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Walking in the lush Harenna Forest
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Being right among the Gelada Baboons at Debre Libanos
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Observing Ethiopian Wolves on the hunt at Sanetti
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Standing on the edge of the Great Rift Valley
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Photographing at close-range the wading birds at Awassa Fish Market

Ethiopia: Bone-breakers, Bleeding Hearts & More

Oct 22 - Nov 06, 2021

16 days | Ethiopia | Quest Nature Tours

We are thrilled to be visiting this ancient country that promises a rich and eye-opening experience. Bisected by the legendary Great Rift Valley, Ethiopia’s topography is varied and host to a multitude of habitats from lush forest through mountaintop, desert and savannas too. Our tour will be an opportunity for adventurous souls to visit these stunning habitats and experience the enchanting flora and fauna that call it home.

There will be many rare or highly localized mammals and birds here as we’ll discover by venturing from one side of the Great Rift Valley to the other. At the monastery of Debre Libanos, we’ll see the endemic and striking Gelada Baboons, the males of which evince their “bleeding heart” chest patch while at rest. We’ll also look for raptors overhead including the Bearded Vulture as it drops bones from the sky.

In the Bale Mountains, we’ll be treated to views of the endemic Ethiopian Wolf. Subsisting largely on a diet of the peculiar Giant Mole-rat, this is a very rare creature indeed with a handful of populations remaining. We’ll have an opportunity to see sunbirds, turacos, and trogons, many raptors and other birds throughout, including several endemic species in every habitat. We’ll be visiting in the Ethiopian spring when plant life is at its most opulent and many wildflowers will be in bloom, providing wonderful photographic opportunities. The imposing Giant Lobelias of the Sanetti Plateau will be a particularly memorable sight.

We invite our Quest travellers to join us on our inaugural tour of this nation of fantastic wild spaces with warm and welcoming people. This tour will particularly interest those who have visited Africa before and who would like to return to experience another dimension of this great continent.

To complement your nature explorations, we are offering a post-trip extension featuring the cultural highlights of the north including the stunning rock-cut churches of Lali Bela. Please enquire for more information.
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Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$6045 (Incl. taxes and gratuities US$250)
Group Size:
10 - 12 participants
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What’s included: Accommodations in double occupancy in hotels listed or similar, gratuities for services provided by Quest, ground transportation, meals as described in this itinerary , bottled water on the bus and at lunch and dinner, airport transfers, if travelling as per the group flight itinerary, park entrance fees, services of Quest Leader, Chris Earley, and a local Ethiopian naturalist. Taxes and gratuities of US$250 are included.

"Ethiopia is an amazing country. We are so glad we went!!" - 2019 Traveller
"Excellent tour guide in Ethiopia . Very well organized and did everything to accommodate us all" - 2019 Traveller

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive in Addis Ababa
2Debre Libanos
3Jemma Valley
4Ankober
5Travel to Awash
6Awash National Park
7Awash National Park - the east end
8To Langano
9Abiata-Shalla National Park
10Bale Mountains National Park
11Sanetti Plateau
12Harenna Forest
13To Awassa
14Awassa Fish Market and Bishangari
15Full day in Bishangari
16Return to Addis Ababa, departure
Optional Extension: Northern Ethiopia
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Your Tour Leader

Chris Earley is the University of Guelph Arboretum’s Interpretive Biologist and Education Coordinator and a self-proclaimed 'nature geek'. He teaches workshops at the Arboretum, and participates in research around the world. Chris has led many previous Quest trips, including several to Africa.

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Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$6045 (Incl. taxes and gratuities US$250)
Group Size:
10 - 12 participants
Reserve my spot now!

What’s included: Accommodations in double occupancy in hotels listed or similar, gratuities for services provided by Quest, ground transportation, meals as described in this itinerary , bottled water on the bus and at lunch and dinner, airport transfers, if travelling as per the group flight itinerary, park entrance fees, services of Quest Leader, Chris Earley, and a local Ethiopian naturalist. Taxes and gratuities of US$250 are included.

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