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Day 01: Addis Ababa
Arrive Addis Ababa. In the afternoon drive to Geferssa Reservoir 20 km west of the capital. Rouget’s Rail, Wattled Ibis, Abyssinian Long Claw, Black headed Siskin, White collared pigeon and Abyssinian Slaty Flycatchers are the endemics that we are expecting at the reservoir. There are some water birds like the three banded and little Ringed plovers, Sandpipers, Little Grebes, Black winged stilt and the endemic Blue winged Goose. Drive back to Addis Ababa. Overnight in hotel at Addis Ababa.
Day 02: Addis Ababa - Awash National Park
Early start drive to Awash National park, 210kms from Addis Ababa to the east. First stop would be at Chelekleka wetland, near Debre-Zeit, which supplies a Varity of wonderful aquatic birds including few arboreal species. The common and crowned cranes, Tawny and Lesser spotted eagles, Eurasian marsh Harrier, Spur winged Goose, White backed Duck, Knob billed Ducks, Avocet, Glossy Ibis, southern Pochard, Red billed Teal, African spoonbill, Isabel line wheatear, chestnut backed sparrow Lark, Red throated pipit, laughing and red eyed Doves, Masked weavers, spotted Flycatchers and beautiful and Takazze sunbirds are amongst the birds can be seen. Proceed to Nazareth for lunch. And continue to Awash National park, with few roadside stops, for two nights staying. Overnight in local hotel at Awash.
Day 03: Awash National Park
Full day birding in the suburb lowlands of Awash National Park. It provides a great number of bird species like the swallow tailed Kite, Martial and Imperial Eagles, Nubian (Lappet faced) Vultures, Gabar Goshawk, Shikra, White Faced Scoops Owl, pearl spotted owlet, white backed and Egyptian Vultures. Apart from these birds of prey, the thorny bushes of Awash and the ravines forests by Awash river falls also accommodating a variety of different species. Secretary bird, Red winged Bush Lark, Ashy and Gillett’s cist colas, Somali Fiscal, Great Gray Shrike, Sulpher breasted and Grey headed Bush Shrikes, Cardinal and bearded wood peckers, about five species of Bustards, Somali Golden breasted Buntings, Red bill and yellow bill Hornbills, Acacia paradise and steel blue whydahs, Grey wren warbler, Green winged Pytilia, the two species of san grouses, different social weavers, Red and Yellow Barbet, Rosy patched shrike and a lot of bird species could be seen in this wonderful birding site. Awash NP is not only good for birding but also for game viewing. Lesser and greater Kudus, Somme ring’s Gazzel, Deferessa water buck, Hamadiryas Baboon, Black backed Jackal and Lions (if lucky) are some of the mammals are expecting. To night a short range night drive for the nightjars and other activities. Overnight in local hotel at Awash.
Day 04: Awash National Park - Langano
Leave Awash for the lakes region. Besides few roadside stops, first major stop shall be at Koka Dam for different activities including the lesser striped and wire tailed swallows. Then proceed to Lake Ziway for lunch as well as an afternoon birding by the lake. It is one of the best birding sites of the Ethiopian Rift valley. Here, see a lot of aquatic and wood land bird species like the Lesser Jacana, Lesser Moorhen, common snipe, lesser black backed and great black headed Gulls, black Heron (the umbrella bird), different Kingfishers, Masked Shrike, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, African Harrier Hawk, and different species of waders and ducks. This afternoon we slowly drive to Langano Resort with few stops by the Acacia wood land of the cattle development ranch some 17 km. after Lake Ziway. Overnight in hotel at Langanoo.
Day 05: Langano - Wondogenet
Pre breakfast birding around the lake and its associated Acacia wood land. Von de Decken’s Horn bill, Shallow’s wheatears, Klaas’s and Dederic cuckoos, Black checked waxbill, Banded Barbet, Red headed and masked weavers, Boran and Rattling cist colas, spotted Eagle Owl, Fan tailed Raven, Gabar Goshawk, Barefaced and white bellied Go away birds, Black billed and black wood Hoopoes and Pigmy Kingfisher are amongst the species can be seen . Then a short break and breakfast before driving to Abijata-Shalla lakes NP. Lake Abijata, is known as Ethiopian Nakuru, and best feeding site for a great number of Lesser and greater Flamingos. In Abijata, not only the Flamingos but also a larger number of migratory birds are feeding. After a half day birding in Lake Abijata, drive back to Langano for lunch. The afternoon birding would be at the park’s HQ where the Grant’s gazelle and Orbi. Are seen then, proceed to Wondogenet for two nights staying. Overnight in hotel at Wondogenet.
