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Monday, 07 July 2014 09:31

Historic & Nature (Harar)

Day 1: Fly to Dire-Dawa and transfer to Harar. After check in a hotel, visit the walled part of the city. The wall had five gates in the past. Guards used to close those gates at the dusk after all the strangers are escorted out for the sake of security and keys were given to the Amir’s office. The palace of the last Amir Abdullah & Jami mosque the oldest in the wall are worth visiting. In the evening, watch the bizarre wild hyena feeding performance; i.e. the hyena men make their living by collecting bones and offal of meat that they feed the hyena from mouth or hand. O/N Ras Hotel.

Day 2: For the activity of this day see the program of day 3 of PFT-602.

Day 3: Fly back to Addis.

Note: It is possible to combine this program with that of the historic route and with the Omo Valley, Danakil depressions & Djibouti.

Monday, 07 July 2014 09:29

Historic & Nature (Surma via Jimma)

This route is significant for its breath taking nature, real tropical forest, spice, fruits, wild and cultivated coffee production and apiculture, and uninfluenced indigenous culture.

Day 1: Arrive at Addis Ababa. O/N Ghion Hotel.

Day 2: After breakfast drive to Jimma. En route visit the verdant land of West Shewa surplus grain producer, Wolkite, the Guraghe people’s country known steeple food' Inset’, false banana producer then, pass through the enticing Gorge of Gibe upper part of Omo River where birds can be seen in abundance. After check in to a hotel, visit the Palace of Aba Jifar situated at 7 km. to the west of the town on a hill. It was established in the second half of the 19th century A.D. This magnificent palace is consisted of king’s family mosque, courthouse, throne room, reception chamber, guesthouse, sentry tower, and balcony at which the king’s families watch the traditional song and dance performance. The Aba Jifar museum that displays the natural and cultural items that gives insight of the surrounding people and environment. O/N Tourist Hotel.

Day 3: After breakfast drive through the luxurious tropical forest, wild coffee, spices, fruits plants and grain to Mizan Teferi the base town to visit the surrounding areas. Bebeka coffee plantation site is the oldest and the most important one in the country. O/N camping.

Day 4: Drive to Tulgit; visit the village of the Surma people. The Surma are mainly dependent on subsistence agriculture and cattle keeping as well. They inhabit the western part of Omo National Park around the river Kibish and mountain of Maji.The Surma are famous for their body painting with local colors, in particular white chalk in different design. The females adorn themselves by inserting clay disc as the Mursi do. The men are well known for their stick fighting. O/n in tent.

Day 5: Drive to Kibish and visit Surma village. O/N camp.

Day 6: Around Kibish. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 7: Drive to Mizan Teferi. O/n and dinner in a hotel.

Day 8: After breakfast drive to Jimma. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: After breakfast drive to Addis Ababa.

Note: It is possible to combine this program with Omo valley programs and  be extended to Sudan.

The rift valley is a funnel shaped depression that opens up in the northeast in to Gulf of Aden and red Sea and crosses Ethiopia from northeast, Afar area to southwest, lower Omo area. It is formed as a result of the volcanic movement of tertiary period. During that period there was extensive lava outpouring followed by a great uplifting movement of earth and the crust of the earth was pushed up to 3000m.

Eventually, the uplift movement and the removal of magma from beneath the crust weakened the central part of the arch. This resulted in cracks and rift valley was created. Several lakes were created, too.

Day 1: After breakfast drive to Arbamincch en route, visit; Melka Kunture archaeological site discovered in 1963 and yielded many eco-facts and artifacts that date back to 1.7 million years ago. Then, proceed to Addadi Mariam rock hewn church established in the 12th century by Lalibela. The church has 12 gates and 24 windows those represent the 12 apostles and the 24 priests of the sky to mean in the heaven. And then proceed to Tiya where several megalithic steles can be seen. These steles have engravings of green plants that are common food for the local community and household tools. Stop for lunch at Hossana and proceed to Arbaminch. O/N tourist Hotel.

Day 2: After breakfast, drive to Nech-sar National Park for game viewing. Mammals like Burchel’s zebra, Gazelles, Kudus, Dikdiks, Swayness hurt beast, etc and many birds can be seen. After lunch, boat trip on Lake Chamo where the longest and fastest crocodiles in Africa can be seen in abundance. This place is locally known as the crocodile market since several crocodiles can be seen at a time. Hippos and plenty of birds like storks, Egyptian goose, herons etc. can also be seen. O/N Hotel.

Day 3: Drive to Jinka. After arrival and check-in at Jinka Resort Hotel, drive through Mago National Park. This Park has a total area of 2162km Square, 84-recorded species of mammals, and 257 species of birds. Buffalo is the charismatic species of the park but they are very hard to see because of the dense forest and the size of the park. Then, visit the Mursi people famous for the clay disc the female insert in to their lower lips as a mark of beauty. As the larger the disc is, the more beautiful the lady is. After picnic lunch by the head quarter of the park, drive back to Jinka for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: After breakfast, drive to Turmi (128 km.) through Keyafer and Dimeca to visit the Hammer people known for their dancing known as Evangadi, occasional bull jumping as a mark of promotion for the young men from childhood to adulthood, jewelries; like copper bracelets, beads etc and hairstyle. O/N camping.

