Simply put, Ethiopia is hands-down one of Africa’s most productive and rewarding birding destinations! Our 22 day Ethiopia Mega birding tour comprehensively covers this unique country and every single endemic bird is targeted (Ethiopia has the second highest count of endemics on the continent). Up to five hundred species of birds and many rare mammals can be expected and the ease of the birding is quite remarkable. Ethiopia is also one of Africa’s most rewarding photographic destinations.
In central Ethiopia we explore massive Rift Valley lakes teeming with birds, moss-draped montane forests supporting a wide selection of endemics, the high Bale Mountains home to the critically endangered Ethiopian Wolf, the impressive Jemma Valley and Awash National Park, a Mecca for game and bird watching in Ethiopia (home to an incredible six species of bustard!). Key Ethiopian bird species we will seek include Spot-breasted Lapwing, Blue-winged Goose, Rouget’s Rail, Wattled Ibis, Ankober Serin, Salvadori’s Seedeater, Red-billed Pytilia, Yellow-fronted Parrot, White-backed Black Tit and Abyssinian Woodpecker.
To find some of Ethiopia’s most sought after endemics such as the fabled Ruspoli’s Turaco and enigmatic Stresemann’s Bushcrow, we will venture to remote corners of this ancient land. In these significantly drier habitats of southern Ethiopia, we will be searching for birds unique to this region including White-tailed Swallow, Archer’s (Sidamo) Lark, White-winged Collared Dove, Red-naped Bushshrike and Juba Weaver. Aside from the many Ethiopian Endemics, we also visit two off the beaten track sites, Mega in the far south and Kafka-Shiraro National Park in the very north of the country. Highlights from these two locations include Masked Lark, Heuglin’s Bustard, near endemic Black-fronted Francolin, Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow-Weaver, Star-spotted & Sombre Nightjars, Demoiselle Crane, White-headed Babbler, Egyptian Plover, Sahel Paradise Whydah and Sudan Golden Sparrow.
Ruspoli’s and White-cheeked Turaco, Stresemann’s Bush Crow, Spot-breasted Lapwing, Blue-winged Goose, Rouget’s Rail, Wattled Ibis, Ankober Serin, Yellow-fronted Parrot, Black-winged Lovebird, Erkel’s & Harwood’s Francolin, White-backed Black Tit, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Donaldson-Smith’s Nightjar, White-tailed Swallow, Archer’s (Sidamo), Gillett’s and Somali Short-toed Lark, White-winged Collared Dove, Nile Valley & Black-bellied Sunbird, Arabian, Heuglin’s & Hartlaub’s Bustard, Golden-breasted, Magpie and White-billed Starling, Pygmy Batis, Red-naped Bushshrike, Juba Weaver, Masked Lark, Black-fronted Francolin, Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow-Weaver, Star-spotted & Sombre Nightjar, Demoiselle Crane, White-headed Babbler, Egyptian Plover, Sahel Paradise Whydah and Sudan Golden Sparrow.
Ethiopian Wolf, Gelada, Hamadryas Baboon, Mountain Nyala, Giant Mole Rat, Serval, Guenther’s and 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
moderate pace, mostly undemanding walks
spectacular montane scenery, interesting ancient farming methods
What our clients say about tours to Ethiopia
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…