Nurgi Bird watching Itinerary

Key Words: Please note that Nurgi Birding Ethiopia can arrange any type of special birding trip to the all corners of Ethiopia even though the followings are some of our tailor-made itineraries.

NBE 1301 - 8 DAYS BIRDING
Geferssa, Debre Libanose, Ziway & Abijata Lakes, Wondo Genet, Bale Mountains NP And Awassa.
NBE 1302 - 9 DAYS BIRDING
Awash, Langano, Bishangari, Rift Valley Lakes Geferssa Reservor.
NBE 1303 - 15 DAYS BIRDING
Geferssa, Debre Libanose, Awash Np, Langano, Wondo Genet, Bale Mountains, Awassa, Yabello
NBE 1304 - 17 DAYS BIRDING
Geferssa, Awash Np, Langano, Wondo Genet, Negele, Yabello, Awassa, Sofomer
NBE 1305 - 19 DAYS BIRDING
Debralibanose, Jemma Valley, Ankober-Melka Jebdhu, Awash NP, Bale Mt, Negelle, Yabello, Rift Valley Lakes, Ghibe Gorge…….
NBE 1306 - 15 DAYS BIRDING
Debre Brehan, Ankober, Melka Jebdhu, Awash, Langano, Bale, Negelle, Yabello, Awassa, Wondogenet
NBE 1307 - 11 DAYS BIRDING
Debralibanose, Lakes Region, Bale, Negelle, Yabello…
NBE 1308 - 4 DAYS BIRDING
In Rift Valley Lakes & Bishangari Eco-Lodge

NBE 1309 - 3 DAYS BIRDING
Addis Ababa, Geferssa, Sululta & Debra-Libanose Monastery


Short Birding Trips
2 Days & a day


Optional CULTURAL & HISTORICAL EXTENSIONS
by Air (for any birder who wants to visit the unique culture and history of Ethiopia)


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----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NBE 1301 - 8 DAYS BIRDING
Geferssa, Debre Libanose, Ziway & Abijata Lakes, Wondo Genet, Bale Mountains NP And Awassa
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Day 1 Arrive at Addis Ababa. This afternoon, after having lunch in the hotel, we visit the nearby Geferssa Reservoir some 20 km west of the capital. The beautiful Blue-winged Goose, Rouget's Rail, Black-headed Siskin, White-collared Pigeon, Wattled Ibis and Abyssinian Long claw are some of the endemics that we expect to see. There are also some important Palearctic migrants that visit this area from early October to the mid of April. The Ortolan Bunting, Three-banded Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Yellow Bishop, and Marsh Harrier are could be seen here. Return to the hotel around 6.00 pm. Overnight Addis Ababa
 
Day 2 Early start for Debra Libanose Monastery about 110 km northwest of Addis Ababa via the Sululta plains. We have a short stop after 20 km for few birds like the Black-winged Plover, Red-breasted Wheatear, Tawny Eagle, Pectoral-patched Cisticola and some others. Around the monastery and the gorge we expect to see a few endemics like the White-billed Starling, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Black-headed Forest Oriole, Ruppell’s and White-winged Cliff Chats. The river gorge itself is very productive for birds of prey. The Lammergeyer, Verreaux's eagle, Egyptian and White-backed Vultures, Lanner Falcon, and Peregrine are among those we might see. After covering all the sites around the monastery we drive back to Addis the night. O/n A.A.

Day 3 Today we have a long drive to Lake Langano with several extended stops. Our first stop would be at Cheleklaka wetland near Debra Zeit some 45 km east of Addis Ababa where many water birds are to be seen. The White-backed and Knob-billed Ducks, African Spoonbills, Avocets, Pintails, Grebes and Widgeon are easily seen. Then we proceed to Ziway via Koka Dam with short roadside stops for different woodland birds. We will have lunch at Ziway where there is a great variety of birds. Lake Ziway covers an area of about 447 square kilometer and is the 4th largest lake in the country. Here, we expect to see the African Pygmy-goose, Malachite and Pied Kingfisher, Lesser Jacana, Black Heron, different Terns, Pelican, Grey-headed and Lesser Black-backed Gull, African Fish-eagle, Black Crake, Allen's Gallinule and a number of other species. Then we continue to Wondo Genet for an overnight stay with a short stop at the acacia woodland area for the Cardinal and Bearded Woodpecker, Brubru, Red- faced Crombec and Red-billed Hornbill. O/n Lake Langano

Day 4 Leave for a day birding in the Wondo Genet forest, which is a home to a few endemics and other forest dweller birds. The Banded Barbet, Yellow-fronted Parrot, Narina Trogon, Abyssinian woodpecker, Half-collared Kingfisher, White-cheeked Turaco, Mountain Wagtail, Lesser and Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Red-billed Starling, African Little Sparrowhawk, Ayers’ss Hawk Eagle, Crowned Eagle, Sharpe's Starling, Lemon Dove, Double-toothed Barbet, Emerald Cuckoo shrike, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Scaly Francolin, Broad-billed Roller, Saw-wing and Lesser Striped Swallows are among other specialties of the area. O/n Wondo Genet

Day 5 Leaving Wondo Genet Resort we make our way towards the Bale Mountains Park. It is about 220 km up to Goba on a rough but very scenic and ornithological exciting road. Among an interesting collection of endemic birds we expect to see the Spot-breasted Plover, Black-winged Lovebird, Thick-billed Raven, White-backed Black Tit and the beautiful Abyssinian Catbird. The Bale Mountains are also home to different mammals like the beautiful Ethiopia Wolf, Mountain Nyala, Menelik’s Bushbuck, Warthog, Bohor Reedbuck and Klipspringer. As we enter the park, we will see the Chestnut-napped Francolin, Rouget's Rail, Abyssinian Longclaw, Stonechat and Baglafecht Weavers along the roadside and Mountain buzzards in the air. O/n Goba

Day 6 A full day bird watching in Bale Mountains NP, the largest moorland tract in Africa lying between 2000 ms and 4377ms above sea level. Today we spend most of our time on the Sanattie plateau and in the forest near Goba. The Red-breasted Sparrowhawk, Crowned Eagle, Verreaux’s Eagle, Golden Eagle, Lammergeier and Steppe Eagle are among the birds of prey we may see. In this wonderful Afro-alpine habitat, we also expect to see the beautiful Wattled Crane, Moorland Francolin, Ruddy Shelduck, Malachite Sunbird, and African Snipe. The Sanattie Plateau is also home to the elegant Ethiopian Wolf and the Giant Mole Rat. O/nGoba

Day 7 We leave Goba very early in the morning to have enough time for afternoon birding at Lake Awassa. It is the smallest and willowest lake in the Ethiopian rift system with a great variety of bird species. Of these, the Banded Snake-Eagle, Grey Kestrel, Giant Kingfisher, Purple Swamphen, Allen's Gallinule, Lesser Jacana, Saddle-billed Stork, Purple and Goliath Herons, Sulpher-breasted Bush Shrike, Black-headed Batis, Violet-backed Starling, Bruce's Green Pigeon, African Pygmy-Kingfisher, Red-breasted Wryneck, Great spotted Eagle, Spotted Creeper, Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Grey Kingfisher, Blue-headed Coucal, Klaus’s and Diederik Cuckoos are among the varieties that the lake and the wood land areas offer. Awassa also has mammals like the beautiful Colobus and Vervet Monkeys, Olive Baboon and Hippopotamus. O/n Awassa

Day 8 Today we drive back to Addis. En route we have many stops to cover in Abijata-Willa lakes NP. Our first stop will be at the park HQ where we expect to see different savanna-woodland species like the Bare-faced Go-away bird, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Rattling and Boran Cisticolas, Rufous-crowned Roller, Lilac-breasted Roller, Black Wood-hoopoe, Black-billed Wood-hoopoe, Cardinal and Bearded Woodpeckers, Fawn-colored Lark, Yellow-vented Eremomela, Red-faced Crombec, Marico and Beautiful Sunbirds and Black-crowned Tchagra. Our second main stop would be at Abijata-Willa Lakes. It is the main feeding site of the Lesser and Greater Flamingos and also has many ducks, plovers and storks. What make this lake so unique are the thousands of Lesser Flamingos that feed and nest in and around the lake. We proceed to Ziway for lunch. In the late afternoon we may have a short stop at Hora Crater Lake in Debra Zeit. O/n AA

Day 9  Fly back to Horne.

