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
comfortable hotels
Ease of Birding
not challenging
Other Attractions
ancient Omo Valley tribes, traditional markets
Photographic Opportunities
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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