Note: Thursday, Saturday and Monday are the market days (open) of Keyafer, Dimeca and Turmi respectively when the surrounding people gather in large number.

Day 5: Afterbreakfast, drive to Murule to visit the Karo people known for their body painting with the use of local colors especially white lime, which they use to imitate the plumage of Guinea fowl. Then, cross-river Omo at Kangate to visit the Gnangatom (Bume) people, brave warriors, and also known for their decoration style. After Picnic lunch by the rift Valley safari Camp, drive back to Turmi for dinner and overnight camping.

Day 6: After breakfast, drive to Omorate (75km.), cross the river Omo to visit the Geleb (Dassenech) people. These people are mainly pasturealist and to some extent they also produce grains. The Geleb people have their own cultural dressing style. The unmarried girls wear leather skirt with double flaps where as the married ones wear a single flap skirt. Then, if the time permits drive for an excursion or an overnight stay to Lake Turcana. Over night, camping.

Day 7: After breakfast drives to Konso via Erbore (120km.). The Erbore are people with culture and language that relates to those of the Konso and the Tsemay. The Konso people are famous for their natural resource conservation activities like, terracing for water and soil conservation. They are also known for wood carving art. Visit the red soil pinnacle carved by erosion, Gesergiyo village, and Waga village for the woodcarvings erected as a mark of tomb. O/N Hotel/Camping.

Day 8: After breakfast drive to Yabello (105km.) to southeast, on the way glimpse to the way of life of the Borena, pastoralist people. After check in to a hotel/pitching tent and lunch, proceed to visit the Crater Lake at a place locally known as El Soda, 100km. South of Yabello town. On return, visit one of the cattle watering wells at Dibluque (65km. South of Yabello) where people haul up water from depth for their cattle & other animals. People sing a song to moralize themselves while they are on work, for which reason those wells are known as singing well. O/N Hotel/ Camping Yabello Motel.

Day 9: After breakfast drive to Yeregalem. On the way visit the Sidamo verdant plain renown for the best quality coffee production. For an overnight stay and special sight seeing of the coffee plantation as well as Hyena feeding at the evening at the compound of the lodge.

Day 10: After breakfast, drive to Langano En route, visit the City and Lake Awassa. It is rich in bird life; Village weaver, Marabou stork, Egrets, Hammer kop, Egyptian goose, Plover, African fish eagle, Sacred ibis, are only few of the birds that can be seen on the shore. After lunch at the namesake Town, proceed to lake Langano. After checking in to Wabi-Shebelle hotel, proceed to Abyata-Shalla National Park. Lake Abiyata, the feeding ground of birds is 205 km2 in area and 14 m. in depth. This lake is referred, as the bird watchers’ paradise for the abundance of birds, most importantly Flamingos and Pelicans, where as Lake Shalla the breeding ground of birds is 410-km2.in area and 250m.deep.Then, relax on the shore of lake Langano, some more birds can be seen on the shore. O/N Saban Resort Hotel.

Day 11: After breakfast drive to Awash National Park. The park was established in 1966 and gazettes in 1969. It has a total area of 756mk2 and En route, visits lake Ziway (on average 434km2 large, 4m.deep). It is rich in bird life; Village weaver, Marabou stork, Egrets, Hammer kop, Egyptian goose, Plover, African fish eagle, Sacred ibis, are only few of the birds that can be seen on the shore average altitude of 1000m. Before entering in to the park stop at lake Beseka for bird watching. Proceed to the town of Awash for Hotel chick-in and proceed to Awash National Park for the game drive and for the waterfall of Awash River. Beisa Oryx, Dorcas gazelle, Black backed jackal; Common jackal etc will be seen. O/N Hotel.

Day 12: After an early break fast drive to the town of Woldiya, en-route the low land of the Afar people regional state and the origin of mankind. O/N Hotel.

Day 13: After breakfast drive to Lalibela, this was the capital of the Zagwe dynasty, after the downfall of Aksumite Empire. On the way Visit one of the rock Hewn churches of Saint Mary and the cave church which is named after the King called Nakuto La’ab. Nakuto La’ab. Emperor Nakuto La'ab, who reined after Lalibela, establishes cave church. The emperor is said to be pious Christian who used to roll on sword on every Friday to memorize the passion of Christ. O/N Hotel.

Day 14: After breakfast visit the first group of the magnificent rock-hewn churches of Lalibela which are carved out of living volcanic tuff with super architectural skill that the world has never seen, yet elsewhere. UNESCO registers these churches as world heritage. Among churches of this group Bete Medahine Alem (house of the redeemer) is the largest with 5 aisles, 72 pillars, vaulted dome and molding decoration. Bete Mariam (house of St. Marry) is the most decorated among the rock-hewn churches. After lunch, visit the second group of the rock-hewn churches; Bete Emanuel (house of Emanuel) is architecturally the finest. Bete Giorgis (the house of George) is the finest of all the churches in Lalibela for which reason art historians conclude that this church is carved at the end of the cluster, after the masons have developed their skill to carve the church in such extraordinary perfection. O/N Hotel.

