birding tour

great birding destination.over 850 species

Ethiopia is one of the great birding destinations for both the serious and recreational ornithologists. Over 850 species of birds, many extremely beautiful and exotic, reside in Ethiopia.  Of these, 16 are endemic to Ethiopia, 14 other species are shared only with Eritrea.  There are 214 species of pal arctic migrants in Ethiopia; 45 of these have been found in the country during the summer months.  A large number of species have breeding populations in Ethiopia. 


Arrival   Bole International Airport

Ethiopian High Land Tours  will meet all clients arriving at the airport regardless of arrival time.  

Addis Ababa – Debre Libanos

Day 1

Drive to Debre Libanos. Look for Malachite Sunbird, Brown Parisoma, Tacazze Sunbird, Lanner Falcon and Lammergeier. Endemics may include Blue-winged Goose, Ethiopian Cisticola, Black-headed Siskin, Wattled Ibis, Erlanger’s (Blanford’s) Lark or Abyssinian Longclaw. We may also see Geladas, a primate endemic to Ethiopia.

Overnight Lodge  (B, L, D)

Debre Libanos

Day 2

Continue birding in Awash National Park and proceed to the Alledeghi Plains about 70 kilometers from Awash Park. This is a good area to spot different bustards, larks, sandgrouse, etc.​ Overnight Lodge  (B, L, D)

half collared kingfisher

Debre Libanos – Ankober

Day 3

Drive towards the ancient Ethiopian capital of Ankober several birding stops, notably at Melka Ghebdu area. Spot the Yellow Throated Seedeater, Half Collared Kingfisher, and the Eastern Plantain-eater. Continue to Ankober.​

Overnight Lodge  (B, L, D)

Ankober – Aledeghi Wildlife Reserve

Day 4

Drive towards Awash National Park stopping to look for Harwodd’s Francolin. At the Aledeghi Wildlife Reserve, about 70 kilometers from Awash Park, stop to see for different bustards, larks, sandgrouse, etc. Grevy’s zebra, Oryx, Gazelle, Gerenuk, Ostrich and other animals are in the Reserve.​

Overnight Lodge  (B, L, D)

Aledeghi Wildlife Reserve – Awash Park

Day 5

Proceed to Awash National Park. Many species of birds are found here: African Orange-bellied Parrots, Bustards, Weavers, Hoopoe, Yellow-throated Serine, Red-fronted Barbet, Pygmy Batis, Lesser-striped Swallow, and the House Martin. The park also boasts a variety of mammals: the Anubis Baboon, Colobus Monkey, Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Egyptian Mongoose, Warthog, Beisa Oryx, Soemmering’s Gazelle, Lesser Kudu, Salt’s Dikdik, etc.​

Overnight Lodge  (B, L, D)

Awash National Park – Lake Langano

Day 6

Drive to Lake Langano with birding stops at Koka Dam, the Awash River, and Lake Ziway. Spot species such as; the African Pygmy Goose, Black-billed Woodhoopoe, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Northern Black Tit, Little Weaver, Yellow-billed storks, Collared Pratincole, Lesser Jacana, African Jacana, White Pelicans, Fish Eagles, and crowned and common cranes are seen here in impressive numbers.

Overnight Lodge  (B, L, D)

Lake Langano

Day 7

Continue birding around Lake Langano and Abiyata—Shalla National Park. Over 300 species can be seen around Lake Abiyata, such as: Yellow Wagtails, Ibis, Cormorant, Pelicans, Ducks, Egrets, Herons, Flamingos, Storks, Swallows, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Rollers, Wheatear, African Marsh Harrier, etc.

Overnight Lodge  (B, L, D)

Lake Langano -Wondo Genet – Bale Mountains

Day 8

Drive from Langano to the Bale Mountains National Park, rated by the African Bird Club as the number 4 birding destination in Africa. Over 300 species of birds live here, six are endemic to Ethopia. Arrive at the park headquarters in the afternoon in time for a leisurely afternoon hike, possibly spotting two endemic mammals that frequent the area: Menelik’s Bushbuck and the Mountain Nyala. Birds in this area include the Blue-Winged Goose, the Spot-Breasted Lapwing, the Abyssinian Long Claw, the Wattled Ibis, the Black-Headed Siskin, Rouget’s Rail, and numerous other species.

