Ethiopia’s many highlights include one of the highest endemic bird counts on the African continent, a remarkable mammalian assemblage, an ancient Christian culture and remote tribes little influenced by the modern world. This combination of unique features makes for a thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating journey to one of the world’s most exceptional countries. Rockjumper’s comprehensive Ethiopian Endemics Birding tour loops through central and southern Ethiopia as we seek out the very best birding that this nation has to offer, including targeting every possible endemic and near-endemic bird on this route. Participants on this Ethiopia birding tour can expect to see over 500 Ethiopian bird species, including the fabled Ruspoli’s Turaco, strange Stresemann’s Bush Crow, Rouget’s Rail, Spot-breasted Lapwing, remarkable Thick-billed Raven, the extremely localized Salvadori’s Seedeater, rare Red-billed Pytilia and even Ethiopian Wolf! Our Lalibela Historical Extension explores the astounding series of 12th century monolithic churches hewn out of solid rock. The Omo Valley Extension is a cultural and birding experience that will take us to one of the wildest and most ethnically diverse places on Earth – the South Omo Valley, home to more than fifty distinct tribes, each with their own language, clothing, hairstyles and body ornamentation. Our Ethiopia birding tour takes us through the very heart of this vast and varied cultural melting pot, and promises to make an exciting and memorable end to our Ethiopia birding experience!
Our new Ethiopia Budget Birding tour offers a wide array of Ethiopian bird species and nearly all of this ancient country’s endemics in a convenient 13-day package. To boot, you’ll be exposed to the kaleidoscope of cultures that grace this ancient land, and all of these factors combine to ensure a fascinating experience of not just Ethiopian birds, but also its amazing mammals, including troops of the incredible Gelada!
For our new Ethiopia Highlights tour, we have hand-picked the prime birding destinations in central Ethiopia and chosen only premier lodges. This Ethiopia birding tour offers brilliant birding and wildlife viewing for those with less time to spare in the field and a penchant for more upmarket accommodations. This Ethiopia birding tour can be linked with both Lalibela Historical Extension II and also our Northern Extension – Simiens & Gondar tour. This latter extension explores the ancient city of Gondar, famed for its spectacular and unique medieval castles, and the awe-inspiring Simien Mountains National Park, which holds the only population of the magnificent Walia Ibex as well as a bounty of birds and huge troops of gentle Geladas, to name just some of the highlights.
ORYX’s Endemic Mammals & Ethnic Diversity photographic safari concentrates on some of the world’s most spectacular and photogenic animals, including the Ethiopian Wolf, Mountain Nyala, Gelada and Walia Ibex. We will also spend time photographing the “Camelot of Africa” – the famous castles of Gondar, as well as the incredible rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. Our Vanishing Cultures of Omo Valley Extension allows us opportunity to photograph several tribal communities including the famous plate-lipped Mursi tribe and colorfully adorned Hamar tribe.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…