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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NBE 1302 - 9 DAYS BIRDING
Awash, Langano, Bishangari, Rift Valley Lakes Geferssa Reservor.
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Day1 Arrive Addis Ababa. This afternoon we drive to Geferssa Reservoir where a range of bush and wetland species might be seen. The Wattled Ibis, Rouget’s Rail, Abyssinian Longclaw, Black-headed Siskin, and Abyssinian Slaty Flycatchers are the endemics that we expect this afternoon. In addition, we may also encounter birds like the Great-crested Grebe, African Black Duck, Ortolan Bunting, Pintail, Little Ringed Plover, Avocet, Red-breasted Wheatear, Grey-rumped Swallow and different swifts. Drive back to Addis Ababa before dark. O/n Addis Ababa

Day 2 Leave Addis Ababa for Awash National Park, some 210 km east of Addis Ababa. Today we will have many roadside stops. Our first stop would be at Cheleklaka wetland near Debra Zeit, about 45 km away. It has many water birds and other species. The Ferruginous Duck, Maccoa Duck, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Crowned and Common Cranes, White-backed Duck, Knob-billed Duck, Red-billed Teal, Tufted Duck, Marsh Sandpiper, Ethiopian Cisticola, Wood Sandpiper and Yellow-billed Storks are among the species that have been recorded here. The Red-throated Pipit, Chestnut-backed Sparrow-lark, Laughing and Red-eyed Doves, Masked Weavers, bee-eaters and swifts are seen around the wetland. Then we drive to Nazareth for lunch. After lunch we drive slowly to Awash with some roadside stops. We will reach at Awash National Park about 5:00 pm. O/n Awash Falls Lodge.

Day 3 A full day birding in the park. The thorny bushes of Awash National Park have many varieties of birds. Over 380 species of birds have been recorded in this superb lowland. The Martial Eagle, Swallow-tailed Kite, Grasshopper Buzzard, Bateluer, Lappet-faced Vulture, White-faced Scops Owl, Secretary Bird, Gabar Goshawk, Spotted Eagle-owl, White-backed and Ruppell’s Griffon Vultures are among the excellent birds of prey we should see. There are also many important species that we expect in Awash, such as the Buff-crested Bustard, Hartlaub’s Bustard, different woodpeckers, Ashy Cisticola, Little Bee-eater, Abyssinian Roller, Orange-bellied Parrot, White-browed Coucal, Eastern Gray Plantain-eater, Bristle-crowned Starling, Three-banded Courser, Blue-naped Mousebird, and Red-fronted Tinker birds. We also expect to see a few animals like the Lesser and Greater Kudu, Olive and Hamadryas Baboons, Besia Oryx, Sommerings Gazelle, Swayne’s Hartebeest (endemic), Black-backed Jackal, Defassa Waterbuck among others. O/n Awash Falls lodge

Day 4 We will have an early breakfast in order to give enough time for morning birding before we leave the park. It is about 260 km to Langano where we will stay for a night. En route, there will be many roadside stops including one major stop at Koka Dam (Awash River Bridge). The Awash River Bridge (Koka Dam) area offers a variety of water and woodland birds. We spend the afternoon at Lake Ziway, which has an excellent variety of bird species. In the woodland near the lake it is possible to see birds like the Masked Shrike, Carmine Bee-eaters, Wattled and Superb Starlings, Black-headed Batis, African Thrush, Beautiful and Marques Sunbirds, Nubian and Bearded Woodpeckers, African Harrier-hawk, Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Diederik and Klaus’s Cuckoos, Black-billed Wood-hoopoe and other species. The lake itself has many varieties of water birds such as the Lesser Jacana, Lesser Moorhen, African Pygmy-goose, Black Heron, Crowned Crane, Grey-headed and Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Snipe, Glossy and Hadada Ibis, Little and Temminck’s Stint, Red-throated Pipit, Pink-backed and Great White Pelican. O/n Lake Langano

Day 5  On the way to Bishangari Lodge, we stop at Abijata-Willa NP. It’s the feeding and nesting site for a great number of flamingos and pelicans. At Abijata, we expect to see many wintering and inter-African migratory birds: Marsh Harriers, African Fish Eagles, Saddle-billed and Yellow-billed Storks, Purple and Goliath Herons, Common and Red-billed Teals, Pacific Golden and Caspian Plovers, Black-headed Gull, White-winged and Whiskered Terns are some of the species inhabiting this lake. The surrounding acacia woodland has other species: Yellow-rumped Serin, Little Bee-eater, Long-tailed Glossy and Wattled Starlings, African Pygmy Falcon, Crested Francolin, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Black-billed and Black Wood-hoopoes, Brubru, Orange-bellied Parrot, Martial and Walberg’s Eagles, White-crowned Shrike, Lilac-breasted and Rufous-crowned Rollers are among the birds we expect to see. Lunch will be at Langano in the late afternoon. We slowly drive to Wenney Eco-lodge some 15 km to the east of Langano from the junction. O/n Bishangari Lodge

Day 6 A full day birding in the tropical rain forest of Munessa (near Bishangari eco-lodge). It might be the only forest left in the main Ethiopian Rift system. More than 200 bird species are recorded in this excellent forest. The Yellow-fronted Parrot, Banded Barbet, Abyssinian Woodpeckers, Black-winged Lovebird and White-backed Black Tit are some of the endemics we expect to see. The forest also provides a great variety of species like Narina Trogon, Broad-billed Roller, Blue-spotted and Tambourine Doves, Double-toothed Barbet, Black Cuckoo-shrike, Emerald Cuckoo, White-cheeked Turaco, Greater and Scaly Honey guides, Puffback Shrike, Banded Wattle-eye, Giant Kingfisher, Mountain Wagtail, Scaly Francolin and the endemic Black-headed Forest Oriole. The forest also has a few animals like the beautiful Colobus Monkey, Olive Baboon, Common Duiker, and Menelik’s Bushbuck, Dik-dik, Vervet Monkey and others. O/n Bishangari lodge