Day 15: Drive to Mekelle, capital of Tigray National Regional State through the Sekota panoramic terrain. Mekelle was important center of caravan trade where merchants who come from the hot salt extraction sites in Afar to take breath, to carve their salt bar in to manageable size and as temporary store. Visit the palace of Emperor Yohanes IV.O/N Hotel.

Day 16: After breakfast drive to Axum, en route visit Debre-Damo monastery, the first to be established, and unparalleled importance for the traditional religious education in that locality. The female can watch the ascending scene of males with the help of 16 meters leather rope that descended from the top by the monks but are not allowed to ascend. Then, visit Yeha temple of the moon (Pagan worshipping place), the oldest living monument in black Africa. En-route you will see the Adwa Mountains where the international victory of Adwa took place over the Italian colonialist in 1896.

Day 17: After breakfast, visit ruin of imperial edifices of Caleb and his successor and son Gebre Meskel along with their tombs, the swimming pool of the legendary queen of Sheba and her ruined palace lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the church of St. Marry of Zion where the original Ark of the Covenant is said to have been kept, the main stele park where the huge monolithic stele whose transportation and erection is still remain undone assignment of archaeologists are found, and the archeological museum that displays artifacts excavated archeologically. O/N Hotel.

Day 18: After breakfast, drive to Gonder crossing Tekeze gorge that precipitates down by 2000m from the general elevation and through the Llimalimo gorgeous terrain, viewing the majestic Simen mountains that look as if they were gathered there for a meeting. Then, experience the contrasting cool highland weather on the plateau of Debarq known for cool weather crop production like wheat and barley; stop at Kossoye where one can see the Simen Mountains from close distance. O/N Hotel.

Day 19: After breakfast visit the 17th century castles’ compound, registered by UNESCO as world heritage for the presence of those castles in such immense number and their architectural significance; Debre-Berhan Selesie Church highly decorated with mural paintings of portraits of angles and other biblical history. After lunch, visit the swimming pool of Emperor Fasil and the church of Qusquam where the crypts of King Iyoas and his grandmother, founder of the church, Queen Mintewab are located. The Scottish traveler James Bruce had sojourned at this church that was used as a residence of the founder as well. O/N Hotel.

Day 20: After breakfast drive to Bahir-Dar on the way glimpse to the palace ruin of Emperor Sersa Dingile (16th century) at Infraz, over view the Fogera plain important for cattle breeding and irrigation. Then, after check-in at the hotel and lunch proceed on a boat trip to the Zeghe peninsula monasteries; Ura Kidane Mihret established in the 14th century and decorated by 17th century mural paintings and rich in manuscripts, royal belongings donated to it, and Kibran Gebrael/Entons Iyesus monastery. O/N Hotel.

Day 21: Drive to Blue Nile falls (35km.south east of Bahir -Dar) through the 17th century bridge or by boat on the river (400-500 meters wide) before the water is diverted to the hydroelectric power station, watch a number of species of birds on the way along the riverine forest, and then enjoy the spectacular view of the fall that crushes down from 46 meters cliff. Then, back to Bahir–Dar for lunch. And drive to the town of Debere Markose for an overnight stay. O/N Hotel .

Day 22: After breakfast drive to Addis Ababa. En route, glimpse to the fertile plain of Gojam, cross the Blue Nile gorge (42 km. Long) that winds down by 2000 meters below the general elevation, starting just after Dejen. This gorge with semi-desert weather condition and plants witnesses that Ethiopia has diversified ecological zones and wildlife. Then, visit the ruin of a bridge called Portuguese bridge and the 13thc.monastery of Debre-Libanos one of the historically and religiously important monasteries and proceed to Addis Ababa through Central Shewan plateau. After arrival and lunch proceed for a city tour of Addis Ababa.

Harar town, emblem of tolerance, as several ethnic groups with different religious background live in harmony, is located 535km.east of Addis Ababa on Hararghe plateau. This ancient town was established in the 10th century and came in to formal existence in 1520 by the time of Amir Abubekir Muhamed. It was walled in the second half of the 16th century to defend from the attack of the other ethnic groups. The wall has 3343 meters circumference, 24 watchtowers and 0.38km2 area. Harar is the 4th holiest town in the Islamic world after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem.

Day 1: After breakfast drive to Awash National Park. The park was established in 1966 and gazettes in 1969.It have a total area of 756mk2 and average altitude of 1000m. Before entering in to the park stop at lake Beseka for bird watching. Proceed to the park and pitch tents. After lunch visit the waterfall of Awash River, and game drive to different parts of the park. Beisa Oryx, Dorcas gazelle, Black backed jackal; Common jackal etc will be seen. O/N Lodge/Hotel.

Day 2: After breakfast drive to Harar. En route, enjoy the panoramic view of Chercher plateau. After check in a hotel, visit the walled part of the city. The wall had five gates in the past. Guards used to close those gates at the dusk after all the strangers are escorted out for the sake of security and keys were given to the Amir’s office. The palace of the last Amir Abdullah & Jami mosque the oldest in the wall are worth visiting. In the evening, watch the bizarre wild hyena feeding performance; i.e. the hyena men make their living by collecting bones and offal of meat that they feed the hyena from their mouth or hand. O/N Ras Hotel.

Day 3: After breakfast, an excursion drives to Argoba village and visits the house setting and decoration, and the way of life of the people. After the end of the visit drive back to Harar for lunch and then drive to Dire Dawa for an overnight stay's. O/N Hotel .

