6 Day Ethiopia Rift Valley Birding Tour

The Great Rift Valley in Ethiopia is unmatched in Africa!

Explore stunning national parks, beautiful rift valley lakes and incredible highlands that make Ethiopia a world-class birding destination. Charming eco-lodges place you in the heart of the action as you discover the extraordinarily diverse birdlife that includes dozens of endemic species

There’s simply no place on earth like this region, so, join us as we show you the birding highlights of the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia!

 

Brief Tour Itinerary

 

Day 1 & 2 – Awash National Park

For the first two days, we’ll be birding in Awash National Park. Famous for being one of the best big mammal viewing parks in Ethiopia including Besia Oryx, Hippo, Aardvark, Black-and-white Colobus Monkey and the charismatic Green Monkey,  Hamadryas Baboon, Bat-eared Fox, Caracal, Black-backed Jackal, Leopard, Cheetah, Lion. It is also home to than 450 species of birds – so get your binoculars ready! 😊

 

Day 3 – Lake Lagano

On our third day of the tour, we’ll be visiting Lake Lagano for some exceptional birding. Here we’ll be looking for highlight species such as the Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, White-rumped Babbler, Hemprich’s Hornbill, White-bellied Go-away-bird, Northern White-faced Owl to name a few, along with many wetland species.

 

Day 4, 5 & 6 – Bale Mountains National Park & departure to Addis Abba 

Our last days will be spent at the world-famous and simply breath-taking Bale Mountains. Famous for incredible scenery and a thriving population of the endangered and unique Ethiopian Wolf, these mountains are worth the hype. The park also holds almost 300 bird species, 6 of which are endemic species. Highlights include: Spot­-breasted Lapwing, Yellow-fronted Parrot, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Abyssinian Longclaw, Abyssinian Catbird, Black-headed Siskin, Ethiopian Siskin, Abyssinian Owl, African Wood Owl, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Abyssinian Oriole and Abyssinian Crimsonwing to name a few!

On the final day, we’ll go for a morning birding session and then hit the road as we depart back to the Addis Abba 😊

 

The endemic Sokoke Scops Owl seen on our Kenya Birding Tours

*Abyssinian Ground Hornbill

A Jackson's Hornbill seen on our Kenya Bird Photography Tours

*Ethiopian Wolf

A Jackson's Hornbill seen on our Kenya Bird Photography Tours

*Northern White-faced Owl

Key Bird Species

Popular Species on this tour: Ethiopian Siskin, Abyssinian Owl, Abyssinian Longclaw, Abyssinian Oriole, Abyssinian Crimsonwing

Below is a list of species likely to be encountered on this tour! –

Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, White-rumped Babbler, Hemprich’s Hornbill, White-bellied Go-away-bird, Northern White-faced Owl, Spot­-breasted Lapwing, Yellow-fronted Parrot, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Abyssinian Longclaw, Abyssinian Catbird, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Black-headed Siskin, Ethiopian Siskin, Abyssinian Owl, African Wood Owl, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Abyssinian Oriole and Abyssinian Crimsonwing, Arabian Bustard, Kori Bustard, Northern Red Bishop, Tawny Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Gabar Goshawk, Black-billed Woodhoopoe, Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Northern Red-billed Hornbill, Malachite Kingfisher, Woodland Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Madagascar Bee-eater, Little Bee-eater, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Abyssinian Roller, Lilac-breasted Roller, Red-and-yellow Barbet, Yellow-breasted Barbet, Greater Blue-eared Starling among many more 😊

Trevor and the gang enjoying some coastal birding on one of our Kenya birding tours

*Ethiopian Siskin

Kenya endemic species the Taita Thrush seen on our birding tours

*Greater Blue-eared Starling

Black-shouldered Kite on our Uganda Birding Tours and Kenya Birding Tours

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