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Monday, 07 July 2014 09:20

Birding Along the Historic Route

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Day 1: Arrive at Addis Ababa and transfer to Ghion Hotel for overnight.

Day 2: Leave early for Debre-Marcos (305km.) through the Sululta plain. Stop at Debre Libanos and descend to Jemma River Gorge. Debre Libanos is an important monastic center for Ethiopian Orthodox Christianias established in the 13th century. The Jemma River is one of the tributaries of the Nile, and there is a drop of elevation nearly 1000m. From the general level here at the gorge, and in the forest around the church we can see the Banded Barbet, the Black headed forest oriole, the White billed starling, Red winged starling, the White winged cliff chat, the white backed black tit, White cheeked turaco, Lammergeier, Ruppell’s s and Lappet faced vultures etc and we will also see one of Ethiopia‘s endemic mammals, the Gelada baboon.
We will leave Debre Libanos to Debre Marcos in the after noon. O/n Shebell Hotel, Debre Marcos.

Day 3: Leave early for Bahir Dar Checking in to Tana Hotel. After lunch bird watching around Bahir Dar at the Blue Nile Bridge, Haile Selassie’s Palace of Bezawit, around the Michael Church and the shore of lake Tana, We expect to see a number of aquatic and forest birds, Herons, Sacred ibis, Double toothed barbet, Egyptian goose, Darters, Cormorants, Terns, Pelicans, Egrets, Ducks and etc. Tana Hotel is situated on the lakeshore; Open billed stork, Sacred Ibis, White cheeked Turaco, Striped king fisher, Eagle, Masked weaver, and many different Sunbirds can be seen in or near the hotel compound.


Day 4: Early morning visit to the Blue Nile Falls & return to the Bahir-Dar for lunch. En route we can expect to see Carmine bee-eater, Grey headed Kingfisher, Wire tailed pipit, Spotted Eagle Owl, etc. After lunch boat trip to Zeghe Peninsula, which is known for its 14th centaury round church of Ura Kidane Mihret highly decorated with mural paintings and other magnificent monasteries. The endemic Yellow fronted parrot and Black Winged lovebird can easily be seen from Bete Mariam to Ura Kidane Mihret, though a thick forest. O/N Hotel.

Day 5: Leave early in the morning for Gonder which is 180 Km, on the way different species of birds can be seen, for example, Lovebirds, Abyssinian Ground horn bill, Long Crested eagle, Augur buzzard, crowned crane and large number of Common Cranes. Arrive in time for lunch at Goha Hotel, which is situated high on a mountain overlooking the town. Lammergeier can often be seen soaring around the hotel compound. After lunch start tour of the imperial castles’ compound and the churches of Debre Berhan Selassie, famous for its murals, and Qusquam church. These Places are also important for birding; Black headed forest Oriole and Thick billed raven and others can be seen. Spectacular Sunset view is additional asset to be at Goha hotel. Dinner in the Hotel and tour of Gonder by night is possible if desired.

Day 6: After breakfast leave for Gorgora through Dembia plain at the northern end of lake Tana. Dembia plain is known for its suitability for cattle raring and hot weather crops production. Lunch at the on the shore of the resort hotel. Flock of flamingos, Cattle egrets, little egrets, King fishers, Herons and others will be seen. Visitors may also see hippos. Return to Gonder late in the afternoon for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Early in the morning leave for Axum, 354 Km north of Gonder. The thrilling Limalimo gorge is worth crossing, up looking the Simen Mountains to the right side and overlooking the gorge of Tekeze that abruptly descends to 2000 meters below the general level .We expect to see among the endemic birds; Wattled ibis, Thick billed raven, White collared Pigeon and, numerous Lammergeier, various vultures, Auger buzzard, Gabar goshawk, Grey Kestrel, Lanner green Pigeon, Mountain black billed barbet etc. O/N Yeha Hotel.

Day 8: Before breakfast, birding in the lush hotel garden where one can see many birds. After breakfast drive to the Edifice ruin of Emperor Caleb and Gebre Meskel, swimming pool of the legendary Queen of Sheba, the main stele park where huge monolithic stele are erected, the church of st. Marry of Zion where the original Ark of the Covenant is believed to be kept, the archaeological museum. O/N Hotel.

