Discover the unmatched beauty of Ethiopia’s Great Rift Valley! This region boasts stunning national parks, serene rift valley lakes, and breathtaking highlands, making it a premier destination for birding enthusiasts. Expect many regional and migrant species, along with plenty of endemics.
On arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, a Sustainable Birding representative will meet you at arrivals and do a quick meet and greet, before transferring you to your hotel in Addis Ababa, so you can relax and get some sleep ready for a great adventure ahead.
Where you will be staying: Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa
Our trip begins at the beautiful Awash National Park. Awash stands as a gem among Ethiopia’s wildlife reserves, renowned for its diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife. Nestled in the heart of the Rift Valley, this park offers a mesmerizing panorama ranging from savannah plains to acacia woodlands and volcanic landscapes. Its reputation as a prime destination for wildlife enthusiasts stems from its rich biodiversity, housing iconic mammals like the besia oryx, hippo, aardvark, black-and-white colobus monkey, green Monkey, Hamadryas baboon, bat-eared fox, caracal, black-backed jackal, leopard, cheetah, and lion.
More than 450 bird species call this park home. Among them are the majestic Arabian Bustard, the vibrant Yellow-breasted Barbet, the lesser-known and restricted Gillett’s Lark, and the Nile Valley Sunbird. From the striking Somali Ostrich to the diminutive Mouse-coloured Penduline Tit, the park offers sightings of varied and unique bird species.
Where you will be staying: Awash Falls Lodge
Our next destination takes us to Lake Langano. Nestled within Ethiopia’s Rift Valley, it stands as a tranquil oasis, offering a serene respite amidst stunning landscapes. Its shores provide a haven for a diverse array of birdlife.
Our focus will be on highlight species such as the Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, White-rumped Babbler, Hemprich’s Hornbill, White-bellied Go-away-bird, and Northern White-faced Owl, among others, within this rich ecosystem. Additionally, we anticipate encountering numerous wetland species, adding to the diversity of birdlife in this remarkable location.
Where you will be staying: Hara Langano Lodge
In the heart of Ethiopia lies the awe-inspiring Bale Mountains National Park, a testament to natural wonder. This picturesque landscape boasts captivating scenery and diverse ecosystems, fostering a wealth of wildlife. The Ethiopian Wolf will certainly be a highlight of this destination.
This mountain range hosts nearly 300 bird species, including six endemics – Blue-winged Goose, Spot-breasted Lapwing, Yellow-fronted Parrot, Abyssinian Longclaw, Abyssinian Catbird, Ethiopian Siskin. Bale Mountains National Park promises an enthralling experience for wildlife enthusiasts and passionate birdwatchers alike and is a favourite among our clients.
Where you will be staying: Bale Mountain Lodge
The next morning, we’ll transfer you to Goba, where you’ll catch a scheduled flight back to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport ready for your international flight back home.
Slow/Medium – designed to allow ample time at each destination, whilst being concise.
Easy – the majority of birding will be done on foot and at high altitudes, but nothing too over-exerting.
Best time of year to visit:
The best time for birding in Ethiopia is from November to March, coinciding with the presence of Palearctic migrant birds during the dry season—making it an excellent period. Additionally, from April to September, birding remains favourable. During this period, resident birds transition into breeding plumage, becoming more vocal, easier to spot, and visually beautiful. However, heavy rainfall in July and August might affect sightings.
The Sustainable Birding Company is a subsidiary of Far and Wild Travel, a tailor-made tour company based in Cumbria, UK. Far and Wild Travel offer sustainable, luxury, tailor-made tour itineraries throughout Africa and around the world.