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10 Day Stunning Wildlife and Bird Watching Private Safari in South Ethiopia

Saro-Maria Hotel, 3355 Code 1250, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Incredible Birding Holiday and Safari in Ethiopia

This birding holiday will enable you to view a significant number of Ethiopian birds. On this tour, will have the chance to spot some of Ethiopia's endemic birds and mammals as you explore some of the breathtaking landscapes including Jemma River Gorge, the Sululta Plains, the Rift Valley lakes, Wondo Guenet Forest, and the magnificent Bale Mountains, where more than 10 of these endemic birds are found. Although this is a bird watching tour, you will also have the opportunity to spot different endemic mammals.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Minimum group size: 1 person
  • Maximum group size: 10 persons
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 5 years old are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point and ending point: Addis Ababa
  • Languages: English speaking guides. French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, or Chinese speaking can also be provided on request.
  • All park fees are included.

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  • 8 days with guided wildlife and birding tour
  • Chance to see endemic wildlife and birds of Ethiopia
  • Birding at Lake Ziway, Awash, Shalla, and Bale Mountains National Parks
  • Jemma River Gorge, the Sululta Plains, the Rift Valley lakes, and Wondo Guenet Forest
  • Transportation in a 4*4 vehicle
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Free airport transfers
  • Full board meals


8 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Chinese (mandarin), French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Bole International Airport
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You will be accommodated in twin/double rooms. Single room surcharge for the duration of the tour is 160 USD.


  • Day 1: Saro-maria Hotel
  • Day 2 - 3: Awash Falls Lodge
  • Day 4 - 5: Simbo Beach Langano
  • Day 6 - 7: Wabe Shebele Hotel
  • Day 8 - 10: United Africa Hotel


Day 1

Arrive at Bole International Airport (ADD). A Trek Ethiopia Travel and Tours' representative will meet you and take you to your hotel. Overnight at Saro-Maria Hotel.

Day 2

Drive to Awash National park via the Rift Valley Lakes of Bishoft near Drbrizait. Birding tour to see Knob-billed Duck’s Southern Pochard, Garganey Ruff, and Black-winged Love Bird. Overnight at Awash Falls Lodge.

Day 3

Birding in Awash National Park, located in the Great Rift Valley. Many species of birds are found there including African Orange-bellied parrots. The park also boasts a variety of mammals etc. Overnight at Awash Falls Lodge.

Day 4

Drive to Langano. Enroute birding at Lake Ziway, a truly a birder's paradise and at Koka Dam. Spot bird species such as the African Pygmy Goose, etc. Overnight at Simbo Beach.

Day 5

Birding in 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, etc. Overnight at Simbo Beach.

Day 6

Drive to Bale Mountains National Park and meet with the park guide. Arrive at the park headquarters in the afternoon, in time for a leisurely afternoon hike, etc. Overnight at Wabe Shebele Hotel.

Day 7

View Simien Red Wolves and other endemic mammals. Spot birds such as Chestnut-naped Francolin, Ground Thrush (of the distinctive, endemic race Simensis), and Moorland chats. etc. Overnight at Wabe Shebele Hotel.

Day 8

Enroute to Hawassa to spot numerous species: Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill, African pygmy-goose, Africa jacana, etc. Overnight at United Africa Hotel.

Day 9

Drive back to Addis Ababa with stops for birding on the way at Rift Valley Lakes and Lake Ziway, notorious for birding. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups. Transfer to the airport. Overnight.


The guides


Ethiopia’s greatly diversified ecosystem makes it one of the richest habitats in Africa for birds and mammals. With more than 860 species of birds, Ethiopia possesses about 10% of the world’s bird species, and about 40% of all African birds are found here. Among these, 16 species are found only in Ethiopia. That is the reason why Ethiopia is a must for bird enthusiasts.

Bale Mountains National park

The Bale Mountain National Park is located in southeast Ethiopia and covers about 2,200 square kilometers. It is a gateway for thrilling wildlife and stunning scenery. The park has areas that are covered with St. John's Wort, heathland, virgin woodlands, and breath-taking mountain streams. Mount Tullu Deemtu, the highest peak in the Bale Mountains stands at 4, 377 meters.

The establishment of the 2,400-square-kilometer Bale Mountains National Park helped ensure the survival of the Mountain Nyala, Menelik's bushbuck, and the endangered Ethiopian wolf. This wolf is one of the most colorful members of the dog family and more abundant here than anywhere else in Ethiopia. All three endemic animals thrive in this environment, the Nyala in particular often being seen in large numbers. The Bale Mountains offer some fine high-altitude horse and foot trekking, and the streams of the park - which become important rivers further downstream - are well-stocked with rainbow and brown trout.

Awash National Park

Located in the lowlands 225 kilometers east of Addis Ababa, the south boundary of the park is formed by the Awash river which swings North soon after leaving the park and eventually disappears into the Afar (Danakil) region. The park covers an area of 827 square kilometers, most of it lies at an altitude of 900 meters. In the middle of the park is the dormant volcano of Fantale, reaching a height of 2007 meters at its top. Temperatures in the park are hot and can reach as high as 42 degrees Celsius. Nights are cooler with temperatures between 10 and 22 degrees Celsius. Rain falls between February and August with an average of 619 mm. The terrain is mainly acacia woodland and grassland.

Abijatta-Shalla Lakes National Parks

Situated in the Great Rift Valley, only 200 kilometers (124 miles) south of Addis Ababa, and in the Lake Langano recreational areas, the Abijatta Shalla lakes National Park attracts numerous visitors. Using Lake Langano as your base, it is an easy trip to visit the national park, which is 887 square kilometers in size, 482 of these being water. The altitude of the park ranges from 1540 to 2075 meters, the highest peak being Mount Fike, situated between the two lakes.

The network of tracks in this park is always developing. At present, you can enter at four different points, three of which are interconnected. Approaching from Addis, you first reach the Horakello entrance, where the small Horakello stream flows between lakes Langano and Abijatta. It was created primarily for its aquatic birdlife, particularly those that feed and breed on lakes Abijatta and Shalla in large numbers. The park compresses the two lakes, the isthmus between them and a thin strip of land along the shorelines of each.


Full board meals will be served during the tour. Water will also be provided. It is recommended that you drink 2 to 3 liters of water per day to limit the effects of dehydration. This excludes tea, coffee, and alcoholic beverages.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Accommodation for 9 nights in twin/double room basis with full board meal arrangement
  • Entrance fees for all sites and parks mentioned in the itinerary
  • All excursions listed in the itineraries
  • Experienced national birding tour guide fee
  • Local guide and scouts Fee
  • Ground transportation via tour vehicle (including driver and fuel expense)

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Fee
  • Photograph and video fee
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Laundry service
  • Tips and any expense of personal items like the internet, fax, and telephone

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bole International Airport (ADD). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Trek Ethiopia Travel and Tours will pick you up from the airport. Once you have cleared Customs and collected your luggage, a representative will be waiting with a sign with your name on it. Details will be on your final itinerary.

Airport: Bole International Airport Airport transfer included: Bole International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.
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Pricing information
  • Group of 3: 2,600 USD per person + 160 USD for single supplement
  • Group of 5: 2,126 USD per person + 160 USD for single supplement
  • Group of 7: 1,800 USD per person + 160 USD for single supplement
  • Group of 9: 1,650 USD per person + 160 USD for single supplement 



This tour is available all year round with the best time for bird watching is from the mid of September to April. Please select your arrival date below.

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