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Ethiopia Tours with Birding Africa

Often called “The Roof of Africa”, Ethiopia is one of the continent’s top birding destinations.

Our April 2015 trip recorded 500 bird species including all of Ethiopia's endemics, including Prince Ruspoli's Turaco and Spot-breasted Lapwing, plus spectacular mammals such as Ethiopian Wolf and Gelada Baboon.

Our 2014 and 2013 tours recorded over 500 bird species each, including all of Ethiopia's endemics.

Our 2017 tours are open for bookings.

The extensive highlands are the largest mountain block in Africa, with about 30 bird specialties confined to this dramatic region. Ethiopia adds up to a truly bird-filled experience in an unusual country: it offers numerous endemics, a rich assemblage of montane and arid savanna species and an influx of European and Central Asian migrants. Unrivaled scenery, unique mammals and fascinating cultures enhance the feeling of outlandishness. On our tours we visit a wide range of habitats from mountain peaks and forests to desert plains.

Highland grasslands and moorlands hold unusual endemics such as Blue-winged Goose, Spot-breasted Lapwing and Rouget’s Rail, whereas rocky areas are home to Rueppell’s Black Chat and White-billed Starling. In forest patches in the central highlands we will search for White-cheeked Turaco, Ethiopian Oriole, Abyssinian Catbird, Yellow-fronted Parrot, Black-winged Lovebird, Abyssinian Woodpecker and White-backed Tit. The Rift Valley's arid savannas and numerous lakes teems with birds, including a good diversity of bustards. In the remote south of the country we may find three of Ethiopia's most sought after endemics, fabled Prince Ruspoli's Turaco, Stresemann's Bush Crow and unusual White-tailed Swallow.

Our trip itinerary is designed to focus on these specials plus all the birds for which Ethiopia is revered as a birding destination. The birding is relatively easy and very diverse, the scenery forms probably Africaís most dramatic backdrops, and a number of special mammals will be looked for, such as Mountain Nyala and the critically endangered Ethiopian Wolf. This makes our Ethiopia trip a top birding tour embedded in a great all-round nature experience.

Featured Leader: Tertius A. Gous

Tertius recommends: This tour is well suited to world listers and mammal enthusiasts.

Tertius Gous, Birding Africa guide

Tertius has birded widely across Africa and his sharp eye and gentle nature was key in making our 2014 tours such a success (see client comments on webpage). Tertius grew up in the bushveld in South Africa and now leads tours for Birding Africa in South Africa, Namibia and the Okavango, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia and Madagascar.

He is our only guide to have seen both African and Green-breasted Pittas while leading Birding Africa tours in one year! Tertius has a broad interest in all wildlife and is trained as a vet and volunteers his special skills for penguin conservation.

He is also an accomplished bird photographer. Some of the photos in the leaflet below were taken by Tertius on a Birding Africa Ethiopia tour in 2013.

 

Stresemann's Bush Crow photographed on Birding Africa's 2014 Ethiopia tour © Tertius A Gous.



  

2017 Tour dates and cost

Birding Africa Tours Dates Days

Cost*

Single**

Detailed Itinerary Tour report
Ethiopia: Endemics
Leader: Tertius A. Gous
5 - 22 February 2017 18 £4650

$5640
£470

$545
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USD (2.8 MB)
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Ethiopia: Endemics
Leader: Michael Mills
8 - 25 April 2017 18 £4650

$5640
£470

$545
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USD (2.8 MB)
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* Cost per person sharing a room
** Single room supplement.

* Included:
drinks
tips
full board accommodation
Birding Africa tour leader
Birding Africa printed booklet with species lists
activities as indicated on the itinerary
guide fees, entry fees for the parks, reserves and botanical gardens
transport as indicated on the itinerary

* Not included:
laundry, telephone calls, entry visa


Spot-breasted Lapwing is endemic to highland bogs in Ethiopia's highland bogs - where this photo was taken on a Birding Africa Ethiopia tour © Callan Cohen.
Spot-breasted Lapwing is endemic to highland bogs in Ethiopia's highland bogs - where this photo was taken
on a Birding Africa Ethiopia tour © Callan Cohen.

Among all carnivores, the Ethiopian Wolf is the most endangered, with only 400 to 600 remaining! We make a special effort to search for them in the Bale Mountains. Photographed on a Birding Africa Ethiopia tour © Callan Cohen
Among all carnivores, the Ethiopian Wolf is the most endangered, only 400 to 600 remain! We make a special
effort to search for them in the Bale Mountains. Photographed on a Birding Africa Ethiopia tour © Callan Cohen.