Day 9: After breakfast Drive to Lalibela, which was the capital of the Zagwe dynasty kings where several rock –hewn churches that are considered as the 8th wonder of the world are carved out of solid volcanic rocks. Endemic birds like, Black winged lovebird, White Collared Pigeon, Ruppell’s cliff Chat can be seen. O/N Roha Hotel.

Day 10: After breakfast trek to Asheton Mariam church on top of a mountain on foot or on mule back (4 Hour round Trip). The church itself worth the trip and the scenery on the way is again impressive. Among the endemic birds, we can expect to see on the way White billed starling, Golden backed woodpecker and others. In the after noon drive to Nakuto Leab cave church rich in paintings, and other relics, Glossy starling, Superb starling and other birds can be seen. O/N Roha Hotel.

Day 11: Fly to Addis Ababa, city tour in the capital.

Day 1: Arrive at Addis Ababa, transfer to Ghion Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Leave early for Debre Libanos and the Jemma River Gorge. Drive through the Sululta plain. Debre Libanos is an important monastic center for Ethiopian Orthodox Christianias, and there is a small cave near the church where the renowned 13th century saint “Tekle Haimanot” is said to have stood for twenty-nine years for prayer. For keen birders the journey can take up to 6 hours. As we pass through the Sululta plain where we will see Black winged plovers. Wattled ibis, Blue winged geese, Common cranes, wheatears, and etc.

The Jemma River is one of the tributaries of the Nile, and there is a drop of elevation nearly 1000meters from the general. Here at the gorge, and in the forest around the church we can see the Banded Barbet, the Black headed forest oriole, the White billed starling, Red winged starling, the White wined cliff chat, the white backed black tit, white cheeked Turaco, Lammergeyer, Ruppell’s and Lappet faced vultures etc and. We will also be seen one of Ethiopia s endemic mammals, the Gelada (or bleeding heart) baboon. Return to Addis Ababa late in the afternoon. O/N Ghion Hotel.

Day 3: After breakfast leave for Menagesha forest, a bout 55 km from Addis Ababa to the west. The Abyssinian cat bird, Banded barbet, Golden backed wood pecker, Black headed forest oriole and Wattled ibis are some of the endemic species of birds which have been recorded in this relatively small but dense, indigenous forest. Mammals like Menelik’s bushbuck, Colobous monkey, Common duiker, Warthog, Grivet monkeys will be seen. Picnic lunch and return to Addis Ababa late in the afternoon. O/N Ghion Hotel.

Day 4: Leave Addis Ababa to Awash National park, 220km to the east. Stop at lake Beseka where birds like; Storks, Egrets, Vultures, Towny eagles etc can be seen. We will take lunch at Awash town. In the afternoon, game drive in the park. O/n Genet Hotel.

Day 5: Full day birding in the park including a trip to the Filweha (hot spring). We will see birds like Abyssinian roller, Abyssinian ground horn bill, Wire tailed swallow, Buff crested Bustard, Dark chanting Goshawk, pygmy falcon, Honey guide, Woodland Kingfisher, Kori bustard, Black shouldered Kite, White Crowned and Helmet shrikes, Swallow-tailed Kite, Rosy patch shrike, Carmine Bee eater, Orange billed parrot, Lilac breasted roller, Lappet faced and Ruppell’s Vultures, Helmeted guinea fowl, Yellow billed horn bill etc. We will also see a variety of different mammals, including Greater and Lesser Kudu, Warthog, Black backed jackal, Grivet monkey, Anubis. O/N Genet Hotel.

Day 6: Leave for the Lakes Region, we will stop for birding along the main at Koka Dam, Awash River and then at Lake Ziway, where, Village weavers, Marabou stork, Yellow billed Storks, Collared Pratincoles, Lesser jacanas, African jacanas, Cattle egret, African Fish Eagle, Crowned and Common Cranes are some of the species to be seen here in large number. We leave Ziway after lunch and continue to Lake Langano for an overnight stay in the Wabi Shebelle Hotel Situated on the Shores of the Lake.

