Bird Watching Tour - BSAT 006

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TOUR CODE: BSAT 006

DURATION: 8 DAYS AND 7 NIGTHS 

TRANSPORTATION: LAND(4WD)

Ethiopia is a vibrant & exciting bird-rich country that has become one of Africa`s leading birding destinations since in recent years. Ethiopia has a number of peculiar mammals, a scenic diversity and cultural uniqueness. For birders, Ethiopia offers the most popular access to really high altitude Bale Mountains National Park, situated in the southern part of the south-eastern highlands. Here the highest all-weather road in Africa crosses the Sanetti plateau (Tulu Demtu: 4377m), allowing easy access to alpine moorlands, grasslands and lakes. Endemic Birds in Bale Mountains: watld ibis, Blue winged goose, Roget’s Rail, Spot-breasted Plover, white-collared pigeon, yellow-fronted parrot, Black-winged Lovebird, Banded barbet, Golden-Back Woodpecker, Abyssinian Long claw, White-Backed black tit, Black-headed forest Oriole, Thick-Billed Raven, Black Headed Siskin…

Program Highlights

DAY 1: ARRIVAL/ ADDIS ABABA

DAY 2: AWASH NATIONAL PARK

DAY 3: FULL DAY BIRDING IN HOT SPRINGS & FENTALÉ CRATER LAKE 

DAY 4: DINSHO AND BALE GOBA

DAY 5: THE BALE MOUNTAINS

DAY 6: SOF OMAR – A SPECTACULAR NATURAL CAVE

DAY 7: SHALLA – ABIJATA LAKES

DAY 8: LANGANO – ADDIS- DEPARTURE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1: Arrival/ Addis Ababa
Arrive at Addis Ababa and be welcomed by Stone Age tour and travel representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight hotel-Addis Ababa

Day 2: Awash National Park
Morning, drive to Awash National Park. Birding & game view after having entrance tickets at the head office of the Awash National Park. Seeable birds in the park: White-bellied Bustard, Buff-crested and Kori Bustard, Northern White-crowned Shrike, Somali Fiscal, Tawny Eagle, Rosy-patched Bush shrike, ticked the Madagascar Bee-eater, Black-billed Barbet, Green Pigeon, Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill, throat Finch, Yellow-necked Spur fowl, continue  birding & wildlife viewing along the plains. Overnight – at chosen lodge – Awash Park

Day 3: Full day birding in Hot Springs & Fentalé Crater Lake Breakfast and drive east along the main trucking route that takes traffic ultimately to Djibouti and the Gulf of Aden. Stop nearby Mount Fantalé for targeting bird - Sombre Rock-Chat, Shining Sunbird, Red fronted,Warbler,Bristle-crowned Starling …. walk down to the shore line of Lake Beseka for many aquatic birds - Marabou, Yellow-billed and Saddle-billed Stork, Pink-backed Pelican, Gull-billed and White-winged Tern, Spur-winged Lapwing, Kittlitz’s and Common Ringed Plover, Ruff, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Red-billed Oxpeckers on the back of animals, and Orange-bellied Parrot.Continue driving to Bilen Lodge – sitting in the arid Afar country north-east of the Awash National Park. Birding in the close vicinity of Bilen Lodge & nearby included Abyssinian Roller, Superb Starling, White-headed Buffalo-Weaver, Dark-Chanting Goshawk, Shining, Nile Valley Sunbird, Rupp ell’s Starling, White-browed Coucal, Four-banded and Chestnut-bellied Sand grouse , African Pygmy-Kingfisher….Overnight – at chosen Lodge

Day 4: Dinsho and Bale Goba
Drive from Awash National Park to Bale Goba On the way & in Dinsho Juniper Forest (headquarter of Bale Mountains National Park)seeable  birds would be: Red-billed Chough, water birds including Roget’s Rail, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Abyssinian Long-eared Owl, and mammals: Mountain Nyala , Menelik’s Bushbuck, Bohor, Reedbuck. Then continued to Bale Goba and birding on Gaysay open Plains to see some good birds such as Red-shouldered Cuckoo shrike, Doubled-toothed Barbet, Hooded Vulture, Spotted and African Dusky Flycatcher, Ethiopian Oriole, Spotted Creeper, African Cuckoo and Northern Puffback, the Yellow-fronted Parrot. Overnight at chosen hotel Goba.

Day 5: The Bale Mountains
Game view and birding in Bale Mountains. Seeable birds here includes  Moorland Chat, the endemic Spot-breasted Lapwing, Chestnut-naped Francolin, Golden Eagle, Rouget’s Rail, Ruddy Shelduck, Augur Buzzard, Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle, Thekla Lark, and Lanner Falcon. Also Ethiopian Meadow Rat, Stark’s Rabbit, Abyssinian Wolves, Bale Monkey in Harenna Forest (endemic) is often to be seen. Overnight – at chosen hotel – Bale Goba

 

 

 

 

 

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