Overnight Hotel  (B, L, D)

Bale Mountains National Park

Day 9

Continue exploring Bale Mountains National Park and drive further into the interior. Spot birds such as Chestnut-naped Francolin, Ground Thrush (of the distinctive, endemic species Simensis), the secretive Abyssinia Ground- thrush, the vocal Abyssinian Catbird, and the endemic White-backed Black-Tit. If we are very fortunate, we will see a pair of the endangered Wattled Crane in the moist grasslands or spot a Cape Eagle- Lapwing, Thekla Lark, Red-breasted Wheatear, and Moorland chats. On the Senetti Plateau, (the largest continuous area of its altitude in Africa) look for the endemic and rare Ethiopian Red Wolf.

Overnight Lodge  (B, L, D)

Bale Mountains National Park

Day 10

Continue birding in the five unique and distinct habitats of the Bale Mountains National Park.

Overnight Lodge  (B, L, D)

Bale Mountains National Park – Negeli Borena

Day 11

Drive to Negelle with many birding stops en route. Look for the Turaco and outstanding Golden-breasted Starling. We will also seek the endemic Sidamo Lark and the Somali Short-toed Lark and possibly Heuglin’s Bustard on the Negele Plains.

Overnight Hotel  (B, L, D)

Negeli Borena

Day 12

Spend the morning seeking the Degodi Lark if not yet sighted. We’ll also search for the White-winged Dove and Juba Weaver, two prized sightings in the area, plus Black-faced Sandgrouse, Chestnut-headed Sparrow-lark, and the Scaly Chatterer. Look for the Sidamo Lark, a quite secretive bird and like many Ethiopian endemics inhabits a very small area.

Overnight Hotel  (B, L, D)

Negeli – Yabello Borena

Day 13

Drive to Yabello. Search for the endemic White-tailed Swallow and Stresemann’s Bushcrow. You should spot the Swallow threading its way through the termite chimneys and groups of Bushcrows in the thorn bushes. For the entire day explore the Yabello Wildlife Sanctuary and Reserve; species to look for include: Somalian Ostrich, Secretary Bird, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Martial Eagle, Grasshopper Buzzard, African Pygmy Falcon, Vulturine Guineafowl, Kori Bustard, Donaldson-Smith’s Nightjar, Star-spotted Nightjar, Yellow-billed Hornbill, Lilac-breasted Roller, Rufous-crowned Roller, D’Arnaud’s Barbet, Red and Yellow Barbet, Short-tailed Lark, Northern Grey Tit, Shelley’s and White-crowned Starlings, Abyssinian Grosbeak Canary, Somali Sparrow, Black-capped Social Weaver, Grey-headed Silverbill, Taita Fiscal, and Somali Golden-breasted Bunting. Other possibilities include: Coqui Francolin, Somali Courser, African Bare-eyed Thrush, Little Spotted Woodpecker, Pringle’s Puffback, Little Tawny Pipit, Fawn-coloured Lark. Mammals that inhabit the park include: Burchell’s Zebra, Aardvark, Grant’s Gazelle, Thompson’s Gazelle, and Lesser-spotted Genet.

Overnight Hotel  (B, L, D)

Yabello Borena

Day 14

Continue birding in the Yabello area. See Degodi Lark, Bush crow ,white -tailed swallow,corsar,Garganey pintail and others you might not have seen on the first day.

Overnight Hotel  (B, L, D)

Yabello Borena – Hawassa

Day 15

Drive to Hawassa. En route to spot numerous species: Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill, Abysinnian Ground Hornbill, Roget’s Rail, Marabou Stork, Black and White Egrets, African Pygmy Goose, Spur-winged Goose, Swallows, Ibis, African Fish Egret, Woodland Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, etc.

Overnight Hotel  (B, L, D)

Hawassa – Addis Ababa

Day 16

Return to Addis Ababa with optional return stop at Lake Ziway, In Addis Ababa, enjoy a Farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s many ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for late night departure or additional hotel night booked upon request.

Overnight Hotel  (B, L, D) 

End of Tour

(Ethiopian High Land Tours will arrange additional hotel nights in Addis Ababa upon request.)

Awash National Park
Egyptian Mongoose (1)
Yellow-billed Hornbil
Red-breasted Wheatear
Black faced sandgrouse
African Pygmy Falcon
Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill

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