Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Rift Valley

Derek Schuurman
Derek Schuurman Senior travel and product specialist
"Ethiopia offers a very different wildlife experience: it is home to some of the world's rarest and most endangered mammals such as the Ethiopian wolf, Walia ibex and Swayne's hartebeest, all of which number only some 500 individuals. Other endemic mammals include the unmistakeable Gelada monkey and localized Bale monkey."

The Ethiopian Rift Valley Holidays

Divided into two parts, the Northern and Southern Rift Valley, the former is one of the country’s least visited regions and includes the Awash National Park, a rewarding site for wildlife and birds of the Horn of Africa.

The Southern Rift Valley or lakes region is far better known, including scenic lakes such as Langano, at which there are some popular lodges including Bishangari and Sabana Beach Lodge. Abijatta-Shala National Park is included in many birding itineraries as is Awassa. The more remote Nech Sar National Park is now easily accessible from the lakeside town Arba Minch, so visitors can enjoy boat trips on Lake Chamo and nature walks in the national park.

Sporadically, a few hundred thousand flamingos congregate at Abijatta. Another 50km to the south is Shashemene, of salutary significance to the Ethiopian Rastafarian community. 20km from Shashemene is the Wondo Genet hot springs area, where the gardens at the resort offer fantastic birding and some wildlife viewing.

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Total Holidays: 4      
People of Southern Ethiopia and Rift Valley
  • Adventure
  • Culture & History
  • Responsible
From £3135 per person
13 day holiday
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Ethiopia
NOTHING can prepare one for the experience of meeting the wonderful people of Ethiopia, notably in the South Omo region. On very carefully and sensitively arranged individual, tailor-made tours to this remarkable part of the country, your experienced, professional guide will introduce you to tribes such as the Mursi, the Karo and the Hamar.
Birding Ethiopia
  • Responsible
  • Wildlife
From £3650 per person
12 day holiday
Flights included
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Ethiopia
Enjoy the incredibly prolific birdlife and unusual mammals of the Roof of Africa on this privately guided individual tour.
Ethiopia Wildlife & General Natural History individual Tour
  • Adventure
  • Responsible
  • Safari
  • Wildlife
From £4295 per person
13 day holiday
Flights included
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Ethiopia
Travel to some of Ethiopia's most rewarding wildlife hotspots to seek iconic species such as the Ethiopian wolf, Gelada or 'bleeding-heart' monkeys, Mountain Nyala, Swayne's hartebeest and a plethora of endemic birds in stunning surrounds.
Discover Ethiopia 16-day Private Tour
  • Culture & History
  • Wildlife
From £4715 per person
16 day holiday
Flights included
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Ethiopia
This extensive private tour is perfect for nature enthusiasts who also want to be immersed in Ethiopia's culture and famous historical attractions.
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