Day 7: We drive to Abijata-Shalla lakes National park; we first go to lake Shalla the deepest of all the Ethiopian Rift valley lakes. This lake is the breeding ground of birds since it has islands. Then drive to lake Abyata the feeding ground of birds since it is rich in aquatic life and where one can see lesser and greater Flamingos in abundance, Africa Pochard Avocet, Gull billed Tern and Pintail ruff, Greater white pelican, and a variety of ducks are among other species to be seen. Then, We leave to lake Awassa and check into Wabi-Shebelle hotel. Lake Awassa is rich in bird life; endemic Black Winged Lovebirds, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Bare Faced Go away birds, Greater cormorants, Storks, Ducks are some of the species to be seen. O/N Wabi-Shebele Hotel.

Day 8: Full day birding on the shores of Lake Awassa. In the morning drive to Amora-Ghedel, the fish market where abundant birds can be seen and walk in the public park compound for more bird watching. After lunch and some rest boat trip to Tikur wuha, the place where hippos and Columbus monkeys, and some more of birds can be seen O/N Hotel.

Day 9: After breakfast drive to Wondo-Genet about 37 km to the east of Awassa. Wondo- Genet one of the strong holds of forests in the country and where a Field Gene Bank is established has a therapeutic hot mineral springs and naturally heated swimming pool in a lush, forested mountain setting. After lunch, we will climb through the captivating juniper forest where the endemic Yellow fronted parrot, the Black headed Forest Oriole and the Abyssinian Golden-backed Wood-pecker can be seen, along with the Red winged starling, Grosbeak weaver, Mounting wagtail etc. O/N Wabi-Shebelle Hotel. 

Day 10: Full day birding with picnic lunch in the lush forest of Wondo Genet. O/N Wabi-Shebelle Hotel.

Day 11: Leave Wondo- Genet for the Bale Mountains National park. Stop at Dinsho the head quarter of the Park for game viewing. Some endemic mammals like the mountain Nyala, Menelik’s bushbuck and non-endemics like warthog; Reedbuck, Common jackal etc will be seen. In the BMNP we expect to see the following endemic birds: the Spot breasted plover, Roget’s rail, Abyssinian cat bird, Black headed siskin, Blue winged goose, Wattled ibis, White collared pigeon and Black winged love bird and Other no-endemic birds can also be seen. O/N Goba Wabi- Shebelle Hotel.

Day 12: After breakfast drive with lunch box to the amazing Afro-Alpine setting of the senate plateau, home to the endemic Ethiopian Wolf and Giant mole rat, and among the birds the beautiful spot- breasted plover, Blue winged goose, Wattled ibis, Harwood francolin, Lammergeier, Auger buzzard etc. We should also be able to see the rare Wattled crane. On the way we will probably Klipspringer. Return to Goba late in the afternoon. O/N Hotel.

Day 13: After breakfast drive to Harenna with lunch box, full day birding there. O/N Goba Wabi-Shebelle Hotel.

Day 14: Return to Addis Ababa.

Day 15: City tour in the capital and shopping.

Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa and transfer to Ghion Hotel.

Day 2: After breakfast birding in the hotel compound that has White backed Black Tit, Warbler, Blue-collar pigeon, pied crow, Mouse bird etc. After lunch in the hotel we leave for Geferssa reservoir 20 Kilometers west of Addis Ababa where one can see the Blue winged Goose, Black headed Siskin, Abyssinian Long Claw, Wattled ibis, sacred ibis, Hammer kop etc. Return to Addis Ababa early in the evening. O/N Ghion Hotel.

Day 3: We leave Addis Ababa early in the morning heading south to the Rift Valley; we will be birding along the main road stopping at Koka Dam, Awash River and then at Lake Ziway, where Yellow billed storks, Marabou stork, Collared Pratincoles, lesser Jacanas, African Jacanas, Cattle egret, African Fish Eagles Crowned and Common Cranes are some of the species to be seen here in large number. After lunch we leave Ziway to Lake Langano for an overnight in the Sabana Resort Hotel Situated on the Shores of the Lake.

