Bird Watching Tour – Ethiopia - 30 Days

Bird Watching Tour – Ethiopia

Visit all around Ethiopia to visit endemic birds in 30 Days long Bird Watching Tour package.

Day 01

Arrive at Bole International Airport. And NontouristicEthiopia Tours representative will meet you and take you Ghion or Extreme Hotel in Addis Abba.

Day 02

Today, we start your trip to northern Ethiopia’s natural and cultural sites, crossing the panorama of the’ Blue Nile River’ who drain into the Mediterranean Sea through Sudan and Egypt. Leaving early, we drive up to the Sululta Plain, an important short grassland with seasonal wetland and home to unique birds such as Blue-winged Goose, Wattled Ibis, Ethiopian Black-headed Siskin, and White-collared Pigeon.

We stop at the Jemmu valley escarpment and pilgrimage center established in the 13th century with magnificent artistic murals and apostils. Nearby gorge attracts such birds as Lammergeyer, Egyptian Vulture, Thick-billed Raven, Little Rock Thrush, Banded Barbet and Vareaux’s Eagle.

We will stop at the so called “Portuguese Bridge” similar to an old fortified stone bridge and next to Blue Nile Waterfalls. We will look for White-winged Cliff-chat, Ruppell’s Black-chat, Erckel’s Francolin and more. Overnight Shebel Hotel at Debremarkos Town.

Day 03

Driving to the town of Bahr-Dar one of the main tourist destination in the northwestern part of the country, and situated on the southern bank of Lake Tana (3600 Sq. Km. area) and famous for its islands holding ancient churches with their treasures and manuscripts dating back to the thirteenth century.

Lake Tana itself is home to water birds such as Pelicans, Darters, Egrets, Herons, Kingfishers and Grebes.

Tis-issat Waterfalls on the Blue Nile and islands supports Ethiopian Oriole, White-billed Starling, Bruce’s Green Pigeon and many woodland birds.

Overnight Tana Hotel or Dib Anbesa Hotel.

Day 04

Today we will take a boat excursion to the famous Kibran Gabreal and Ura Kidanemihret island monasteries, and in the afternoon we will drive to the Blue Nile Waterfalls with its scenery and bird in route.

Overnight at Tana or Dib-Anbesa Hotel.

Day 05

Driving further north to Gondar we visit the Fassiladas Castles and Debre-Birhan Sillasie(Light of the Trinity) church built during King Fassiledas reign with its painted angels and frescoes on the ceiling and walls.

Overnight Goha Hotel at Gondar top view point.

Day 06

Today we drive to the jagged panorama of the Semein Mountains Park, famed for its exclusive landscape, afro-alpine vegetation and unique wildlife, where you may spot the endemic Walya Ibex, Ghwelada Baboon troops, Bushbuck, Klipspringer. Chestnut-napped Francolin, Mountain Thrush, Thick-billed Raven, Lammergeyer, White-collared Pigeon and Ankober Serin just to name a few.

Overnight Semein Park Hotel.

Day 07

Continuing on to Axum the capital of the Axumite Kingdom, who accepted Christianity at the beginning of 4th century and where the ‘Moses’ Ark of covenant is found.

Driving the zigzag roads to Adaarkay village leading into the Tacazze Valley with its Baobab trees, birds such as Hunter’s Sunbird, Nile Valley Sunbird, Rock Buntings, Superb Starling and more can be found.

Overnight Yeha or Ark Hotel at Axum Town.

Day 08

You will have a whole day for excursion to the Axum Stelae sites, Church of Saint Mary of Tsion, Queen Sheba’s ruined palaces, underground cavern burials of the kings of the Axumite dynasty with its inscription, bronze and crafts displayed.

Overnight Yeha or Ark Hotel

Day 09

Today we drive to Mekele the capital of the province of Tigray, stopping on the way at Adwa historic mountains, Debredamo Monastery, Adigrat, Abreha-Woatsibaha Rock Hewn church and the Negashi Mosque, oldest and considered the first in Ethiopia.

At Myshinkurti it may be possible to spot the endemic Harwood’s Francolin, Erlanger’s Lark, Cisticolas, Fiscals and more.

Overnight Abreha Castles Hotel.

Day 10

Today we visit the famous Rock-Hewn Churches of Lallibela via the towns of Korem and Alamat. Lalibela churches are among the “Eight wanders of the World” and one can add other equally important monasteries including Asheten Mariam, Yimrahane Christos and Na’akutole’ab churches if you are prepared to add an extra day to this tour.

Overnight Roha or Tukul Village Hotel.

