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 and 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 and Somali Short-toed Larks, White-winged Collared Dove, Nile Valley & Black-bellied Sunbirds, Arabian and 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
moderate pace, mostly undemanding walks
spectacular montane scenery, interesting ancient farming methods
What our clients say about tours to Ethiopia
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…
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…
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.
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.