Day 4: Drive to Lake Abe of Djibouti after crossing the border. O/N Camp.

Day 5: Drive to the capital city en -route visiting the lake Assal with its spectacular view and the Salt Lake and proceed to Tadjura for it's white Sand Beach.

Day 6: Drive to Semera, Ethiopia crossing the border. O/N camp.

Day 7: Visit the place where Awash River is sinking and after that if it is Saturday visit the weekly market of Assayita. O/N Hotel / camping.

Day 8: After breakfast drive to lake Afdera about 80km. southeast of Erta-Ale at an average altitude of 103m below the sea level. The lake extends about 100km2.It is a saline water body and is a main salt extraction site. O/n camping in the village near the lake area.

Day 9: Drive to the area head quarter village called Kuserewad to deliver our permit for our visit and to organize a camel for those of you who cannot walk and for carriages of the goods to the top of the volcano. After organizing everything, drive to the village of Dodom for an overnight camping.

Day 10: After breakfast drive to the base of Erta-Ale Lava Lake, 15km to reach the base of Erta-Ale, the remaining distance will be walked on foot or on camel’s back. It is a volcano with 30km.base diameter and 1km2 calderas at its summit. It contains the world’s only permanent lava lake that measures 100m x 60m.Scientiste think that the lake has a continuous link with a shallow magma chamber that supplies it with magma. O/N Camping by the rim of Erta-ale volcano.

Day 11: Trek back to the base after the morning scenery of the volcano and after arrival and lunch drive back to the village of Dodom for an overnight camping.

Day 12: After breakfast drive to Hamed-Ela through rocky terrain. O/n camping.

Day 13: After early breakfast drive to Dalol about 20km. in the north to visit the x-phosphate-mining escarpment. The main attractions in this area are the multi- color sulphurous hot springs, the strange wavy rock formations covered with orange deposits that look rather like deliberately dyed. On the way back to the base camp, visit lake Asale, the salt extraction site. O/N camp.

Day 14: Drive to Hawzien. This route leads to the place where the ancient and the medieval Ethiopian civilization were borne. To mention only few Damat state in B.Cs which had relation with the outside world, Aksumite Empire from 2nd B.C. to the 7th A.D, centered at Aksum, the Zagwe dynasty centered at Lalibela, Gonder starting from the 17th century etc are some of the many historical places that bear traces of the then civilization in the areas. O/N Hawzien Lodge.

Day 15: Visit the rock-hewn churches of Gheraelta. O/N Gheraelta lodge.

Day 16: Visit the rock-hewn churches of Gheraelta. O/N Gheraelta Lodge.

Day 17: Drive to Mekelle the Capital of Tigray National Regional State. This place was important center of caravan trade where merchants who came from the hot salt extraction sites in Afar to take breath, to carve their salt bar in to manageable size and as temporary store. Then, Visit the palace of Emperor Yohanes IV, the patriots’ memorial monument and other parts of the city. O/N Axum Hotel.

Day 18: Fly to Addis Ababa/Drive to Dessie/Kombolcha. O/N Hotel.

Day 19: Drive to Addis Ababa and free for leisure.

The Danakil Depression is located in the northern part of the great rife valley in Ethiopia. It is here where the widest part of the rift in Ethiopia is located. This region is a lowland region with semi-desert and desert climate. Geologically the Danakil area is the unstable one in the country having many places of active volcano.

Day 1: Drive from Addis Ababa to Awash and an overnight at Bilen Lodge. After arrival visit the Afar village and the Hot spring. O/N Bilen Lodge.

Day 2: Drive to Assayita, which was the capital city of Afar Regional state before it is moved out to Semera. O/N Hotel/camping.

Day 3: Visit the place where Awash River is sinking and after that visit the weekly (Saturday) market of Assayita. O/N Hotel / camping.

Day 4: After breakfast drive to lake Afdera about 80km. southeast of Erta-Ale at an average altitude of 103m below the sea level. The lake extends about 100km2.It is a saline water body and is a main salt extraction site. O/n camping in the village near the lake area.

Day 5: Drive to the area head quarter village called Kuserewad to deliver our permit for our visit and to organize a camel for those of you who cannot walk and for carriages of the goods to the top of the volcano. After organizing everything, drive to the village of Dodom for an overnight camping.

Day 6: After breakfast drive to the base of Erta-Ale Lava Lake, 15km to reach the base of Erta-Ale, the remaining distance will be walked on foot or on camel’s back. It is a volcano with 30km.base diameter and 1km2 calderas at its summit. It contains the world’s only permanent lava lake that measures 100m x 60m.Scientiste think that the lake has a continuous link with a shallow magma chamber that supplies it with magma. O/N Camping by the rim of Erta-ale volcano.

Day 7: Trek back to the base after the morning scenery of the volcano and after arrival and lunch drive back to the village of Dodom for an overnight camping.

Day 8: After breakfast drive to Hamed-Ela through rocky terrain. O/n camping.

Day 9: After early breakfast drive to Dalol about 20km. in the north to visit the x-phosphate-mining escarpment. The main attractions in this area are the multi- color sulphurous hot springs, the strange wavy rock formations covered with orange deposits that look rather like deliberately dyed. On the way back to the base camp, visit lake Asale, the salt extraction site. O/N camp.

