Endemic animals abound in this the largest country on the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia takes centre stage here, providing a rich and varied travel destination that is very different to the rest of Africa. Safari here to experience the search for the endemic Ethiopian Wolf – one of the most endangered predators on the African continent, as well as a host of other animals found nowhere else on earth. The northern reaches of Ethiopia are home to exceptional historical and cultural attractions too, from rock-hewn churches to grand castles as well as the dizzy heights of the Simien Mountains. Ethiopia is a safari with a difference in a country like no other and offers wonderful surprises around every corner.
Ethiopia is home to an incredible array of species. Diversity is the key word for a safari in the Northern reaches of Africa. Safaris in Ethiopia can take all forms, blending anything from superb birding to the search for a host of endemic mammals. Ethiopia also offers a fascinating journey into an extraordinary cultural history, adding a unique adjunct to the typical safari. The critically endangered Ethiopian Wolf and Gelada baboons are endemic wildlife highlights, as are the the Walia Ibex, the Giant Mole Rat, the Starck’s Hare, the Bale Monkey and the Mountain Nyala. Not endemic, but still offering wonderful viewing opportunities in Ethiopia are the Verreaux’s Eagle, the spectacular Augur Buzzard, the striking Lammergeier (Bearded Vulture) and the the large Anubis Baboon. Short or long tours of the areas, using 4×4 vehicles and domestic flights on the excellent Ethiopian airlines can be arranged depending on what you want and what time allows.Ethiopia remains one of the most underrated countries in Africa, and is ripe for the unearthing. The main wet season in this part of the world is from June to September, and we maintain that the best time to visit is outside of this time, thus from late September to April. That said, however, anytime is a good time really as there is so much on offer here.