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Day

Route

Roads

Birding

Acc.

Location

15

Leave on road to Bahir Dar, passing through Solulta plain to Muka Turi, where turn right towards Jemmu Valley.  Descend to bridge over river.

80 km - good tar

80 km - good gravel

15 km - disaster area

Solulta plains will provide many species including Rouget's Rail, White-winged Flufftail, Red-chested Swallow, Red-throated Pipit, Abyssinian Longclaw & Black-headed Siskin.  The top of the Jemmu valley escarpment may produce Erckel's Francolin, Crag Martin, Black-eared Wheatear, Rüppell's Black Chat, White-winged Cliff-Chat, Little & Blue Rock Thrushes & White-billed Starling.

Camp

In bush near bridge, Jemmu Valley.

16

No driving, except possibly  to base of escarpment.

Harwood's Francolin the special, but large variety of good species to be found, including Erckel's Francolin, Stone Partridge, Senegal Thick-knee, Spur-winged Plover, Black Redstart,  Silverbird, Masked Shrike, Fire-crowned Bishop, Northern Red Bishop,  Black-bellied Firefinch, Warbling Silverbill, White-throated & Streaky Seedeaters.  Well worth spending a full day walking around the valley.

Camp

In bush near bridge, Jemmu valley.

17

Leave Jemmu after early-morning birding session, and return up escarpment, turning left to Debre Birhan on new road.  From Debre Birhan continue to Ankober, and then on to Melka Ghebdu.  Return to Debre Birhan.  (If time allows, it is < 2 hours to reach Addis).

15 km - disaster area

100 km - good gravel

50 km - medium gravel

50 km - medium gravel

(130 km - good tar)

Common Crane, Red-capped Lark, Black-headed Siskin & other highland grassland species to be found along road.  Ankober Serin near Ankober Serin and Yellow-throated Serin at Melka Ghebdu are the targets at these localities, but many other species are to be found in these areas.

Stay

Helen Hotel, Debre Birhan;

(Addis Ababa - if time allows).

18

There is time to return to Ankober or Melka Ghebdu if the weather was poor the previous day, else return to Addis Ababa (no road direct to Awash), the south to Nazret and Awash NP.

(130 km - good tar)

250 km - good tar

Little is likely to be found until reaching Lake Beseka at western end of Awash NP.  Supposed to have good water-birds.  If get to Awash early, spend day birding south of the main road. The riverine forest round at the campsite is a productive birding area, with plenty of Palearctic warblers including Olivaceous & Upcher's warblers, Speke's Weaver. Spend sunset at Lodge looking for Ethiopian Cliff Swallow, so can spotlight on way back to campsite, hoping to find Star-spotted & Nubian Nightjars & Little Owl.

Camp

Awash NP.

19

Leave early for Fantalle Crater, continue round to hot springs and back to campsite.

40 km - poor gravel

15 km - disaster area

40 km - poor gravel

Arrange for compulsory guard / guide the day before.  It takes nearly 3 hours to get to the crater rim, so leave as early as possible, and go directly there.  Look for Rüppell's Vulture, Black-billed Barbet, Tawny Pipit, Sombre Rock-Chat, Boran Cisticola, Scarlet-chested & Shining Sunbird, Somali Chestnut-winged Starling, Yellow-throated Serin near crater, and Gillett's Lark at base. Spotlight session in evening.

Camp

Awash NP.

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

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