ETHIOPIA CENTRAL AND
SOUTHERN PARKS & TRIBES SAFARI TOUR
WILDLIFE SAFARIS ETHIOPIA. DISCOVER
ETHIOPIAN NATIONAL PARKS with former professional to Ethiopian Park Service
8 days. Price: starting at $890.
Day 1: ADDIS ABABA - AWASSA, ± 275km
Stop at Lake Ziway for watching
Abyjata-Shalla Lakes National Park
to watch Ostriches and wetland birds at alkaline Lake Abijatta, including potentially
Senkele Wildlife Sanctuary to watch
the Swayne's Hartebeest. In this small nature reserve one almost can see the extremely
rare Swayson's Hartebeest of which less than 500 survive in the wild, all in Ethiopia;
Spend the night in Awassa.
Day 2: AWASSA - YABELLO, ± 410km
Proposed Megado Podacarpus National
Monument to take a look at one of the nicest Podocarpus forests of Ethiopia trees
up to more than 1m wide and 35m high.
Yabello Wildlife Sanctuary to see
the endemic Stresemann's Bushcrow and White-tailed swallows, Burchell's Zebras and
Spend the night at Yabello Motel.
Day 3: YABELLO - KONSO, ± 220km
Konso tribal villages at Mecheke, including Konso tribal king's house.
Konso is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site for its traditional landscape with
terraces, its uniquely structured villages and huts and for their famous wooden
New York Village, so called after
the vertical erosion formations that in the minds of local people look like sky-scrapers.
In fact they are hoodoo formations of quartz minerals similar to those in Brice
National Park in the USA.
Kanta Lodge, a beautiful brand new
lodge in Konso style luxury sleeping cabins and restaurant.
Day 4: KONSO - BUSKA LODGE, ± 130km
Drive to Turmi to visit the
Birding at the floodplane of Chelbi
Spend the night at Buska Lodge
Day 5: BUSKA LODGE - JINKA,
Early in the morning, drive to the
Mursi village in Mago National Park. Mursi women wear clay lip plates that they
make from locally dug clay. The men adorn themselves with clay;
game viewing Mago National Park.
While wildlife stocks in Mago National Park are down, it is still one of the better
places to see extraordinary wildlife;
Sleep at Jinka Resort Hotel.
Day 6: JINKA - ARBA MINCH, ± 275km
Long drive until arrival at hotel
Arba Minch, overlooking Nechsar National Park.
If we can get permission from the
park we go looking for the mysterious Nechisar Nightjar.
Day 7: NETCH SAR PARK AND LAKE CHAMO
In the morning drive to Netchsar
National Park on the istmus seperating Lake Abaya and Chamo. There still is a herd
of the endemic Swayne's hartebeests, Burchell's zebra are very common, greater and
lesser kudus are frequently seen, as well as grants gazelle. Out of the more than
180 species of birds recorded, you have a good chance at seeing Secretary bird,
Ground hornbill, different species of bustards, etc.
In the afternoon we go on boat ride
along the western shore of Lake Chamo to watch African Crocodiles, Hippopotamus
and a large variety of wetland birds.
Return to the hotel at night and
if permission granted again look for the Nechisar Nightjar.
Day 8: ARBA MINCH - ADDIS ABABA,
Return to Addis Ababa. Alternatively
you have the option to fly back to Addis Ababa at additional costs for the flight,
which we would recommend as it is a long ride back to Addis Ababa.
The price of this WILDLIFE
SAFARI ETHIOPIA starts at $890 and includes
transportation, entry fees, non-alcoholic beverages, tee/coffee at meals, hotels.