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Ethiopia; the roof of Africa

Ethiopia is a country full of contrasts, incredible landscapes and fascinating cultures! The country regularly hosts over 700 species of birds and from high mountain plateaus to the alcaline lakes in the Rift Valley, it has a long and complex list of ecosystems.

This incredible natural richness has produced over 40 species of endemic or near-endemic birds, some of them having tiny ranges! 

It is a country of contrats, where Verreaux's Eagles & Lammergeiers can be seen soaring the sky, not far from where endemic Ethiopian Wolfs & Harwood's Francolins can be seen. A country where in the morning you can enjoy tropical birdlife such as Turacos and, in the afternoon, enjoy of thousands of Flamingoes and Phalaropes in the alcaline lakes.

During this 18 days long trip we expect over 500 species of birds...

Let's join!!

DAY PLANNING

Day 1. Flight Barcelona - Addis Ababa.

Flight from Barcelona to Addis Ababa via Istambul. Arrival to Addis Ababa during the night. Transfer to our hotel in Addis.

Day 2. Addis Ababa - Debre Libanos.

After a short birding in our hotel grounds we will drive to Debre Libanos, where we will spend the afternoon birdwatching.

We expect this day to have Malachite Sunbird, Brown Parisoma, Tacazze Sunbird, Lanner Falcon and Lammergeier. Endemics may include Blue-winged Goose, Ethiopian Cisticola, Black-headed Siskin, Wattled Ibis, Erlanger's Lark or Abyssian Longclaw.

Day 3. Jemma Valley.

Early morning transfer to Jemma Valley, where we will look for endemics such as Harwood's Francolin, Erckel's Francolin, Ankober Serin, Abyssian Black Wheatear and White-throated Seedeater. Other species may include Fox Kestrel, Red-billed Pytilia or Little Rock Chat.

Afternoon birding around Debre Libanos.

Black-headed Siskin or Ethiopian Siskin

Day 4. Debre Libanos - Awash National Park.

After some birding and enjoying the herds of Geladas around in Debre Libanos we will drive to Awash National Park. We will stop en route in some wetlands that can produce Maccoa Duck, Knob-billed Duck, Fulvous Whistling Duck, Steppe Eagle or Yellow-billed Stork among many other birds. Arrival to our hotel in Awash during late afternoon.

Day 5 & 6 Awash National Park.

This is one of the main birdwatching spots in Ethiopia. Species here may include Kory, Arabian, White-bellied & Buff-crested Bustards, Pygmy Falcon, Sooty Falcon, Lappet-faced Vulture, Red-and-Yellow Barbet, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Rufous-crowned Roller, Double-banded Courser, Rosy-patched Bush-shrike, Nile Valley Sunbird, Ashy Cisticola and many more. 

An special effort will be done to try to locate scarce species such as Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse, African Collared Dove, Black Scrub Robin and Somali Bulbul (a probable future split).

Mammals here would include Beisa Oryx, Soemmering's Gazelle, Gerenuk, Lesser Kudu, Spotted Hyaena, Bat-eared Fox and many more.

Day 7. Awash National Park - Awassa.

Last morning in Awash National Park and transfer to Awassa, where we will have some birding in the afternoon enjoying our hotel grounds and the lake around.

Here we would have Red-throated Wryneck, Grosbeak Weaver, Woodland Kingfisher, Silbery-cheeked Hornbill, African Pygmy Goose, White-browed Robin-chat and African Jacana among many more.

Black-billed Barbet

Day 8. Wondo Genet.

We will spend the morning in Wondo Genet, formerly a wonderful autoctonous forest that had been deforested in the last years. The place is still hosting endemics Black-winged Lovebird, Abyssinian Slaty Flycatcher, Abyssian Oriole as well as Banded Barbet, Half-collared Kingfisher, Narina Trogon, White-cheeked Turaco or Greater Honeyguide among many other!

Afternoon birding by the Awassa Lake.

Day 9. Awassa - Goba.

Tranfer from Awassa to Goba. In the way up we will have several chances for birdwatching. Birds here may include Abyssian Woodpecker, Red-billed Chough, Lammergeier, Steppe Eagle, African Snipe, Rouget's Rail, Thick-billed Raven, Abyssian Catbird, White-backed Bkac Tit, Wattled Ibis, Abyssian Ground Thrush, Cape Eagle Owl and, if lucky, Abyssinian Owl!