Northern Carmine Beeeater in Awash National Park on a Birding Africa Ethiopia tour © Callan Cohen.
Northern Carmine Bee-eater in Awash National Park on a Birding Africa Ethiopia tour © Callan Cohen.

The shy Red-billed Pytilia is a recently-recognised endemic only ever seen by a few lucky birders, including those on a Birding Africa tour. Photographed here on a Birding Africa Ethiopia tour © Callan Cohen
The shy Red-billed Pytilia is a recently-recognised endemic only ever seen by a few lucky birders, including
those on a Birding Africa tour. Photographed here on a Birding Africa Ethiopia tour by Callan Cohen.

Rouget's Rail must be the world's tamest rail! Photographed on a Birding Africa tour to Ethiopia © Callan Cohen
Rouget's Rail must be the world's tamest rail! Photographed on a Birding Africa tour to Ethiopia © Callan Cohen.

The fearsome-looking Gelada Baboon is a peaceful grass-eater. Photographed on a Birding Africa tour to Ethiopia © Callan Cohen
The fearsome-looking Gelada Baboon is a peaceful grass-eater. Photographed on a Birding Africa tour to
Ethiopia © Callan Cohen


Prince Ruspoli discovered this beautiful turaco, but he was soon after killed by an elephant. It took decades before anyone knew where the bird had been found. This one was photographed on a Birding Africa tour to Ethiopia © Callan Cohen
Prince Ruspoli discovered this beautiful turaco, but was soon after killed by an elephant. It took decades before
anyone knew where the bird had been found. This one photographed on a Birding Africa tour to Ethiopia © Callan Cohen



Practical tour information

Focus For keen birders and mammal enthusiasts. Designed to see as many as possible endemic birds, but while on the walks we spend a lot of time looking for other aspects of wildlife such as mammals. We can also customise any itinerary to suit to the keen birder, the wildlife enthusiast or both.
Photography Many participants on our trips are amateur wildlife photographers. And when we get excellent views of a bird or mammal, some time is usually spent watching and photographing it. However, this is not a photographic tour and once the majority of the people have felt that they have absorbed the animal or bird to their satisfaction, then we move on in search of the next encounter. Thus, while the photographic opportunities are very good, the group will only occasionally wait for somebody who wants to spend even longer getting better photos.
Fitness A moderate degree of fitness is required. Please enquire if you have any questions.
Climate Warm to hot in the lowlands and cool in the forests and highlands
Comfort Basic to moderate comfort in local small hotes and guest houses.
Transport We travel by minibus, bus or four wheel drive vehicle.
Group Size Just nine participants can join the February 2016 tour.
Top birds Ethiopian endemics including Prince Ruspoli's Turaco, Spot-breasted Lapwing, Rouget's Rail, Abyssinian Catbird, Stresemann's Bush Crow and Blue-winged Goose.
Top mammals Ethiopian Wolf, Gelada Baboon, Hamadryas Baboon, Olive/Anubis Baboon, Black-and-white Guereza Colobus, Blue monkey, Sykes Monkey, Root-rat (Tachyoryctes sp), Common (Golden) Jackal, Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, White-tailed Mongoose, Spotted Hyaena, Ethiopian Rock Hyrax, Mountain Nyala, Beisa Oryx
Flights Flights to/from Ethiopia are excluded from the tour cost. For some examples of direct and economical flights, please click here.
Yellow Fever A Yellow fever vaccination is mandatory if you come from an infected zone. If you are travelling from a country not infected by the disease, travellers are still advised to obtain a vaccination as yellow fever is a mosquito-borne disease that is endemic in the region. So we recommend getting the Yellow-fever vaccination, irrespective of where you are coming from. It is useful for travel in most tropical countries and lasts 10 years. Please consult your local travel clinic if you have any concerns.
Visa You can buy a visa on arrival in Addis airport (20 USD in 2012). The office will be open.
Booking Your booking can be secured with a booking form and deposit. You will receive confirmation and our tour information pack with practical information on what to expect and how to prepare for the tour. The balance is due 150 days before the tour. Contact us to enquire about availability.


About Birding Africa

Birding Africa is a specialist birding tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed holiday birders. We combine interests in mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, botany and other natural history aspects and will guide you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations. Our guides' knowledge of African birds and birding areas is our greatest strength and together we have rediscovered species, shared exciting observations with the birding community and had a fun time exploring our home continent. We've even written two acclaimed guide books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best birds. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle, and we are dedicated to making professional, best value trips filled with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997, we've run bird watching tours in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders, small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've run Conservation Tours in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC Natural History Unit.

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