Ethiopia is hands-down one of Africa’s most productive and rewarding birding destinations. A plethora of endemic birds, many of which are very tame and confiding is further complimented by a rich assemblage of forest and savannah species, rare mammals and a kaleidoscope of culture and food that combine to produce a fascinating and intriguing experience.
Spring brings earth parching rain, flushing the spectacular landscapes in green. Spring means the Palearctic migrants have already returned home, but the important endemic and near endemic species are just beginning their breeding cycle. Outside of the regular tourist season, you’ll feel that Ethiopia is all yours! Fascinating history, decent road infrastructure, diverse cultures and astonishing wildlife make Ethiopia an essential expedition for both hard-core and casual birders alike, and for many of our guides this remains one of their top destinations on the African continent!
Ruspoli's & White-cheeked Turacos, Stresemann's Bush Crow, Spot-breasted Lapwing, Blue-winged Goose, Rouget’s Rail, Egyptian Plover, Wattled Ibis, Ankober Serin, Yellow-fronted Parrot, Black-winged Lovebird, Erkel's & Harwood's Francolins, White-backed Black Tit, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Donaldson-Smith's Nightjar, White-tailed Swallow, Archer's (Sidamo), Gillett's & Somali Short-toed Larks, White-winged Collared Dove, Nile Valley & Black-bellied Sunbirds, Arabian & Hartlaub's Bustards, Golden-breasted, Magpie & White-billed Starlings, Pygmy Batis, Red-naped Bushshrike, Juba Weaver.
Ethiopian Wolf, Gelada Baboon, Hamadryas Baboon, Mountain Nyala, Giant Mole Rat, Serval, Guenther's & Salt's Dikdik, Gerenuk, Lesser Kudu, Beisa Oryx, Soemmering's Gazelle
montane forest, Afro-alpine moorland, Acacia savanna, Rift Valley lakes, semi-desert
temperate in highlands, hot and dry in lowlands
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace, mostly undemanding walks
comfortable to basic hotels
Ease of Birding
Number of Species Expected
410 - 450
spectacular montane scenery, interesting ancient farming methods