Days 10 & 11. Bale National Park - Negele.

We will spend one full day up in the Bale NP. During the morning we will explore the gorgeous Sanetti Plateau, +4000 metres above sea level, where we will look for endemic Ethiopian Wolf and their preys, the also endemic Giant Root-rats! Endemic birds are not less interesting and include Chestnut-naped Francolin, Spot-breasted Plover, Rouget's Rail and Bale Brown Parisoma (griseiventris form). Other good birdlife include Wattled Crane, Moorland Francolin, Moorland Chat, Golden Eagle or African Hill Babbler.

In the afternoon we will explore the area around Dinsho. Here we would enjoy some forest birds as well as the endemic Mountain Nyala and Menelik's Bushbuck and a variety of birds living in the canopy.

In our transfer to Negele several stops will be done. Here we will look for Sharpe's Starling, Abyssian Crimsonwing, Abyssian Ground Hornbill, Olive Sunbird and the endemic Prince Ruspolli's Turaco.

Chesnut-napped Francolin


Day 12. Negele.

We will spend the morning around Liben Plain. Here we will look for some really scarce endemic birds including Sidamo Lark, White-tailed Swallow, Salvadori's Seedeater but also Somali Courser, Reichenow's Seedeater, Somali Short-toed Lark or Amur Falcon.

Day 13. Negele - Yabello.

In our transfer from Negele to Yabello some stops will be done allowing us chances for Black-bellied Sunbird, African White-winged Dove, Juba Weaver, Water Thick-knee, Grey-cappedS Social Weaver, Vulturine Guineafowl, Slate Coloured Boubou, Pygmy Batis or Abyssinian Waxbill. 

Around Yabello we were looking for Northern Grosbeak Canary, African Orange-bellied Parrot, Tiny Cisticola, Marsh Sandpiper, Hunter's Sunbird, Cardinal Woodpecker, Shelley's Starling, d'Arnauld's Barbet, Bateleur and the endemic Stresemann's Bush-crow among many other.

Day 14. Yabello - Awassa.

After breakfast and some birding we drive North until Awasa, where we will spend the afternoon around Lake Awassa to add new birds to our list.

Spot-breasted Plover


Days 15 & 16. Abiata - Shalla National Park.

Two days visiting different lakes of this area will allow us to have a really good list of birds including Lesser Flamingo, Wattled Crane, Cape Teal, Hottentot Teal, Temminck's Stint, Killitz's Plover, Clapperton Francolin, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Greyish Eagle-Owl, Lesser Honeyguide, Scaly-breasted Honeyguide, Red-capped Robin-Chat, Masked Shrike, Narina Trogon, Red-fronted Barbet, Broad-billed Roller, Yellow-vented Eremomela and a long list of other good birds...

Day 17. Lake Ziwai - Addis Ababa.

Boat trip around Lake Ziwai, famous lake for the variety and amount of waterfowl. Here where we will look for Saddle-billed Stork, Black Stork, African Skimmer, Black Heron or Ruppell's Weaver among many more.

Final transfer to Addis Ababa.

Day 18. Fligh back Addis Ababa - Barcelona.

Flight from Addis Ababa back to Barcelona.

Abyssian Ground Hornbill


PRICE: 3550€ per person

Single supplement: 300€ 

Price includes: flights between Barcelona & Addis Ababa, all transport within Ethiopia, accommodation in twin-bedded rooms, all meals, fees and guiding services throughout.

All participant will assemble in Barcelona Airport in 5th November. Additional overnight in Barcelona is INCLUDED for all people coming from different countries.

Price excludes: Travel insurance, Visa to get inside Ethiopia, any item don't attached as included.

(small changes in the price are possible due to flight fees)

Malachite Sunbird

info tour

Name of the tour: Ethiopia, the roof of Africa

Tour lenght: 18 days, 17 nights

2017 issue: November 5th to November 23rd

Departing / Arrival city: Barcelona

Tour leader: Carles Oliver

Price: 3550€ per person