Bird Watching

Bird watching is the most pleasant and enjoyable activity in Ethiopia. Bird watchers observe, study and classify birds in their natural habitats. More than 860 species of birds (9.5% of the world's and 39% of Africa's bird species) both residents and migrants were recorded from lowlands, highlands including afro alpine environments and wetlands of Ethiopia. The country's birds are grouped in 24 Orders and 87 Families. As the checklist is being reviewed currently, the total for the country could be greater. There are 665 resident species, occurring in Ethiopia as well as in other geographical areas of Africa (e.g. Sacred Ibis), Arabia, and occasionally in other areas of Asia and/or Europe (Red-ramped Swallow). Moreover, there are 119 Pale arctic Migrants - birds in Asia and/or Europe spending the Northern winter in Ethiopia (e.g. Shoveler), 47 Intra-African Migrants - leaving Ethiopia for part of the year and spent the rest of the year in other areas of Africa (e.g. Abdim’s Stork) and 21 Passage Pale arctic Migrants - breed in Europe and/or Asia and winter in Africa, only passing through Ethiopia to its wintering grounds (e.g. European Bee-eater).

Avian diversity is very high in Ethiopia. Of the total former 29 endemic species (3.4 percent of the total for the country), 16 are exclusively restricted to the geographical boundary of Ethiopia and 13 are shared with Eritrea. with more than 16 endemic species. The diversity and abundance of birds in the country have power to attract interest even the non-birders. There are many interesting spots which could be of curiosity to researchers and bird watchers, and these include over 27 wetland areas (Gefersa Reservoir, Abjata-Shalla Lakes National Park, Lake Zeway, Lake Awassa, Lake Chamo, Lake Abaya, Lake Chitu, Chalaklaka, Koka Dam, Lake Langano, Lake Ardibu, Borkena, Lake Hareket, Boyo, Gambela area wetlands, Lake Tana and nearby wetlands, Beseka, Green Lake, Lake Ashenge, and Akaki Wetlands), many of the National Parks (Awash NP, Omo NP, Nech Sar NP, Bale Mountains NP, Yangudi-Rasa NP, and Semien Mountains NP) and Wildlife Sanctuaries and Reserves, State Forest areas, other nature and landscapes, like Jibat Montane Forest, Debre Libanos Monastery, Wendo Genet, Bishangari, Yabello, Negele, Sof Omar, Lemi and Jimma Valley, Alem Ketema, Ankober, Sululta Plains, southwest forest (Bonga, Mizan Teferi, Tepi and Metu areas), Menagesha-Suba Forest, Gibe Gorge, Babille Elephant Sanctuary and Wabi Shebele Valley. Ethiopia, therefore, is truly an ornithological paradise, that never disappoints bird lovers that traveled thousands of kilometers.

ETTA is, now, in a position to welcoming bird watchers and researchers to the specific bird sites with the help of experienced guides. We present a summing up of bird watching programs across the country.

Most bird watching activities will be carried out in the Eastern, northern, southern, and western Ethiopia including the Great Rift Valley lakes and the areas nearby Addis Ababa. Tours are arranged any time of the year.

 

 

 

News & Events

 Doho Lodge and Hot Springs is actively serving local and international tourists.

This new Lodge is a sister company of the Awash Falls Lodge. This new site has already been opened for visitors. The site is located at the northern edge of Awash National Park along the expanse of the Awash Hot Springs, 48 km from Awash Falls Lodge. The area accommodates immense attractions.

The Awash Hot Springs:  Located at the northern border of the Park (41 km from Awash Falls Lodge) at the base of the Fentale cliffs are the fascinating Fil wuha Hot Springs. It is one of the wonders of the area and affords the visitor the opportunity to swim in about 40 - 50oC water. Aside from the hot springs and their picturesque pools, Doum Palms surround the hot springs and attract a wide range of aquatic birds and fish-eating Nile crocodiles. At dawn and dusk it is also possible to observe Defassa waterbuck in the hot spring marsh. While driving through the thick acacia bush to get to the hot springs one can also see a number of large mammal species including Lesser kudu, Salt's dik-dik, warthogs, and bird species such as Helmeted guinea fowl. The area is also home to the Hamadryas baboon. These special animals are regularly seen by visitors’ area as they regularly forage here during daylight hours, returning to the cliffs at night, where they are protected from predators. 

Suttle Bus AFLWe are very pleased to announce you that the Awash Falls Lodge has started a shuttle bus service from Addis Ababa Bolie International Airport to Awash National Park.

It is now a good option for a group of tourists that can rent for enjoyable and comfortable trip to Awash National Park. We serve you with reasonable price.

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