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Mammals of Ethiopia-an exciting wildlife holiday 14 days

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  • Trip Type Wildlife
  • Tour Code GHET-N04
  • Private Journey
  • 14 Days
  • Looking for a unique wildlife holiday a little different from the typical African Wildlife Safari? Then Ethiopia is an exciting wildlife destination with an amazing nature and many endemic wildlife. Indeed you will be surprised!

Ethiopia Nature & Wildlife: A unique wildlife destination

Looking for an experience a little different from the typical African Safari & Wildlife?  Then Ethiopia is an exciting wildlife destination in Africa.
Ethiopia have amazingly varied landscape and ecosystem from hot deserts to high rugged mountains. This makes it home to astonishingly varied specious of flora and fauna among which many species of mammals, birds and plants are endemic to Ethiopia.

What wildlife are there to see? Prepare to be surprised

  • Ethiopia is home to an amazing mix of mammals and birdlife.
  • There are 80 species of larger mammals survive of which 7 are endemic to Ethiopia
  • There are over 830 birds recorded birds in Ethiopia among which 29 are endemic

Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours- Wildlife & Nature Tours

Grand Holidays Ethiopia is the local travel specialist for wildlife tours in Ethiopia. We offer different range of nature & wildlife tours throughout Ethiopia. Our tours focus on Ethiopia’s mazing & diverse nature, dramatic landscape, unique mammals and rich bird life. We also have birding tours focused on birds for the bird enthusiasts.

Our Mammals of Ethiopia wildlife holiday focuses on the varied mammals found in the four National Parks and Great Rift Valley lakes region of Ethiopia. You will have a chance to spot many wildlife and plenty of bird specious amongst the breathtaking landscapes of Ethiopia. As our tour goes to the spectacular Simien Mountains and Bale Mountains National Parks you have a great chance to discover the endemic mammals of Ethiopia which you can not find anywhere else.

Highlights of the tour

  • The breathtaking landscapes of Simien Mountains National Park, UNESCO Site
  • The spectacular Bale Mountains, endemic hotspots, temporary UNESCO Site
  • The Great Rift Valley Lakes of Ethiopia & abundant birdlife of Ethiopia
  • The beautiful Nech Sar National Park and Awash National Park
  • Senekele game Reserve
  • A chance to witness tribal culture in the southern Ethiopia
  • Visit the fairytale castles of Gander one of Ethiopia’s UNESCO World heritage site.
  • Enjoy city tour of Addis Ababa, Africa’s capital

What wildlife you may see on this wildlife tour?

  • The last wolves of Africa, the endangered Ethiopian Wolf
  • The Bleeding Heart Gelada Baboon, the last and only grazing primates
  • The magnificent Walia IBEX, the handsome Mountain Nyala & Minilik Bushbuck 
  • We also hope to see the endemic Bale Monkey & Giant Mallrat
  • Grevy's Zebra, Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, the giant Nile Crocodiles and more
  • Plenty of chance for bird watching among which many are endemic birds

Itinerary

Day 1: Addis Ababa-Arrival

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to Monarch Hotel. There will be a short drive to your hotel.
Addis Ababa, founded in 1886 by Menelik II, is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft) above sea level. It is the highest capital city in the world, after La Paz and Quito in South America. The city enjoys an excellent climate all year round, with an average temperature of 25C (77F). With multiethnic population of over 5 million, Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato".
Overnight: Jupiter Hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 2: Addis Ababa-Awash National Park

This morning we will be setting off towards the great East African Rift Valley where the Awash National park is found. While driving from Addis Ababa to Awash National Park, we will be driving through the towns of Debre Zeit and Nazret.
The Awash National Park was established in 1966 as Royal family’s recreational park. The Awash area is part of the Great Rift Valley and here, here in different parts of the park you will witness volcanic activity.  Some of the recent and youngest craters & volcanic mountains are also found there.

The Awash park is home to over 460 species of birds, several mammals such as Beisa Oryx, Desert Warthog, Summering’s Gazelle, Lesser Kudu, Hamadryads Baboon, Olive Baboon, Grivet's Monkey, Abyssinian Hare, Harar Dik Dik, Spotted Hyena, Ard wolf, Bat eared Fox, Golden Jackal, African wild Cat and some other rarely seen mammals.

As we reach around Lake Beseka following the old road, we will take a walk around the lake for bird viewing and we then make a short detour near the foot of Mount Fenta'ale, following the deep cracks coming from the mountains towards the lake. Here around dusk we will look for group of spotted Hyenas teaming out of this caves.
Overnight: Awash Falls Lodge-Awash National Park

Day 3: Awash National Park

After having an early breakfast at the lodge, we take a drive to Alideghe game reserve located north east of the Awash National Park. Here we will have a game drive and scan the vast plain for Grevy's Zebra, Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, Simmering Gazelle, Grant's Gazelle, Somali Ostrich and for some rare birds. We then drive to Doha Lodge for lunch and enjoying the natural hot spring under the vast palm trees.

