The Photogenic Wildlife Highlights of Ethiopia – With Oliver Smart
This expert-led small group tour concentrates on the unusual and photogenic wildlife and landscapes that set Ethiopia apart from the rest of Africa. Ethiopia is truly a photographer’s dream destination with wildlife, especially birdlife, surprisingly tolerant of people. There will be an emphasis in this group tour on photography and tuition in addition to observing Ethiopia’s magnificent wildlife.
It will be jointly led by award-winning wildlife photographer, ornithologist and naturalist Oliver Smart and local wildlife expert Daniel Million who will help you make the most of the many photographic opportunities: most of the pictures in this itinerary were taken by Oliver, which will give you some idea of his abilities. His humour, knowledge and experience will help you gain maximum enjoyment and results from this exciting adventure.
Highlights on the trip will include sitting among gelada baboons (sometimes a few feet away) as they feed and chatter on the montane grasslands of the Simien Mountains. You should also see impressive walia ibex, soaring lammergeiers, agile klipspringers and the jaw- dropping scenery of the Simien Mountains. As we move into the Awash Valley there will be more typical East African savannah and wildlife such as Besia oryx, Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, bustards, various bee-eaters and raptors, crocodile, leopard tortoise and spotted hyena. The Bale Mountains come next, inhabited by the world’s rarest canid and Africa’s most endangered carnivore, the beautiful Ethiopian wolf. Seeing this elegant, rare predator hunting giant mole rats on the moonlike Sanetti Plateau is an experience to savour. The Afro-alpine moorlands and lush lichen-clad cloud forests of the Bale Mountains are home to many other endemic and unusual species including mountain nyala, Bale monkey, serval, crowned eagle, blue-winged goose and the Bale chameleon. There will also be hippos and vast flocks of flamingoes and other varied birdlife in the Great Rift Valley Lakes. Ethiopia’s fascinating history and unique cultures combine with its wildlife to make for an unforgettable adventure in one of Africa’s most diverse countries.