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Birding Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Addis Ababa depending on time visit gefersa reservoir here we will have chance to see birds such as the endemic birds blue wing goose , Abyssinian long claw, wattled ibis and others like sacred ibis, Egyptian goose and many dukes. O/n Ghion Hotel

Day 2 drive to Menagesha forest area   Menagesha National forest was the first known subject of an official conservation policy in Africa. Since the 16th century this forest is protected by the government. It is found near to Addis Ababa in the dense forested mountains. This forest is a paradise for birds and different endemic species such as  Yellow-fronted parrot, Abyssinian Woodpecker and Abyssinian catbird,Rougets rail ,Rufus chested sparrowhawk,white cheeked turaco,Nyanza swift,white collard pigeon,wattled ibis,Abyssinian slaty fly catcher,Tacazza sunbird,swainsens sparrow,white back black tit,brown woodland warbler,moorland chat,African sitril,black headed siskin and others. Wildlife is abundant - Gureza monkey, the endemic Menelik's bushbuck, Baboons, common Duiker, and serval. Late in afternoon drive back to Addis Ababa.O/n Ghion Hotel.

Day 3 Early start for Debra Libanose Monastery about 110 km on the northwest direction via Sululta plains where we have a short stop (after 20km) for few birds like Black- winged Plover, Red breasted Wheatear, Tawny eagle, Pectoral- patched Cist cola,Spott breasted plover,wattled ibis,Iseblin wheat ear, moorland chat,Erlangers lark, Abyssinian long claw,pied craw,Blue wing goose, Egyptian goose, three banded plover,Ethiopian cisticola and some other migratory birds. Around the monastery and the gorge, we expect a few endemics like the White-billed starling, Abyssinian woodpecker, Black-headed forest Oriole, Rupellís and white-winged cliff chats,Banded barbet and others like Streaky seed eater, brown rump seed eater, Dusky tertle dove, Erikls francolin, . The river gorge itself is so productive for the birds of prey. The Lammergeyer, Verreaux's eagle, Egyptian and White-backed Vultures, Lanner Falcon, and Peregrine are one of the few listed. Overnight stay Ethio-Germen lodge (Debra Libanose)

Day 4 Very early morning Proceed to Jemma valley for the localized endemic Harwoodís Francolin. Here in the valley we also looking for the Foxy Cisticola, Lesser kestrel, white-throated seedeater, Fox Falcon, singing cisticola,Bush petronia, Giant kingfisher,Black stork, Senegal thick knee,Red bill pytilia,  White winged Cliff chat, White-billed Starling, Erckelís Francolin, Lammergeyer and different raptors. Then, late afternoon, drive to Debralibanos.O/n Ethio German lodge.
              
Day 5 drive to Debreberhan on the way do birding then after late lunch drive to Gemesa gedel  for the localized endemics Ankober serine and others.O/n Eva Hotel

Day 6 early morning drive to Melakgebdu for full day birding here we will search for the endemic yellow throated seed eater and others such as rufus chested sparrow hawk, white rump babbler, little rock thrush, shining sun bird, yellow throated barbet, little bee eater, giant king fisher, half collard king fisher, short toed snake eagle, martial eagle, black bill barbet, red bill quelia and others. O/N Eva hotel

Day 7 Drive to the Awash National Park (200 km) via Addis Ababa and Debrezeit Our first stop will be at the Cheleklaka wetland, near Debra-Zeit, which has a variety of wonderful aquatic birds including few arboreal species. The Common and Crowned Cranes, Tawny and Lesser Spotted Eagles, Eurasian Marsh Harrier, Spur-winged Goose, White-backed Duck, Knob-billed Duck, Avocet, Glossy Ibis, Southern Pochard, Red-billed Teal, African Spoonbill, Isabelline Wheatear, Chestnut-backed Sparrow-lark, Red-throated Pipit, Laughing and Red-eyed Doves, Masked Weavers, Spotted Flycatcher and Beautiful and Tacazze Sunbirds are among the birds we may see this morning after lunch we proceed to Awash.  O/n Awash Falls lodge

