Overview

This exciting extension will take us to one of the wildest and most ethnically diverse places on Earth – the Omo Valley. This is primarily a cultural experience during which we will interact with several tribal communities who still live almost exactly as they did hundreds of years ago. This harsh and inhospitable place has over 10 distinctly different tribes existing within a 60 km radius; each with its own unique language, clothing, hairstyles and bodily ornamentation. Our tour will take us through the very heart of this vast and varied cultural melting pot, and promises to make an exciting and memorable addition to our Ethiopia birding experience!

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

Tour Facts Top Birds
Dusky Babbler, Wattled Ibis, Yellow throated & Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, African Orange-bellied Parrot, White-cheeked Turaco, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Blue-naped Mousebird, Abyssinian Roller, Three-streaked Tchagra, Taita Fiscal, Mouse-coloured Penduline Tit, Magpie & Shelley’s Starling, chances for White-tailed Lark, Nubian Woodpecker, Black-billed & Double-toothed Barbet, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Mosque Swallow, Red-faced Crombec, Yellow-bellied Eremomela, Chestnut Weaver
Top Mammals
Da Brazza’s Monkey
Habitats Covered
dry Acacia savanna
Expected Climate
hot and dry, no rain expected
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
undemanding
Accommodation
comfortable hotels
Ease of Birding
not challenging
Other Attractions
ancient Omo Valley tribes, traditional markets
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

This tour was our first one with Greg de Klerk. I would certainly go with him again. He is an extremely good birder, quick to locate birds and get all of the tour group on them. He worked hard to get those difficult endemics. His sense of humour added greatly to the group experience. What I most appreciated about Greg was his method of helping us to see the necessary field marks to identify a bird and to explain the difference between a bird and one that looked similar. I was therefore sure of the identity of every bird we had.

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.

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.

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

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.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
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