Day 4: After breakfast we drive to Abijata-shalla lakes national park. Passing the tame ostriches at the gate, we first go to Lake Shalla the deepest of all the Ethiopian Rift valley lakes. This lake is the breeding ground of birds since it has islands. Then drive to lake Abyata the feeding ground of birds since it is rich in aquatic life and where one can see thousands of both lesser and greater Flamingos, Africa Pochard Avocet, Gull billed Tern and pintail Ruff, Greater white pelican, and a variety of ducks are among other species to be seen. Then, we leave to Lake Awassa and check into Wabi-Shebelle hotel. Lake Awassa is rich in bird life; Black Winged Lovebirds, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Bare Faced Go away birds, Greater cormorants, Storks, Ducks are some of the species to be seen. O/N Wabi-Shebele Hotel.

Day 5: Before breakfast we go to the fish market where we can get really close to birds, which used to accompany human for the fish offal that may be thrown. After breakfast in the hotel we leave for Wondo Genet, about an hour’s drive. Wondo Genet one of the strong holds of forests in the country and where a Field Gene Bank is established has a therapeutic hot mineral springs and naturally heated swimming pool in a lush, forested mountain setting. After lunch, we will climb through the captivating juniper forest where the endemic Yellow fronted parrot, the Black headed Forest Oriole and the Abyssinian Golden-backed Wood-pecker can be seen, along with the Red winged starling, Grosbeak weaver, mounting wagtail etc. O/N Wabi-Shebelle Hotel.

Day 6: Full day birding in the forest around Wondo Genet. O/N Hotel.

Day 7: We set off early for the magnificent Bale Mountains National park (BMNP), with its forests, volcanic lakes and trout filled streams. About 14 endemic birds have been recorded here, plus some endemic mammals like the mountain Nyala, Ethiopian wolf and Menelik’s bushbuck. In the BMNP we expect to see the following endemic birds: the spot breasted plover, Roget’s Rail, Abyssinian cat bird, Black headed Siskin, Blue winged Goose, Wattled Ibis, White collared pigeon and Black Winged love bird. Other no-endemic birds and animals can also be seen. We stop at Dinsho on the way, and arrive in Goba late afternoon. O/N Goba Wabi- Shebelle Hotel.

Day 8: Full day birding on the amazing Afro-Alpine setting of the senate plateau, home to the endemic Ethiopian Wolf and Giant mole rat, and among the birds the beautiful spot- breasted plover, Blue winged goose, Wattled ibis, Harwood francolin, Lammergeier, Auger buzzard etc. We should also be able to see the rare wattled crane. After Picnic lunch and more sites seeing, drive to Goba late in the afternoon. O/N Hotel.

Day 9: We set off back to the Lakes region, arriving at Sabana Resort Hotel, Lake Langano in the afternoon, and spend the remaining time of the day birding along the shores of the Lake. O/N Sabana Resort Hotel.

Day 10: After early breakfast morning birding by the cliff nests to the lake, and we leave for Awash National park (ANP). Over 350 species of bird have been recorded in this savanna grass land including: the Abyssinian roller, Abyssinian Ground Horn bill, Wire tailed swallow, Buff crested Bustard, Dark chanting Goshawk, pygmy Falcon, Honey guide, Woodland Kingfisher, Kori bustard, Black shouldered Kite, White Crowned and Helmet shrikes, Swallow-tailed Kite, Rosy patch shrike, Carmine bee eater, Orange billed parrot, Lilac Breasted Roller, Lappet faced and Ruppell’s Vultures, Helmeted guinea fowl, Yellow billed horn bill etc. We will also see different animals, including Greater and Lesser Kudus, Warthog; Black backed jackal, Grivet monkey, Anubis baboon, Sommering’s gazelle, crocodiles and (sometimes) lions. O/N Genet Hotel.

Day 11: Full day birding in the park, including a trip to the filweha (hot spring), shaded by Palm trees. O/N Hotel.

Day 12: Return to Addis Ababa, stopping at Kuriftu Resrt and Spa in Debre Zeit for lunch and birding, arriving Addis Ababa late afternoon.

