Overview

On this brief, yet exciting tour, we will commence our adventures at the ancient city of Gondar, famed for its spectacular and unique medieval castles. We will then continue to the lofty heights of the awe-inspiring Simien Mountains National Park, which holds the only population of the rare and magnificent Walia Ibex. Here we can also expect a bounty of birds as well as a wonderful selection of very scarce and range-restricted mammals, including huge troops of gentle and ridiculously confiding Geladas and, with a bit of luck, Ethiopian Wolf – the world’s rarest canid – to name just some of the many potential highlights!

The spectacular scenery, fascinating history, diverse cultures and astonishing wildlife make this a really superb finale to one of the most thoroughly enjoyable destinations in Africa!

Tour Facts Top Birds
Bearded Vulture, Thick-billed Raven, Wattled Ibis, Rouget’s Rail, Chestnut-naped Francolin, Spot-breasted Lapwing, White-billed Starling, Red-billed Chough, White-collared Pigeon, Banded Barbet, White-fronted & Rüppell's Black Chat, White-winged Cliff Chat, Abyssinian Catbird, White-backed Black Tit, Abyssinian Longclaw, Yellow-rumped & Brown-rumped Seedeater, Ethiopian Siskin
Top Mammals
Ethiopian Wolf, Gelada, Walia Ibex
Habitats Covered
afro-alpine moorland with Giant Lobelias, rocky slopes, cliffs
Expected Climate
temperate in highlands, rain is not expected
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
undemanding
Accommodation
comfortable to very comfortable hotels & lodges
Ease of Birding
not challenging
Other Attractions
spectacular scenery, the highest hotel in Africa, medieval castles of Gondar, Simien Mountains
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
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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.

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.

Wayne and Markus are both fantastic guides and the trip was spectacular!! I would definitely travel with Rockjumper again in the future and look forward to the possibility of doing so!

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.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
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