Ethiopia is a safe place to see many birds’ species that are hard to see anywhere else owing to the difficulty of access to neighboring countries. A fascinating endemic flora and fauna, besides birds, is found throughout the country: birding trips will be enhanced by Gelada baboons, Ethiopian Wolves and Giant Lobelias. Birders on a two –to three week visit can confidently expect to see 300-500 bird species including up to 37 endemics and near-endemics.
The following suggested birding itinerary intended to provide a starting point around which to plan a trip, and focus on the horn of African endemics.
Day 1: Addis Ababa to Ankober via Deber Libanos
Day 2: Deber Libanos to Ankober
Day 3: Ankober to Awash National park
Day 4: Awash National park
Day 5: Awash National park to Wond Genet via Great Rift Valley lakes
Day 6: Wond Genet to Dinsho (Bale Mountains)
Day 7: Dinsho to Goba ( Bale Mountains)
Day 8: Goba to Negele via the Sanetti plateau
Day 9: Negele to Yabello
Day 10: Yabello –Mega region
Day 11: Yabello to Lake Langano
Day 12: Lake Langano to Addis Ababa via Deber Zeit lakes
The birding tour is usually 12 to 21 days. It can be combined with other tour routes
Possible Day trips out of Addis Ababa: Deber Libanos , Menagesha forest, Gefersa reservoir, and Deber Zeit Lakes and Lake Wenchi