Day 7  Today we proceed to Lake Awassa, a beautiful fresh water lake quite unlike the alkaline lakes to the north of the Rift valley. Today we enjoy Awassa’s magnificent spectacle of water and woodland birds. A variety of egrets, Grey-headed and Woodland Kingfishers, White-browed Robin-chat, Purple Swamphen, Lesser Moorhen, White-Backed Duck, Hottentot Teal, Greenshank, Sedge and Lesser Swamp-warblers, Temminck’s Stint, Klaas’ Cuckoo, Giant Kingfisher, Red-breasted Wryneck, Spectacled and Grosbeak Weavers, Banded Snake Eagle, Banded Barbet and Spotted Creeper. The Painted Snipe, Blue-headed Coucal, Violet-backed Starling, Red-headed Weaver, Sulpher-breasted Bush-shrike, Blue-naped and Speckled Mousebirds and many other species are expected. Awassa is also home to a few mammals like the Hippopotamus, Colobus and Vervet monkeys, Common Duiker, Olive Baboon and White-tailed Mongoose. O/n Awassa

Day 8  We drive back to Addis Ababa. En route, we may have few roadside stops to seek what we have not seen on “day 5”. Lunch would be at Ziway. This afternoon our major stop will be at Hora Crater, some 45 km before Addis Ababa, which is a good site for both aquatic and  arboreal species including the Maccoa Duck, Garganey, Reed Warblers, barbets, woodpeckers, White-winged Cliff Chat, Ethiopian Cisticola, Masked Weavers, waxbills and several birds of prey. Arrive at Addis Ababa before dark. .O/n Addis Ababa

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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NBE 1303-15 DAYS BIRDING
Geferssa, Debre Libanose, Awash Np, Langano, Wondo Genet, Bale Mountains, Awassa, Yabello

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Day 1 Arrive Addis Ababa. In the afternoon, we will visit Geferssa Reservoir some 20 km west of the capital (see NBE 1303 day 1). O/n Addis Ababa

Day 2 A day tour to Debra Libanose Monastery via Sululta Plains which have a large number of wintering palaearctic passerines and a variety of Afro-tropical species including the endemic Black-headed (Abyssinian) Siskin, White-billed Starling, Ruppell’s Black Chat, Lanner Falcon, Verreaux’s and Tawny Eagle. The Egyptian and White-backed Vultures, Lammergeyer, Erckel’s Francolin, Rufus-breasted Sparrowhawk, Little and Common Rock Thrush, Red-collared Widowbird, Abyssinian Woodpecker, White-backed Black Tit, White-winged Cliff Chat and Brown Woodland Warbler are among the species we may see. The beautiful endemic Gelada Baboon can easily be seen at the edge of Debra Libanose gorge. We drive back to Addis Ababa in late afternoon. O/n Addis Ababa

Day 3 Leave from Addis Ababa in the morning to Awash NP. This morning we stop at Cheleklaka wetland near Debra Zeit where we may see a great numbers of ducks, waders and few arboreal species including Tufted Duck, White-backed Duck, Red-billed Teal, Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Harrier, Lesser Spotted and Steppe Eagles, Laughing and Red-eyed Doves, Chestnut-backed Sparrow-larks, Red-throated Pipit, Common and Crowned Cranes. The 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. A the roadside stop we may see birds including the 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. O/n Awash Falls Lodge

Day 4 A full days birding in the thorny bushes of Awash National park including the riverbank forest by the Awash River Falls. It is one of the best birding sites in the Ethiopian Rift valley. More than 380 bird species have been recorded in this game park: Chestnut-bellied and Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse, Three-banded Courser, Orange-bellied Parrot, Steel-blue and Straw-tailed Whydah, Rosy-patched Shrike, Great Gray Shrike, Kori Bustard, Buff-crested and Hartlaub’s Bustards, Gray Wren-warbler, Green-winged Pytilia, Yellow-billed Hornbill, White-faced Scops Owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Ruppell’s and Black-headed Weavers, Swallow-tailed Kite, Bateleur, Lappet-faced and Egyptian Vultures, Shikra, Gabar Goshawk, Red-winged Bush-lark, Ashy Cisticola, Pygmy Sunbird, woodpeckers, Grey-headed Batis and Somali Fiscal are among the birds inhabiting this wonderful low land. Not only birds can seen in Awash but also mammals like the Besia Oryx, Defassa Waterbuck, Sommerings Gazelle, Salt’s Dik-dik Greater and Lesser Kudu, Warthog, Hamadryas Baboon, Black-backed Jackal, the endemic Swayne’s hartebeests, Bat-eared Fox, Spotted Hyena and (if lucky) Lions. O/n Awash Falls Lodge

Day 5 Leaving Awash National Park we drive down to the lakes region to Langano. Before leaving the park, we will have excellent morning activities. We will have lunch at Lake Ziway, where we will spend more time this afternoon. Lake Ziway covers an area of about 447 sq. km and it is one of the bird paradises in the Ethiopia Rift Valley. It has a great number of aquatic birds.  Lesser Black-backed and Grey-headed Gulls, Lesser Jacana, African Skimmer, Redshank, Black Heron, African Pygmy-goose, Temminck’s and Little stints, Common  Snipe, Woodland Kingfisher and Black-tailed Godwit are some of the species that may be seen here .Late afternoon we drive down to Langano Resort for the night. En route we may have one short stop at the acacia woodland of a cattle development ranch for a few species like the Black-billed and Black Wood-hoopoes, Yellow-vented Eremomela, Grey Flycatcher, Oliveceous and Buff-bellied Warblers, Red-faced Crombec, White-headed Buffalo-weavers and Ring-necked Dove. O/n Langano Resort

Day 6 A pre breakfast birding in the acacia woodland near Langano Resort. This woodland provides many birds like the Black-cheeked and Common Waxbills, Abyssinian Black Wheatear, Diederik and Klaas’s Cuckoos, Boran and Rattling Cisticolas, Red-billed and Von der Decken’s Hornbills, Banded Barbet, Spotted Eagle-owl, Red-headed Weaver, African Pygmy Kingfisher, Nubian and Bearded Woodpeckers, Brubru, Grey Flycatcher, Northern Black Tit, Hemprich’s Hornbill and others. After breakfast, we drive to Abijata Lake, the feeding site for thousands of flamingos and a great number of aquatic birds. The Southern Pochard, Common and Red-billed Teal, Tufted Duck, Purple and Goliath Herons, Saddle-billed and Yellow-billed Storks and different species of plovers are among the birds inhabiting the lake. We come back to Langano Resort for lunch. Then we proceed to Wondo Genet for two nights. En route, we will have a short birding stop at the park HQ.  O/n Wondo Genet

Day 7 A full day bird watching in the Wondo Genet forests. The Yellow-fronted Parrot, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Double-toothed Barbet, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird ,Half-collared Kingfisher, Narina Trogon, White-cheeked Turaco, Red-shouldered and Emerald Cuckoos, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Scaly Francolin, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Spectacled and Grosbeak Weavers, Lemon and Tambourine Doves, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Steppe Buzzard, Crowned Eagle, Ayer’s Hawk-eagle, Fantailed and Thick-billed Ravens, African Little Sparrow Hawk, Crested Eagle, African Harrier Hawk, Sharpe’s Starling, Broad-billed Roller, Blue-headed Coucal, Scaly and Lesser Honeyguides, Mountain Wagtail, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Abyssinian Hill Babbler, Red-winged Starling, Hadada Ibis, Olive Pigeon, and Grey Cuckooshrikes are some of the excellent birds we expect to see in this lush forest. O/n Wondo Genet
               