After relaxing at Doho, when the sun starts to cool down, we will take a short drive to Awash Park. The rest of the afternoon, we will have a game drive around Ilala Plains, here we expect to see herds of Beisa Oryx, Sommering's Gazelle and Leopard Tortoise. If we are lucky we will spot some of the rare dwelling like, Bat Eared Fox, African Wild Cat and different endemic birds. As we finish our game drive, we will take a relaxing walk to our lodge and wonder around the water falls spotting crocks and monkeys and so on.

Overnight: Awash Falls Lodge-Awash National Park

Day 4: Awash National Park-Bale Mountains National Park

Today we will be heading to the famous Bale Mountains National Park known for its endemic wildlife and birds.

Driving from Awash National Park to the Bale Mountains, we will be passing through different landscapes & vast farming land. We will reach around Dinsho Headquarter and we will be walking around the buffer zone Gessay Valley for our first encounter with the Mountain Nyala, Bohor Reed Back, Common Warthog and some endemic birds. We then stop at the head quarter for officially enter to the park and walk inside the reserve for more encounter of mountain Nyala and the other endemic wildlife in the park including the Miniliek's Bush Buck and some other commonly seen mammals and birds. After our walking safari, we will have an hour drive to Goba for overnight.

Overnight: Wabishebele Hotel-Goba.

Day 5: Look out for the last African Wolves-Bale Mountains National Park

We will rise early in the morning, to drive up on the Senettie Plateau over one of the highest road in the continent which is 4000 meters above sea-level. This is also the biggest Afro - Alpine habitat in the whole of Africa which is very crucial for the survival of the endemic and Africa’s last wolf, Abyssinian Wolf.  This red wolf is one of the most endangered canid in the world. The wolves depend on the abundant rodents available here including the endemic giant mole rat. Crossing the plateau, to the escarpment we descend towards HARENA forest, one of the well conserved Alpine forest in the country. This dense indigenous forest shelters, the endemic Bale monkey former Bale Vervet subsist its diet 90 % on Baboon, Giant Hog, Bush Pig, Leopard, Black Manned Lion, Caracal and many forest birds.

After exploring this forest, we drive back to the Plateau for some more chance of encountering the Abyssinian wolf which is our star focus on this trip we descend down to Goba.

Overnight: Wabishebele Hotel-Goba.

Day 6: Bale Mountains-Awassa

Once again crossing Gessay Valley, we drive south west to one of the Great Rift Valley Lakes, Lake Awassa. While driving from Goba to Awassa, we will be driving through beautiful landscapes to reach at Awassa in the afternoon. After check in to our hotel, we go on a boat cruise to spot Hippos and also scan for different aquatic birds around the lake.

The rest of the day, you can choose between relaxing in the swimming pool, enjoy the spa at the beautiful lakeside Haile Resort or take a relaxing walk along the shore of the beautiful lake.

Overnight: Haile Resort-Awassa.

Day 7: Awassa-Senkele-Arbaminch

In the morning, drive to Arbaminch en-route visiting Senkele Game Reserve. Covering 58 square kilometers, the reserve is located some 10 kilometers south of the Shashemene-Arba Minch road near the town of Aje. This small open terrain reserve is the only place in Ethiopia where Swayne's hartebeest sightings are practically guaranteed. At this reserve, we have the chance to spot Golden Back jackal, Black Backed Jackal and some common mammals and may birds.

Overnight: Paradise Lodge-Arbaminch

Day 8:  Arbaminch-Nechsar-Lake Chamo

Nech Sar National Park includes a diverse and very beautiful landscapes from the vast woodland to Nech Sar ‘white grass plains” savannah plains. From hot springs to twin beautiful lakes of Lake Chamo and Abaya, to the the natural mountain bridge, “Bridge of God” which connects the two lakes.

In the morning, we will take a boat cruise on Lake Chamo to see some of truly gigantic crocodiles, Nile Crocodiles as well as a few pods of hippo and a plenty of aquatic birds. Olive baboons are commonly seen in the forest near the lake.

After crossing the lake by boat, we will have a guided walking safari forest, to the Nech Sar Plains spot Burchell’s zebra, Grant’s gazelle, Swayne’s hartebeest, greater kudu and other large mammals.

Overnight: Paradise Lodge-Arbaminch


Day 9: Arbaminch-Dorze-Bishangari

After breakfast, we dill drive north to mountain village of Chencha located on the South Western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley running north south all the way to Mozambique. This is the home of the Dorze people. The Dorze people, once famous warriors in the region, they are now renowned cotton weavers whose tall beehive shaped and bamboo woven dwellings are among the most distinctive structures to be seen any where in Africa. This is also the best place to see the view of the Nech Sar National park and the two lakes underneath.

After visiting Dorze, we will drive to Langano, Bishangari one of the most beautiful Rift Valley lakes en-route visiting different villages including the Rastafarian Community at Shashemene.

After having lunch at Shashemene, we will continue driving to Bishangari. After check in to the lake side Bishangari Lodge, we will go out on walking Safari to spot some wildlife using flashlight. Our main target here is to look for the Rare Nocturnal Animal that anyone needs to be very fortunate to spot it in any African Safari. Aardvark is rare and a very illusive nocturnal that feeds on termite and cut tunnels like a caving machine!! We also commonly expect to spot Ethiopian Genet, African Civet Cat, White tailed mongoose, Jackals, Bush duiker. We will return to hotel

Overnight:  Bishangari Lodge-Langano.

