Bird Watching

Option One

Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa 

Up on arrival at Bole international air port and met by your Travel and Tours representatives and transfer to hotel. After check in to hotel, you will have a city tour of Addis. It includes; National Museum, the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remain of Lucy dates 3.2 million years back, Mount Entoto, panoramic view point at the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meter above sea level, Trinity Cathedral, a beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa, Ethnographic Museum and Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa). Overnight in your hotel



Day 2: Addis-Menagesha Forest- Addis 

Morning, drive to the west of Addis Ababa to reach Menagesha-Suba Forest. Before and after lunch you will have bird watching. In addition to many other birds you would see the endemic Blue-winged Goose. After visiting, drive back to Addis. Overnight in your hotel



Day 3: Addis-Debre-Libanos- Addis 

In the morning drive out of Addis in the northern direction. You would get great opportunity to see birds in the Sululta Plain. Continue driving to Debre Libanos, a 12th century monastery located in a valley. In addition to birds you will visit historical monastery of Debre Libanos, the attractive landscape and the endemic Gelada Baboon. After visiting, drive back to Addis. Overnight in your hotel

 

Day 4: Addis- Debre-Zeit 

After breakfast, drive to Debre-Zeit 50 km east of Addis Ababa. The creator lakes around and the savanna environment are known for the abundant aquatic and savanna birds. Overnight in your hotel/resort 



Day 5: Debre-Zeit- Awash 

In the morning, drive to Awash National Park with many stops for birding in many different swampy areas. After lunch birding in Awash National park. Overnight in your hotel 

Day 6: Awash 

Early in the morning start bird watching in the park; this is known to have more than 400 species of birds. Secretary bird is among the many species you would see. Overnight in your hotel/lodge 



Day 7: Awash-Hawassa In the morning, drive to Hawassa a beautiful town on the shore of Lake Hawassa with stops on the way for birding. Late afternoon stroll on Lake Hawassa’s shore would give you the chance to observe many different species of birds in close distance. Marabou Storks, kingfishers, Ducks and Geese are among others. Overnight in your hotel 



Day 8: Hawassa- WendoGenet- Hawassa 

After breakfast, drive to WondoGenet area to observe forest bird species. Lovely weather, hot spring and landscape and view of coffee plantation will be additional experience for clients. After visiting, drive back to Hawassa and overnight in your hotel/resort 

Day 9: Hawassa- Addis- Departure 

In the morning drive back to Addis Ababa with many stops for bird watching. On the way, visit Lake Ziway, the Ethiopian Bird Spectacle, the great Pelicans are the main stars of this astonishing natural live show, which takes place at one of the freshwater Rift Valley lakes of Ethiopia. After visiting, keep drive to Addis. In the evening, farewell traditional dinner in one of the best restaurant in Addis followed by folkloric dance of different Ethiopian nations. Then transfer to airport to fly back to home, where the tour ends.

Option Two

 

Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa 

Up on arrival at Bole international air port and met by your Travel and Tours representatives and transfer to hotel. After check in to hotel, you will have a city tour of Addis. It includes; National Museum, the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remain of Lucy dates 3.2 million years back, Trinity Cathedral, a beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa. In the afternoon, drive to Mount Entoto, panoramic view point at the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meter above sea level, for bird watching in the forest and the surrounding plains. Overnight stay will be in your Hotel.

 

Day 2: Addis- Gefersa- Ambo 

After breakfast, drive to Gefersa and watch the abundant water birds. After visiting, continue drive to Ambo. On the way you will have ample opportunity to see different species of birds. Overnight stay will be in your Hotel. 



Day 3: Ambo-Wonchi Creator Lake- Addis 

In the morning, drive to Wonchi Creator Lake to visit the avifauna environment and the beautiful lake itself. Then drive back to Addis Ababa. Overnight in your hotel 



Day 4: Addis- Ankober- Addis 

After breakfast, drive to north east of Addis Ababa to Ankober, where you would experience magnificent scenic beauty and some endangered bird species like Ankober Serine. After visiting, drive back to Addis. Overnight in your hotel 



Day 5: Addis- DebreZeit- Langano 

Morning, drive to DebreZeit to the Rift Valley lakes and observe the abundant water birds, some of them are migratory from Europe. Overnight in your hotel/lodge 



Day 6: Langano 

On this day, you will have a full day visit of water birds at Lakes Langano, Shalla and Abyjata. Overnight in your hotel/lodge 



Day 7: Langano- WondoGenet- Hawassa 

After breakfast, drive to Wondo Genet area to observe forest bird species. Lovely weather, hot spring and landscape and view of coffee plantation will be additional experience for clients. Overnight stay will be in your hotel/resort 



Day 8: Hawassa 

On this day, you will have birding of the abundant indigenous and migrant aquatic birds surrounding of Lake Hawassa. Boat trip is a part of your stay in Hawassa. Overnight stay will be in your hotel/resort.

 

Day 9: Hawassa-Yabello 

After breakfast, drive to Yabello where you would experience watching the bird species of the juniper forest. You would also see the endangered endemic species Prince Ruspoli’s Turaco. Overnight in your hotel 



Day 10: Yabello-Konso 

In the morning, drive to Konso. This trip would give additional opportunity to watch juniper forest and plain birds. Overnight in your hotel/lodge 




Day 11: Konso-Arbaminch 

After breakfast, drive to Arbaminch. In the afternoon, watch on the shore of Lake Chamo and Abaya. Overnight in your hotel/lodge 



Day 12: Arbaminch 

Morning, drive to Nechsar National Park. This trip in the park with a picnic lunch would give you the chance to visit many different species of birds may be including the Nechsar Nightjar, an endemic species are identified. Then drive back to Arbaninch. Overnight in your hotel/lodge

 

Day 13: Arbaminch- Addis- Departure 

In the morning drive back to Addis Ababa with many stops for bird watching. On the way, visit Lake Ziway, the Ethiopian Bird Spectacle, the great Pelicans are the main stars of this astonishing natural live show, which takes place at one of the freshwater Rift Valley lakes of Ethiopia. After visiting, keep drive to Addis. In the evening, farewell traditional dinner in one of the best restaurant in Addis followed by folkloric dance of different Ethiopian nations. Then transfer to airport to fly back to home, where the tour ends.