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Wildlife Holidays in Ethiopia
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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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Featured Tours


Taye Belay Hotel, Gonder (Dani Free)Gelada Baboon (Dani Free)Ethiopian Wolf hunting Giant Mole Rats (Dani Free)Ethiopian Wolf (Dani Free)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)Prince Ruspoli's Turaco. Fran TrabalonBale Mountains, Ethiopia.

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


East Sussex
Ethiopian Wolves

Rob Mileto was a charming, considerate guide. Totally selfless.
The organisation overall was really good. Everything worked smoothly. Abiy, the local guide tried everything to give us all the best service, book tables and food in advance, take care of all the little problems that might have occurred. Super in knowing when to go where to see the animals!!! Eric was amazing in identifying birds!!! Both together were super helpful to everybody, a great team. Never had to care about drinking water, tipping...made the trip very relaxed.

North Lincolnshire
Ethiopia's Endemic Mammals

Such a fantastic range of both mammals and birds, fantastic habitats and breathtaking scenery. The people in the country were friendly and when we managed to eat the Ethiopian food, it was really excellent. Who can not appreciate seeing Ethiopian Wolves up close, hyenas coming out of their cave against a backdrop of a superb Ethiopian sunset, Oryx, Hartebeest and Bale Monkeys then all the superb birds, ground hornbills and Lappet-faced Vultures, Spot-breasted Lapwing, White-bellied Starlings, Maribou Storks by the bucket load, all mixed up with more familiar Palearctic migrants such as Redstarts, Lesser Whitethroats and Willow Warblers but then Pallid Harriers and White-throated Robins. All in all, a most enjoyable trip.