Day 8 We make an early start with a packed lunch to go to the Bale Mountains National Park some 215 km from Wondo Genet. We will have a few roadside stops where we hope to see highland bird species. We will 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-headed Vulture, Gambaga Flycatcher, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Stonechat, Tawny and Steppe Eagles, African Black Duck, Black- headed Siskin, the beautiful Spot-breasted Plover, African Snipe, Abyssinian Longclaw, Chestnut-napped Francolin, Slender-billed and Red-winged Starlings are amongthe species we encounter. As we enter the park boundary we hope to see a few mammals that are restricted to the southeastern mountain chain of Ethiopia. The elegant endemics of the Mountain Nyala and Menelik's Bushbuck are the beauty of the Bale Mountains NP. We will reach Dinsho, the park HQ, in the late afternoon and then after we pay all the necessary fees we continue to Goba where we will stay for two nights. O/n Goba

Day 9 Today we will have a full day of birding in the forests near Goba and on Sanattie Plateau. Sanattie is the largest moorland tract in the whole of Africa. 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 Francolin, Golden Eagle, Lanner Falcon, Wattled Crane, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Ruddy Shelduck, Verreaux's' Eagle, Yellow-bellied and Common Waxbills, Tropical Boubou, Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk, Abyssinian Slaty Flycatcher, Black-winged Lovebird, Bale Parisoma and Slender-billed Starlings are among the interesting birds of the Bale Mountains National Park. The beautiful Ethiopian Wolf (endemic), Abyssinian Hare, Klipspringer, Giant Mole Rat 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. O/n Goba

Day 10 The long drive will take us today to Lake Awassa, the smallest and shallowest lake of the Ethiopian Rift System. Today we may not make any special stops unless we see special things in order to get enough time in Awassa this afternoon. The Heuglin's (White-browed) Robin Chat, Willow and Lesser Swamp-warblers, Red-breasted Wryneck, Woodland and Grey Kingfisher, Spotted Creeper, Painted Snipe, Purple Swamp hen, Western-banded Snake-eagle, Giant Kingfisher, African Thrush, Senegal Thick-knee, Greenshank, Black-headed Batis, Little and Spectacled Weavers, Red-shouldered Cuckoo shrike and beautiful sunbirds are among the most interesting birds inhabiting Lake Awassa and the surrounding woodlands. O/n Awassa

Day 11 We will go birding along the lakeshore before breakfast. After breakfast, we proceed to Yabello in search of few localized endemics. Yabello is about 300 km south of Awassa on the main road to Kenyan border. Our roadside stops may provide us a few resident and localized birds like the endemic Stresemann's Bush-crow and African Golden Oriole. O/n Yabello

Day 12 We will have a full day birding in the thorny bushes of the Yabello area where there are many excellent birds. The Gray-headed Social Weavers, Banded Parisoma, D'Arnaud's Barbet, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Black-breasted Barbet, Shelly's and Golden-breasted Starlings, Rufous Sparrow, Pale Flycatcher, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, the endemic White-tailed Swallow (very difficult to see because it is increasingly threatened), Vulturine Guineafowl, Black-capped Social Weavers, White-crowned Starlings, Orange-bellied Parrot, Martial Eagle, Yellow-rumped Serin, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Red-fronted Barbet and African Black-headed Oriole are some of the bird species we may see in this superb lowland area. We drive back to the hotel before dark. O/n Yabello

Day 13 Driving back to Lake Awassa. We will have a short stop in the thorny bushes of Yabello before we leave for Awassa. O/n Awassa

Day 14 Early birding along the lake's shore. After breakfast, we drive back to Addis Ababa. En route, we may make a few stops at Lake Ziway and Hora Crater. O/n AA

Day 15 Departure

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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NBE 1304 - 17 DAYS BIRDING
Geferssa, Awash Np, Langano, Wondo Genet, Negele, Yabello, Awassa, Sofomer

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Day 1 Arrive Addis Ababa. This afternoon we drive to Geferssa Reservoir some 20 km west of the capital. Rouget’s Rail, Wattled Ibis, Abyssinian Longclaw, Black-headed Siskin, White-collared Pigeon and Abyssinian Slaty Flycatchers are the endemics that we are expecting at the reservoir. There are some water birds like the Three-banded and Little Ringed Plovers, sandpipers, Little Grebes, Black-winged Stilt and the endemic Blue-winged Goose. Drive back to Addis Ababa. O/n A.A.

Day 2Early start for Awash National Park, 210km to the east. Our first stop will be at the Cheleklaka wetland, near Debra-Zeit, which has a variety of wonderful aquatic birds including few arboreal species. The Common and Crowned Cranes, Tawny and Lesser Spotted Eagles, Eurasian Marsh Harrier, Spur-winged Goose, White-backed Duck, Knob-billed Duck, Avocet, Glossy Ibis, Southern Pochard, Red-billed Teal, African Spoonbill, Isabelline Wheatear, Chestnut-backed Sparrow-lark, Red-throated Pipit, Laughing and Red-eyed Doves, Masked Weavers, Spotted Flycatcher and Beautiful and Tacazze Sunbirds are among the birds we may see this morning. Proceed to Nazareth for lunch. After lunch we continue to Awash National Park for two nights. O/n Awash Falls lodge

Day 3 A full day bird watching and game viewing in the superb lowland of Awash National Park. It has a great number of bird species like the Swallow-tailed Kite, Martial and Imperial Eagles, Nubian (or Lappet-faced) Vulture, Gabar Goshawk, Shikra, White-faced Scops Owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, White-backed and Egyptian Vultures. Apart from these birds of prey, the thorny bushes of Awash and the ravine forests by the Awash River Falls also have a variety of different species. Secretarybird, Red-winged Bush Lark, Ashy and Gillett's Cisticolas, Somali Fiscal, Great Grey Shrike, Sulphur-breasted and Grey-headed Bush-shrikes, Cardinal and Bearded Woodpeckers, five species of bustards, Somali Golden-breasted Buntings, Red-billed and Yellow-billed Hornbills, Acacia Paradise and Steel-blue Whydahs, Grey Wren-warbler, Green-winged Pytilia, two species of sandgrouse, different social weavers, Red-and-yellow Barbet, Rosy-patched Shrike and many other bird species may be seen in this wonderful birding site. Awash NP is not only good for birding but also for game viewing. Lesser and Greater Kudus, Sommering's Gazelle, Defassa Waterbuck, Hamadryas Baboon, Black-backed Jackal and lions (if we’re lucky) are some of the mammals we may see. Tonight we may have a short night drive for the nightjars.. O/n Awash Falls lodge

Day 4 We sadly leave Awash for the lakes region. Besides a few roadside stops, our first major stop will be at Koka Dam where we may see the Lesser-striped and Wire-tailed Swallows. Then we proceed to Lake Ziway for lunch as well as an afternoon birding by the lake. It is one of the best birding sites of the Ethiopian Rift valley. We may see many aquatic and woodland bird species like the Lesser Jacana, Lesser Moorhen, Common Snipe, Lesser Black-backed and Great Black-headed Gulls, Black Heron (the umbrella bird), different kingfishers, Masked Shrike, Verreaux's Eagle Owl, African Harrier Hawk, and different species of waders and ducks. This afternoon we drive slowly to Langano Resort with a few stops in the acacia woodland of a cattle development ranch about 17 km past Lake Ziway. O/n Langano Resort

