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Ethiopia – Endangered & Endemic Wolves & Geladas of the Roof of Africa Photo Tour I 2020

Ethiopia – Endangered & Endemic Wolves & Geladas of the Roof of Africa Photo Tour I 2020

US$7,350 per person sharing

2 Spaces Available

4 Feb 2020 – 15 Feb 2020

Simply put, Ethiopia is undoubtedly one of Africa’s most productive and rewarding photographic destinations, with awe-inspiring scenery, photogenic and approachable birds and mammals, plus some striking ancient buildings and cultures making this a photographer’s dream! Our Ethiopia Photographic expedition will allow you the opportunity to capture the exceptional scenery and wildlife of the Simien Mountains, with the ancient cultural landscape of Lalibela, and together these attractions combine to ensure a truly fascinating and enjoyable experience.

Why this Photo Tour is for You

Destination Allure

Capture the breath-taking Afro-alpine landscape found in the Bale and Simien Mountains and its endless terrain of 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 topography, perfectly complimenting photographic opportunities.

Number of Species

Photograph the world’s most endangered canid, the Ethiopian Wolf and witness hundreds of Gelada Baboons in close proximity. Other treasures in these regions include the huge Mountain Nyala, head-butting Walia Ibex, the Bearded Vulture, Tawny Eagle, 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.

ORYX LEADER
Dale Morris

12 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Addis Ababa
  • Per Person Sharing
    US$7,350
  • Single Supplement
    US$1,250
  • Photographic Highlights
    Ethiopian Wolf, Mountain Nyala, Menelik & Bushbuck, Gelada, Walia Ibex, numerous raptors
  • Guide
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Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa

Today is set as an arrival day for our Ethiopian photo safari, where we will overnight in 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.
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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 including many endemic species.
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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 and endangered species and our photographic targets here are without a doubt the magnificent Walia Ibex and incredible Gelada Baboon.
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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.

Location

Ethiopia – Bale & SimienLisa Wakida, United States of America

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 trip 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 with Dale as the leader.

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