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Title: Birding in Awash & Bale MountainsBEE_EATERS

Tour code: VET400

Tour Duration: 8Days/7 Nights

Transportation: Surface

Type of Vehicle2009/10 Nissan Patrol or 2009/10 Toyota Land cruiser &

2010 Double AC Toyota HIACE minibuses for city tours

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Day-to-day program:

Day 1: Arrive at Bole International Airport (Addis Ababa)
NAMAQUA-DOVE

On arrival in Addis Ababa, you will be met, assisted and transferred to your Hotel. Time permitting, your guide and driver will take you on a city tour. The first stop is scenic Mount Entoto. At 2500 m, AddisAbaba is the third highest capital in the world and Entoto is several hundred meters higher. Within Entoto's old Imperial Compound, you will visit the churches of Mariam and the Archangel Raguel. Afterwards, stop at the National Archaeological Museum where exhibits include the 3.5 million-year-old bones of 'Lucy'.

Day 2: Koka Dam /lake Langano/Wondo Genet  

Drive to Koka Dam :this is an artificial lake  you will spot various species of water birds like: Yellow billed Stork, Marabou Stork, Great White Pelican, Great White Egret & Little Egret, Goliath  & Grey Heron, Hamerkop, Sacred Ibis, Egyptian  Goose, Spur-Winged Lapwing & Black Smith Lapwing The remainder of the day will be spent birding along  the shores of the lake Langano and proceed to Wondo Genet to see the endemic yellow fronted  parrot along with the Black headed forest Oriole and the  Golden backed  wood pecker, redwing  starling, mounting wagtail, Malicite Kingfisher and Black Rough wing swallow.

Overnight hotel in Wondo  Genet.

Day 3: Bale Mountains

After breakfast drive through the farmlands of southeast Ethiopia, to Dinsho the head-quarter of Bale mountains national park-the home of endemism. Stop for the Long-eared Owl at Kofele, and thereafter Spot-breasted Plover (E) can be found and at Dinsho, Abissinian Ground Thrush, Abyssinian Catbird (E), Abyssinian Long Clow (E), and White backed Black Tit occur and you will have a chance to see the endemic mammals such as Mountain Nyala,and Menelik’s Bushbuck along with Warthog, Bohor Reedbuck and Grey Duiker can also be occur.

E=endemic

Overnight Dinsho Lodge.

Day 4: Sanetti plateau

In the morning, after breakfast, drive to the Afro-alpine setting of the Sanetti plateau to see birds like:  Ruget’s rail (E), Blue winged goose (E), thick billed  raven (E), white-winged cliff chat (E) ,banded  barbet E), Golden Eagle, Chestnut-naped Francolins, Wattled Crane, Thekla Lark, Black Saw-wing, Moorland  Chat, White-backed Black Tit, Red-Billed Chough, Black-Headed Siskin (E) all occur. You can also see the endemic Ethiopian Wolf and the Gaint Mole rat. In the afternoon drive back to Goba.

Overnight Hotel in Goba.

Day 5: Awash National park

Early morning drive to Awash National park through Arsi on the way spot various species of birds and have stop over at  Beseka Crater Lake western end of  Awash NP supposed to have good water birds.

Overnight lodge

Day 6: Awash National park

After breakfast, enjoy a game drive in Awash National park before returning to the lodge for the evening, Awash national park has over 350 species of bird that have been recorded in this savannah grassland and you will spot birds like: Ruppell’s Vulture, Black-billed-Chat, Boran Cisticola, Scarlet-Chested & Shining Sunbird, Tawny Pipit, Yellow –throated Serin (E), Carmine bee-eater, Lilac-Breasted & Abyssinian Roller, Arabian Bustard, and Great Grey Shrikes.

Overnight Lodge.

Day 7: ADDIS ABABA

After breakfast drive back to Addis Ababa en route you will visit the crater lakes at the town of Debre Zeit, with a five chain of crater lakes.  At these lakes, you can spot different water birds and various species of swallows and weavers. Among the other species to be seen, spur-winged plover, great and little Egret, and cormorant. And proceed to Addis for overnight Hotel. In the evening you will go to one of the famous traditional restaurant for welfare dinner party with Ethiopian traditional music and dance.

Overnight hotel in Addis

Day 8: Day at leisure, shopping, sightseeing of Addis and taking walks in main streets.  Night departure

Remark: Most bird watching itineraries are in the south of the country. An itinerary in search of all of Ethiopia’s endemic birds would take a minimum of 3 weeks, but shorter tours which would guarantee seeing most of the endemics and several hundred other species could be set up. For those who want to see all, an extensive program can be prepared up on request.

  You will be given an adjusted program of this tour that goes along with your arrival time in Ethiopia upon request

  Extension or reduction of this tour is possible

 This tour can be re-programmed to fit your interest, time and budget.

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