Day 10: Langano - Addis

We rise early to explore the surrounding area of the eco lodge for more wildlife viewing opportunities and get back to the restaurant for breakfast.

After breakfast, we will drive to Addis Ababa. As we get to the main highway, we will make a de-tour to Abiata Shala National Park to look out for Somali and Masai Ostrich, group of Grant's Gazelle, Desert Warthogs and birds. As we drive close to alkaline Lake Abiata, we expect to spot flocks of Greater and Lesser Flamingos and other water birds. We drive back to the main road to continue our drive to Addis Ababa en-route visiting Lake Ziway. This is an excellent site for Birding. After having lunch at Haile Resort Ziway, we will drive to Addis Ababa.

Overnight: Jupiter Hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 11: Addis Ababa -Gondar-Buit Ras

Early in the morning, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight to Gondar. 50 minutes flight takes you to Gondar.

Upon arrival at Gondar airport, we will meet our driver for the drive to the Simien Mountains National park. Driving from Gondar up to Simien Mountains National Park, nothing prepares you for the spectacular scenery that awaits at the top of the massif. The rolling grassy plateau comes to an abrupt stop, and sheer cliffs plunge almost vertically for 1,000m (3280 ft) to the plains below. The massif itself has been sculpted by 30 million years of up thrust and erosion into a wonderland of jagged ridges, pinnacles and strangely cropped conical mountains, so that looking out over the heart-stopping precipice; you feel you might just be at the edge of the world.

After check in to the highest lodge in Africa, Simien Lodge (3260 M) and having lunch there, we will relax a bit and get ready for the afternoon for our first encounter with the endemic ‘bleeding heart baboon’, Gelada Baboon in the breath taking scenery.  This is the last refuge of "Tropiticcus Gelada" as this primate used to live all over Africa and split from Baboon members over 400,000 years ago and Ethiopian Highland plateau became their last refugee. The endemic Gelada Baboon is the last surviving species of ancient grazing primates that were once found in numerous numbers. Geladas spend most of their day sitting down, plucking and munching on grasses. They have fatty rear ends, much like human buttocks, which seem well adapted to this activity. Theropithecus Gelada live in small family units of one male and three to six females.
Overnight: Simien Lodge-Buyit Ras (3200 m)

Day 12: Simien Mountains National park

Today, we will rise early in the morning with the sun and after breakfast we will drive for about 2 hours through the breathtaking scenery to Cheneck.  The main target today is to spot the endemic and magnificent Walia Ibex and the spectacular scenery of the Simien.  Around Cheneck we will find small population of Walia. Walia Ibex, was considered to be sacred animal by the ancient Ethiopians and can be found carved in different artifacts from the ancient time.

We will have our picnic lunch under a shade of a tree enjoying the magnificent view and observing the endemic birds which roams the mountain; the giant Lammergeyer and Thick Billed Raven wheeling around the canyon.

After lunch, we will slowly drive back to our lodge with several stops for view spots and wildlife viewing.

Overnight: Simien Lodge-Buyit Ras (3200 m)

Day 13:   Buit Ras - Gondar

Drive from Buit Ras to Gondar with stops in some picturesque points. After check in to Goha Hotel and having lunch there, we will start city tour of Gondar. Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasiledas around 1635 is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches-in particular, Debre Birhan Selassie represents a masterpiece of unique Ethiopian School of traditional art.

Today you will visit the Royal Enclosure, a walled compound having 6 different castles built from 17th century by different kings who ruled in different times, the pool of King Fasiledas which still serves as a baptismal pool during Ethiopian Epiphany and we will also visit the famous Debreberhan Selassie adorned with brilliant frescos from inside.

Overnight: Goha Hotel-Gondar.

Day 14: Gondar-Addis Ababa-End of tour

In the morning, transfer to Gondar airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. The rest of the day you will have city tour of Addis Ababa which includes: National Museum, Merkato, Piassa and other parts of the city. After check in to hotel we will drive to The National Museum to meet with your ancestor LUCY. The National Museum.

The National Museum of Ethiopia: This is one of the best museums in quality and diversity of the exhibits. Archeological exhibits include the 3.5 million-year-old fossil of Lucy (or Dinkinesh – ‘thou art wonderful’- in the native language), a hominoid woman of the specious of Australopithecus Afarensis. The discovery of Lucy’s fossil in 1974 forced a complete rethink of human genealogy, providing that our ancestors were walking 2.5 million years earlier than had been supposed. The National Museum also contains many wonderful artifacts dating back to pre-Axumite civilization.

After our visit to the museum, we will continue our city tour of Addis Ababa with Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa, other part of the city including Piassa and Churchill Avenue to make souvenirs shopping.
In the evening, there will be a special Ethiopian farewell dinner party with traditional buffet and local drinks. There will also be a live cultural dance show of the different ethnic groups living in the country. There will not be any better way of ending a trip.  After the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for the flight back home. End of the tour.

 

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