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Ethiopia – Wolves & Geladas of Africa Photo Tour 2023

US$8,595 person sharing

Spaces Available 

 

Please note that costs & dates for 2023 are subject to change as not all our partner properties and local airlines have released their rates. Should we need to revise costs, we will endeavour to keep fees & dates as close to the original.

10 Nov 2023 – 21 Nov 2023

Ethiopia is undoubtedly one of Africa’s most productive and rewarding photographic destinations, with awe-inspiring scenery, photogenic and approachable mammals and birds, plus some striking ancient buildings and cultures making this a photographer’s dream! With a focus on the special mammals of the Bale and Simien mountains – both hotspots for endemic wildlife – this combination of these two distant mountainous areas offers a chance to capture some of the most outstanding natural wonders of Ethiopia.

Why this Photo Tour is for You

Destination Allure

Capture the breath-taking Afro-alpine landscape found in the Bale and Simien mountains, both renowned for their vast escarpments, moors, lakes and mountain streams.

Month of Travel

Our photo tour takes place during the dry season after the rains have dissipated and left behind a lush green landscape, perfectly complimenting photographic opportunities.

Number of Species

Photograph the world’s most endangered canid, the Ethiopian Wolf and witness hundreds of Geladas in close proximity. Other treasures in these regions include the huge Mountain Nyala, head-butting Walia Ibex, Blue-winged Goose, Bearded Vulture and Thick-billed Raven.

Small Group Departures

Travel to this beautiful location with like-minded individuals and share your photographic bucket list together.

Guided experience

Local knowledge of the region and its wildlife is key to crafting the ultimate photography tour experience. Combined with the photographic expertise of your ORYX Photo Tour Leader, and you are in for an adventure that will further fuel your excitement for photography and the destination.

Dale Morris - ORYX Photo Tours

ORYX LEADER
Dale Morris

12 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
Classic
Wildlife
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Addis Ababa
  • person sharing
    US$8,595
  • Single Supplement
    US$1,250
  • Photographic Highlights
    Ethiopian Wolf, Gelada, Mountain Nyala, Walia Ibex, Menelik’s Bushbuck and numerous raptors, stunning scenery
  • Guide
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Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa

Today is set as an arrival day for our Ethiopian photo safari with an overnight stay in the capital, Addis Ababa.
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Day 2: Fly to Awassa and drive to Bale Mountains

This morning we fly to Awassa, a town located in the Great Rift Valley. We will be collected from the airport, and will then embark on the drive to the Bale Mountains. *Please note this itinerary may change pending accommodation availability 
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Days 3 to 5: Bale Mountains National Park

Our main photographic target here will be the plateau’s most celebrated resident, the Ethiopian or Simien Wolf, crowned with the unfortunate title of “the world’s rarest canid.” This is an area of high-altitude plateau that is broken by numerous spectacular volcanic plugs and peaks, beautiful alpine lakes and rushing mountain streams that descend into deep rocky gorges on their way to the lowlands below. The Bale Mountains contains three distinct eco-regions: the northern plains, bush and woods; the central Sanetti Plateau, with an average elevation of over 4000 metres; and the southern Harenna Forest, known for its mammals, amphibians and birds. The Bale area has many endemics including the huge Mountain Nyala, which was the last large antelope species to discovered in Africa (only in 1910) and Bale Monkey, which is generally found in bamboo zones in the Harenna Forest.
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Day 6: Drive to Awassa and fly to Addis Ababa

Today we leave the Bale Mountains, driving over the Sanetti Plateau and back to the capital, where we will overnight.
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Day 7: Flight from Addis Ababa to Gondar, drive to Simien Mountains

This morning we have an early flight to Gondar. After arrival in Gondar we will meet our drivers and depart for the Simien Mountains, where we will overnight.
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Days 8 to 10: Simien Mountains National Park

The next three days will be spent exploring and photographing the legendary Simien Mountains and its unique inhabitants. The spectacular highlands are a haven for endemic species and our photographic targets here are without a doubt the magnificent Walia Ibex and incredible Gelada.
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Day 11: Simien Mountains to Gondar

After a final excursion photographing Geladas, we will return to Gondar. This, the “Camelot of Ethiopia”, is a city noted for its many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches. We will spend the day touring the various historical buildings found here.
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Day 12: Flight Gondar to Addis Ababa and depart

This morning we depart Gondar, flying back to Addis Ababa where our photo tour will sadly come to an end.
Ethiopia – Wolves & Geladas and Omo ValleyIlya & Vera Raskin, USA

Vera and I really enjoyed our month-long Ethiopian adventure! Everything went well, and eventually I will be able to process and stare the photos I took. Thank you very much for putting a great program for us. Your photo tour leaders and local guides were superb and a pleasure to travel with!

Ethiopia – Wolves & GeladasAndreas Muller, Germany

Ethiopia with ORYX Photo Tours was great! It's a fantastic country with a huge variety of nature and culture. Kirsten Frost did a great job and made the experience even better. This photo tour with ORYX was great and I can recommend it to every interested photographer!

Ethiopia – Wolves & GeladasLisa Wakida, USA

I’ve been to seven countries on the African continent, and many other countries around the world, and I have to say that this trip ranks among the top as one of my best trips ever. I liked the length of time we spent at each of the locations, which gave us the best chance for wildlife viewing of the wolves and geladas (our viewings were so much better than I could have imagined). I’m partial to mammals, so this itinerary was perfect. I really enjoyed the company of the other guests too.

But I have to say, what made the difference was probably having Dale as a photo tour leader. Not only is he a fantastic photographer, he has so much knowledge on animal behavior. And I like that he also has a background in conservation. He is obviously passionate about animals and the environment, which is so important on trips like this where we are viewing an endangered animal like the Ethiopian wolf. I am also a very novice photographer, but he wasn’t pushy about instructing me. He was always ready and willing to provide feedback and tips, but he always made it my choice if I wanted to try something new in the moment or at a later time, so I wasn’t overwhelmed. He also was a very patient instructor and didn’t talk down to me when I didn’t get something at first. I do think my photos from this trip are much better than my usual because of him. I wouldn’t hesitate to book another trip with ORYX Photo Tours with Dale as the leader.

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