Ethiopia Wildlife Safari Tour Packages

Ethiopia Safari Tours

The wildlife of Ethiopia is as diverse as the county's culture. In our Ethiopia safaris and wildlife tours, one can see astonishing number of endemic birds, animals, flora and fauna which helps to witness Ethiopia is one of the top bio-diversified countries in the world. Simien Mountains National Park and Bale Mountains National Park are homes to several endemic mammal species and hundreds of different types of bird, making them two of the most wildlife-abundant areas in Ethiopia. Visitors will also find great selections of lodges and camps throughout these national parks. Awash National Park is also one the most important national parks in Ethiopia. It's large and home of Oryx, Greater kudu and Lesser kudu. If you are lucky, you can encounter lions and tigers in this same national park. 

The parks vary in size; some are big thus necessitating the more adventurous visitors to spend more days and nights in the parks to walk the jungle treks and to enjoy the natural features such as waterfalls, valleys, lakes, and mountains. And the national parks of Ethiopia and visiting them can help travelers to realize how the adventure attractions and activities in Ethiopia offer exciting travel experiences. If you want to experience Ethiopia's natural delights, be sure to visit one of its national parks or wildlife sanctuaries.

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PETWST 01

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Ethiopia wildlife safari tour package itinerary (Tour code - PETWST 01)
If you love wildlife safari, nature, calm and hiking, enjoy a chance of scenery just 265km north of Addis Ababa. The Guassa Plateau which covers a total area of 110km² awaits you in a green plateau between forests and waterfalls and mountains and valleys. You will find an ideal place to enjoy the idleness and explore flora and fauna of this conservation area.
At the heart of this journey lie the seemingly-endless landscapes of the Guassa Plateau with an abundance of animals in their natural habitat. Guassa Plateau is much more than a beautiful natural space. It had been protected for 400 years prior to this which makes it Africa’s oldest conservancy. Its purpose is to conserve habitats for animals and plants species, contribute to sustainable local development and raise public awareness of the environment. It’s considered as home to many plants’, birds’ and mammals’ species. It’s also ready to welcome ecotourism lovers. As the main protected area of the region, Guassa Plateau which hosts seven of Ethiopia’s endemic mammals works for conservation of endemic habitats. Nature lovers will appreciate the walking tour of Guassa Plateau which allows you to observe some important Ethiopia’s endemic fauna while discovering the reserve on foot. Trekking trips lasting four days can be organized on request.
How to get there: Guassa Plateau is only accessible by vehicle.

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TOUR CODE DURATION SITE TRANSPORT
PETWST 01 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS GUASSA PLATEAU NATURE RESERVE – REGREG – CHEGUARIT MEDA - ATSE WUHA Surface
DAY 01: ADDIS ABABA – GUASSA PLATEAU NATURE RESERVE
Pick up from Addis Ababa is in the morning at around 07:00am and drive 265km northeast of Addis Ababa to the Guassa Plateau area. Arrival at Guassa Plateau would be around mid-day (12:00 – 13:00hr). In between, admire a spectacular view over the Blue Nile Valley offered by two valleys viewpoint. After lunch and short rest, take your local guide to start your first day trekking by doing short trek to the nearby mountain top. This offers great views of the Guassa plateau and also a good chance to spot one of the most important Ethiopia’s endemic mammals, to be specific; Ethiopian wolf. (IMPORTANT: Lunch for today would be boxed lunch.)
Overnight stay: at Guassa Community Lodge
DAY 02: REGREG – ATSE WUHA
Today after breakfast, trek from Regreg to Atse Wuha (from afro alpine grassland area to the Lobelia Valley area) to experience the wildlife and nature adventure of a lifetime which takes roughly 5 – 6 hrs. In this trekking, you will enjoy an authentic safari experience at the Guassa Plateau ecotourism center where you will have a chance to see plenty of highland flora and fauna, Gelada Monkeys, Ethiopian Wolves and the Lammergeyer birds.
Overnight stay: camping at Atse Wuha
DAY 3: ATSE WUHA / CHEGUARIT MEDA / ATSE WUHA
After breakfast, start trekking from Atse Wuha to Cheguarit Meda. (4 to 5 hours)
Today you will explore more wildlife and connect with locals to see their life style in your trekking to Cheguarit Media. Various scents fill the air as you are immersed in your experience among the animals and plants in one of the oldest nature reserve in Ethiopia, the Guassa Plateau. There are a number of places to take break in your trekking and enjoy the surrounding landscapes. In the afternoon, retrace to Atse Wuha.
Overnight stay: camping at Atse Wuha
DAY 4: ATSE WUHA - MEHAL MEDA - ADDIS ABABA
Do a short trekking from Atse Wuha to Mehal Meda where you will take your vehicle and after a few eventful days you return to Addis Ababa, where you arrive in the early afternoon. (Mehal Meda – Addis Ababa = 265km and takes roughly 5-6hrs)