Day 8 A full day bird watching and game viewing in the superb lowland of Awash National Park. It has a great number of bird species like the Swallow-tailed Kite, Martial and Imperial Eagles, Nubian (or Lappet-faced) Vulture, Gabar Goshawk, Shikra, White-faced Scops Owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, White-backed and Egyptian Vultures. Apart from these birds of prey, the thorny bushes of Awash and the ravine forests by the Awash River Falls also have a variety of different species. Secretarybird, Red-winged Bush Lark, Ashy and Gillett's Cisticolas, Somali Fiscal, Great Grey Shrike, Sulphur-breasted and Grey-headed Bush-shrikes, Cardinal and Bearded Woodpeckers, five species of bustards, Somali Golden-breasted Buntings, Red-billed and Yellow-billed Hornbills, Acacia Paradise and Steel-blue Whydahs, Grey Wren-warbler, Green-winged Pytilia, two species of sandgrouse, different social weavers, Red-and-yellow Barbet, Rosy-patched Shrike and many other bird species may be seen in this wonderful birding site. Awash NP is not only good for birding but also for game viewing. Lesser and Greater Kudus, Sommering's Gazelle, Defassa Waterbuck, Hamadryas Baboon, Black-backed Jackal and lions (if weíre lucky) are some of the mammals we may see. Tonight we may have a short night drive for the nightjars.. O/n Awash Falls lodge
           Arabian Bustard with Carmine bee-eater

Day 9 Leave Awash for Lake Langano (260 km) and en rout stopping at Koka Dam and Lake Ziway for more birding. Lake Ziway is one of the best birding sites of the Ethiopian Rift Valley, and it provides species like the Lesser Jacana, Common Snipe, Black Heron(the Umbrella bird), Black crowned Crane, Saddle billed Stork, different Kingfishers,, Great black-headed Gull and Lesser Moorhen. O/n Ziway Bethelhem hotel

Day 10 This morning we spend more time in the acacia woodland between Lakes Abijata and Shalla, and a long the shore of   Lake Abijata. The Von de Dickensís Horn bill, Banded Barbet, Spotted Eagle Owl, Klausís and Dederic Cuckoos, Black-checked Waxbill, Gabar Goshawk, Boran and Rattling Cisticola, Masked Shrike,Greyish eagle owl, Verreaux's Eagle Owl,slender tail nightjar, Frekled nightjar,green wing twinspot,Narina turagon, Claperton Francolin,Scaly francolin,Wohlbergs honey guide,greater honey guide,grey headed wood pecker, African Harrier Hawk, and different species of waders and ducks  are amongst the species we are expecting to see in the surrounding area of the  acacia wood land and fig trees. Lake Abijata, the feeding site for a great numbers of Lesser and Greater Flamingos is also providing a large numbers of migratory birds.O/n Simbo resort

Day 11 Drive to Bale Mountains (210 km) for three nights staying. En route stopping at Dinsho, park headquarters, where we see the endemic mammals like the elegant Mountain Nyala and Menelikís Bushbuck. And birds such as Abyssinian owl,African wood owl, Abyssinian cat bird,white back black tit, may be Verreauxs eagle owl, montan nightjar, brown parisoma,Abyssinian cat bird. Then, proceed to Goba. O/n Goba Wabe Shebelle Hotel

Day 12 Our tour will take us to Sofomer, the largest ground river cave the country, some 115 km east of Goba town. The thorny bushes of this lowland has a large number of bird species including the endemic Salvadorís Serin, Grasshopper Buzzard, Martial Eagle, Ring-necked Dove, Brown-tailed Chat, African Goshawk, Abyssinian Scimitar bill, Shining Sunbird, Bristle-crowned Starling, Eurasian Hobby, Yellow-spotted Petronia, Black-billed Wood Dove, Black-throated Barbet, different shrikes and bustards. The Straw-tailed Whydah, Western Violet-backed Sunbird, Levaillantís and Great Spotted Cuckoos, Pygmy Falcon, Yellow-throated Barbet, Collared Sunbird, Hunterís Sunbird and different social weavers. After superb birding in this lowland, we drive back to Goba.O/n Wabeshebele hotel

