Overview

Our 17-day Ethiopia birding tour comprehensively covers this unique country and every single endemic bird is targeted (Ethiopia has the second highest count of endemics on the continent). Up to five hundred species of birds and many rare mammals can be expected and the ease of the birding is quite remarkable. Ethiopia is also one of Africa’s most rewarding photographic destinations.

In central Ethiopia we explore massive Rift Valley lakes teeming with birds, moss-draped montane forests supporting a wide selection of endemics, the high Bale Mountains home to the critically endangered Ethiopian Wolf, the impressive Jemma Valley and Awash National Park, a Mecca for game and bird watching in Ethiopia (home to an incredible six species of bustard!). Key Ethiopian bird species we will seek include Spot-breasted Lapwing, Blue-winged Goose, Rouget’s Rail, Wattled Ibis, Ankober Serin, Yellow-fronted Parrot, White-backed Black Tit and Abyssinian Woodpecker.

To find some of Ethiopia’s most sought after endemics such as the fabled Ruspoli’s Turaco and enigmatic Stresemann’s Bush Crow, we will venture to remote corners of this ancient land (close to the Somali frontier at Bogol Manyo and the Kenyan border at Yabello). In these significantly drier habitats of southern Ethiopia, we will be searching for birds unique to this region including White-tailed Swallow, Archer's (Sidamo) Lark, White-winged Collared-Dove, Red-naped Bushshrike and Juba Weaver.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Ruspoli's and White-cheeked Turaco, Stresemann's Bush Crow, Spot-breasted Lapwing, Blue-winged Goose, Rouget’s Rail, Wattled Ibis, Ankober Serin, Yellow-fronted Parrot, Black-winged Lovebird, Erkel's & Harwood's Francolin, White-backed Black Tit, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Donaldson-Smith's Nightjar, White-tailed Swallow, Archer's (Sidamo), Gillett's and Somali Short-toed Lark, White-winged Collared Dove, Nile Valley & Black-bellied Sunbird, Arabian and Hartlaub's Bustard, Golden-breasted, Magpie and White-billed Starling, Pygmy Batis, Red-naped Bushshrike, Juba Weaver
Top Mammals
Ethiopian Wolf, Gelada, Hamadryas Baboon, Mountain Nyala, Giant Mole Rat, Serval, Guenther's and Salt's Dikdik, Gerenuk, Lesser Kudu, Beisa Oryx, Soemmering's Gazelle
Habitats Covered
montane forest, Afro-alpine moorland, Acacia savanna, Rift Valley lakes, semi-desert
Expected Climate
temperate in highlands, hot and dry in lowlands
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace, mostly undemanding walks
Accommodation
comfortable to basic hotels
Ease of Birding
not challenging
Number of Species Expected
475-500
Other Attractions
spectacular montane scenery, interesting ancient farming methods
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

Greg de Klerk is an excellent leader. What I admired most about Greg was his willingness and patience to take the time and "teach" the group shorebird and wading bird identification. Throughout the tour, he would take the time and repeat the details to anyone who asked, or seemed to be unclear on the details.

Greg de Klerk did a very good job managing the tour, was personable and was highly effective at bird spotting & identification.

Simply stated, David Erterius is an exceptional individual: patient, kind, diligent, and hard-working almost to a fault. He was ever-conscious of his clients' welfare, with remarkable birding skills which he relentlessly employed to ensure that all members of the group regularly saw, identified and enjoyed each species, including mammals and reptiles.

I wanted to say what a fantastic trip we had! The tour was well organised, we didn't have to change accommodation every day, the vehicles and drivers were excellent (after one of them was replaced) and we saw a great variety of habitats. Markus and Rich were absolutely wonderful, and very patient with everyone in the group. We were a diverse group in terms of age/energy levels, experience travelling in developing countries, and birding skills and knowledge. Yet Markus and Rich worked hard to get everyone on to as many birds and mammals as possible, and catered for everyone's needs extremely well. They are both extremely professional, yet also a lot of fun and we had some truly hilarious moments, especially on our night drives. How do you choose between looking at an Aardwolf and an Aardvark when they are both in view at the same time? And who could forget Markus's dying calf imitation to lure in Spotted Hyenas? I must say the impressive mammal list was quite unexpected. Ethiopia is truly an amazing destination - and certainly rivals birding in Southern Africa. I look forward to travelling with Rockjumper in the future and have been singing your praises to birders here in Canberra.

Glen Valentine is an asset to any birding group with his excellent knowledge of birds and his friendly outgoing personality. He is helpful to both experienced and inexperienced birders alike. I would not hesitate to join another birding tour where he was leader or co-leader as I know from experience that it would be a thoroughly enjoyable and informative tour.

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