Ethiopia birdwatching holiday in Bale Mountains

Spend 10 days birdwatching in beautiful Ethiopia, accompanied by local guides, discovering culture, wildlife and history along the way.
Addis Ababa Awassa Dinsho 15km trek to Finca’a Habera Gaysay Valley trek Sannete Plateau Harena Forest Lake Langano Shala and Abyata National Parks
£3285 excluding flights
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Description of Ethiopia birdwatching holiday in Bale Mountains

Travel with a local tour operator on this Ethiopia birdwatching holiday to the Bale Mountain region, recently voted fourth on a list of the best birding sites by the African Bird Club. Our guides will take you to the best sites, visiting a different area each day, from Awassa Lake to Sannete Plateau and the Harena Forest. Each different habitat boats a variety of birds, with Ethiopia itself home to 830 recorded species, 23 of which are found nowhere else in the world.

In addition to birdwatching, this tour reveals the culture, history and wildlife of one of the most beautiful parts of Ethiopia. Included in the 10-day trip is adventure trekking, wildlife watching – look out for hippos and monkeys! – and exploring the markets, museums and monuments of Addis Ababa.

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£3285 excluding flights
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Departure information

This trip can be tailormade at a time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary. Minimum 2 people

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Holiday information

Dietary Requirements:
A wide array of vegan options are available in Ethiopia. If you are a vegan or vegetarian, this trip is for you. Based on your meal requirements, veg/vegan dishes will be provided on both breakfast and dinner times.


4 Reviews of Ethiopia birdwatching holiday in Bale Mountains

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2018 by

Most memorable was the stunning and very diverse scenery we passed through whilst travelling the countryside, the very interesting birds and wildlife and the friendly cheery people. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Feb 2018 by

Overall seeing 306 bird species was my highlight. Specifically the drive across the Sanetti Plateau. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2017 by

There were so many memorable times that it's difficult to choose, but highlights were birdwatching while eating lunch overlooking Bishoftu Lake far below; walking in Awash National Park guided by Mohamed and eating traditional food overlooking Awash Falls; staying at Sabana Resort and swimming in Lake Lagano... Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2014 by

Ethiopia is a most diverse and interesting place to visit. I would recommend it to anyone. The tour was excellent for anyone wanting to take in the culture, history and natural wildlife of the country. We really enjoyed the different aspects of the holiday - national parks, history, culture. Exciting place!! Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet and people

By booking this tour you will support the development and conservation efforts of the park and add income to the families of the small restaurants and shop owners who provide services for the visitors. Families will also have the chance to provide their children with an education. When you visit the park you will stay in lodges run by the park. Accommodations outside the park are run and owned by the locals. Unless are unavailable, they hire their staff and get their needs from the locals sources.

The park has an environmental conservation policy which helps protect the ecosystem, the wildlife, and the local community. Accommodations also have put in place energy usage, waste minimization, and economic policies like employing their staff from the local communities, purchasing their resources from the local market, and giving away plastic materials to recycling agencies.

All our guides are professionals and are very well trained. All of them but one are locals residents. We hire scouts from the park and cooks from the community. Also for your trekking arrangements, we hire mules from the local farmers and purchase most of the items that are necessary for your stay from local shops. For you to have a better knowledge of the places you visit, we will provide you accurate pre-trip information. And in order for you to have a better understanding of the places, the environment, and the local community we will supply you with our Travelers Code of Conduct which is also supplied to our staff and local suppliers.

This trip also helps a project on our list named 'Yezelalem Minch'. It is founded by a woman once in a foster home and who now works with a vision of seeing needy orphans and vulnerable children are cared for. It is highly appreciated if you can bring some little gifts for the children. Your contributions small or large, allow the initiative to address the needs of these marginalized children.

As an environmental impact of the trip, we understand that the bad utilization and mismanagement of natural resources, waste, and the over use of energy are the major causes of land degradation and pollution. Thus we promote waste and energy usage minimizations and environmental friendly initiatives through our website and on our Travellers Code of Conduct. Accommodations have also put in place policies of environmental conservation, water and energy usages. They participate in conserving the environment and support various initiatives like '2 trees for 2000', a nation wide millennium initiative against the deforestation and land degradation in Ethiopia. They also help protect the environment by giving away plastic bags to recycling agencies.

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