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Ethiopia Bird Watching Tour

Ethiopia Bird Watching Tour
When: Sat 9 Oct - Sat 30 Oct 2021
Leaders: Chris Doughty and Solomon Berhe
Ethiopia Bird Watching Tour
Melbourne/Melbourne (22 Days)
Ground Content (ex Addis Ababa) $7,600
Single Room Supplement $450
Ethiopia Bird Watching Tour
Millions of years ago eastern Africa was subjected to immense and violent volcanic activity that tore apart the earth's crust; the resulting slash on the surface of the planet, thousands of kilometres long, became the Great Rift Valley. It is by far the most dominant geographical feature in this corner of Africa, cutting through Ethiopia from north to south. The highland plateaus that formed on either side of the Rift are Africa's largest areas of alpine habitat and encompass some of the most stunning scenery in Africa. Isolated for thousands of years, Ethiopia's remote mountains are home to a large variety of creatures, seemingly forgotten by time. Mammals such as the bizarre Big-headed Mole Rat and the secretive Ethiopian Wolf inhabit this stark and beautiful landscape. The birdlife is spectacularly abundant, and at this time of year large numbers of Palearctic migrants enrich an already impressive avifauna, with the result that over 840 species of birds have been recorded from the country. Of these, 37 species can be found nowhere else on Earth, and we have a chance of finding all of them, on this unique and carefully planned tour to the 'Roof of Africa.' Ethiopia sits on a cultural and historical crossroads; Ethiopians have a record of their rulers that stretches back 5,000 years; the Queen of Sheba's son, Menelik I, is regarded as the first emperor of Ethiopia, his dynasty ending with Haile Selassie, who ruled from 1930 until 1974. This ancient land is an exciting mix of race and religion, a land of countless tribes and still more languages, all blended together by time and history. Leaving Addis Ababa, we travel through the rolling grasslands of the high plateau and on to the Jemma Valley, a vast panorama of arid gorges and rugged mountain ranges. Moving on, we visit the small town of Ankober, perched on the eastern edge of the Great Rift Valley, overlooking the Danakil Desert far below; here we search for the extremely localised Ankober Serin. Descending to the floor of the Great Rift Valley, we visit the bird-rich Awash National Park and lakes Zway, Abijatta and Langano, which are home to huge numbers of wetland birds. We then climb up into the southeastern highlands to the extraordinary Bale Mountains National Park, where we will marvel at the stark beauty of these wild uplands as we search for Spot-breasted Plover, Rouget's Rail and the mysterious Abyssinian Catbird. Next we visit the remote southern towns of Negele, Yabelo and Mega, in our quest for some of Africa's least-known species of birds, including Black-fronted Francolin, Ruspoli's Turaco, Sidamo Lark, the incredible Stresemann's Bushcrow and the beautiful White-tailed Swallow. Turning back north, we visit the remnant forest at Wondo Genet, and the Gibe Valley, before returning to Addis Ababa.
Come with us and enjoy this fabulous Ethiopia Bird Watching Tour.

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