Wildlife Holidays in Ethiopia
Ethiopia combines some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and a long and fascinating history, with outstanding wildlife.
Many people believe Ethiopia to be the earliest home to man. Historians have proclaimed it to be the legendary kingdom of Prester John, and suggest a dynasty originating in the country from Queen Sheba, concluding with the Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974.
It is a land of mixed race and mixed religion, of countless tribes and even more languages. It is filled with donkeys, cattle, and an elegant people ... plus the finest of Africa’s mountain scenery.
Ethiopia has been a melting pot since Christ for ideas from the East, West and Africa.
Our Ethiopia Specialist recommends
"If you want to experience an exciting wildlife destination in Africa but something a little different from the typical African Safari, then Ethiopia is a fantastic destination! Our ‘The Best of Ethiopia’ tour focuses on the vaired and spectacular landscapes of Ethiopia, as well as the country’s varied wildlife. Superb for both mammal and bird lovers, Ethiopia is the ideal ‘all round’ destination."
What’s special about its wildlife?
- Its wildlife, particularly its avifauna, is outstanding.
- Over 830 birds have been recorded of which 29 are endemics
- 80 species of larger mammals survive of which seven are endemic
Naturetrek tours to Ethiopia
Naturetrek offers a range of wildlife tours in Ethiopia focusing on the country’s varied and spectacular landscapes, its rich history, plus its abundant bird life and mammals. We also offer a choice of bargain mammal & bargain bird tours for those on a budget.
Some highlights include:
- Trekking in the Simien Mountains
- Following the Great Rift Valley south to the lush forested hills of Wondo Guenet
What wildlife might I see?
- We hope to see nearly half of Ethiopia’s 29 endemic bird species
- The endemic Mountain Nyala, Menelik’s Bushbuck & Giant Molerat
- Fish Eagles & waterbirds of Lake Awassa & Lake Abiata
- A visit to the beautiful Bale Mountains in search of Ethiopian Wolves
- The country’s rich flora including Giant Lobelias
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Ethiopia HOLIDAYS
Brilliant! Can't praise Marcus and Abiy more highly. Personable, friendly, good communicators, excellent knowledge of the wildlife & country. A pleasure to be with.
We enjoyed our time in Ethiopia immensely, a fascinating country, excellent wildlife sightings and the Lalibela extension added a fascinating insight into Ethiopian history.
The itinerary seemed well balanced with highlights all the way through. Habitats and scenery were varied and hence the wildlife was varied and we felt we had experienced a good cross-section of Ethiopia including cultural aspects (churches, Gondar Palaces, Lalibela churches).
Significantly, the birdlife was very prolific and easy to watch.
There were many highlights but the spectacular scenery in the mountains coupled with amazing wildlife viewing (watching a wolf catch a Molerat, Walia Ibex and Gelada Baboons in such relaxed state, so many excellent views of spectacular birds) made this a very special holiday.
Under Abiy's expert guidance the birding proved to be as varied and interesting as the landscape.
Abiy was a star, one of the best guides I have had the pleasure to travel with, a great naturalist and a very nice person.
The tour was exceptional and our add-on to Lalibela was excellent. Our request to visit an Ethio-Jazz Club was a great night and I even met Ethiopia's living musical legend Mulatu Astatke.
I am essentially a birder with more than a passing interest in mammals. I thought that the balance between watching the mammals and birds was perfectly balanced.