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Day

Route

Roads

Birding

Acc.

Location

30

Spend morning around Sankober camp, before driving to waterfall, and on to Chenek.  Return later in day.

80 km - medium gravel

A variety of species to be looked for, including Erckel's Francolin, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Abyssinian Catbird, Red-billed Chough & Fan-tailed Raven, .  If lucky, may see Walia Ibex (population may be as low as 50 individuals).

Camp

Sankober camp, Simien Mountains.

31

Leave Simien quite early, and return to Debark, before continuing north to Axum.

20 km - medium gravel

310 km - ? poor gravel

No info.

No info

Axum.

32

No driving ???

No info.

No info

Axum.

33

Leave Axum quite early to reach Gonder by late afternoon.

310 km - ? poor gravel

75 km - medium gravel

No info.

No info

Gonder.

34

After visiting Royal Enclosure, drive south to Bahir Dar.

190 km-medium gravel

Not much at Gonder, but a variety of birds in the flooded cultivation along the road, especially towards Bahir Dar, where Common & Black-crowned Cranes occur.

Camp

Tana Hotel, Bahir Dar.

35

Driving in vicinity of Bahir Dar, visiting local monasteries, and Blue Nile Falls.

80 km - medium gravel

Yellow-fronted Parrot, While White-cheeked Turaco, Western Grey Plantain-eater,  occur in the hotel grounds,  which is probably the best area to bird in the area.  Little else is likely to be found, other than the track to the Blue Nile Falls..

Camp

Tana Hotel, Bahir Dar.

36

Leave Bahir Dar early, and take the main road towards Addis Ababa. Turn right at Bure towards Nekempte.

420 km-medium gravel

Spent as much time as possible birding the escarpments down to the main rivers - especially the Nile & Anger rivers, where Stone Partridge can be found.

Stay

Wolega Ethiopia Hotel, Nekempte.

37

Leave Nekempte early, leaving the town on the Bedele road.  At Bedele, turn right towards Metu and Gambela.

400 km-medium gravel

A wide variety of species can be found in the highlands, including European Sparrowhawk & Abyssinian Hornbill.  The mid-altitude forests hold "Lineated" Pytilia & Crimson-rumped Waxbill.  The escarpment down to the lowlands should produce Black-faced Firefinch, Foxy Cisticola & Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver.  The lowlands are home to a wide range of soudian species including Four-banded Sandgrouse, Black-billed Wood Dove, Vinaceous Dove, Basra Reed-Warbler, Red-pate Cisticola, Brown Babbler, Sahel Whydah & Sudan Golden Sparrow.

Stay

Ethiopia Hotel, Gambela.

38

Explore the environs, possibly driving south to Gog.  Further information needed for this area.

100 km - bad gravel

Shoebill, Red-necked Buzzard, Egyptian Plover are possible.

Stay

Ethiopia Hotel, Gambela.

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

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