Simien Mountains National Park, Gelada baboons, Walia Ibex, Abyssinia Wolf 17 Days

Simien Mountains National Park, Gelada baboons, Walia Ibex, Abyssinia Wolf 17 Days 

Simien Mountains National Park, Gelada baboons, Walia Ibex, Abyssinia Wolf 

Itinerary 

Program: wildlife trip

Code: Wildlife 02

Duration: 16 Nights (17 Days)

Transportation: Land (4WD)

Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge & camping  

Tour starts: Addis Ababa

Tour ends: Addis Ababa 

Day 1: Arrival/ Addis Ababa & City Tour of Addis Ababa: Addis Ababa is centered at the heart of the country. Addis Ababa in Amharic language means “New Flower”.  It was founded by Emperor Menelik in 1886. Addis is graced as Africa’s diplomatic capital with the presence of the head quarter for the African Unity, a seat for numerous embassies and is the port of entry for most travelers.

In the morning, arrive at Addis Ababa bole International Airport, meet with us  and transfer to your Hotel then after Breakfast, we drive to the Entoto Mountain (3300m) for a panoramic view of Addis, Entoto Museum with historical and royal exhibit, The Church of St. Mary, built in 1885 and the old palace of emperor MenelikII. Take some images at Mount Entoto.  We drive back to Addis for Ethnological Museum (in Addis Ababa University) that exhibits the culture and handicrafts of various Ethiopian ethnic groups, the National Museum in which you are visiting different archaeological findings (including Lucy’s replica Skeleton). Afternoon, visit the Trinity Cathedral, Mausoleum of emperor MenelikII at Bààta Church (you will discover many turtles that have been here since before Addis Ababa was established in1886) and finally Merkato – the largest open market in Africa. During evening, you will be attending the amazing shoulder to shoulder dances (northern culture) and other many live dances at best cultural restaurants in Addis (Habesha restaurant orYod Abyssinia). Overnight – at chosen hotel – Addis Ababa 

Day 2: Addis Ababa to Mizan Teferi (561km): Early morning, drive through many small villages to Mizan Teferi. Lunch in Jimma. Overnight – at chosen hotel – Mizan Teferi 

Day 3: Omo National Park

Drive to Omo National Park through different tribes such as Dizi, Menit, and Surma. Overnight- tented camp at the Park’s Head Quarter – Omo Park   

Day 4 & 5: Omo National Park: Two Full days looking for wildlife. Expected wildlife: Buffalo, Swayne Hartebeest, elephant, leopard, cheetah, lions, kudu, dik- dik, hyena, monkeys – such as velvet monkeys, common monkeys, Colobus Monkeys ….and birdlife. Note that there could be a Donga Fighting amongst the Surma Tribes during your visit.  Based on the accomplishment of the target mission, you may attend the astonishing stick fighting. For the wildlife, an experienced wildlife guide will also join at the park’s head office. Overnight- tented camp at the Park’s Head Quarter – Omo Park   

Day 6 – 8: Mago National Park: Drive from Omo National Park to Hanna Mursi. Cross the Omo River by local boat and get the car on the other side of the river for Mago Park. In the park, looking for wildlife: Buffalo, elephant, kudu, dik-dik, monkeys…also Mursi tribes are settled here. Overnight – tented camp – Mago National Park  

Day 9 –11: Arba Minch (272km, starting from the park): Morning; looking for wildlife and then drive back to Arba Minch. On the way, visit Konso Villages, Konso King & Gesergiyo (New York)-magnificent rock formation. Or (save time) drive to Arba Minch & visit parts of National Park on day9 such as Lake Chamo for Hippos, Crocodiles and white pelicans. Looking for wildlife: Zebra, kudu, dik-dik, Swayne’s hartebeest, and monkeys (estimated driving time – 6hrs). Overnight – at chosen hotel/lodge – Arba Minch 

Day 12: Bale Mountains National Park (412km until Dinsho): Morning drive to the Dinsho area of Bale Mountains National Park. Based on time,     Sinkille Swaynes Hartebeest sanctuary could be visited. Visit Dinsho Forest for: Mountain Nyala, Menelik’s Bush Buck, Bohor (estimated time – 8hrs drive)…Overnight- tented camp or Dinsho Lodge – Dinsho 

Day 13 -15: Bale Mountains National Park: Looking for wildlife in the Dinsho Forest/Gaysay area, including Mountain Nyala, and transfer to the Sanetti Plateau area for Ethiopian Wolf (I assure you 100% that Ethiopian Wolf can be seen easily in this park!! I have been here many times & have found it with no problem at all!) And Giant Mole Rat, Harenna Forest (the forest is so dense! bird life is abundant!), Sof Omar (here bats being seen in the caves) natural cave (16km long).  Overnight – at chosen hotel – Bale Goba (found at the bottom of Bale Mountains) 

Day 16: Bale Mountains National Park to Lake Langano (255km): Last opportunity to photograph Ethiopian Wolf and transfer to Lake Langano. On the way, if not visited on day 14, visit Swayne’s hartebeest at Sinkille Swaynes Hartebeest sanctuary (seeing them in groups is 100% confirmed). Also visit Shalla – Abijata Lakes National Park for ostriches, antelopes, hot springs (at Lake Shalla) and enormous pink Flamingos at Lake Abijata. (Estimated driving time – 6hrs). Overnight – at chosen lodge – Langano 

Day 17: Langano to Addis – Departure: Drive from Langano to Addis (200 asphalt road). (End of the trip)

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