Day 06: Wondogenet
A full day birding in the tropical rainforest of Wondo Genet. The forests are home to endemic species like the beautiful Yellow fronted Parrot, Abyssinian woodpecker, Banded Barbet, and the sub species of Brown Saw wing. The forest produces excellent birds. The Narina’s Trogon, Double toothed Barbet, Half collared Kingfisher, Tambourine Dove, Broad billed Roller, Ayer’s Hawk Eagle, Sharp’s starling, Scaly Francolin, Lemon and Blue spotted wood Doves, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Grey cuckoo Shrike, Crowned Eagle, Thick billed Raven, Silvery checked Hornbill, Red shouldered and Emerald cuckoos, Mountain Wagtails, African wood Owl, Spectacled and Grosbeak Weavers are amongst the several species that in habiting the lush forests of Wondo Genet. Overnight in hotel at Wondo Genet.
Day 07: Wondogenet - Goba
Leave Wondogenet for the Bale Mountains about 230kms. from Wondogenet to the south east via Wabe Shebelle River. En route there would be few stops including at Washa River for some highland species. But, you major stop shall be around Dinsho, where the park Headquarters is located. Here, are expecting different birds like the beautiful spot breasted Plover (endemic), African Snipe, Chestnut napped Francolin, Lammergeyer, Steppe Eagle, Slender billed Starling, Common stone chat, The kla Lark, Yellow crowned Canary, Mountain and Long legged Buzzards. The Dinsho area is also home to some mammals including the endemic Mountain Nyala and Menelik’s Bushbuck. Bohor reedbucks, Warthog, Olive Baboon and common Duckier can be easily seen in the grassy area of Dinsho. After doing all the necessary fees at the park HQ’s we proceed to Goba for overnight in hotel at Goba.
Day 08: Goba
The day tour will take to Sofomar, the largest under ground river cave in the country, some 115kms. east of Goba town. The thorny bushes of this lowland is producing a large number of bird species including the endemic Salvador’s serine, Grasshopper Buzzard, Martial Eagle, Ring necked Dove, Brown tailed Chat, African Goshawk, Abyssinian Scimitar Bill, Shining sunbird, Bristle crowned starling , Euroasian Hobby , yellow spotted petronia, Black billed wood Dove , black throated Barbet, different shrikes and Bustards, Straw tailed whydah, western violet backed sunbird, Levilliant’s and great spotted cuckoos, pygmy falcon, yellow throated Barbet , collared sunbird, Hunter’s sunbird and different social weavers. After having a superb birding in this lowland, drive back to Goba for tomorrow’s program. Overnight in hotel at Goba.
Day 09: Goba
Full day bird watching on the Sanattie plateau and in the forest near Goba town. Sanattie plateau and in the forest near Goba town. Sanattie plateau is, the highest moorland tract in Africa home to the elegant endemic Ethiopian wolf which is found no where else on the earth. This moorland with an associated Junipers forests is accommodating few important birds including the finest singing Abyssinian catbird (endemic, the more threatened) Abyssinian wood pecker, Rufous breasted Sparrow hawk, Olive pigeon, malachite sunbird, golden Eagle, Somali chestnut winged starling , Abyssinian Ground Thrush , Moorland Francolin, , African snipe, Reedley Shelduck, Lanner Falcon, Crowned and Verreaux’s Eagles, Watt led Cranes, Cape Eagle Owl, Rouget’s rail and the endemic Giant Mole Rats . Late afternoon slow drive back to our hotel. Overnight in hotel at Goba.
Day 10: Goba - Negelle Borenna -Yabello
Long drive south towards Negalle, stay for two nights some 285 km from Goba. Spend about an hour birding in Harrena forests, which is another excellent area for different bird species including the Olive pigeon, Black and white Manikin, African Hobby Owl, and some others. Make a short stop in Genalle valley to find the endemic Ruspoli’s Turaco, the target bird. to see some other good birds including Levilliant’s Cuckoo, Rufous Chatterer, Red-and Yellow Barbet, and Greater Honey Guide. Arrive at Negalle Borenna before dark. Overnight in hotel at Negalle Boronna.
