16 Days Bird Watching Tours


Tour code: VET 013
Program: Bird Watching Tours
Transport: surface
Duration 16 days/15 Nights


Product Description

Day 1 Addis

Arrive Addis Ababa. After lunch we drive to Geferssa reservoir, about an hour drive west of Addis Ababa. The Wattled Ibis, Blue-winged Geese, Abyssinian Long-clow, Black-headed Siskin are some of the endemic species could easily be seen. Overnight Addis Ababa

Day 2 Debre-libano

Drive to Debre-Libanose Monastery via Suluta plain. It is a wonderful place for the endemic birds; such as the White winged cliff chat, White billed starling, White collared pigeon, Abyssinian Long-clow, Black headed-sis kin and Black headed-forest Oriole. Late afternoon proceed to Debre-Brehan for two nights staying

Day 3 Debre Brihan

Drive to Ankober in search of the endemic Ankober Serine. We continue unto Melka Gebdhu via Aliyou Amba for Yellow throated Serien and other important birds like Marshal Eagle, Giant King Fisher, Shining and African pygmy sunbirds, different weavers including Village weavers. Back to Debre Brehan in the evening.

Day 4 Langano

Leave Debre Brehan early in the morning for Langano (via Addis Ababa). Before lunch we will have a stoppage at Chelklaka wet land near Debre-Zeit. It is here that where we expecting different water birds like White-backed Duck, Maccoa Duck, Ferreugnes Duck, Red billed Teal and Knob billed Duck. Lunch will be at Debre-Zeit. Then, Proceed to Ziway for an afternoon birding. En route we will have a lot of roadside stops. Overnight Langano

Day 5 Wondo Genet

After breakfast drive to Abijata alkaline lake, where one can see thousands of Lesser Flamingos. African pochard, Avocet, Gull Billed Tern, Black-headed Gull and huge number of aquatic species are seen. In the afternoon we have birding in the acacia woodland by the park HQ. Then, we proceed to Wondogenet for two nights staying.

Day 6. Wondo Genet

Full day birding in the lush forest of WondoGenet. The endemic Yellow Fronted Parrot, Black-headed Forest Oriole, Red winged Starling, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Grosbeak Weaver, White checked Trace, spotted creeper, and other forest birds are some of the species we are expecting here.

Day 7 Bale

Drive to the magnificent Bale Mountains National Park. Which is home to different endemic mammals and birds. The Mountain Nyala, Menelik’s Bushbuck, and Ethiopian Wolf are one of the Ethiopian endemic mammals that can easily be seen in Bale. The Spot-breasted Plover, Rouge’s Rail, Abyssinian catbird, Cinnamon bracken warbler and White backed Black Tit are one of the species that we are seeing on the highlands of Bale

Day 8 Bale

Full day birding in the Afro-Alpine of the Sanattie Plateau. In most cases we may see the Wattle Crane, the rare bird in Africa.

Day 9 Awassa

Leave the Bale Mountains for Lake Awassa. Here, we will have a full afternoon birding expecting lot varieties of species. Gallinule, Lesser moorhen, Blue-headed Coucal, Spotted creeper, Giant Kingfisher, Grey Kestrel, Painted Snipe, Grey headed Kingfisher and Double Toothed Barbet are some of the species we are looking for. Overnight Awassa.

Day 10: Arba Minch

Then a long journey through changing landscapes near Arba Minch. We can impact many birds and vultures encounter. Way we visit the Lake where Chitu 5000 Flamingos During winter stays. If we have time we can visit in the park Crocodile pound and try to find. Overnight at Arba Minch.

Day 11:  Arba Minch

In the nature Nechisar National Park we go with a boat of Lake Chamo and we try to find hippos and crocodiles it is rich in birds and in the woods, we encounter the golden-backed woodpecker, a beautiful colored woodpecker endemic. Now we can also encounter the first large mammals such as Thomson gazelle, Swaines hartebeest, zebra, kudu, etc. Sleep in Arba Minch
Day 12:   Yabello

We go to Yabelo. Here we have the best chance of Stresemann’s bush crow mostly foraging on the ground in small groups. The white-tailed swallow nests in termite mounds, the incubation period is variable, so hard to ensure presence. It is difficult to find endemic species, which is still not well hotographed. Groups kudu and giraffe scurrying here among the bushes.Overnight Yabello

Day 13:  Yabello

Today we try Negele direction to go, there is a risk of the very rare Sidamo Lark and many other species of larks on the vast plains.
Overnight Yabello

Day 14: Yabello

Today at Harrera Forest. Through the dense forest Harena we can Ruspoli’s Turaco encounter, the bird is named after an Italian prince who once collected the first specimen, prepared and sent to Italy.The prince was on his tour in Africa slain by an elephant and the bird was collected until years later extracted and described as new to science.Overnight Yabello

Day 15:Awasa         

After breakfast, continue south from Yabello to the local Borena village of Dublock to visit the singing wells where the locals form chanting chains of people to remove buckets of water from the long channeled openings of the wells. Afterwards, continue to El Sod, a crater lake where salt is mined from the lake for sale and use throughout Ethiopia. After the visit, proceed driving to Awassa, overnight at Awassa.

Day 16: Drive to Addis

We’re going through a number of lakes in the Rift valley, Lake Koka and Lake  Langano.Stay here large numbers of waterfowl, flamingos, cormorants, pelicans and many species of waders, including our northern species in their wintering areas have arrived. Langano is a large lake, there can be swum as it is with Babogaya Lake bilharzia free. There may in the period that we are here a colony Abdim Storks nest against the rock wall after Breakfast Drive back to Addis Ababa


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