Day 5
We will bird before breakfast in the Lake Langano Resort compound with its associated acacia woodland. Von der Decken’s Hornbill, Abyssinian Black Wheatear, Klaus’s and Diederik Cuckoos, Black-cheeked Waxbill, Banded Barbet, Red-headed and Masked Weavers, Boran and Rattling Cisticola, Spotted Eagle Owl, Fan-tailed Raven, Gabar Goshawk, Bare-faced and White-bellied Go-away-birds, Black-billed and Black Wood-hoopoes and Pygmy Kingfisher are among the species we may see this morning. Then, we will have a short breakfast before we drive to Abijata-Willa Lakes NP. Lake Abijata, which is known as the Ethiopian Lake Nakuru, is the best feeding site for a great numbers of Lesser and Greater Flamingos. In Abijata, not only the flamingos but also a large number of migratory birds feed. After a half-day birding in Lake Abijata we will drive back to Langano Resort for lunch. An afternoon birding would be at the Park’s HQ where we may see the Grant’s Gazelle and Oribi. And then, we proceed to Wondo Genet for two nights. O/n Wondo Genet

Day 6 Today we will have a full day of birding in the tropical rain forest of Wondo Genet. This forest is home to endemic species like the beautiful Yellow-fronted Parrot, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Banded Barbet and the very localized subspecies of the Brown Saw-wing. Apart from these endemic species, there is an excellent variety of birds in the forest. The Narina Trogon, Double-toothed Barbet, Half-collared Kingfisher, Tambourine Dove, Broad-billed Roller, Ayres’s Hawk Eagle, Sharpe’s Starling, Scaly Francolin, Lemon and Blue-spotted /wood Doves, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Osprey, Cuckoo-shrike, Crowned Eagle, Thick-billed Raven, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Red-shouldered and Emerald Cuckoos, Mountain Wagtails, African Wood Owl, Spectacled and Grosbeak Weavers are among the many species that inhabit the lush forests of Wondo Genet. O/n Wondo Genet

Day 7 We leave Wondo Genet for the Bale Mountains that are about 230 km from Wondo Genet to the southeast via the Wabe-Shebelle River. En route, there will be a few stops including the Washa River for some highland species. Our major stop will be around Dinsho where the park Headquarters are located. Here, we hope to see different birds like the beautiful Spot-breasted Plover (endemic), African Snipe, Chestnut-napped Francolin, Lammergeyer, Steppe Eagle, Slender-billed Starling, Common Stonechat, Thekla Lark, Yellow Bishop, Baglafecht Weaver, Yellow-crowned Canary, Mountain and Long-legged Buzzards. The Dinsho area is also home to some mammals including the endemic Mountain Nyala and Menelik’s Bushbuck. Bohor Reedbucks, Warthog, Olive Baboon and common Duiker may be seen in the grassy area of Dinsho. After we pay all the necessary fees at the park HQ’s we proceed to Goba for three nights. O/n Goba

Day 8 Our tour will take us to Sofomer, the largest ground river cave the country, some 115 km east of Goba town. The thorny bushes of this lowland has a large number of bird species including the endemic Salvador’s Serin, Grasshopper Buzzard, Martial Eagle, Ring-necked Dove, Brown-tailed Chat, African Goshawk, Abyssinian Scimitar bill, Shining Sunbird, Bristle-crowned Starling, Eurasian Hobby, Yellow-spotted Petronia, Black-billed Wood Dove, Black-throated Barbet, different shrikes and bustards. The Straw-tailed Whydah, Western Violet-backed Sunbird, Levaillant’s and Great Spotted Cuckoos, Pygmy Falcon, Yellow-throated Barbet, Collared Sunbird, Hunter’s Sunbird and different social weavers. After superb birding in this lowland, we drive back to Goba for tomorrow’s program. O/n Goba

Day 9 We will have a full-day bird watching on the Sanattie Plateau and in the forest near Goba town. Sanattie Plateau is the highest moorland tract in Africa, home to the elegant endemic Ethiopian Wolf, which is found nowhere else on earth except in Ethiopia. This moorland with an associated juniper forest has a few important birds including the finest singing Abyssinian Catbird (endemic), the more-threatened Abyssinian Woodpecker, Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk, Olive Pigeon, Malachite Sunbird, Golden Eagle, Somali Chestnut-winged Starling, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Moorland Francolin, African Snipe, Ruddy Shelduck, Lanner Falcon, Crowned and Verreaux’s Eagles, Wattled Cranes, Eagle Owl, Rouget’s Rail and a few other species. Apart from the birds, this plateau has a few mammals like the Klipspringer, Abyssinian Hare and the endemic Giant Mole Rat. Late afternoon we slowly drive back to our hotel. O/n Goba

Day 10 We take the long drive south towards Negelle, some 285 km from Goba where we stay for two nights. We spend about an hour birding in the Harenna Forest, which is another excellent area for different bird species including Olive Pigeon, Black and White Mannikin, African Hobby, Mountain Buzzard, Crowned Eagle, African Wood Owl, and others. We make stop at Dawa River and Ganalle Valley to find African white winged Dove and Juba Weaver, and the endemic Ruspoli’s Turaco respectively, our target birds. We may see some other good birds including Levaillant’s Cuckoo, Rufous Chatterer, Red-and-yellow Barbet, and Greater Honeyguide. We will arrive at Negelle before dark. O/n Negelle

Day 11 Negelle area- full days bid watching around Negelle area. The localized Sidamo Lark is our target bird for today. O/n Negelle

Day 12 We set off for Yabello some 285 km west of Negelle one of the special birding routes in the southeastern part of the country with a great variety of birds. The Pied Cuckoo, Three-streaked Tchagra, Black-capped Social Weaver, Purple-banded Sunbird, the endemic White-tailed Swallow, Vulturine Guineafowl, Hueglin’s Bustard, Golden-breasted Starling, different species of weavers and Spotted Morning-thrush are among several species of birds that can be seen in these thorny bushes. Many other dry country birds could be seen, including Shelley’s Starling, D’Arnaud’s Barbet, White-crowned Starling, Grey Wren-warbler, Black-cheeked Waxbill, Golden Pipit, and African Bare-eyed Thrush and African Grey Flycatcher. Late afternoon we slowly drive to Yabello for the night. O/n Yabello

Day 13 Yabello area-full day is birding in the thorny bushes of Yabello area. It accommodates a great numbers of excellent birds. The Gray headed Social weavers, Banded Parisoma, D'Arnaud's Barbet, Abyssinian Scimitar bill, Black breasted Barbet, Shelly's and Golden breasted Starlings, Rufus Sparrow, Pale Flycatcher, Bare faced Go-away bird, and the endemic White tailed Swallow. Vulturine Geanifowl, Black caped social weavers, White crowned starlings, Orange bellied Parrot, Martial Eagle, Yellow Rumped Serine, Yellow necked spur foul, Red fronted Barbet and African Black headed Orioles are some of an excellent bind species O/n Yabello

Day 14 We proceed to Arbaminch via Konso, to have a next day birding in Nechsar National Park. En route we will see a great number of acacia lowland birds. Magpie Starling, White-crowned Starling, Dodson's Bulbul, Eastern Black-headed Oriole, African Goshawk, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Tiny Cisticola and Pringle's Puffback are some of the species we come across along the road. O/n Arbaminch

