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Ethiopia – unique wildlife on the roof of Africa

Feb/March 2021

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Some of the tour highlights:

  • Several days in Bale Mountains National park to search for the Ethiopian wolf
  • Gelada monkeys in Simien National park
  • The endemic Walia Ibex in Simien National park
  • Rich bird life with many endemic species
  • Breathtaking landscape photography
  • Plenty of plains game – Swayne´s Hartebeest, Mountain Nyala and Reedbucks to mention a few
  • Harenna forest – one of the largest and most extensive forests remaining in Ethiopia
  • Comfortable transport in Toyota Landcrusiers
  • The tour leader will show you their best spots and provide photographic advice to a small group that share the same interests.

Ethiopia is undoubtedly one of Africa’s most attractive destinations for photographers. Here you are met by a beautiful landscape, photographically attractive animals and birds which are also relatively easy to get close to. The flora and fauna have many endemic species with the Gelada and the Ethiopian wolf as the main attractions. During our trip will we spend plenty of time getting the best photo opportunities on these two species.

Of course, we will photograph much more. We have the greatest chance to photograph the Ethiopian wolf in the Bale Mountains National Park. On our way there we will hopefully have met the endemic  Swayne´s Hartebeest, Mountain Nyala, Reedbucks and a large number of birds.

To find the Ethiopian wolf, will we travel to the Sanetti plateau, Africa’s largest high plateau, and Africa’s highest all-weather road. It is here at over 4000 m we should look for the Ethiopian wolf. It is day-active and feeds mostly on small rodents and root rats.

During our time in the Bale Mountains National Park we also visit the wonderfully beautiful Harenna forest. It is a mountain forest consisting of tall deciduous trees that are draped with lichens and mosses. In areas with bamboo we have chance to photograph the endemic Bale Monkey.

On our travels between the Bale Mountain National Park and Simien National Park, we get the chance to experience and photograph both the beautiful landscape and animals and birds. We will also visit some of the famous churches in Lalibela, for example the church of Yimrhane Kristos. This church is older than the carved in Lalibela town, circa the 13th century, and it is built inside a cave under a small waterfall. The church is interesting for scientists; they do not know where the cedar body inside the church comes from, nor where hundreds of mummies of Mediterranean people behind the church come from. When we are in Lalibela, we also hope to have the opportunity to photograph Bearded vulture in a special place.

From Lalibela, our journey towards Simien National park continues. In the park will we camp on a mountain ridge with breathtaking views on each side, at about 3500 m altitude. We have probably already seen the geladas on the way to the camp. During our visit here, we will spend a lot of time with these interesting monkeys; they sit and communicate with each other all the time, a murmur is heard all around. The large baboon flocks can contain up to 450 individuals. Great opportunities to shoot.

We will also go further into the park to look for Walia Ibex, which only lives up here in the Simien Mountains. We reach up to 4200 meters in height. Nature is magnificent and powerful in Simien. From here we see Ethiopia’s highest mountain Ras Dejen, about 4620 m.

The transport during the trip is done in Toyota Landcruisers with a maximum of 3 participants in each. We will also have some shorter domestic flights during the trip. The accommodation becomes a mix between hotel and tent camp. We choose to have a mobile tent camp in order to be able to be as close as possible to the areas we want to photograph in. If you are going to stay in a hotel in the mountains, there will be long transport distances and a lot of time between the accommodation and the photo motifs, and we want to spend that time on being out in nature. However, we want it to be clear that the tent camp is comfortable with proper tent beds, dining tent, separate shower and toilet.

This is a very unique photo tour and we collaborate with some of the absolute best guides, both domestic and Swedish. Håkan Pohlstrand, who arranges the trip, grew up in Ethiopia and has spent much of his adult life in the country. He has all the conceivable contacts to make this a very successful and special journey. Also included as a tour guide is Tomas Carlberg, who has long experience in managing trips and has led many trips in Africa and Ethiopia in the past. Both Håkan and Tomas are dedicated photographers. In the fall of 2019, the book Ethiopia’s Wildlife Treasures (Håkan Pohlstrand text & image, Tomas Carlberg editor) was published. In addition, Wild Nature Photo Adventures owner Henrik Karlsson is on the trip as a photographic guide.

We choose to do this trip at the end of February and the beginning of March as our organizers, with all the experience they have of Ethiopia, think that November to March is the best time for a trip.

The trip is estimated to be about 14-15 days in Ethiopia excluding travel days.

Travel facts

Dates
February  – March 2021
Exact date will be announced soon.

Price
TBA

Tour leader
Henrik Karlsson

Number of participants
Min 5
Max 8

Last date to register
TBA

Price includes
Share in double room and meals according to itinerary. All safaris and fees for national parks, photo workshops, transfer to and from Addis Abeba airport. Accommodation in hotels of middle class and tent camp.

Single room fee
TBA

Price does not include
Flights in and out of Addis Abeba, tips, insurance, cancellation insurance, beverages, meals that are not specified in itinerary, phone and internet charges, personal items.

Airport
Addis Abeba internationell airport. The tour starts and ends here.

Photo equipment
A wide range of subjects will be available to us, from landscapes to mammals and birds. Therefore it is good to bring everything from wide-angle to telephoto lenses. On safari lenses from 70-200 mm up to 500 mm are excellent. To increase focal length you can use a teleconverter. Dust protection is important on safaris. If you have two camera bodies, bring both in order not to have to change lenses as much. Tripods are not so useful in safari vehicles, where a bean-bag comes in more handy. A monopod is an alternative, but slows you down a bit. However, a tripod will be great for photography when we are on foot.

Group and language
Our tours are open to all nationalities, so the group may be international. Our tour leaders speak Swedish and English.

*Terms of payment
Registration fee to be paid on registration. Remaining fees to be paid latest 60 days before the tour starts.

Additional information
Contact your insurance company about insurance, including cancellation insurance. Contact your doctor about vaccination requirements.

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