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Ethiopia

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."

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Awash Falls Lodge (Dani Free)Awash Falls Lodge (Dani Free)Steppe Eagle (Julia Casson)Woodland Kingfisher (Julia Casson)Awash Falls Lodge (Dani Free)Gelada BaboonBlack and White ColobusGelada, Debre, Lebanos (Tim Melling)Rougets Rail (Nick Scarle)Wattled Ibis (Nick Scarle)White-cheeked Turaco (Nick Scarle)Mountain Nyala (Nick Scarle)Awash Falls Lodge (Dani Free)Awash Falls Lodge (Dani Free)Lake Langano (Dani Free)Bale Mountains (Dani Free)Taye Belay Hotel, Gonder (Dani Free)Gelada Baboon (Dani Free)

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

J.B.
West Sussex
Ethiopian Endemics

It was our first time on this type of holiday and we really enjoyed the experiences, that it was off the tourist trail, and we were able to see how the local people love and see the natural wildlife and environment.

M.T.
Invernesshire
The Best of Ethiopia

Itinerary - route outstanding (coverage/variety/balance/pace), leader - Eric's enthusiasm, preparation and selflessness outstanding and Ethiopia - landscape, people, culture.

M.J.
Washington D.C.
Ethiopia

All my guides were excellent. Abiye was terrific at finding and identifying wildlife, and is a truly lovely person. The other two guides (on the Lalibela extension) were knowledgeable, helpful and pleasant. I appreciate your offering tours that aren't exclusively for birders - this is my fourth trip, and all have been a delight.