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Day

Route

Roads

Birding

Acc.

Location

1

Johannesburg through Beit Bridge to Harare / Chinhoyi (Zimbabwe).

1140 km - excellent tar

Nil (no time).

Stay /

Camp

Harare /

Orange Grove Motel, Chinhoyi.

2

Harare, through Chirundu, Lusaka to Mkushi (Zambia).

810 km - excellent tar

Chapin's Barbet with minor 10 km diversion.  Good Miombo  woodland around campsite.

Camp

Forest Inn, Mkushi.

3

Mkushi to Shiwa Ngandu (Zambia).

440 km - good tar

40 km poor gravel

Anchieta's Barbet & Bar-winged Weaver possible on track to Shiwa Ngandu.

Camp

Kapishya campsite, Shiwa Ngandu.

4

Shiwa Ngandu through Nakonde to Iringa (Tanzania).

40 km - poor tar

290 km - good tar

520 km - excellent tar

Nil (no time), but the campsite should produce Ross's Turaco.

Camp

Riverside campsite, Iringa.

5

Iringa through Morogoro to Arusha (Tanzania)  DON'T take the "direct route" - it will take 2 days.

918 km - excellent tat

Nil (no time). Bare-faced Go-Away Bird & Ashy Starling should be seen while driving.

Camp

Masai campsite, Arusha.

6

Arusha through Namanga, Nairobi to Isiolo (Kenya).  Make arrangements for the "convoy" the next morning.

110 km - excellent tar

410 km - bad tar

Nil (no time).

Stay

Bomen Hotel, Isiolo.

7

Leave at 06:00, and drive to Marsabit (Kenya).  Expect to arrive approx. 16:00.

260 km - bad gravel

A variety of arid bush species including Vulturine Guineafowl, but nil at Marsabit (unless pay entrance fee of US $20).

Camp

Campsite #2, Marsabit NP.

8

Leave Marsabit at 06:00, and expect to arrive at Moyale (Ethiopia) at 15:00.  There is no reasonable accommodation (or banks) for several hundred km.  Can pay for hotel in Kenya Shillings at Moyale.

250 km - bad gravel

A variety of larks (especially Williams & Masked) to be found ± 25 km from Marsabit, and other species can be found including D'Arnaud's Barbet, Pied Wheatear, Yellow-vented Eremomela,  Rüppell's Long-tailed Glossy Starling & Magpie Starling.

Stay

Bekele  Mola Hotel, Moyale (Ethiopian side)

9

Drive to Lake Awasa, birding Mega-Yavello area en route.

530 km - good tar

Even before Mega you are into the endemics, with Streseman's Bush Crow, White-crowned Starling & White-tailed Swallow.  Concentrate on Mega to Yavello stretch. Other species will include Orange-bellied Parrot, Black-billed Wood-hoopoe, Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill,  Spotted Palm-Thrush, Grey Wren-Warbler, Northern Black Flycatcher, African Grey Flycatcher, Long-tailed Shrike, Northern White-crowned Shrike,  Shelley's Starling, Golden-breasted Starling, White-headed Buffalo Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Baglafecht Weaver, Purple Grenadier & Brown-rumped Bunting.

Camp

Wabe Shabele #2 Hotel, Awasa.

An Ethiopian trip: 27/11/1999 to 17/01/2000Giles Mulholland 31 January 2000

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