A 10-day wildlife tour focusing on Ethiopia's endemic mammals
Ethiopia's varied and spectacular landscapes support a diverse variety of mammals including several found nowhere else in the world. Although an impressive mix of Ethiopian birds will also enhance each day, the principal focus of this wildlife tour will the observation of many of the Ethiopia’s mammals in habitats ranging from the acacia-studded savannah of Awash National Park to the wild and beautiful Bale Mountains. We also visit Debre Libanos Gorge, the Rift Valley Lakes and Wondo Guenet Forest as we search for such beautiful mammals as Beisa Oryx and Eastern Black-and-White Colobus, and such endemics as Swayne's Hartebeeste, Mountain Nyala, Menelik’s Bushbuck, Gelada Baboon, Giant Molerat and the endangered Ethiopian Wolf.
- Discover Ethiopia's unique mammals: Mountain Nyala, Menelik’s Bushbuck, Gelada Baboon, etc
- Watch Ethiopian Wolves hunting Giant Molerats
- Visit the spectacular Bale Mountains – an endemics hotspot
- Enjoy traditional safaris in Awash National Park
- Journey along the Rift Valley
- A fabulous birdlife & flora include many endemics
- Chance to extend tour, visiting other areas of Ethiopia
All food is included in the price. Restaurant food is basic but adequate. There is usually a mix of western food or traditional Ethiopian food available.
Simple tourist lodges
Black-and-White Colobus (Simon Woolley)
Day 2/3 Awash National Park
Day 9 Debre Libanos Gorge & The Solulta Plains
Ethiopian Wolf (Dani Free)
Ethiopia is a fascinating and welcoming country. The climate is warm and comfortable all year round and the country supports a large number of endemic birds and mammals. There are not the huge numbers of large mammals to be found here as in other parts of Africa, but the species that do live here are cleverly adapted to their unique surroundings and very special indeed. The highlights of this tour will undoubtedly be the wonderful long-haired Gelada Baboons with their red 'hearts', the beautifully coloured Ethiopian Wolf and the strange but endearing Giant Mole Rat! All of these and several other mammals found no-where else but Ethiopia, will be viewed on this tour, along with general natural history, cultural and birdwatching attractions. The scenery is stunning, there are masses of lakes surrounded by mountainous peaks, dusty valleys dotted with acacia trees and pretty little thatched huts in well kept villages. The people of this country are proud and happy and for the most part self sufficient. Traditionally decorated ponies and their riders will be seen throughout the moorlands, plus donkeys carrying their mixed cargo all round the country, together providing an interesting cultural backdrop to a week of viewing most of the countries endemic mammal species and some birdwatching. There is no shortage of culture and history, and many fascinating sites can be added onto your holiday if you would like to extend your time to explore this fascinating country. It is worth stressing, however, that whilst the tourist infrastructure in Ethiopia is improving, facilities such as hotels, vehicles and many of the roads are of a much lower standard than other more popular African destinations such as Kenya, Tanzania and southern Africa. As such, when travelling in Ethiopia it is necessary to accept that the itinerary may not always run like clockwork, the roads may be poor on occasion, the vehicles a little cramped and some of the hotels may be basic in nature and lacking in some of the comforts found in western hotels. What is needed more than anything, therefore, is a good sense of adventure and if you come equipped with this you are sure to enjoy the fascinating birds, animals, culture and landscapes of this unique beautiful African country.
Seeing Ethiopian Wolves and Giant Mole Rats.
Bus very comfortable and plenty of room.
Such a fantastic range of both mammals and birds, fantastic habitats and breathtaking scenery.
The people in the country were friendly and when we managed to eat the Ethiopian food, it was really excellent.
Who can not appreciate seeing Ethiopian Wolves up close, hyenas coming out of their cave against a backdrop of a superb Ethiopian sunset, Oryx, Hartebeest and Bale Monkeys then all the superb birds, ground hornbills and Lappet-faced Vultures, Spot-breasted Lapwing, White-bellied Starlings, Maribou Storks by the bucket load, all mixed up with more familiar Palearctic migrants such as Redstarts, Lesser Whitethroats and Willow Warblers but then Pallid Harriers and White-throated Robins.
All in all, a most enjoyable trip.
Abiy Dagne, our guide was an excellent field naturalist with extraordinary spotting and identification skills. The wildlife aspects of the tour exceeded my expectations.
Our driver was excellent and the bus comfortable and roomy. Accommodation at Awash Falls and Bishangari was excellent.
Itinerary was well balanced between mammals and birds. Guide, Abiy, was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and went out of his way to ensure everyone on the tour was well looked after and all their needs met. The bus driver was excellent and the bus very comfortable.
Abiy was a star, one of the best guides I have had the pleasure to travel with, a great naturalist and a very nice person.
The tour was exceptional and our add-on to Lalibela was excellent. Our request to visit an Ethio-Jazz Club was a great night and I even met Ethiopia's living musical legend Mulatu Astatke.
I am essentially a birder with more than a passing interest in mammals. I thought that the balance between watching the mammals and birds was perfectly balanced.
Abiy was an excellent guide and we had good fellow companions.
The knowledgeable guides brought history, culture and wildlife to life for us; drivers were safe, prompt and helpful.
Knowledgeable guides were a great asset.
Mr & Mrs W.
The guide was outstanding and he found us all the species we expected to see. Many of these at close quarters. The driver was also very good and we always felt safe despite the erratic driving of others. The vehicle was comfortable and allowed excellent views. The beer was excellent.
Fantastic wildlife and good sightings of endemic species.
Abiy made the holiday, not only was he an exceptionally knowledgeable naturalist, he had a great eye for 'spotting' both birds and mammals and also for providing care and attention regarding meal and room requirements at hotels. I can cope with having to 'rough it' slightly if I am seeing beautiful countryside and exceptional nature. Ethiopia remains an unspoilt country, not yet tarnished by over commercialisation from tourists and it was an absolute pleasure to experience everything that the country had to offer. I will not forget seeing an Ethiopian Wolf catching a Grass Rat 50 yards from the vehicle!! Nor the way a Gelada Baboon looks at you and does the lip curl while sniffing the air...
Great itinerary. Full on in a short period which suited me well. Saw what I wanted to see and close up too. Saw lots which I did not set out to see and this was a bonus. Guide and driver were both first class.
Mr& Mrs F
Had a fantastic holiday - would be high on our list of favourite destinations - beautiful scenery and people. Abundance of birdlife - less in the way of mammals but what we saw was excellent - highlights being wolves and of course the hyena cave! Also, Colobus monkeys, Gelada baboons and too many birds to mention but a particular highlight was the two secretary birds.
All my guides were excellent. Abiye was terrific at finding and identifying wildlife, and is a truly lovely person. The other two guides (on the Lalibela extension) were knowledgeable, helpful and pleasant. I appreciate your offering tours that aren't exclusively for birders - this is my fourth trip, and all have been a delight.
This holiday was a bargain!
I enjoyed the birds and mammals and seeing the country and I enjoyed the company of the people on the trip.