Day 10: Drive to Hawzien. This route leads to the place where the ancient and the medieval Ethiopian civilization were borne. To mention only few Damat state in B.Cs which had relation with the outside world, Aksumite Empire from 2nd B.C. to the 7th A.D, centered at Aksum, the Zagwe dynasty centered at Lalibela, Gonder starting from the 17th century etc are some of the many historical places that bear traces of the then civilization in the areas. O/N Hawzien Lodge.

Day 11: Visit the rock-hewn churches of Gheraelta. O/N Gheraelta lodge.

Day 12: Visit the rock-hewn churches of Gheraelta. O/N Gheraelta Lodge.

Day 13: Drive to Mekelle the Capital of Tigray National Regional State. This place was important center of caravan trade where merchants who came from the hot salt extraction sites in Afar to take breath, to carve their salt bar in to manageable size and as temporary store. Then, Visit the palace of Emperor Yohanes IV, the patriots’ memorial monument and other parts of the city. O/N Axum Hotel.

Day 14: Drive to Dessie/Kombolcha. O/N Hotel.

Day 15: Drive back to Addis Ababa.

Monday, 07 July 2014 09:20

Birding Along the Historic Route

Day 1: Arrive at Addis Ababa and transfer to Ghion Hotel for overnight.

Day 2: Leave early for Debre-Marcos (305km.) through the Sululta plain. Stop at Debre Libanos and descend to Jemma River Gorge. Debre Libanos is an important monastic center for Ethiopian Orthodox Christianias established in the 13th century. The Jemma River is one of the tributaries of the Nile, and there is a drop of elevation nearly 1000m. From the general level here at the gorge, and in the forest around the church we can see the Banded Barbet, the Black headed forest oriole, the White billed starling, Red winged starling, the White winged cliff chat, the white backed black tit, White cheeked turaco, Lammergeier, Ruppell’s s and Lappet faced vultures etc and we will also see one of Ethiopia‘s endemic mammals, the Gelada baboon.
We will leave Debre Libanos to Debre Marcos in the after noon. O/n Shebell Hotel, Debre Marcos.

Day 3: Leave early for Bahir Dar Checking in to Tana Hotel. After lunch bird watching around Bahir Dar at the Blue Nile Bridge, Haile Selassie’s Palace of Bezawit, around the Michael Church and the shore of lake Tana, We expect to see a number of aquatic and forest birds, Herons, Sacred ibis, Double toothed barbet, Egyptian goose, Darters, Cormorants, Terns, Pelicans, Egrets, Ducks and etc. Tana Hotel is situated on the lakeshore; Open billed stork, Sacred Ibis, White cheeked Turaco, Striped king fisher, Eagle, Masked weaver, and many different Sunbirds can be seen in or near the hotel compound.


Day 4: Early morning visit to the Blue Nile Falls & return to the Bahir-Dar for lunch. En route we can expect to see Carmine bee-eater, Grey headed Kingfisher, Wire tailed pipit, Spotted Eagle Owl, etc. After lunch boat trip to Zeghe Peninsula, which is known for its 14th centaury round church of Ura Kidane Mihret highly decorated with mural paintings and other magnificent monasteries. The endemic Yellow fronted parrot and Black Winged lovebird can easily be seen from Bete Mariam to Ura Kidane Mihret, though a thick forest. O/N Hotel.

Day 5: Leave early in the morning for Gonder which is 180 Km, on the way different species of birds can be seen, for example, Lovebirds, Abyssinian Ground horn bill, Long Crested eagle, Augur buzzard, crowned crane and large number of Common Cranes. Arrive in time for lunch at Goha Hotel, which is situated high on a mountain overlooking the town. Lammergeier can often be seen soaring around the hotel compound. After lunch start tour of the imperial castles’ compound and the churches of Debre Berhan Selassie, famous for its murals, and Qusquam church. These Places are also important for birding; Black headed forest Oriole and Thick billed raven and others can be seen. Spectacular Sunset view is additional asset to be at Goha hotel. Dinner in the Hotel and tour of Gonder by night is possible if desired.

Day 6: After breakfast leave for Gorgora through Dembia plain at the northern end of lake Tana. Dembia plain is known for its suitability for cattle raring and hot weather crops production. Lunch at the on the shore of the resort hotel. Flock of flamingos, Cattle egrets, little egrets, King fishers, Herons and others will be seen. Visitors may also see hippos. Return to Gonder late in the afternoon for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Early in the morning leave for Axum, 354 Km north of Gonder. The thrilling Limalimo gorge is worth crossing, up looking the Simen Mountains to the right side and overlooking the gorge of Tekeze that abruptly descends to 2000 meters below the general level .We expect to see among the endemic birds; Wattled ibis, Thick billed raven, White collared Pigeon and, numerous Lammergeier, various vultures, Auger buzzard, Gabar goshawk, Grey Kestrel, Lanner green Pigeon, Mountain black billed barbet etc. O/N Yeha Hotel.