Day 11

We will start the morning with visits to the first part of the Lalibela rock-hewn churches including Bet Medihane Alem, Bet Mariam, Bet Meskal, Bet Michael, Bet Denagle and Bet Golgolta. We will also visit the remarkable church of Bet Giyorgis, possibly the most elegant of all the Lallibela structures. In the afternoon we visit the remaining second part including Bet Emanuel, Bet Mercurios, Bet Abba Libanos and Bet Gabriel-Rufael.

Overnight Roha or Tukul Village Hotel at Lallibela Town.

Day 12

Driving southwards to Kombolcha town via the Weldia and Dessie scenic mountainous countryside, while birding along the route. We will stop at the Hike Estifanos Monastery earlier used by scholars of the other monasteries and religious leaders in the country.

Overnight Tekle Hotel at Kombolcha town.

Day 13

Returning to Addis through Kemise and Senbete the local towns where Ammhara, Oromo and Afar people get together on market days.

We will also explore the underground tunnels of the Debresina Mountains and stop at Tarmaber view point to locate the endemic Ankober Serin, Brown-rumped Seedeater, Stripe-breasted Seedeater and Yellow-crowned Canary. Overnight at Ghion Hotel in Addis Abba.

Day 14

Leaving Addis early morning we drive east towards the Great Rift Valley via Bushoftu Crate Lakes and Nazaret town to visit Awash Park with its volcano landscapes and savannah grassland habitat for a variety of bird species. On the way we detour to Lake Basaka’s saline water which is good habitat for water birds such as Flamingoes, Pelicans, Storks, Herons, Plovers, Lapwings, Sandpipers and Stints.

Overnight Genet Hotel at Awash town.

Day 15

Full day excursion in the park including Ilala Sala Plain (Oryx Plain), Awash River Waterfalls and acacia thickets for birds such as Grey Hornbill, Somali Fiscal, Helmeted Guineafowl, Blue-napped Mousebird, Kori Bustard, Yellow-necked Francolin, Drongo, Red-winged Lark, Woodland and Striped Kingfishers, Robins and birds of prey such as Tawny Eagle, Long-crested Eagle, Yellow-billed Kite and Dark Chanting Goshawk. Awash park is also home to mammals such as Oryx, Lesser Kudu, Hammadryas Baboon and Olive Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Salt’s Dick-dick and more.

Overnight Genet Hotel at Awash town.

Day 16

To day we drive to Lake Langano and Abiata with stop at Koka/Awash Bridge and Ziway. Spectacular Rift scenery, stunning view of colorful birdlife such as Banded Barbet, Masked Weaver, Spur-winged Plover, Malachite and Pygmy Kingfishers, Little Bee-eater, Ruppell’s and Superb Starlings, Seed-eaters, Sunbirds and many birds of prey.

Overnight Bekele Mola Hotel at the bank of Langano.

Day 17

Dawn birding and after breakfast proceed to ‘Bishangari’ meaning “Blessed water” located on the eastern bank of Lake Langano. Adjacent to the Chilalo chain of mountains on the southern edge of the Great Rift Valley with it’s tropical rain forest. En route we search the secondary forest for Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Nubian Woodpecker, Speckled Mousebird, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, African Mourning Dove and many more colorful forest birds.

Overnight Bishangari Eco-Lodge.

Day 18

Today we explore the riverine forest and adjacent lake for birds such as Yellow-Fronted Parrot, White Cheeked Turaco, Orange-bellied Parrot, African Paradise Flycatcher, Bare-faced Go-Away Bird, African Fish-eagle, Cuckoo Shrikes, Kingfishers, Weavers and water birds including Egrets, Herons, Cormorants, Gulls, Geese, Ducks and Shanks.

Overnight Bishangari Eco-Lodge..

Day 19

Today we drive to Lake Awassa and on arrival we search the grounds for Spotted Creeper, Senegal Coucal, Dusky Flycatcher, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Ruppell’s Starling and numbers of Marabous Storks and Pelicans.

Overnight Wabeshebele Hotel No1 at Awassa town

Day 20

We walk around Lake Awassa’s shoreline looking for African Pygmy Goose, Hottentot Teal, Black Crake, African Fish-eagle, Hadeda Ibis, Purple Heron, Common Sandpiper, White-backed Duck, Reed and Sedge Warblers, African Jacana ending at the traditional fish market, where many birds feed on fish left-over. Then we drive to Wendogenet with birding en route. On arrival we search the grounds for Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Slender-billed Starling, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Hooded Vulture and after noon drive to addis o/n addis ababa

Day 21

Today, we start your trip to northern Ethiopia’s natural and cultural sites, crossing the panorama of the’ Blue Nile River’ who drain into the Mediterranean Sea through Sudan and Egypt. Leaving early, we drive up to the Sululta Plain, an important short grassland with seasonal wetland and home to unique birds such as Blue-winged Goose, Wattled Ibis, Ethiopian Black-headed Siskin, and White-collared Pigeon.

