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Undiscovered Africa

29 September to 13 October 2017

Leader: Gabor Orban

Maximum of 10 clients.

2017 Cost £3,699 single room supplement £270

The first Ornitholidays’ group visited Ethiopia in 1971, and we have been adding to our expertise in leading tours here ever since. Our present itinerary is remarkably similar to our earlier ones and succeeds in covering a wide range of habitats. We visit the highland plateau around Addis, the Rift Valley lakes and acacia forests, the Bale Mountain National Park and finally the savannah of the Awash National Park. In all areas the scenery is spectacular, the birdlife plentiful and unusually approachable – a photographer’s dream. Many of the bird species will be familiar to those who have visited other parts of East Africa, but we will also be concentrating on the endemics that we could encounter on this itinerary. Ethiopia has emerged well from its recent political problems with the tourist infrastructure intact, yet we will generally find that we have our birding areas to ourselves! The country has a wonderful climate with plenty of sunshine and cool breezes, even in the Rift Valley. One particular advantage of Ethiopia is that, (due to the absence of dangerous animals), we are allowed to wander through the national parks on foot. This will be Ornitholidays’ 25th tour to the country. Travel with Gabor and see why Ornitholidays led the pioneering birdwatching tours to explore this fascinating country.

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Outline Itinerary
Day 1 Depart London
Days 2-3 Addis Ababa
Days 4-5 Langano
Days 6-8 Goba
Day 9 Wondo Genet
Days 10-11 Yabello
Day 12 Awassa
Day 13 Awash
Day 14 Depart Addis Ababa
Day 15 Arrive London