Overview

Due to civil unrest, it is not currently possible to visit Lalibela. 

To do full justice to the cultural aspects of this fascinating country, we offer an incredible Ethiopia historical tour extension to the northern town of Lalibela where we explore the unique 12th century monolithic churches, hewn out of solid rock and which took an estimated 25 years to construct, now appropriately considered one of the wonders of the world!

Whilst our main focus during the Ethiopia historical tour will naturally be these amazing monuments, we can also expect some excellent birding. Possible species include White-collared Pigeon, White-winged Cliff Chat, Erckel’s Francolin, Egyptian Vulture, White-fronted Black Chat, Abyssinian Catbird, Little Rock Thrush, Thick-billed Raven, White-backed Black Tit, Hemprich’s Hornbill, the scarce endemic Banded Barbet, Black-billed Woodhoopoe and large flocks of White-billed Starlings.

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

Tour Facts Top Birds
Many endemics including White-backed Black Tit, Thick-billed Raven, Banded Barbet, White-billed Starling, Rüppell's & White-fronted Black Chat, White-winged Cliff Chat, Erckel's Francolin, Yellow-rumped & Brown-rumped Seedeater, Wattled Ibis, White-collared Pigeon, Abyssinian Catbird
Habitats Covered
arid escarpments
Expected Climate
temperate in highlands
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace, mostly undemanding walks
Accommodation
basic but comfortable
Ease of Birding
easy
Number of Species Expected
+-70
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

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.

Jan Pienaar had great leadership and social skills, making our tour an excellent experience.

Heinz Ortmann did an excellent job of leading a group with diverse interests. He was particularly patient in showing the birds to the non-birders, and I believe he increased the level of interest in all of them with his enthusiasm. (Graham is already talking about a possible trip to Uganda!). He also did his best with my "wish-list" and I don't think we missed much. I have some stunning pictures of Stresemann's Bushcrow and Vulturine Guineafowl as evidence. It was necessary to make a couple of changes to the itinerary and accommodation, and Heinz managed all of this without any stress to the group.

The guide, Greg de Klerk, did a good job. He was well informed regarding the participants and tried hard to accommodate everyone's needs. He made a good effort to inform us daily as to what birds we might see, which was very helpful.

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

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