Day 15 We will do a full day of bird watching and game viewing in the superb lowlands of Nechsar National Park. There was an ornithological discovery of the Nechisar Nightjar during a survey of the park in 1992. There are different bird species known to occur on the Nechisar Plains including the rare Greater Kestrel, Orange River Francolin, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Desert Cisticolas and Stripe-breasted Seedeater. A few night species have been recorded here including the Slender-tailed and Star-spotted Nightjars, Donaldson Smith’s and Dusky Nightjars. Apart from the birds, Nechisar is home to few mammals like the endemic Swayne's Hartebeest, Thomson's Gazelle, Burchell’s Zebra, Greater Kudu, Dik-dik, and baboons. Drive back to Arbaminch. O/n Arbaminch

Day 16We drive to Awassa to stay the night. This afternoon we may have an opportunity to see a few species along the lake shore. Giant Kingfisher, Painted Snipe, Lesser Moorhen, Allen’s Gallinule, Banded Snake-eagle, Irania, Little Weaver, Grey Kestrel, Spotted Creeper, Grey headed Kingfisher, African and Common Snipes are some of the excellent birds we may see in the Awassa area. O/n Awassa

Day 17 Drive back to Addis Ababa. On the way we will stop at Abijata–Willa Lakes and Ziway. Lake Abijata is the feeding site of the lesser and Greater Flamingos that are in great abundance. There are also different species of ducks and waders. Lunch will be at Ziway, and then we slowly drive to Addis. O/n Addis Ababa

Day 18 Fly back home

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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NBE 1305- 19 DAYS BIRDING
Debralibanose, Jemma valley, Ankober-Melka Jebdhu, Awash NP, Bale Mt, Negelle, Yabello, Rift valley Lakes, Ghibe Gorge…
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Day 1 Arrive Addis Ababa

Day 2 Early start for Debra Libanose Monastery about 110 km on the northwest direction via Sululta plains where we have a short stop (after 20km) for few birds like Black- winged Plover, Red breasted Wheatear, Tawny eagle, Pectoral- patched Cist cola and some others. Around the monastery and the gorge, we expect a few endemics like the White-billed starling, Abyssinian woodpecker, Black-headed forest Oriole, Rupell’s and white-winged cliff chats. The river gorge itself is so productive for the birds of prey. The Lammergeyer, Verreaux's eagle, Egyptian and White-backed Vultures, Lanner Falcon, and Peregrine are one of the few listed. Overnight stay Ethio-Germen lodge (Debra Libanose)

Day 3 Proceed to Jimma valley for the localized endemic Harwood’s Francolin. Here in the valley we also looking for the Foxy Cisticola, Lesser kestrel, white-throated seedeater, White winged Cliff chat, White-billed Starling, Erckel’s Francolin, Lammergeyer and different raptors. Then, late afternoon, drive to Debra Brehan. Overnight stay Eva Hotel
              
Day 4 A full day birding around Ankober and Melka Jebdhu for the localized endemics Ankober serine and Yellow-throated seedeater. Overnight stay (see Day 3)

Day 5 Drive to the Awash National Park (200 km) via Addis Ababa as the trail between Ankober-Dulacha-Awash is not accessible by now. O/n stay at Awash Falls lodge

Day 6 Full day bird watching and game viewing in the superb acacia wood land and the thorny bushes of Awash. It provides a great numbers of bird species like Martial and Imperial Eagles, Arabian Bustard, Rosy patched Shrike, Red wing bush Lark, Bearded wood Pecker, Grey wren warbler, Ashy Cisticola, Red and Yellow Barbet, Somali Golden breasted Bunting and Green winged Pytilia. O/n stay at Bilen Lodge  

Day 7 Leave Awash for Lake Langano (260 km) and en rout stopping at Koka Dam and Lake Ziway for more birding. Lake Ziway is one of the best birding sites of the Ethiopian Rift Valley, and it provides species like the Lesser Jacana, Common Snipe, Black Heron(the Umbrella bird), Black crowned Crane, Saddle billed Stork, different Kingfishers,, Great black-headed Gull and Lesser Moorhen. O/n stay at Lake Langano Resort

Day 8 This morning we spend more time in the acacia woodland between Lakes Abijata and Shalla, and a long the shore of   Lake Abijata. The Von de Dickens’s Horn bill, Banded Barbet, Spotted Eagle Owl, Klaus’s and Dederic Cuckoos, Black-checked Waxbill, Gabar Goshawk, Boran and Rattling Cisticola are amongst the species we are expecting to see in the surrounding area of the  acacia wood land. Lake Abijata, the feeding site for a great numbers of Lesser and Greater Flaming, is also providing a large numbers of migratory birds. Overnight stay (see Day 7)

Day 9 Drive to Bale Mountains (210 km) for three nights staying. En route stopping at Dinsho, park headquarters, where we see the endemic mammals like the elegant Mountain Nyala and Menelik’s Bushbuck. Then, proceed to Goba. O/n stay at Goba Wabe Shebelle Hotel

Day 10 A full day bird watching on the scenic plateau of Sanattie (90 km round trip) and forest near Goba. Here, we expect birds like the Cinnamon- breasted Warbler, Mountain Buzzard, Abyssinian wood Pecker, White-backed black Tit, Bale Parisoma, Slender-billed Starling, Moor land & Chestnut Francolins,  African Snipe, Golden Eagle, Rufus Sparrow hawk, Watteled Crane, Rouget’s Rail and Lanner Falcon. Apart from the birds, Sanattie plateau also guarantees good supplies of the rare and beautiful Ethiopian Wolf. O/n stays (see Day 9)

Day 11 Proceed to Negelle Borena (some 285 km) via Harenna forest. En route, stop at Ganalle River for the rare and localized endemic species of Prince Ruspoli’s Turaco. Our day drive to Negelle brings us to great varieties of the low land species like Shelly’s & Golden-breasted Starlings. O/n stay at Negelle NOC Motel

Day 12 full day is bird watching around Negelle area. The localized Sidamo Lark is our target bird for today. O/n stays (see Day 11)

Day 13 Drive to Yabello (265 km) with many roadside stops. The Red-napped Shrike, Black caped Social Weaver, Lesser Kestrel, eastern violet backed Sunbird, the endemics White-tailed Swallow and Steersmen’s Bush Crow are one of the best birds we are looking for along this productive route. O/n stay at Yabello Motel

Day 14 full day is birding in the thorny bushes of Yabello area. It accommodates a great numbers of excellent birds. The Gray headed Social weavers, Banded Parisoma, D'Arnaud's Barbet, Abyssinian Scimitar bill, Black breasted Barbet, Shelly's and Golden breasted Starlings, Rufus Sparrow, Pale Flycatcher, Bare faced Go-away bird, the endemic White tailed Swallow. Vulturine Geanifowl, Black caped social weavers, White crowned starlings, Orange bellied Parrot, Martial Eagle, Yellow Rumped Serine, Yellow necked spur foul, Red fronted Barbet and African Black headed Orioles are some of an excellent bind species. Overnight stay (see Day 13)

Day 15 Continue to Lake Awassa. This afternoon we may have an opportunity of seeing a few species along the lakeshore.
Giant kingfisher, Painted snipe, Lesser moorhen, Allen s Gallinule, Banded Snake Eagle, Iranian, Little weaver, Grey kestrel, Spotted creeper, Grey headed kingfisher, African and common snipes are some of  an excellent birds we shall see in Awassa area. Overnight stay United Africa (Shebelle) Hotel

