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Day

Route

Roads

Birding

Acc.

Location

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Details of this area were not ascertained in advance, although I believe it is now possible to drive to Omo NP from the north. (sensible people fly in on an organized safari).  One can probably reach Mizan Teferi in a day.

350 km - ? poor gravel

No info.

???

Mizan Teferi.

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Continue through Maji  to Omo NP.

250 km - ? poor gravel

No info.

Camp

Omo NP.

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Drive within NP.

No info, but White-crowned & Snowy-headed Robin-Chats & White-headed, Scaly & Dusky Babblers should be possible

Camp

Omo NP.

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Leave the park after a morning birding session? returning through Maji and camping near Shishinda?

150 km - ? poor gravel

No info.

???

Shishinda.

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Continue eastwards, reaching Jima.

250 km - ? poor gravel

No info.

Stay

Ghibe Hotel, Jima.

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From Jima, leave early, continuing on the road to Addis Ababa until reaching Welkite, and turn south to Sodo, Arba Minch and then Nechisar NP.

190 km - good tar

200 km-medium gravel

130 km - good tar

10 km - bad gravel

More western highland species possible, including Rouget's Rail. Otherwise there will not be much time for birding.

Camp

Official campsite, Nechisar NP.

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Explore Nechisar NP.

80 km - bad gravel

During the day, Black Wood-hoopoe, White-tailed Bush-Lark, Rufous Scrub-Robin are possible, while at night a variety of nightjars can be found, including Nechisar, Plain, Dusky, Donaldson-Smith's, Slender-tailed, & Standard-winged.

Camp

Official campsite, Nechisar NP.

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Return to Nechisar NP, then south to Konso, and east through Turmi to Fejeje  This trip may take two days each way.

280 km - ? poor gravel

No info, although Heuglin's Bustard, Star-spotted Nightjar & Somali Sparrow occur in the area.

Camp

Fejeje.

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Return from Fejeje to Nechisar NP.

280 km - ? poor gravel

No info.

Camp

Official campsite, Nechisar NP.

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From Nechisar, return to Arba Minch, Sodo, then east to Shashamene, and then south-east to Wondo Genet.

10 km - bad gravel

260 km - good tar

30 km - poor gravel

Little new likely on the journey, but Yellow-fronted Parrot & Black-headed Forest Oriole occur in the hotel grounds.

Camp

Wabe Shebele Hotel, Wondo Genet.

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

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