Ethiopia Birding Tour

Simien Mountains trekking


Day 1
  • Welcome at Bole International Airport and transfer to the hotel
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Visit Geferssa Reservoir for birdwatching, spotting species like Blue-winged Goose and Black-headed Siskin
  • Return to Addis Ababa in the evening
  • Overnight at the hotel
Day 2
  • Depart from Addis Ababa and head south to the Main Ethiopian Rift Valley
  • Birdwatching stops at Koka Dam, Awash River, and Lake Zeway
  • Lunch at Lake Zeway, followed by birdwatching at the lakeshore
  • Spot various water birds and species like African Pygmy Geese and Fish Eagles
  • Continue to Lake Langano for overnight stay at a lakeside resort
Day 3
  • After breakfast, start the ascent to Bale Mountains National Park
  • Explore the park and observe endemic Ethiopian birds like Spot-breasted Lapwing and Abyssinian Long Claw
  • Overnight at the hotel in the park
Day 4
  • Drive towards Senate Plateau, encountering Simien Wolves (Ethiopian Wolves) in the lush green forest
  • Hike to the highest peak at 4377 meters above sea level
  • Enjoy the moorland landscape with Giant Lobelias and colorful flowers
  • Overnight at the hotel
Day 5
  • Search for endemic birds like Chestnut-napped Francolin and Abyssinian Catbird in the Bale Mountains
  • Look out for Wattled Crane and Cape Eagle-Owl if fortunate
  • Overnight at the hotel
Day 6
  • Drive to Negele via Harena Forest, searching for Turaco and Golden-breasted Starling
  • Seek the endemic Sidamo Lark and other species on the Negele Plains
  • Overnight at a local hotel in Negele
Day 7
  • Morning birding to spot the Degodi Lark and other specialties of the area
  • Return to Negele with birdwatching along the way
  • Overnight at the hotel in Negele
Day 8
  • Encounter the endemic White-tailed Swallow and Stresemann's Bush crow
  • Explore Yabello Wildlife Sanctuary & Reserve, observing various bird species
  • Possibility of seeing Somali Ostrich, Vultures, Martial Eagle, and more
  • Overnight at a local motel in Yabello
Day 9
  • Spend the day in the Yabello area and wildlife reserve
  • Continue searching for Stresemann's Bush Crow and White-tailed Swallow
  • Look out for other bird species like Somali Courser and African Bare-eyed Thrush
  • Overnight at Yabello Motel
Day 10
  • Travel back to Awassa, birdwatching in acacia bush and highland areas
  • Explore Lake Awassa and its surroundings
  • Overnight stay in Awassa
Day 11
  • Birdwatching along the Great Rift Valley while returning to Addis Ababa
  • Farewell dinner in the evening
  • Transfer to the airport for departure