Zest Ethiopia Tours | MIDDLE RIFT ROUTE FOR 16 DAYS
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Tour Overview


Focus: Birds, wildlife, scenery, nature


Best time of year: end September to mid June


In-country days: 16


Transportation: Drive

Day 16 – Departure



Most of Ethiopia’s endemic birds


Considerably more species than listed above


Wildlife-viewing, including some endemic species


Stunning highland scenery in the Bale Mountains


Tour Itinerary


Day 01 – arrive Addis; city tour; shopping

Day 02 – Drive to the Ethiopian middle rift system, stopping at Lakes Koka & Ziway for water birds like: African Pygmy Geese Yellow-billed & Marabou Storks, Crowned & Common Cranes, Lesser & Greater Jacanas, African Jacanas, White Pelicans, Fish Eagles, and Collard Pratincoles.

Day 03 – Early in the morning, leave for the Abijata-Shalla National Park where more than 400 species have been recorded, however intense human interference has affected the park in recent years. Still to be seen are: Lesser & greater Flamingo, African Pochard, Avocet, Gull-billed Tern Pintail Little Stint, Ruff. Keep on driving to Lake Awassa, the afternoon birding will allow one to see: Saddlebill & Marabou Storks, Malachite King Fisher, Spur-winged Plover, Pygmy Goose, Brown Snake Eagle, and Black-winged Lovebird

Day 04 – Full day birding around Lake Awassa & the “Tikur Weha” forest area.

Day 05 – Drive to the southern town of Yavello to explore the forest reserve where over 200 species have been listed: Abyssinian Bush Crow, White-tailed Swallow, Abyssinian Grosbeak Canary, Black-capped Social Weaver, Short-tailed Lark, Pringle’s Puff-back, Northern Grey Tit, and Somali Sparrow

Day 06 – Full day birding at Yavello Sanctuary.

Day 07 – Drive to the town of Mega, with birding along the way which includes: Golden Breasted Starling, Helmeted & Vulturine Guinea Fowl, Superb Starling, Lilac Breasted Starling

Day 08 – On the way to Negele, explore the forest around the town of Arero. About 168 species have been recorded including 2 endemics that are among most sought-after birds in Africa: Prince Ruspoli’s Turaco, Salvadori’s Seedeater

Days 09 & 10 – Spend 2 days exploring the diversified environment around Negele, expecting to see: Prince Ruspoli’s Turaco, Salvadori’s Seedeater, Sidamo long-clawed Lark, Somali short-toed Lark, Red-napped Bush Shriek, White crowned Starling, Tiny Cisticola, Heuglin’s Bustard, Hunter’s Sunbird, Golden Pipit, Pygmy Batis, Rufus Sparrow, Coqui Francolin

Day 11 – Continue to Goba and the Sanetti Plateau, driving on the highest road and on the highest moorland in Africa. Birding along the way will allow seeing: Golden backed woodpecker, White backed Tit

Day 12 – Full day birding in Bale Nat Park and return to Goba with a chance to see: Lammergeyer, Abyssinian Catbird

Day 13 – Drive to Wondo Genet with birding on the way.

Day 14 – Full day birding around Wondo Genet.

Day 15 – Drive back to Addis; afternoon leisure or shopping; cultural evening out.


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