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PETWST 02

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Ethiopia wildlife safari tour package itinerary (Tour code - PETWST 02)
Ethiopia is fortunate in possessing a unique and usually varied fauna which is undoubtedly one of her greatest national assets. This safari brings some appreciation of the richness and beauty of wildlife in Awash National Park and Bale Mountains National Park in Ethiopia and inspires many who read it to make a decision to see these creatures in the wild.
Awash National Park is one of the oldest Ethiopia’s conservation areas. This national park has a rich wildlife population and a diverse birdlife. It’s bordered by the Awash River and its dramatic waterfall cascading through a gigantic gorge.

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PETWST 02 6 Days / 5 Nights AWASH NATIONAL PARK – NAZRET– BALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK     Surface
Day 1: ARRIVE ADDIS ABABA
Arrive Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight stay in a hotel
Day 2: ADDIS ABABA – AWASH NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, drive from Addis Ababa to Awash. After freshening up at your lodge, enjoy an afternoon vehicle game drive in the country’s famous Awash National Park. During this first game drive your eyes start adjusting to spot game in the bush and in the distance. This superb national park is a wildlife oasis, and home to Grant’s gazelle, greater and lesser kudus, Beisa Oryx, Soemmering’s gazelle, and many more. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Overnight stay in a lodge
Day 3: AWASH NATIONAL PARK – NAZRET
Enjoy a thrilling morning game drive in Awash National Park. The landscape, with its waterfall and its most important geographical feature which is the semi-dormant Fantale volcano, make for a visually exciting safari full of diversity. Both Soemmering’s gazelle which may easily be distinguished from Grant’s gazelle by its shorter and stouter horns and Beisa Oryx are guaranteed sights on any wildlife tour to this national park.
Overnight stay in a lodge
DAY 4: NAZRET – AWASH NATIONAL PARK -
Bale Mountains National Park has everything you would expect from a national park: breathtaking scenery and a range of habitats to explore. Most famously, Bale Mountains National Park is noted for its large herds of Menelik Bushbuck - almost a guaranteed sight on any safari.
Overnight stay in a lodge
Day 5: FULL-DAY IN BALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK 
Bale Mountains National Park has everything you would expect from a national park: breathtaking scenery and a range of habitats to explore. Most famously, Bale Mountains National Park is noted for its large herds of Menelik Bushbuck - almost a guaranteed sight on any safari.
Overnight stay in a lodge
Day 6: BALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK  – ADDIS ABABA
Retrace to Addis Ababa, and finally, be transferred to the airport to catch your international flight back to home which marks the end of the tour.

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PETWST 03

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The diversity of game in Ethiopia is simply astounding. From hippos and elephants to a whole range of other animals, large and small, Ethiopia’s game parks reserves and other protection areas are home to some of East Africa's most spectacular wildlife. The backdrop is a series of landscapes and geographical features that can only be described as amazing. We can offer you a range of options from 5 days to 16 days including the likes of Simien Mountains National Park, Gambella National Park, Omo National Park, Nechisar National Park, Mago National Park, Chebera Churchura National Park, Yangudi National Park and Kafta Sheraro National Park.

