Bird watching in South Ethiopia Tour 4 days

Our 4-day Ethiopia bird watching tour covers the most important and some endemic bird species of southern Ethiopia's habitats (Ethiopia has the second highest number of endemics on the continent). Up to five hundred species of birds and many rare mammals can be expected and the ease of spotting birds is quite remarkable. Ethiopia is also one of Africa’s most rewarding photographic destinations.

Day 1 Around Addis Ababa

Drive to Entoto National Park & Mengesha Forest to see birds habituated in forest & then drive to Gefersa Reservoir good for water & grassland assocated birds ducks & specialy Yellow-fronted Parrot (Picephalus Flavirals) in MenageSha Blue-winged Goose (Cyanochen cyanoptera) in Gefersa & also found in Bale Mountain.

Day 2-3 Around Rift Valley Lakes

Drive to Bishoftu town arrive at Lake Chel & Laka excellent place to see birds such as goose (pugmy or supur wriged), duck, pintail, garganey etc.

Head to Mount Ziquala, it has a crater lake on the top of 2989 m high extinct volcano. The monastery at the top of the mountain was founded in 4 century by an Egyptian St. Gebre Menfes Qiddus while praying, this saint came across a bird dying of thirst. Lifting it he allowed the bird to drink the water from his eye. Amid a number of endemic birds & mammals which can be seen here are: Black-winged Lovebird, Abyssinian Catbird & Abyssinian Woodpecker and most likely (Guereza) Colobus Monkey. There is annual pilgrimage to Zquala Abo church annually in 12 October & 14 March.

Drive to Lake Ziway the best bird watching place of Rift Valley thriving populations of birds. Salling by boat to see Black Heron (Black Egret) whose unsual habit of fishing with its wings raised to from a conopy gives rise to its colloquial name of umbrella bird. Other types 3 birds include Lesser Moorhen Garganey, Black-tailed Godwit, large Billed Stork, Lesser Jacama, Ruppell’s Griffin Vulture, European Marsh Harrier and Red-breasted Pipit.

Further boat ride introduces you to Tullu Gudo (also known as Mount Zion) the largest island of the lake which is believed to have hartboured the priests & Ark of the Covenant in the 9th century from the agression of non Christian Queen Gudit.

Day 4 Abiata-Shala National Park

The park is named after the two lakes Abyata & Shalla. More than 300 bird species have been recorded in the park. The birds include flamingos/ pelicans, Mongolian Plover, Red-necked Phalarope etc. They use to breed at Shalla & feed in Abiata fish. Pelicans in lake Shalla & ostriches in the dark are easily visible.

Overnight at nearby Lake Langano & camping.

Tour highlights

Country: Ethiopia

Duration: 4 days

Available for: Students,Adults,Seniors

Guide speaks: English
* Other languages possible on request

  • Bird watching
  • Rift Valley
  • Lake Ziway
  • Abiata
  • Mount Ziquala
  • Entoto

Our clients say:

I only had a few hours in Addis at the end of my trip so wanted to make the most of it with a tour. Meklit was an exceptional guide - she was so knowledgeable and friendly and I felt like we captured the essence of Addis in the short time we had. It was like exploring Addis with a friend! HIGHLY recommend this!!!!!
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