Overview

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!

Tour Facts Top Birds
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.
Top Mammals
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
Habitats Covered
montane forest, Afro-alpine moorland, Acacia savanna, Rift Valley lakes, semi-desert
Expected Climate
temperate in highlands, hot and dry in lowlands
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace, mostly undemanding walks
Accommodation
comfortable to basic hotels
Ease of Birding
not challenging
Number of Species Expected
410 - 450
Other Attractions
spectacular montane scenery, interesting ancient farming methods
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

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.

Greg de Klerk was an excellent guide and his lively manner and humour did much to make the trip enjoyable.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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