Start this wildlife tour in the Rift Valley Lakes region with a stay at Lake Langano. You may see families of warthog, small antelopes including Dik- diks, baboons, and Colobus monkeys as well as pods of hippos and Nile crocodiles at the lakes.
Seek endangered Mountain Nyala and the almost blackish Meneliks bushbuck in the Bale Mountains National Park. During the Bale Mountains experience, you can also spot critically endangered Ethiopian (Simien) wolves on an excursion to the moorlands of the Sanetti Plateau, the 'Roof of Africa' and look out for rare, forest-dwelling lions, giant forest hog and the recently discovered Bale monkey in beautiful Harenna Forest.
In Awash National Park, search for Horn of Africa wildlife such as Soemmerrings Gazelle, East African Oryx and Hamadryas baboons.
Continue with a visit to the walled city of Harar, where you can witness a Hyena-feeding ritual&, one of the most bizarre and unusual wildlife experiences to be had anywhere in the world.
End with a day trip to Debre Libanos and Gemma River Gorge where you can seek Gelada monkeys and various raptors.
Day 1 Overnight Ethiopian Airlines flight from UK to Addis Ababa.
Day 2 On arrival in Addis Ababa your guide and driver will assist you and transfer you to the hotel to stay overnight. In the afternoon, visit some of the capital city highlights, notably Mt Entoto Park overlooking the city.
Day 3 Travel to the Rift Valley Lakes region to stay overnight at the relaxed lakeside Hara Langano Lodge. The drive down takes in some interesting stops.
Day 4 After breakfast, drive to Dinsho in the Bale Mountains National Park, to stay 3 nights in Bale Mountains Lodge, Ethiopia's best lodge. Around the Juniper and Hagenia woods just outside the park boundaries, a quick search should reveal two endemic antelopes: the Mountain Nyala (population approxinately 2,500) was one of the last large antelopes to be discovered in Africa and is endemic to this part of Ethiopia. The less gregarious, almost blackish Menelik’s bushbuck is also easy to see. Woodland birding here is superb.
Day 5 Take an excursion on Africa’s highest-lying road to the bleak Afro-alpine moorlands of the Sanetti Plateau. This area holds the largest concentration of the remaining 400-odd Ethiopian wolves, now critically endangered with none held anywhere in captivity. Because the wolves are habituated and diurnal, they often allow for good photo opportunities. Sleek and animated, these wolves are the world's rarest Canids. Just as interesting, is its main prey item, the endemic Giant mole rat, which somewhat resembles a large marmot or gopher. Birdlife includes several endemic moorland-dwelling species such as Africa’s only true goose, the Blue-winged goose. Raptors abound.
Day 6 A dramatic escarpment separates the various sectors of Bale Mountains National Park, which, as its proprietor Yvonne Levene aptly points out, is an 'experience' rather than just a visit. (That's why one needs at least three days here). The beautiful tropical Harenna Forest, in which Bale Mountains Lodge is located, is a treasure trove for naturalists. Harenna is as yet poorly inventoried, but does hold some rare wildlife such as the recently described, highly localised Bale monkey. (Lucky visitors also see Lion). Evergreen forest birdlife is exceptionally diverse here, as is other wildlife.
Day 7 Drive to the Awash National Park, home to an array of wildlife unique to the Horn of Africa. The park holds mammals such as Beisa Oryx, Soemmerrings Gazelle, Guenther's dikdik, Hamadryas and Anubis baboons and over 350 species of birds. (The park is superb for birdwatching). Stay for 2 nights in Awash Falls Lodge, which has a lovely location near a waterfall.
Day 8 Your dedicated guide and driver will take you on game drives in Awash for Horn of Africa wildlife, scenery and birding.
Day 9 Take a game drive out of Awash National Park and drive to the Walled City of Harar, where you stay for two nights in the Rewda Waber Cultural Guest House with all meals included.
Day 10 Transfer to Dire Dawa airport to catch the Ethiopian Airlines flight to Addis Ababa, where you stay at Jupiter International Hotel, breakfast included.
Day 11 After breakfast, depart on a day excursion to the spectacular Jemma River Gorge, a good site for Gelada monkeys, another endemic mammal and the world's only primate to graze. The area is superb for raptors, notably Lammergeier. Drive back to Addis Ababa, where you will have the use of a day room at Jupiter International Hotel. Evening transfer to the airport to check in for the flight to London, departing after midnight.
Day 12 Ethiopian Airlines flight to London.
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