Monday, 07 July 2014 09:18

Birding at Debre Zeit and Awash National Park

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Day 1: Drive to Debre Zeit 47 Km from Addis Ababa where there are many crater lakes for which the town is famous. You can see different water birds and various species of swallows and weavers, Hottentot teal, Red Bill Teal, and White backed Duck, Spur Winged Plover, Red Knobbed Coot, and etc can be seen. Lunch, Dinner and over night at the Kuriftu resort and Spa Hotel.

Day 2: After some early morning birding right by the hotel, we set off for Awash National Park. Birding in the park including a trip to the Filweha (hot spring). We will see birds like Abyssinian roller, Abyssinian Ground Horn bill, Wire tailed swallow, Buff crested Bustard, Dark chanting Goshawk, pygmy Falcon, Honey guide, Woodland Kingfisher, Kori bustard, Black shouldered Kite, Swallow-tailed Kite, Rosy patch shrike, Carmine Bee eater, Orange billed parrot, Lilac Breasted Roller, Lappet faced and Ruppell’s Vultures, Helmeted guinea fowl, Yellow billed horn bill etc. We will also see a variety of mammals, including Greater and Lesser Kudu, Warthog, Black backed jackal, Grivet monkey, Anubis baboon etc. O/N Awash.

Day 3: Full day birding in the park including a visit to Fentale volcanic mountain. O/N Hotel.

Day 4: Early Morning Birding around the camp and then return to Addis Ababa. 

Monday, 07 July 2014 09:17

Birding around Addis Ababa

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Day 1: In the morning we will do birding within Addis Ababa first, around Addis Ababa abattoir  And in the compound of Ghion hotel where one can see Black backed Tit, Warblers, Black Kite,  Hooded Vulture, Pied Crow, Ibises, ravens etc. After lunch drive to Geferssa reservoir 20 Km,  West of, Addis Ababa. The Blue winged Goose, Black Headed Siskin, and Abyssinian  Long Claw, and Wattled Ibis are some of the birds one can see. Return to Addis Ababa .O/N  Ghion Hotel.

Day 2: Leave early and drive north through the Sululta plain to Debre Libanos and the Jemma River Gorge. Debre Libanos is an important monastic center for Ethiopian Orthodox Christians established in the 13th century. On arrival at Debre Libanos, we will first stop at the alluring Zegawodeb River gorge viewpoint. The Zegawodeb River is one of the tributaries of river Jemma which in turn drains in to Nile, and there is a drop of elevation nearly 1000meters from the general level to the valley. Here at the gorge, and in the forest around the church we can expect to see the Banded Barbet, the Black headed forest oriole, the White billed starling, Red winged starling, the White winged cliff chat, the white backed black tit, white cheeked Turaco, Lammergeyer, Ruppell’s and Lappet faced vultures etc and We will also see one of Ethiopia’s endemic mammals, the Gelada baboon.We will leave Debre Libanos to Addis Ababa around 5.00pm.O/N Ghion hotel. Or Overnight at Ethio-German Lodge.

Day 3: Drive to Menagesha Suba Forest (about 55 Km). The Abyssinian cat bird, Banded Barbet, Golden backed wood pecker, Black headed forest oriole and Wattled ibis are some of the endemic species which have been recorded in this relatively small but dense, indigenous forest. Mammals like Menelik’s bushbuck, Colobous monkey, Common duiker, Warthog, Grivet monkeys will be seen. Picnic lunch and return to Addis Ababa in the late afternoon. O/N Ghion.

Day 1: Leave early and drive north through the Sululta plain to Debre Libanos and the Jemma River Gorge. Debre Libanos is an important monastic center for Ethiopian Orthodox Christians established in the 13th century. On arrival at Debre Libanos, we will first stop at the viewpoint of the alluring Zegawodeb River gorge and Jemma from distance. The Jemma River is one of the tributaries of the Nile, and there is a drop of elevation nearly 1000meters from the general level to the valley. Here at the gorge, and in the forest around the church we can expect to see the Banded Barbet, the Black headed forest oriole, the White billed starling, Red winged starling, the White winged cliff chat, the white backed black tit, white cheeked Turaco, Lammergeyer, Ruppell’s s and Lappet faced vultures etc and we will also see one of Ethiopia‘s endemic mammals, the Gelada baboon.We will leave Debre Libanos to Addis Ababa .O/N Ghion Hotel.