Day 8: Before breakfast, birding in the lush hotel garden where one can see many birds. After breakfast drive to the Edifice ruin of Emperor Caleb and Gebre Meskel, swimming pool of the legendary Queen of Sheba, the main stele park where huge monolithic stele are erected, the church of st. Marry of Zion where the original Ark of the Covenant is believed to be kept, the archaeological museum. O/N Hotel.

Day 9: After breakfast Drive to Lalibela, which was the capital of the Zagwe dynasty kings where several rock –hewn churches that are considered as the 8th wonder of the world are carved out of solid volcanic rocks. Endemic birds like, Black winged lovebird, White Collared Pigeon, Ruppell’s cliff Chat can be seen. O/N Roha Hotel.

Day 10: After breakfast trek to Asheton Mariam church on top of a mountain on foot or on mule back (4 Hour round Trip). The church itself worth the trip and the scenery on the way is again impressive. Among the endemic birds, we can expect to see on the way White billed starling, Golden backed woodpecker and others. In the after noon drive to Nakuto Leab cave church rich in paintings, and other relics, Glossy starling, Superb starling and other birds can be seen. O/N Roha Hotel.

Day 11: Fly to Addis Ababa, city tour in the capital.

Day 1: Arrive at Addis Ababa, transfer to Ghion Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Leave early for Debre Libanos and the Jemma River Gorge. Drive through the Sululta plain. Debre Libanos is an important monastic center for Ethiopian Orthodox Christianias, and there is a small cave near the church where the renowned 13th century saint “Tekle Haimanot” is said to have stood for twenty-nine years for prayer. For keen birders the journey can take up to 6 hours. As we pass through the Sululta plain where we will see Black winged plovers. Wattled ibis, Blue winged geese, Common cranes, wheatears, and etc.

The Jemma River is one of the tributaries of the Nile, and there is a drop of elevation nearly 1000meters from the general. Here at the gorge, and in the forest around the church we can see the Banded Barbet, the Black headed forest oriole, the White billed starling, Red winged starling, the White wined cliff chat, the white backed black tit, white cheeked Turaco, Lammergeyer, Ruppell’s and Lappet faced vultures etc and. We will also be seen one of Ethiopia s endemic mammals, the Gelada (or bleeding heart) baboon. Return to Addis Ababa late in the afternoon. O/N Ghion Hotel.

Day 3: After breakfast leave for Menagesha forest, a bout 55 km from Addis Ababa to the west. The Abyssinian cat bird, Banded barbet, Golden backed wood pecker, Black headed forest oriole and Wattled ibis are some of the endemic species of birds which have been recorded in this relatively small but dense, indigenous forest. Mammals like Menelik’s bushbuck, Colobous monkey, Common duiker, Warthog, Grivet monkeys will be seen. Picnic lunch and return to Addis Ababa late in the afternoon. O/N Ghion Hotel.

Day 4: Leave Addis Ababa to Awash National park, 220km to the east. Stop at lake Beseka where birds like; Storks, Egrets, Vultures, Towny eagles etc can be seen. We will take lunch at Awash town. In the afternoon, game drive in the park. O/n Genet Hotel.

Day 5: Full day birding in the park including a trip to the Filweha (hot spring). We will see birds like Abyssinian roller, Abyssinian ground horn bill, Wire tailed swallow, Buff crested Bustard, Dark chanting Goshawk, pygmy falcon, Honey guide, Woodland Kingfisher, Kori bustard, Black shouldered Kite, White Crowned and Helmet shrikes, Swallow-tailed Kite, Rosy patch shrike, Carmine Bee eater, Orange billed parrot, Lilac breasted roller, Lappet faced and Ruppell’s Vultures, Helmeted guinea fowl, Yellow billed horn bill etc. We will also see a variety of different mammals, including Greater and Lesser Kudu, Warthog, Black backed jackal, Grivet monkey, Anubis. O/N Genet Hotel.

Day 6: Leave for the Lakes Region, we will stop for birding along the main at Koka Dam, Awash River and then at Lake Ziway, where, Village weavers, Marabou stork, Yellow billed Storks, Collared Pratincoles, Lesser jacanas, African jacanas, Cattle egret, African Fish Eagle, Crowned and Common Cranes are some of the species to be seen here in large number. We leave Ziway after lunch and continue to Lake Langano for an overnight stay in the Wabi Shebelle Hotel Situated on the Shores of the Lake.

Day 7: We drive to Abijata-Shalla lakes National park; we first go to lake Shalla the deepest of all the Ethiopian Rift valley lakes. This lake is the breeding ground of birds since it has islands. Then drive to lake Abyata the feeding ground of birds since it is rich in aquatic life and where one can see lesser and greater Flamingos in abundance, Africa Pochard Avocet, Gull billed Tern and Pintail ruff, Greater white pelican, and a variety of ducks are among other species to be seen. Then, We leave to lake Awassa and check into Wabi-Shebelle hotel. Lake Awassa is rich in bird life; endemic Black Winged Lovebirds, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Bare Faced Go away birds, Greater cormorants, Storks, Ducks are some of the species to be seen. O/N Wabi-Shebele Hotel.

Day 8: Full day birding on the shores of Lake Awassa. In the morning drive to Amora-Ghedel, the fish market where abundant birds can be seen and walk in the public park compound for more bird watching. After lunch and some rest boat trip to Tikur wuha, the place where hippos and Columbus monkeys, and some more of birds can be seen O/N Hotel.