Day 16 In the morning bird watching in and around Lake Awassa. At a mid day, we drive to Wondo Genet for an afternoon birding; these degraded forests were once (are) home to the endemic species like the beautiful Yellow- fronted Parrot, Abyssinian wood Pecker and Banded Barbet. Apart from the endemic species, the forests produce and excellent birds like Narina’s Trogon, African hill Babbler, Crowned Eagle, Broad-billed Roller, Half-collared Kingfisher, and Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Grey cuckoo Shrike, Lemon Dove and Double-toothed Barbet  Overnight stay Wondo Genet Resort

Day 17 Drive to Waliso via Butajira with en route birding. Overnight stay in Waliso, Negash lodge

Day18 Full day birding in the superb Ghibe Gorge, for the western Ethiopia's specialties like Egyptian Plover, Black faced Firefinch, Abyssinian waxbill, Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat, Moustached Grass Warbler, Bar-breasted Firefinch and Exclamatory paradise Whydah and some other good species. Overnight stay (see Day 17)

Day 19 Drive back to Addis Ababa and evening fly back home (end of the trip) or stay in Addis Ababa

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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NBE 1306- 21 DAYS BIRDING
Debre Brehan, Ankober, Melka Jebdhu, Awash, Langano, Bale, Negelle, Yabello, Awassa, Wondogenet
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Day 1 Arrive in Addis Ababa

Day 2 Drive North east of Addis to Debra Brehan then to Gemesa Gedel, best for the endemic Ankober serine;  and the Lammergeier, Rufus- breasted Sparrow hawk, Verreaux’s  Eagle, Steppe and Tawny Eagles, African white backed Vulture, White collared pigeon, Thick billed Raven, Wattled Ibis, Blue winged Gosse, Thekla and Erlanger’s Larks.  Abyssinian Long claw, Black-headed Siskin, African Citril, Long billed and Plain backed Pipits, Montagu’s and Pallid Harriers and a lot varsities are so expected. Overnight stay at Eva hotel, Debra Brehan

Day 3 An excursion to Ankober area and Melka Jebdhu, f or the endemic Yellow-throated serine.  In addition, other specialties like the Half-collared and Giant kingfishers, Yellow-breasted and Black-throated and Banded Barbets, Beautiful sunbird, shining and Scarlet sunbirds.  White bellied and Barefaced Go away birds, Black chested snake Eagle, Bruce’s Green pigeon, Crimsons winged waxbill , Bush and Yellow-throated Petronia, different weavers and a lot other species. Over night stay Debre Brehan Eva hotel

Day 4 Leave Debra Brehan for the low land of Awash National Park with an en rote birding. And the lowland of Awash National provides a great numbers of bird species like Martial and Imperial Eagles, Arabian Bustard, Rosy patched Shrike, Red wing bush Lark, Bearded wood Pecker, Grey wren warbler, Ashy Cisticola, Red and Yellow Barbet, Somali Golden breasted Bunting and Green winged Pytilia. O/n stay at Awash Falls lodge

Day 5 Full day bird watching and game viewing in the superb acacia wood land and the thorny bushes of Awash. It provides a great numbers of bird species like Martial and Imperial Eagles, Arabian Bustard, Rosy patched Shrike, Red wing bush Lark, Bearded wood Pecker, Grey wren warbler, Ashy Cisticola, Red and Yellow Barbet, Somali Golden breasted Bunting and Green winged Pytilia. O/n stay at Awash Falls lodge

Day 6 Leaving Awash for Lake Langano with en route birding in Lakes Koka and Ziway; and. Lake Ziway is one of the best birding sites of the Ethiopian Rift Valley, and it provides species like the Lesser Jacana, Common Snipe, Black Heron (the Umbrella bird), Black crowned Crane, Saddle billed Stork, different Kingfishers,, Great black-headed Gull and Lesser Moorhen. O/n stay at Lake Langano Resort

Day 7 Proceed to the Bale Mountains (2 nights at Goba); en route stopping at Dinsho, park headquarters, where we see the endemic mammals like the elegant Mountain Nyala and Menelik’s Bushbuck T with other specialties like the Abyssinian long eared owl, Wood owl, Abyssinian catbird, Abyssinian woodpecker and then, proceed to Goba. O/n stay at Goba Wabe Shebelle hotel

Day 8 Bale Mountain Sanattie plateau- Here, we expect birds like the Cinnamon- breasted Warbler, Mountain Buzzard, Abyssinian wood Pecker, White-backed black Tit, Bale Parisoma, Slender-billed Starling, Moor land & Chestnut Francolins,  African Snipe, Golden Eagle, Rufus Sparrow hawk, Watteled Crane, Rouget’s Rail and Lanner Falcon. Apart from the birds, Sanattie plateau also guarantees good supplies of the rare and beautiful Ethiopian Wolf.  Over night, stay at Goba Wabe Shebelle hotel

Day 9 Proceed to Negelle via Harenna Forest-. En route, we are looking for the rare and localized endemic species of Prince Ruspoli’s Turaco. Our day drive to Negelle brings us to great varieties of the low land species like Shelly’s & Golden-breasted Starlings. O/n stay at Negelle NOC Motel

Day 10 Negelle area- full days bid watching around Negelle area. The localized Sidamo Lark is our target bird for today. O/n stays at Negelle NOC Motel

Day 11 Drive to Yabello, via Melka Guba/Dawa River/ with many roadside stops. The Red-napped Shrike, Black caped Social Weaver, Lesser Kestrel, eastern violet backed Sunbird, the endemics White-tailed Swallow and Steersmen’s Bush Crow are one of the best birds we are looking for along this productive route. O/n stay at Yabello Motel

Day 12 Yabello area-full day is birding in the thorny bushes of Yabello area. It accommodates a great numbers of excellent birds. The Gray headed Social weavers, Banded Parisoma, D'Arnaud's Barbet, Abyssinian Scimitar bill, Black breasted Barbet, Shelly's and Golden breasted Starlings, Rufus Sparrow, Pale Flycatcher, Bare faced Go-away bird, and the endemic White tailed Swallow. Vulturine Geanifowl, Black caped social weavers, White crowned starlings, Orange bellied Parrot, Martial Eagle, Yellow Rumped Serine, Yellow necked spur foul, Red fronted Barbet and African Black headed Orioles are some of an excellent bind species. Overnight at Yabello Motel

Day 13 Drive to Lake Awassa for the late afternoon birding; the white backed Duck, Western banded snake Eagle, Giant Kingfisher, Allen’s and Purple Gallinule and Blue headed Coucal are some of the species we are expecting in Awassa. Overnight stay at United Africa (Wabe Shebelle) hotel

Day 14 Wondo Genet forest-These forests are home to the endemic species like the beautiful Yellow- fronted Parrot, Abyssinian wood Pecker and Banded Barbet. Apart from the endemic species, the forests produce and excellent birds like Narina’s Trogon, African hill Babbler, Crowned Eagle, Broad-billed Roller, Half-collared Kingfisher, and Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Grey cuckoo Shrike, Lemon Dove and Double-toothed Barbet. Overnight stay at Wabe Shebelle hotel

Day 15 Pre breakfast birding in Wondogenet then drive back to Addis Ababa en route stopping at Cheleklaka lake/Debra Zeit/ evening fly back home

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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NBE 1307 - 11 DAYS BIRDING
Addis Ababa, Geferssa, Sululta & Debre-Libanose monasteryDebralibanose, Lakes Region, Bale, Negelle, Yabell
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Day 1 Arrive Addis Ababa/