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Ethiopia wildlife safari tour package itinerary (Tour code - PETWST 03)

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PETWST 03 8 Days / 7 Nights AWASH NATIONAL PARK – BALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK – AWASSA – SENKELLE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY - LANGANO       Surface
Day 1: ARRIVE IN ADDIS ABABA 
On arrival in Addis Ababa, you’ll be met by your representative, and transferred from the airport to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. In the early hours of the evening, you will meet a reception for a tour briefing.
Overnight stay in a hotel
Day 2: ADDIS ABABA – AWASH NATIONAL PARK
In the morning you depart from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa and make your way to the Awash National Park. On your way you pass by many small cities, such as Bishoftu which has the most crater lakes of any city in Ethiopia, as well as Nazret and Dukem. On your way you will have a brief game drive in Aledeghi Wildlife Reserve where you will have a chance to see Grevy’s Zebra and wild ass. Aledeghi Wildlife Reserve is located very close to Awash National Park. During your game drive in this wildlife reserve, your eyes start adjusting to spot game in the bush and in the distance.
Overnight stay in a lodge
Day 3: FULL-DAY IN AWASH NATIONAL PARK
After a good breakfast you take a game drive into the park. The Awash National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Ethiopia. Already in 1970 the area was put under nature conservation consisting mostly grass and bush. There are excellent opportunities for game viewing in the open field. This national park is rich in wild animals such as sommering’s gazelles, Colobus and grivet monkeys, greater and lesser kudu and Oryx.
Overnight stay in a lodge
Day 4: AWASH NATIONAL PARK – BALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
Off to new adventures! Your destination is the Bale Mountains National Park, one of Ethiopia’s greatest national parks and home to prolific birdlife and numerous game. Menelik’s Bush Buck, Ethiopian Wolf, warthogs, and Mountain Nyala are among the many wild animals you could encounter while you are in this national park. The afternoon is at leisure at your hotel. In the late afternoon you will have a brief game drive.
Overnight stay in a hotel
Day 5: FULL-DAY IN BALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
Today is dedicated for a full-day game drive in the park when to get the most from it. At the Bale Mountains National Park one full day is available for you for game viewing at this national park. Today you cross the park with aim of visiting the wild animals it hosts and taking in the seemingly-endless landscapes.
Overnight stay in a hotel
Day 6: BALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK – SENKELLE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY – AWASSA  
In the afternoon you drive to the Senkelle Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoy a game drive across the reserve. Here you could encounter the type of game you have not seen yet, Swayne’s hartebeest. The largest concentration of Swayne’s hartebeest is found in this wildlife sanctuary.
Overnight stay in a hotel
Day 7: AWASSA – LANGANO
Drive from Awassa to Langano for your overnight stay. Langano is one of the best recreational places in Ethiopia. After arrival enjoy the lakeside view at Lake Langano.
Overnight stay in a lodge
Day 8: LANGANO – ADDIS ABABA – INTERANTIONAL FLIGHT
The morning is spent on a game drive through Abjatta-Shalla Lakes National Park to see Ostrich, Grant’s Gazelle and other game. After a few a few eventful days you return to Addis Ababa where you arrive in the late afternoon. Finally, be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to home.

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PETWST 04

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Ethiopia wildlife safari tour package itinerary (Tour code - PETWST 04)

Ethiopia’s national parks and reserves cover a great variety of landscape and vegetation types, and include areas of genuine unspoiled wilderness.  In the north are the unique and beautiful highlands of the Simien Mountains National Park. South Ethiopia too has several vast game areas: Awash National Park which straddles the rugged and untouched wilderness of the Rift Valley Escarpment, Bale Mountains National Park, one of the most established national parks in the country, offering the most prolific game viewing on part of the Bale-Arsi massif.
There are also a number of game areas further south near the Omo Valley areas of Ethiopia which include Nech Sar National Park, Mago National Park, and Gambella National Park.

