Debre Libanos and Awash National Park
Tour Code: Birding 05
Duration: 8 Nights (9 Days)
Transportation: Land (4WD)
Tour starts: Addis Ababa
Tour Ends: Addis Ababa
Day 01: Arrive and drive to Debre Libanos and its surroundings
Arrive Addis Ababa at 7:00am on 2 Dec 2017 and Excursion to Debre Libanos. Explore along the cliffs of Jemma River Valley, the Ethio-German Lodge. Back to Ghion Hotel to see variety of birds in the vast garden of the hotel. Overnight – Ghion Hotel
Day 02: Awash National Park (225km)
Drive to Awash National Park. Stop at Beseka Lake. Overnight – at Awash falls Lodge in the park near the waterfall.
Day 03: Awash National Park and Ali (Alay) Dege wildlife Reserve
Further birding in Awash Park and drive for Ali Dege wildlife Reserve area(60 km from Awash Park), very near to Awash Park, located on the high way read to Djibouti.
Alay Dege protected wildlife area, found in arid Afar Region. Head office of Alay Dege Park is at Andido, a small village on Addis Ababa – Djibouti High way road.
The Ali Dege wildlife reserve Plain is the least explored area, very rich in desert birds and wildlife: Somali ostrich, Arabian bustard, Northern carmine bee-eater, Abyssinian roller, Scissor-tailed kite. The following Mammals are possibly visible at near distance: Lion, cheetah, Somali wild ass (Somali Wild Ass is supposed to be seeable in the rocky hills with time and local guides), Beisa oryx, Soemmerring’s gazelle, spotted hyena, Northern gerenuk and Grevy’s zebra, Harar Dik-dik, Scub Hare, Golden Jackal, Beisa Oryx, Common Warthog. The following wildlife have been also seen: Caracal and wild cat, Aardwolf. Overnight – Animalia Lodge - Alay Dege
Day4: Alay Dege protected Plains
Explore Alay Dege wildlife reserve (protected) area once more and drive to eastern part of Awash National Park for hot springs, Lake Doho, near Doho Lodge, Waterbucks, and Hippos and birds and drive back to at Awash Falls to shorten next day trip to Bale Mountains National Park.
Day 5-7: Bale Mountains National Park
Dinsho Forest, Gaysay Mountain Nyala Plains, Harenna forest, and more, Sof Omar Cave. Overnight – at Bale Shebelle Hotel.
Day 9: Senkele and Awassa
Drive to Awassa. Senkele Wildlife Sanctuary on the way, discover at all bird sites in Awassa and nearby. Overnight – Haile Resort (best for lake view and birds).
Day 10: Abijatta-Shalla National Park, Ziway Lake, Lake Koka – Addis Ababa – Departure
Drive from Awassa/Hawassa to Addis Ababa visiting on the way: Abijatta-Shalla National Park, Ziway Lake, and Lake Koka. Departure from Addis Ababa at 1:00am on 11 Dec 2017. (End of the trip)
Notice: This itinerary can be amended upon request