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Day

Route

Roads

Birding

Acc.

Location

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The hotel environs, and nearby forest.

Walk up into the forest above the hotel, and around the hot-springs, which should also provide White-cheeked Turaco, Double-toothed Barbet, Black Saw-wing, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-Shrike, Abyssinian Ground-Thrush,  Brown Woodland Warbler, African Yellow Warbler, Brown Parisoma, Ethiopian Hill-Babbler, Slender-billed Starling, Sharpe's Starling & Ethiopian Crimson-wing.

Camp

Wabe Shebele Hotel, Wondo Genet.

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Leave the hotel, and return to Shashamene, then turning east towards Goba, passing through Kofele and Dinsho.

160 km-medium gravel

Stop for the Long-eared Owl at Kofele (you will have 40 guides within seconds), and thereafter Spot-breasted Plover can be found. At Dinsho, Abyssinian Longclaw, Abyssinian Ground-Thrush, Ethiopian Catbird and White-backed Black Tit occur.

Camp

Bale Mountains NP HQ, Dinsho.

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From Dinsho, continue east through Robe and  Goro to Sof Omar.  Backtrack to Goba.

129 km-medium gravel

3 km - bad gravel

3 km - bad gravel

110 km-medium gravel

Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Brown-tailed Rock-Chat, Northern Grey Tit, Salvadori's Seedeater can be found in the valley (or above) at Sof Omar. Time will probably allow an excursion up to the Sanetti Plateau, but don't stay there!

Camp

Wabe Shabele Hotel, Goba.

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Leave early to drive up to the top of Sanetti plateau,  before continuing across the plateau and down to the Harrena forest to the south, where camp in clearing in the forest.

100 km-medium gravel

Blue-winged Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Golden Eagle, Moorland & Chestnut-naped Francolins, Wattled Crane, Rouget's Rail, Thekla Lark, Black Saw-wing,  Moorland Chat, White-backed Black Tit , Red-billed Chough, Black-headed Siskin all occur.

Camp

Bush clearing,

Harrena Forest.

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Return back up to the plateau, and down through Goba, and west to Shashamene, then south to Lake Awasa. The road from Meslo (Mena) to the River Genale is not passable.

260 km-medium gravel

Returning along a route previously travelled.

Camp

Wabe Shabele #2 Hotel, Awasa.

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Leave early from Lake Awasa south for approx. 50 km, before turning southeast towards Kibre Mengist.  100 km further on, turn north towards the River Genale.  Find the wadi 3 km to the south, then return back south, and on to Negele

50 km - poor tar

210 km -? poor gravel

90 km - medium gravel

No info on this road until the to the turnoff north.  At the Genale river, find Adem Dube (if he doesn't find you first), who will guide you to the best areas for Ruspoli's Turaco. Look out for Black-faced Sandgrouse, Bare-eyed Thrush, Scaly Babbler, Somali Fiscal, Grey-backed Fiscal on the remainder of the road to Negele.

Camp

In bush approx. 13 km south of Negele.

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Before leaving Negele, check the security situation.  From Negele drive through Filtu to Bokol Manyo.

300 km - ? poor gravel

See next.

Camp

Bokol Manyo.

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

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