhead harriers and Vultures;Ethiopian and Wire-tailed swallows.At Lake Ziway,as well as the water birds,we will look for the endearing tree Hytax,which is generally uncommon in central Ethiopia.Arriving at Lake Langano at Dusk for an overnight stay.
Full day birding in Lakes Langano,Abijata and the acacia woodland around the lakes.Dark Chanting Goshawks.African Fish Eagles.Hemprich’s and Von Der Decken’s Humbills,Cardinal woodpeckers,white-bellied Go-away Birds,Red Billed and White-headed Buffalo weavers are one of the Species we are looking for.White-crowned Shrikes,Blue-napped Mousebirds,little Bee-Eaters,Mariqua Sunbird and a varity of colorful finches are all to be found in this dry and thomy habitat.Late Afternoon Continue to Wondo Genet For two stay.
Wondo Genet provides abundant Colorful birds’ and home for sunbirds,woodpeckers,silvery cheeked hombills,white-browed Robin Chats.Double-toothed Barbets,African fire finches and a host of other species.in the forested valley close by,four endamiics may found black-headed forest Oriols,Yellow-fronted,parrot,White-winged Cliff Chat and Golden-backed woodpacker,whilst half-collared kingfishers,spotted Creepers,African Hobbies,Crowned Eagles and Olive Pigeons are among-st other specialties of the region.Overnight stay wondo Genet
This is home to different endemic mammals and Birds.The Mountain Nyala,Menelik’s Bushbuck and Ethiopia wolf are one of the Ethiopian Endemic mammals that easily seen in Bale.The spot-breasted plover.Rouge’s Rail,Abyssinian catbird,Cinnamon bracken werbler and white backed black tit are one of the species that we are seeing on the highlands of Bale.Overnight Gobe Wabe Shebelle hotel.
In most cases,we may see the wattle crane,the rare bird in Africa.Overnight Goba Wabe Shebelle hotel
Here,we will have a full afternoon birding expecting lot varieties of species.Allen’s Gallinute,Lesser Moorhen,Blue-headed coucal,spotted creeper,Giant kingfisher,Grey Kestrel,Painted Sinpe,Gray headed kingfisher and Double Toothed Barbat are some of the species we are looking for.Overnight Stay in Awassa.
Making an early start.we will continue our drive up the Rift Valley northwards towards Addis Ababa.a journey of 273km.En route we will stop at lake Zway once again to take another look at the water bird spectacle and then onto lake Hora,a forest-lined crater lake and a wonderful place to break the long journey,Bird Watching around the lake may be rewarded with such Species as Red-kn oobbed coot,Hottentoe’s Teal,Ferruginous and othe diving ducks,as well as Banded Barbets,White-winged Cliff chats and other interesting Passerines.we will spend our final night in Ethiopia back in Addis Ababa.Evening fly back home/ Overnight in Addis.