Day 9: After breakfast drive to Wondo-Genet about 37 km to the east of Awassa. Wondo- Genet one of the strong holds of forests in the country and where a Field Gene Bank is established has a therapeutic hot mineral springs and naturally heated swimming pool in a lush, forested mountain setting. After lunch, we will climb through the captivating juniper forest where the endemic Yellow fronted parrot, the Black headed Forest Oriole and the Abyssinian Golden-backed Wood-pecker can be seen, along with the Red winged starling, Grosbeak weaver, Mounting wagtail etc. O/N Wabi-Shebelle Hotel. 

Day 10: Full day birding with picnic lunch in the lush forest of Wondo Genet. O/N Wabi-Shebelle Hotel.

Day 11: Leave Wondo- Genet for the Bale Mountains National park. Stop at Dinsho the head quarter of the Park for game viewing. Some endemic mammals like the mountain Nyala, Menelik’s bushbuck and non-endemics like warthog; Reedbuck, Common jackal etc will be seen. In the BMNP we expect to see the following endemic birds: the Spot breasted plover, Roget’s rail, Abyssinian cat bird, Black headed siskin, Blue winged goose, Wattled ibis, White collared pigeon and Black winged love bird and Other no-endemic birds can also be seen. O/N Goba Wabi- Shebelle Hotel.

Day 12: After breakfast drive with lunch box to the amazing Afro-Alpine setting of the senate plateau, home to the endemic Ethiopian Wolf and Giant mole rat, and among the birds the beautiful spot- breasted plover, Blue winged goose, Wattled ibis, Harwood francolin, Lammergeier, Auger buzzard etc. We should also be able to see the rare Wattled crane. On the way we will probably Klipspringer. Return to Goba late in the afternoon. O/N Hotel.

Day 13: After breakfast drive to Harenna with lunch box, full day birding there. O/N Goba Wabi-Shebelle Hotel.

Day 14: Return to Addis Ababa.

Day 15: City tour in the capital and shopping.

Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa and transfer to Ghion Hotel.

Day 2: After breakfast birding in the hotel compound that has White backed Black Tit, Warbler, Blue-collar pigeon, pied crow, Mouse bird etc. After lunch in the hotel we leave for Geferssa reservoir 20 Kilometers west of Addis Ababa where one can see the Blue winged Goose, Black headed Siskin, Abyssinian Long Claw, Wattled ibis, sacred ibis, Hammer kop etc. Return to Addis Ababa early in the evening. O/N Ghion Hotel.

Day 3: We leave Addis Ababa early in the morning heading south to the Rift Valley; we will be birding along the main road stopping at Koka Dam, Awash River and then at Lake Ziway, where Yellow billed storks, Marabou stork, Collared Pratincoles, lesser Jacanas, African Jacanas, Cattle egret, African Fish Eagles Crowned and Common Cranes are some of the species to be seen here in large number. After lunch we leave Ziway to Lake Langano for an overnight in the Sabana Resort Hotel Situated on the Shores of the Lake.

Day 4: After breakfast we drive to Abijata-shalla lakes national park. Passing the tame ostriches at the gate, we first go to Lake Shalla the deepest of all the Ethiopian Rift valley lakes. This lake is the breeding ground of birds since it has islands. Then drive to lake Abyata the feeding ground of birds since it is rich in aquatic life and where one can see thousands of both lesser and greater Flamingos, Africa Pochard Avocet, Gull billed Tern and pintail Ruff, Greater white pelican, and a variety of ducks are among other species to be seen. Then, we leave to Lake Awassa and check into Wabi-Shebelle hotel. Lake Awassa is rich in bird life; Black Winged Lovebirds, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Bare Faced Go away birds, Greater cormorants, Storks, Ducks are some of the species to be seen. O/N Wabi-Shebele Hotel.

Day 5: Before breakfast we go to the fish market where we can get really close to birds, which used to accompany human for the fish offal that may be thrown. After breakfast in the hotel we leave for Wondo Genet, about an hour’s drive. Wondo Genet one of the strong holds of forests in the country and where a Field Gene Bank is established has a therapeutic hot mineral springs and naturally heated swimming pool in a lush, forested mountain setting. After lunch, we will climb through the captivating juniper forest where the endemic Yellow fronted parrot, the Black headed Forest Oriole and the Abyssinian Golden-backed Wood-pecker can be seen, along with the Red winged starling, Grosbeak weaver, mounting wagtail etc. O/N Wabi-Shebelle Hotel.

Day 6: Full day birding in the forest around Wondo Genet. O/N Hotel.

Day 7: We set off early for the magnificent Bale Mountains National park (BMNP), with its forests, volcanic lakes and trout filled streams. About 14 endemic birds have been recorded here, plus some endemic mammals like the mountain Nyala, Ethiopian wolf and Menelik’s bushbuck. In the BMNP we expect to see the following endemic birds: the spot breasted plover, Roget’s Rail, Abyssinian cat bird, Black headed Siskin, Blue winged Goose, Wattled Ibis, White collared pigeon and Black Winged love bird. Other no-endemic birds and animals can also be seen. We stop at Dinsho on the way, and arrive in Goba late afternoon. O/N Goba Wabi- Shebelle Hotel.

