4 recommended wildlife locations.The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.
Located in the Rift Valley, Awash National Park is arguably the country’s best wildlife reserve. Consisting of dry acacia scrub and supporting small numbers of larger mammals that have been hunted out elsewhere, it is the stunning scenery and plentiful birdlife which are the big attraction for wildlife enthusiasts.
The Bale Mountains form a high altitude plateau, broken by volcanic plugs and peaks. Containing the Harenna Forest and the Sanetti Plateau, pristine lakes and rushing streams carve waterways down gorges into the lowlands and create an area of unequivocal beauty, home to the world’s rarest canid; the Ethiopian wolf.
Excellent for: Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching, Wolf watching
These lakes are very different to Lake Langano but equally rich in birdlife. The shallow waters of Lake Abijatta are surrounded by gentle grassy slopes and acacia woodland, whereas the deep waters of Lake Shalla reflect steep cliffs of rock and mountain peaks. Nine small islands offer a breeding ground for many birds.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Simien Mountains are a place of dramatic scenery. Their rugged landscape was formed over a 3000 year erosion period of basalt lava, and despite their altitude the mountains sustain a fascinating range of mammals and birdlife, that live alongside isolated nomadic and rural communities.
2 recommended locations for extending your wildlife trip.
Once the capital of Ethiopia, Gondar is one of the country’s richest historical and cultural areas. The city’s architecture is both Islamic and Christian influenced, especially the Castles of Gondar and palaces of the Royal Enclosure, built over 236 years by various rulers.
Considered by many to be one of the unofficial wonders of the world, Lalibela is one of the holiest sites in the country and world renowned for its 12th Century rock hewn churches which are carved from the area’s characteristic pink granite and decorated with well-preserved paintings.
Experience the highlights of this incredible country, its wildlife and the chance to see one of the world’s rarest mammals - the Ethiopian wolf.
Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Duration exc. international flights: 10 days
When to go
Best visited during the dry season, October to March. April’s short rains are rarely enough to spoil a trip. May is very humid and avoid the main rains between June and September.
Long dry season
Sep to Feb: Winter months are colder in the highlands, but the general climate is drier
Mar to Apr: Much of Ethiopia experiences heavy rainfall, but travel remains possible to most locations
Short dry season
May to May: May is the hottest month
Jun to Aug: Rainfall is at its heaviest and thunderstorms often occur
Sep to Oct: Best time to visit as country is green and wild flowers are in bloom
Nov to Mar: Resident bird species are supplemented by Palearctic migrants
4 recommended places to stay.
This innovative and attractive lodge brings new levels of comfort and service to an area that previously lacked accommodation of this standard. You can now explore the unmissable Bale Mountains from a secure and comfortable base that offers excellent food and first-class facilities.
Located on the edge of the Lasta Mountains, this 30-room hotel has magnificent panoramas and is the ideal spot from which to enjoy the surrounding countryside.
This collection of around 25 attractive, clifftop bungalows have beautiful views across the lake to the distant Arsi Mountains.
This lodge, situated within the national park at over 3,260 metres altitude, is the highest in Africa.