Day 11: Negelle Borenna - Yabello
Driving to Bogol Mayo, 270 km south of Negalle and birding on the way. First stop would be at the Sidamo Lark site, 15 km south of Negalle town. Then continue to the lowland of Bogol Mayo, expect to see the endemic Degodi Lark as well as a number of other species, amongst them Burch ell’s Courser, Pringle’s puff back, Red napped Bush shrike, Somali Crombec, Gillett’s Lark and Abyssinian Grosbeak canary. Overnight in camping at Bogal Mayo.
Day 12: Negelle Borenna - Yabello
Drive back to Negalle. On the stops. Overnight Negalle way back we shall have few stops. Overnight in hotel at Negelle Borenna.
Day 13: Arore
Set off for Arero some 185 km west of Negalle. This route would one of the special birding routes in the south eastern part of the country with a great variety of birds. The pied cuckoo, Three streaked Tchagra, Black caped social weaver, purple-banded sunbird, the endemic white tailed Swallow, Vulturine Guinea fowl, Huegline’s Bustard, Golden breasted starling , different species of weavers and spotted morning Thrush are amongst several species of birds can be encountered in this thorny bushes. Overnight in hotel at Arero.
Day 14: Arero - Yabello
Continuing to Yabello about 90 kms to the west. Even though the habitat is much similar with Arero area, also expect some important-target birds like the endemic. Steersman’s Bush Crow, one of the remarkable birds in Ethiopia. Many other dry country birds can be seen amongst them Shelley’s Starling, d’Arnaud’s Barbet, white Crowned starling, Grey wren Warbler, Black checked Waxbill, Golden Pipit, African Bare eyed Thrush and Large Grey flycatchers. Late afternoon slow drive to Yabello for a night staying Overnight in hotel at Yabello.
Day 15: Yabello - Konso - Yabello
Proceed to Arbaminch via Konso, to have a next day birding in Nech Sar National Park En route see a great number of acacia lowland birds. The habitat between Arero and Konso is almost the same with few varieties of birds. Magpie starling, White crowned Starling, Dodson’s Bulbul, Eastern black headed Oriole, African Goshawk, Pearl Spotted owlet, tiny cist cola and Pringle’s puff back are some of the species are coming across along the roadsides. Arrive Arbaminch approximately at 6:00 PM. Overnight in hotel at Arbaminch.
Day 16: Arbaminch
Full day bird watching and game viewing in the suburb lowlands of Nech Sar National Park which has recently received an Ornithological discovery of a new species of Nech Sar Nightjar during a survey of the park in 1992. different bird species known to occur on the Nechsar plains including the rare Greater Kestrel, Orange River Francolin, Yellow throated sand grouse, Desert Cist colas and Stripe-breasted Seedeater. A few nightjar species have been recorded here including slender tailed and star Spotted Nightjars, Donaldson Smith’s and Dusky Nightjars. Apart from the birds, Nech Sar is home to few mammals like the endemic Swayne’s Hartebeest, Thomson s gazelle, Berchule’s Zebra, Greater Kudu, Dik-Dik, and Baboons. Drive back to Arbaminch. Overnight in hotel at Arbaminch.
Day 17: Arbaminch - Awassa
Drive to Awassa for an overnight staying. In the afternoon have opportunities to seeing a few species along the lake shore. Giant Kingfisher, Painted snipe, Lesser moorhen, Allen’s Gallinule, Banded Snake Eagle, Iranian, Little weaver, Grey Kestrel, Spotted creeper, Grey headed Kingfisher, African and common snipes are some of an excellent birds seen in Awassa area. Overnight in hotel at Awassa
Day 18: Awassa - Addis Ababa
Driving back to Addis Ababa. On the way have a stoppage at Abijata-Shalla Lakes and Ziway. Lake Abijata is the feeding site of the lesser and Greater Flamingos in a great abundance including different species of Ducks and Waders. Lunch will be at Ziway, and then slow drive to Addis Ababa. Overnight in hotel at Addis Ababa.
Day 19: Departure
Morning leisure time in Addis Ababa to see the curio shops for shopping in the evening departure back to home.
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