Day 8: Full day birding on the amazing Afro-Alpine setting of the senate plateau, home to the endemic Ethiopian Wolf and Giant mole rat, and among the birds the beautiful spot- breasted plover, Blue winged goose, Wattled ibis, Harwood francolin, Lammergeier, Auger buzzard etc. We should also be able to see the rare wattled crane. After Picnic lunch and more sites seeing, drive to Goba late in the afternoon. O/N Hotel.

Day 9: We set off back to the Lakes region, arriving at Sabana Resort Hotel, Lake Langano in the afternoon, and spend the remaining time of the day birding along the shores of the Lake. O/N Sabana Resort Hotel.

Day 10: After early breakfast morning birding by the cliff nests to the lake, and we leave for Awash National park (ANP). Over 350 species of bird have been recorded in this savanna grass land including: the Abyssinian roller, Abyssinian Ground Horn bill, Wire tailed swallow, Buff crested Bustard, Dark chanting Goshawk, pygmy Falcon, Honey guide, Woodland Kingfisher, Kori bustard, Black shouldered Kite, White Crowned and Helmet shrikes, Swallow-tailed Kite, Rosy patch shrike, Carmine bee eater, Orange billed parrot, Lilac Breasted Roller, Lappet faced and Ruppell’s Vultures, Helmeted guinea fowl, Yellow billed horn bill etc. We will also see different animals, including Greater and Lesser Kudus, Warthog; Black backed jackal, Grivet monkey, Anubis baboon, Sommering’s gazelle, crocodiles and (sometimes) lions. O/N Genet Hotel.

Day 11: Full day birding in the park, including a trip to the filweha (hot spring), shaded by Palm trees. O/N Hotel.

Day 12: Return to Addis Ababa, stopping at Kuriftu Resrt and Spa in Debre Zeit for lunch and birding, arriving Addis Ababa late afternoon.

Day 1: Drive to Debre Zeit 47 Km from Addis Ababa where there are many crater lakes for which the town is famous. You can see different water birds and various species of swallows and weavers, Hottentot teal, Red Bill Teal, and White backed Duck, Spur Winged Plover, Red Knobbed Coot, and etc can be seen. Lunch, Dinner and over night at the Kuriftu resort and Spa Hotel.

Day 2: After some early morning birding right by the hotel, we set off for Awash National Park. Birding in the park including a trip to the Filweha (hot spring). We will see birds like Abyssinian roller, Abyssinian Ground Horn bill, Wire tailed swallow, Buff crested Bustard, Dark chanting Goshawk, pygmy Falcon, Honey guide, Woodland Kingfisher, Kori bustard, Black shouldered Kite, Swallow-tailed Kite, Rosy patch shrike, Carmine Bee eater, Orange billed parrot, Lilac Breasted Roller, Lappet faced and Ruppell’s Vultures, Helmeted guinea fowl, Yellow billed horn bill etc. We will also see a variety of mammals, including Greater and Lesser Kudu, Warthog, Black backed jackal, Grivet monkey, Anubis baboon etc. O/N Awash.

Day 3: Full day birding in the park including a visit to Fentale volcanic mountain. O/N Hotel.

Day 4: Early Morning Birding around the camp and then return to Addis Ababa. 

Monday, 07 July 2014 09:17

Birding around Addis Ababa

Day 1: In the morning we will do birding within Addis Ababa first, around Addis Ababa abattoir  And in the compound of Ghion hotel where one can see Black backed Tit, Warblers, Black Kite,  Hooded Vulture, Pied Crow, Ibises, ravens etc. After lunch drive to Geferssa reservoir 20 Km,  West of, Addis Ababa. The Blue winged Goose, Black Headed Siskin, and Abyssinian  Long Claw, and Wattled Ibis are some of the birds one can see. Return to Addis Ababa .O/N  Ghion Hotel.

Day 2: Leave early and drive north through the Sululta plain to Debre Libanos and the Jemma River Gorge. Debre Libanos is an important monastic center for Ethiopian Orthodox Christians established in the 13th century. On arrival at Debre Libanos, we will first stop at the alluring Zegawodeb River gorge viewpoint. The Zegawodeb River is one of the tributaries of river Jemma which in turn drains in to Nile, and there is a drop of elevation nearly 1000meters from the general level to the valley. Here at the gorge, and in the forest around the church we can expect to see the Banded Barbet, the Black headed forest oriole, the White billed starling, Red winged starling, the White winged cliff chat, the white backed black tit, white cheeked Turaco, Lammergeyer, Ruppell’s and Lappet faced vultures etc and We will also see one of Ethiopia’s endemic mammals, the Gelada baboon.We will leave Debre Libanos to Addis Ababa around 5.00pm.O/N Ghion hotel. Or Overnight at Ethio-German Lodge.

Day 3: Drive to Menagesha Suba Forest (about 55 Km). The Abyssinian cat bird, Banded Barbet, Golden backed wood pecker, Black headed forest oriole and Wattled ibis are some of the endemic species which have been recorded in this relatively small but dense, indigenous forest. Mammals like Menelik’s bushbuck, Colobous monkey, Common duiker, Warthog, Grivet monkeys will be seen. Picnic lunch and return to Addis Ababa in the late afternoon. O/N Ghion.

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