Day 2: We get off early in the morning with a picnic lunch to Akaki wetlands that are great for aquatic birds like; Shovelers, Avocets, Flamingos, Gull Billed Terms, Spur Winged Geese, Wintering Common cranes, Wattled Ibis and the Black Winged Poker, etc. can be seen. Then, we return to Addis Ababa late in the afternoon.

Monday, 07 July 2014 09:13

Bird Watching

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Ethiopia’s Rift Valley lakes, highland massift, lowlands and semi-deserts provide the varried terrain to support an amazing variety of Birds. The country’s position and terrain has enabled the evolution of many birds of the region into unique forms and species. Ethiopia boasts 857 bird species, of the world 9,500 species 10% of the world bird species lives and found in Ethiopia, of which 30 are considered Endemic. 


Bird Watching is your life time ticket to the theater of the Nature. So bird watching can be organized at different places as per the request of the client.

Abiyyata and Shalla Park
It was created primarily for its aquatic bird life, particularly those that feed and breed on lakes Abijatta and Shalla in Large numbers. The park compresses the two lakes, the isthmus between them and a thin strip of land along the shorelines of each. Developments have been limited to a number of tracks on land, and the construction of seven outposts. While attention is focused on the water birds the land area does contain a reasonable amount of other wildlife.

Lake Abijatta: Fresh water flows into it trough the small Horakello stream. The steam mouth is a source of relatively fresh water, much frequented by water birds for drinking and bathing. The Lake is surrounded by gentle, grass covered slopes and acacia woodlands. 

Lake Shalla: By contrast surrounded as it is by steep, black cliffs and peaks that reflect in its waters, is the deepest lake of the Rift valley 260meters (853 feet). It is exceptionally beautiful, with shores that give a scent of mystery with their hot sulphurous springs that bubble up and flow into the lake.

There are over 400 bird species recorded here almost half the number recorded for the whole country. Although the islands in Lake Shalla are a real birds paradise, the birds fly to Lake Abijatta to feed. Abijatta itself is very alkaline but shallow, so flamingoes can be seen scattered over most of its surface, and especially along the windward edge where their algal food source concentrates. You can approach quite closely, but beware of treacherous deep and mud if the lake is low. Large numbers of flamingos gather here, together with great white pelicans and a wide variety of other water birds. 
Besides of the rich Bird life, some mammals can be spotted at the Lake Abijatta-Shalla National Park, especially Grant's gazelle, Oribi warthog and the golden Jackal.

Hot springs: The headquarters houses a small museum which gives an excellent idea of the wealth of bird life in the park. A further track leads on from dole to the shores of Lake Shalla where hot steam mud and water bubble to the earth's surface. Revered locally for their medicinal properties the hot springs have a sense of primeval myustery about them, especially in the cooler early mornings. They are relics of the massive volcanic activity that has formed this amazing country and landscape.

Awash Park
The birds of Awash Park are numerous; over 450 species are recorded for the park: (The check list is available at the museum at park Head quarters). They range from the great ostrich frequently and easily observed and the less common secretary bird and Abyssinian ground hornbill to the flashes of brilliant pink which are the carmine bee eaters, and the Abyssinian roller with turquoise and purple wings. And turaco, go away birds, birds of prey, and birds of the savannah.

In Awash National Park Camping is far out the best alternative camping sites are located on the edge of the river above the falls, Large spreading trees provide not only shade but also they shelter a wonderful collection of birds. 

Omo Park 

Located in the south-west on the west bank of Omo River, 870km south west of Addis Ababa covering an area of approx 4,068sq km

Wildlife found in this park include buffalo, elephant, giraffe, cheetah, lion, leopard, zebra, kudu, hartebeest, oryx, Anubis baboon and many other animals over 306 species of birds can be seen.

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