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Day

Route

Roads

Birding

Acc.

Location

24

Bird morning in Dittilou and gravel road in morning,  visit Lake Assal, and drive to Djibouti city and harbour (timed to low tide if in the afternoon)

13 km - disaster area

100 km - good tar

30 km - bad tar

50 km - good tar

You should be woken by the call of the Djibouti Francolin, and Rüppell's Weaver nest in the camp. European Redstart (both races) occur, while Bonelli's Eagle is supposed to.  Spend time searching the bush on the track from Dittilou.  It is also worth spending some time on the short road to Dorale on the outskirts of Djibouti city, which passes through a small patch of bush, where Black-tailed Rock-Chat, Graceful Prinia, Pale Rock-Sparrow & Arabian Golden Sparrow occur.

Stay

Menelik Hotel, Djibouti city.

25

Wait until 09:00 to collect return visa to Ethiopia, then depart immediately for Dikhil and the border.

50 km - good tar

50 km - poor  tar

100 km - bad tar

100 km - bad gravel

20 km - medium gravel

70 km - good tar

The reverse of day 22.

Camp

Total Garage a few km beyond Logia.

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Leave early, and continue east from Mille to Dese (contrary to many maps, this is almost all gravel road). Turn off at Heyk to the right to the lake. Return to Heyk, and continue north to Weldiya.  Here turn westwards towards Bahir Dar on the new "Chinese Road", passing the old road at Dilbe, and continue for ±50 km to new road to Lalibela.

50 km - good tar

420 km-medium gravel

On the road to Dese, there is an area where birds of prey are common, including Long-legged Buzzard.  Lake Heyk may have many water-birds, including Tufted Duck & Pochard. To the north of Dese, Greater Spotted Eagle, Clapperton's Francolin, Blue-headed Coucal, Pectoral-patch Cisticola,  Bush Petronia, occur.

Camp / Stay

Seven Olives Hotel, Lalibela.

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No driving.

Visit the monolithic churches of Lalibela, relax.   Look out for Abyssinian Flycatcher in hotel grounds, and White-winged Chat, Rüppell's Black-Chat, Tacazzae Sunbird & White-billed Starling around churches.

Camp / Stay

Seven Olives Hotel, Lalibela.

28

Drive to nearby cave-churches.

70 km - medium gravel

Don’t forget to bird the roads to the churches, as White-throated Serins not uncommon.

Camp/Stay

Seven Olives Hotel, Lalibela.

29

Leave early, returning to the Chinese Road, and continue west towards Bahir Dar. Turn right towards Gonder, and turn right when tar is reached, passing Gonder and on to Debark.  Stop at the NP tourist centre to find a guard and then drive up into the Mountains.

420 km-medium gravel except near Gonder where 15 km bad tar

Little time for birding except for Lake Tana floodplain, where Saker Falcon & Song Thrush should be looked for.

Camp

Sankober camp, Simien Mountains.

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

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