Day 2 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. The endemic Abyssinian sis kin, Whit billed starling, Rupell’s Black chat, Lanner Falcon, Verreaux’s and Tawny eagle are one the target birds. The Egyptian and White backed vultures, Lammergeyer, Erick’s francolin, Rufus breasted sparrow hawk, little and common rock Thrush, Red collared window bird, Abyssinian woodpecker, White Backed black Tit, White Winged cliff chat and Brown woodland warbler are amongst the species we may see. Beside, the beautiful endemic Gelada Baboon can be easily seen at the edge of Debra Libanose gorge .we drive back to Addis Ababa in late afternoon. Overnight stay Addis Ababa Ghion hotel

Day 3 Leaving Addis Ababa 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 4 A pre breakfasts birding in the acacia woodland near by Langano resort. This woodland provides many birds like the Black checked and common Waxbills, Abyssinian black Wheatear, Dederic and Klaas’s Cuckoos Doran and Rattling cist colas. The red billed and Von de Deck en’s hornbills, Banded Barbet, Spotted Eagle Owl, Red headed weaver, African pygmy kingfisher, Nubian and Bearded woodpeckers, Brubru,   Grey flycatcher, Northern Black Tit, Hempric’s Hornbill and some of the species we expect in this productive compound. After breakfast, we drive to Bale Mountains. The elegant endemics of Mountain Nyala and Menelik's Bushbuck are the beauty of the Bale Mountains NP, in addition to the bird life. Overnight stay Goba Wabe Shebelle hotel

Day 5 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 Francolin, 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 Goba Wabe Shebelle hotel

Day 6 Proceed to Negelle Borena (some 285 km) via Harenna forest. En route, stop at Ganalle River for the rare and localized endemic species of Prince Ruspoli’s Turaco. Our day drive to Negelle brings us to great varieties of the low land species like Shelly’s & Golden-breasted Starlings. Overnight stay Negelle Local hotel

Day 7 A full day bird watching in and around Negelle area; the localized Sidamo Lark and Salvador’s Serine are our target birds for today. Overnight stay Negelle NOC Motel

Day 8 Drive to Yabello (265 km) with many roadside stops. The Red-napped Shrike, Black caped Social Weaver, Lesser Kestrel, eastern violet backed Sunbird, the endemics White-tailed Swallow and Steersmen’s Bush Crow are one of the best birds we are looking for along this productive rout. Overnight stay Yabello Motel

Day 9 After morning birding around Yabello, we drive 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 and Red breasted Wryneck. The 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 Awassa United Africa hotel

Day 10 Drive to Wondo Genet forests at the mid-day. 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 are one the species inhabiting in Wondogenet.  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 are Some of an excellent birds we are expecting to see in this lush forest. Overnight stay Wondo Genet Wabe Shebelle Resort
Day 11 After early birding and breakfast we drive back to Addis Ababa. En route, we shall have few stoppages at Lake Ziway and Hora creator. Overnight stay in Addis or evening flight

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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NBE 1308 - 4 DAYS BIRDING
In Rift Valley Lakes & Bishangari Eco-Lodge
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DAY 1 Leaving Addis Ababa early in the morning for Bishangari Eco-Lodge some 235 km south of the capital on the eastern bank of Lake Langano. We stop en route at Lake Ziway which has many bird species including Lesser Jacana, gulls, kingfishers, African Pygmy Duck, Black Heron, Marsh Harrier, Temminck’s and Little Stints, Masked Shrike and Common Snipe, and other species. Overnight, stay at Bishangari eco- lodge

DAY 2 A day birding in the fabulous Munessa forest where we expect a great number of birds. Among many species: Broad-billed Roller, Narina Trogon, Red-shouldered and Emerald Cuckoos, Blue-spotted and Tambourine Doves, different woodpeckers, Sharpe’s Starling, Double-toothed Barbet, African Hawk-eagle and Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird. It is home to a few mammals including the Bushbuck, Vervet and Black Colobus Monkeys, Olive Baboon and Golden-backed Jackal. Overnight stay at Bishangari Eco-Lodge

DAY 3 Drives to Lake Awassa. This smallest and Shallowest lake supplies a number of species including the beautiful Painted Snipe, Purple Swamphen, Lesser Gallinule, Red-breasted Wryneck, Grey Kestrel, different kingfishers, Violet-back Starlings, African White-backed Duck, Lesser Swamp Warbler and Banded Snake-eagle. Lake Awassa is also a place where one can easily see hippopotamus a short distance away. Overnight stay Awassa

DAY 4 Drive back to Addis Ababa. On the way, we will have a few stops at Abijata-Willa Lakes for more birding. Today we also cover some of the sites that we had not stopped for on Day one; then, we slowly drive back to Addis Ababa.

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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NBE 1309 - 3 DAYS BIRDING
In Addis Ababa, Geferssa, Sululta & Debra-Libanose Monastery
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Day 1 We drive to the Menagesha Forest via Sebeta, some 53 km southwest of Addis. In this small thick forest, we may see a few species like the Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Tropical Boubou, Ruppell’s Robin-chat, Wood Warbler, and the endemic Banded Barbet and Abyssinian Catbird. In the afternoon, we drive to Geferssa Reservoir where we do expect the Blue-winged Goose, Black-headed Siskin and Ortolan Bunting are among the species we are looking for. In the late afternoon, drive to Sululta; Overnight stay at Sululta Local Hotel

Day 2 We drive to Debra-Libanose via the Sululta Plain. In the grassland of Sululta Plain, one can expect a variety of highland species like the Black-winged and Crowned Plovers, Red-throated and Grassland Pipits, and the endemic Abyssinian Longclaw and Black-headed Siskin. Then, we proceed to Debra-Libanose. the 13th century monastery, is one of the best birding sites near Addis Ababa. The elegant Lammergeier, White-backed and Ruppell’s Griffin Vultures, Black or Verreaux’s Eagle, the endemic Abyssinian Woodpecker and White-billed Starling are some of the beautiful birds we hope to see in and around the monastery. In addition, the Gelada Baboon, one of Ethiopia’s endemic mammals inhabits this gorge.  Overnight stay Ethio-German lodge, Debra Libanose

Day 3 Early start to Jemma valley for the rare and endemic Harwood’s Francolin and other specialties like Foxy Kestrel, Foxy cisticola, White-throated serein, and Abyssinian Black wheatear.   Afternoon drive back to Addis Ababa

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Short birding trips and a day trip from Addis Ababa

The followings are short or extension trips that are organized separately or with many extensions in conjunction with the above bird watching itineraries:

  • NBE 1310: Negelle, Yabello and : five nights/six days
  • NBE 1311: Ankober and Aliyu Amba: one night/two days
  • NBE 1312: Jemma valley and Alemketema: one night/ two days
  • NBE 1313: Chilimo forest and Gefferssa Reservoir: day trip
  • NBE 1314: Gibe gorge: one night/two days
  • NBE 1315: Debre Zeit and Koka Dam/Awash River Bridge: day trip
  • NBE 1316: Sululta Plain & Mugger valley: day trip
  • NBE 1317: Menagesha Forest & Geferssa Reservoir: day trip

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Optional CULTURAL & HISTORICAL EXTENSIONS
by Air (for any birder who wants to visit the unique culture and history of Ethiopia)

  • Two nights at Bahir Dar; or
  • One night at Gonder; or
  • Two nights at Lalibella; or
  • One night Axum; or
  • One night at each place or a combination of several of these places
  • Seven nights/eight days: Omo Valley (by surface)

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