Lungo local tour Ethiopia
Summary: bird watching
Duration: 13 days 12 night
Day 01. Arrive at Bole International Airport. And lungo local tour Ethiopia Tours representative will meet you and Leaving Addis early morning we drive east towards the Great Rift Valley via Bushoftu Crate Lakes and Nazaret town to visit Awash Park with its volcano landscapes and savannah grassland habitat for a variety of bird species. On the way we detour to Lake Basaka’s saline water which is good habitat for water birds such as Flamingoes, Pelicans, Storks, Herons, Plovers, Lapwings, Sandpipers and Stints.
Overnight Genet Hotel at Awash town.
Full day excursion in the park including Ilala Sala Plain (Oryx Plain), Awash River Waterfalls and acacia thickets for birds such as Grey Hornbill, Somali Fiscal, Helmeted Guineafowl, Blue-napped Mousebird, Kori Bustard, Yellow-necked Francolin, Drongo, Red-winged Lark, Woodland and Striped Kingfishers, Robins and birds of prey such as Tawny Eagle, Long-crested Eagle, Yellow-billed Kite and Dark Chanting Goshawk. Awash park is also home to mammals such as Oryx, Lesser Kudu, Hammadryas Baboon and Olive Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Salt’s Dick-dick and more.
Overnight Genet Hotel at Awash town.
To day we drive to Lake Langano and Abiata with stop at Koka/Awash Bridge and Ziway. Spectacular Rift scenery, stunning view of colorful birdlife such as Banded Barbet, Masked Weaver, Spur-winged Plover, Malachite and Pygmy Kingfishers, Little Bee-eater, Ruppell’s and Superb Starlings, Seed-eaters, Sunbirds and many birds of prey.
Overnight Bekele Mola Hotel at the bank of Langano.
Dawn birding and after breakfast proceed to ‘Bishangari’ meaning “Blessed water” located on the eastern bank of Lake Langano. Adjacent to the Chilalo chain of mountains on the southern edge of the Great Rift Valley with it’s tropical rain forest. En route we search the secondary forest for Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Nubian Woodpecker, Speckled Mousebird, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, African Mourning Dove and many more colorful forest birds.
Overnight Bishangari Eco-Lodge.
Today we explore the riverine forest and adjacent lake for birds such as Yellow-Fronted Parrot, White Cheeked Turaco, Orange-bellied Parrot, African Paradise Flycatcher, Bare-faced Go-Away Bird, African Fish-eagle, Cuckoo Shrikes, Kingfishers, Weavers and water birds including Egrets, Herons, Cormorants, Gulls, Geese, Ducks and Shanks.
Overnight Bishangari Eco-Lodge..
Today we drive to Lake Awassa and on arrival we search the grounds for Spotted Creeper, Senegal Coucal, Dusky Flycatcher, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Ruppell’s Starling and numbers of Marabous Storks and Pelicans.
Overnight Wabeshebele Hotel No1 at Awassa town
We walk around Lake Awassa’s shoreline looking for African Pygmy Goose, Hottentot Teal, Black Crake, African Fish-eagle, Hadeda Ibis, Purple Heron, Common Sandpiper, White-backed Duck, Reed and Sedge Warblers, African Jacana ending at the traditional fish market, where many birds feed on fish left-over. Then we drive to Wendogenet with birding en route. On arrival we search the grounds for Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Slender-billed Starling, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Hooded Vulture and more.
Overnight Wendogenet Hotel.
Pre-breakfast walk along the hot springs thicket looking for Yellow Fronted Parrot, Half-collared Kingfisher, Mountain Wagtail, Double-toothed Barbet, White-cheeked Turaco, Narina Trogon, Grey Cuckoo Shrike, Red-shouldered Cuckoo Shrike, Hill Babbler, Tambourine Dove, African Harrierhawk, Steppe Buzzard, Great Sparrowhawk and Crowned Eagle.
After breakfast we drive south through savannah terrain towards Arbaminch, meaning ‘Forty Springs’ to Nechsar National Park which hold a diversity of fauna and flora.
Overnight Swaynes Hotel with it’s spectacular view.
Excursion to Nechsar Park through Lake Chamo and Abaya’s land of barrier called the ‘Bridge of God’. Interesting wild animals in the Park are the endemic Swayne’s Hartebeest, Burchell’s Zebra, Lesser and Greater Kudu, Grant’s and Thomson’s Gazelle and number of birds including Secretarybird, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Abyssinian Roller, African Fish-eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Kingfisher, Weavers, Seed-eaters and many more.
After lunch we take a boat trip on Lake Chamo to the “Crocodiles Market”, where large numbers of Crocodile (some up to 6 meters long) gathers to sunbath and the Hippos pool.
Overnight Swaynes Hotel.
Today we continue driving south to Jinka via the Konso peoples land, renowned for their traditional terracing farming. En route we visit the Keyafer weekly market, where the Hamer, Bena, Tsemay and Arri tribes with their interesting ornamental beautified hide dressings and hair buntings.
Over night Jinka Resort at Jinka town.
Driving further south to Mago Park looking for Greater and Lesser Kudu, Difasa Water buck, Bushbuck, Gerenuk, Hartebeest and Oribi. Of course, Mago Park is also home to many birds such as Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Giant Kingfisher, Northern Brownbul, Hartlaub’s Bustard, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Woodpeckers, Shrikes and more.
Over night Jinka Resort.
Today we drive back to Arbaminch with many road side stops for natural scenery and the remote country side tribe’s lifestyle.
In the late afternoon we check in to Swaynes hotel for the night. From the spectacular view point of the hotel compounds we will enjoy the two lakes, the evergreen tropical forest and at night the blue African night with all its stars.
Overnight Swaynes Hotel.
Today we drive back to Addis via Sodo, Butajira and Tiya enjoying the beautiful landscape and rural peoples lifestyle with many photo stops, but of course not forgetting the birds along the roadside many habitats. Arriving in Addis late afternoon we will have a farewell dinner before departing for the airport.
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