Day 13 A full day bird watching on the scenic plateau of Sanattie (90 km round trip) and Harena forest. Here, we expect birds like the Cinnamon- bracken Warbler, Mountain Buzzard, Abyssinian wood Pecker, White-backed black Tit, Bale Parisoma, Slender-billed Starling, Crowned eagle, sharpes starling, Abyssinian ground thrush, Abyssinian crimson wing, African hill babbler, Moorland francolin & Chestnut Francolins,  African Snipe, Golden Eagle, Rufus Sparrow hawk, Watteled Crane, Rougetís Rail and Lanner Falcon. Apart from the birds, Sanattie plateau also guarantees good supplies of the rare and beautiful Ethiopian Wolf. O/n wabeshebele hotel

Day 14 Proceed to Negelle Borena (some 285 km) via Harenna forest. We spend about an hour birding in the Harenna Forest, which is another excellent chance for different bird species including Olive Pigeon, Black and White Mannekin and others. En route, stop at Ganalle River for the rare and localized endemic species of Prince Ruspoliís Turaco. Our day drive to Negelle brings us to great varieties of the low land species like Shellyís & Golden-breasted Starlings. O/n Turaco hotel

Day 15 full day is bird watching around Negelle area. The localized Sidamo Lark is our target bird for today and other birds such as Somali short toed lark, black wing pratincols, Somali crow, Ethiopian swallow, Harqien quile, white belly bustard, and others. . O/n Turaco hotel

Day 16 Drive to Yabello (265 km) with many roadside stops. The main target birds this day are white wing dove, savadori weaver, black belied sun bird, pygmy batis and others.  The Red-napped Shrike, Black caped Social Weaver, Lesser Kestrel, eastern violet backed Sunbird, the endemics White-tailed Swallow and Steersmenís Bush Crow are one of the best birds we are looking for along this productive route. O/n Yabello Motel

Day 17 full day  birding in the thorny bushes of Yabello area. It accommodates a great numbers of excellent birds. The Gray headed Social weavers, Banded Parisoma, D'Arnaud's Barbet, Abyssinian Scimitar bill, Shelly's and Golden breasted Starlings, Rufus Sparrow, Pale Flycatcher, Bare faced Go-away bird, the endemic White tailed Swallow. Vulturine Geanifowl, Black caped social weavers, White crowned starlings, Orange bellied Parrot, Martial Eagle, Yellow Rumped Serine, Yellow necked spur foul, Red fronted Barbet and African Black headed Orioles, bare eye thrush, African scopes Owl, Pygmy Falcon, pearl spoted owlet, blue naped mouse bird, specks weaver are some of an excellent bird species. O/n Yabelo motel.

Day 18 Continue to Lake Awassa. This afternoon we may have an opportunity of seeing a few species along the lakeshore.
Giant kingfisher, Painted snipe, Lesser moorhen, Allen s Gallinule, Banded Snake Eagle, spectacled weaver, Grey kestrel, Spotted creeper, Grey headed kingfisher, common snipes are some of  an excellent birds we shall see in Awassa area. O/n United Africa Hotel

Day 19 Drive to welkite with en route birding. O/n  Yajoka hotel

Day 20 Early morning birding in the superb Ghibe Gorge, for the western Ethiopia's specialties like Egyptian Plover, Black faced Firefinch, Abyssinian waxbill, Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat, Moustached Grass Warbler, Bar-breasted Firefinch and Exclamatory paradise Whydah and some other good species then drive to Addis to Fly home.

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