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Ethiopia Wildlife Safari Tour Package Itinerary (Tour code - PETWST 04)

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PETWST 04 9 Days / 8 Nights AWASH NATIONAL PARK – NAZRET – WONDO GENET – GOBA – SENATTE PLATEAU – AWASSA –SENKELLE SANCTUARY Surface

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN ADDIS ABABA AND DO FULL-DAY CITY TOUR 
Arrive Addis Ababa and transfer to your hotel accompanied by Paragon Ethiopia Tours' representative. The balance of the day will be at your leisure or for a full-day Addis Ababa city tour or a half-day Addis Ababa city tour depending on your arrival time and/or interest.
Overnight stay in a 3* hotel
Day 2: ADDIS ABABA – AWASH NATIONAL PARK (220 km) 
After breakfast, drive south east of Addis Ababa to Awash National Park, one of the nearest best wildlife sightseeing preference to the capital. This national park is home to Oryx, Colobus and grivet monkeys, greater and lesser kudu, sommering’s gazelles and various bird and animal life which you can encounter them during your first game drive in the afternoon. En-route, admire Lake Beseka where one can see different species of birds and the new dormant volcanic ashes at the bottom of Fentalle crater hills. Awash National Park is an important wildlife spot in Ethiopia where tourists enjoy a game drive across the national park to see the above mentioned wild animals.
Overnight stay in a lodge
Day 3: AWASH NATIONAL PARK – NAZRET (133 km)
In the morning, drive around 30km north of the park to see the hot springs there. After a brief visit of the hot springs, drive back to Nazret for your overnight stay. After arrival in Nazret, do excursion to the banks of the Awash River to see vervet monkeys, baboons, a wealth of bird life. If you are lucky, you can see crocodiles and hippos.
Overnight stay in a 3* hotel
Day 4: NAZRET – WONDO GENET (182 km)
After breakfast, drive from Nazret to Wondo Genet through part of the Great East African Rift Valley and beautiful and stunning Ethiopia’s landscape. On the way, visit many rift valley lakes and a variety of bird life. An almost paradise-like life unfolds here at Wondo Genet where several animal species, rare trees and impressive landforms combined to an ensemble of breathtaking beauty.
Overnight stay in a 2* hotel
Day 5: WONDO GENET – GOBA (202 km) 
Do an early morning birding as this is an excellent birding spot in Ethiopia, and then drive to Goba for your overnight stay.
Overnight stay in a 3* hotel
Day 6: DAY TRIP TO SENATTE PLATEAU
Today is dedicated for excursion to the Senatte Plateau in Bale Mountains National Park which has a diversity of flora and fauna as well as naturally beautiful landscapes to explore. The Senatte Plateau is a great place for panoramic views of natural wonders. In this activity, you will have a chance to see Ethiopia’s most important endemic animals such as but not limited to Ethiopian wolf, red fox, Mountain Nyala, Menelik’s Bush Buck, warthogs, and Bohor and red bucks. Massive hagenia and Juniper trees are some of the many flora species you can see at this particular plateau. After an exciting day in Bale Mountains National Park, you will depart for Goba. Great new impressions and landscapes engrain themselves into your minds today. Senatte Plateau is located in Bale Mountains National Park, one of the most important nature conservation parks in Ethiopia.
Overnight stay in a 3* hotel
Day 7: GOBA - AWASSA (224 km)
After breakfast, drive from Goba to Awassa, one of the country’s best lakeside cities. After arrival, enjoy your time on the awesome beach at Lake Awassa.
Overnight stay in a 3* hotel
Day 8: EXCURSION TO SENKELLE SANCTUARY
In the morning, visit the local fish market and the then, drive to Senkelle Sanctuary, home of Swayne’s Hartebeest where the practicality of seeing this animal is 100% guaranteed. The best time to visit the Senkelle Sanctuary is during the dry season from October to May.
Overnight stay in a 3* hotel
Day 9: AWASSA – ADDIS ABABA – INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT (275 km)
Retrace to Addis Ababa, do your last minute shopping, enjoy your complimentary Ethiopian dish at a cultural restaurant where you will have a chance to see dances and music from a multitude of different ethnic groups and, finally, be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to home.
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Day 10: ADDIS ABABA - BORN FREE FOUNDATION ETHIOPIA - ADDIS ABABA
The day begins with an hour drive to the Born Free Foundation Ethiopia to visit some rescued wild animals. This foundation is considered to be one of the best day trips from Addis Ababa.