We stop at the Jemmu valley escarpment and pilgrimage center established in the 13th century with magnificent artistic murals and apostils. Nearby gorge attracts such birds as Lammergeyer, Egyptian Vulture, Thick-billed Raven, Little Rock Thrush, Banded Barbet and Vareaux’s Eagle.

We will stop at the so called “Portuguese Bridge” similar to an old fortified stone bridge and next to Blue Nile Waterfalls. We will look for White-winged Cliff-chat, Ruppell’s Black-chat, Erckel’s Francolin and more. Overnight Shebel Hotel at Debremarkos Town.

Day 22

Driving to the town of Bahr-Dar one of the main tourist destination in the northwestern part of the country, and situated on the southern bank of Lake Tana (3600 Sq. Km. area) and famous for its islands holding ancient churches with their treasures and manuscripts dating back to the thirteenth century.

Lake Tana itself is home to water birds such as Pelicans, Darters, Egrets, Herons, Kingfishers and Grebes.

Tis-issat Waterfalls on the Blue Nile and islands supports Ethiopian Oriole, White-billed Starling, Bruce’s Green Pigeon and many woodland birds.

Overnight Tana Hotel or Dib Anbesa Hotel.

Day 23

Today we will take a boat excursion to the famous Kibran Gabreal and Ura Kidanemihret island monasteries, and in the afternoon we will drive to the Blue Nile Waterfalls with its scenery and bird in route, Overnight at Tana or Dib-Anbesa Hotel.

Day 24

Driving further north to Gondar we visit the Fassiladas Castles and Debre-Birhan Sillasie(Light of the Trinity) church built during King Fassiledas reign with its painted angels and frescoes on the ceiling and walls.Overnight Goha Hotel at Gondar top view point.

Day 25

Today we drive to the jagged panorama of the Semein Mountains Park, famed for its exclusive landscape, afro-alpine vegetation and unique wildlife, where you may spot the endemic Walya Ibex, Ghwelada Baboon troops, Bushbuck, Klipspringer. Chestnut-napped Francolin, Mountain Thrush, Thick-billed Raven, Lammergeyer, White-collared Pigeon and Ankober Serin just to name a few.Overnight Semein Park Hotel.

Day 26

Continuing on to Axum the capital of the Axumite Kingdom, who accepted Christianity at the beginning of 4th century and where the ‘Moses’ Ark of covenant is found. Driving the zigzag roads to Adaarkay village leading into the Tacazze Valley with its Baobab trees, birds such as Hunter’s Sunbird, Nile Valley Sunbird, Rock Buntings, Superb Starling and more can be found. Overnight Yeha or Ark Hotel at Axum Town.

Day 27

You will have a whole day for excursion to the Axum Stelae sites, Church of Saint Mary of Tsion, Queen Sheba’s ruined palaces, underground cavern burials of the kings of the Axumite dynasty with its inscription, bronze and crafts displayed.Overnight Yeha or Ark Hotel

Day 28

Today we drive to Mekele the capital of the province of Tigray, stopping on the way at Adwa historic mountains, Debredamo Monastery, Adigrat, Abreha-Woatsibaha Rock Hewn church and the Negashi Mosque, oldest and considered the first in Ethiopia. At Myshinkurti it may be possible to spot the endemic Harwood’s Francolin, Erlanger’s Lark, Cisticolas, Fiscals and more. Overnight Abreha Castles Hotel.

Day 29

Today we visit the famous Rock-Hewn Churches of Lallibela via the towns of Korem and Alamat. Lalibela churches are among the “Eight wanders of the World” and one can add other equally important monasteries including Asheten Mariam, Yimrahane Christos and Na’akutole’ab churches if you are prepared to add an extra day to this tour. Overnight Roha or Tukul Village Hotel.

Day 30

We will start the morning with visits to the first part of the Lalibela rock-hewn churches including Bet Medihane Alem, Bet Mariam, Bet Meskal, Bet Michael, Bet Denagle and Bet Golgolta. We will also visit the remarkable church of Bet Giyorgis, possibly the most elegant of all the Lallibela structures. In the afternoon we visit the remaining second part including Bet Emanuel, Bet Mercurios, Bet Abba Libanos and Bet Gabriel-Rufael then in after noon take a flight to addis ababa end tour at Ethiopian traditional live music in yod absenia then transfer to airport.

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