page 1
page 2
page 3
page 4
page 5
page 6
page 7
page 8
page 9
page 10
page 11
page 12
page 13
page 14
page 15
page 16
page 17
page 18
page 19
page 20
page 21
page 22
page 23
page 24
page 25
page 26
page 27
page 28
page 29
page 30
page 31
page 32
page 33
page 34
page 35
page 36
page 37
page 38
page 39
page 40
page 41
page 42
page 43
page 44
page 45
page 46
page 47
page 48
page 49
page 50
page 51
page 52
page 53
page 54
page 55
page 56
page 57
page 58
page 59
page 60
page 61
page 62
page 63
page 64
page 65
page 66
page 67
page 68
page 69
page 70
page 71
page 72
page 73
page 74
page 75
page 76
page 77
page 78
page 79
page 80
page 81
page 82
page 83
page 84
page 85
page 86
page 87
page 88
page 89
page 90
page 91
page 92
page 93
page 94
page 95
page 96
page 97
page 98
page 99
page 100
page 101
page 102
page 103
page 104
page 105
page 106
page 107
page 108
page 109
page 110
page 111
page 112
page 113
page 114
page 115
page 116
page 117
page 118
page 119
page 120
page 121
page 122
page 123
page 124
page 125
page 126
page 127
page 128
page 129
page 130
page 131
page 132
page 133
page 134
page 135
page 136
page 137
page 138
page 139
page 140
page 141
page 142
page 143
page 144
page 145
page 146
page 147
page 148
page 149
page 150
page 151
page 152
page 153
page 154
page 155
page 156
page 157
page 158
page 159
page 160
page 161
page 162
page 163
page 164
page 165
page 166
page 167
page 168
page 169
page 170
page 171
page 172
page 173
page 174
page 175
page 176
page 177
page 178
page 179
page 180
page 181
page 182
page 183
page 184
page 185
page 186
page 187
page 188
page 189
page 190
page 191
page 192
page 193
page 194
page 195
page 196
page 197
page 198
page 199
page 200
page 201
page 202
page 203
page 204
page 205
page 206
page 207
page 208
page 209
page 210
page 211
page 212
page 213
page 214
page 215
page 216
page 217
page 218
page 219
page 220
page 221
page 222
page 223
page 224
page 225
page 226
page 227
page 228
page 229
page 230
page 231
page 232
page 233
page 234
page 235
page 236
page 237
page 238
page 239
page 240
page 241
page 242
page 243
page 244
page 245
page 246
page 247
page 248
page 249
page 250
page 251
page 252
page 253
page 254
page 255
page 256
page 257
page 258
page 259
page 260
page 261
page 262
page 263
page 264
page 265
page 266
page 267
page 268
page 269
page 270
page 271
page 272
page 273
page 274
page 275
page 276
page 277
page 278
page 279
page 280
page 281
page 282
page 283
page 284
page 285
page 286
page 287
page 288
page 289
page 290
page 291
page 292

Ethiopia is a magical land of myth andlegend. It was perhaps the earliesthome to man, and later to PresterJohn and a dynasty originating from QueenSheba and concluding with the EmperorHaile Selassie in 1974. It is a land of mixedrace and mixed religion, of countlesselegant tribes and even more languages,mingled and matured by time and history. Itcontains Africa's most magnificentmountain scenery and its wildlife isoutstanding. Over 830 birds have beenrecorded - 29 of them endemic - whilst80 species of larger mammals survive,albeit with mixed fortunes, seven of whichare also endemic. This tour will focus onboth the mammals and birds, with a specialemphasis on the very rare Ethiopian Wolf.Regarded as one of the most endangeredmammal species in Africa, this extremelyhandsome predator is under pressure in itsBale Mountains stronghold, from bothdisease and the loss of genetic integritythrough interbreeding with village dogs ashuman settlements encroach into themontane habitats. Various conservationbodies are urgently attempting tosafeguard the remaining population andthankfully it is still possible to observethese magnificent creatures hunting theirfavourite rodent prey on the mountainplateaux.We begin our holiday with a flight to AddisAbaba and, on arrival, will immediately setout on the 4-hour drive eastwards to AwashNational Park. Here we will stay for threenights in a comfortable tourist lodge,situated in an area holding an abundantbirdlife and plenty of interesting mammals.Awash National Park itself spans 905square kilometres, became Ethiopia's firstsanctuary in 1966 and, with its rollinggrasslands, acacia scrub and the volcanoMount Fantalle, resembles a classical eastAfrican game reserve. Beisa Oryx, bothGreater and Lesser Kudu, Waterbuck,Soemmering's Gazelle, Warthog, Swayne'sHartebeest and Salt's Dik-dik all occur insmall numbers, and graze the acacia-dotted grasslands alongside Ostriches andboth Kori and the rarer Arabian Bustards.Lion, Leopard, Caracal, Serval and othermammals have all been seen on our tours,but they are both infrequent and hard tofind. Amongst the larger acacias along theAwash River, hornbills, parrots, finches anddoves feed. During our stay in the area, wewill spend a day exploring by vehicle, andin some places on foot; on our second day,we will enjoy the wildlife in the vicinity of our lodge.Leaving Awash, we follow the Great RiftValley southwards to the lush, forested hillsof Wondo Guenet. Our lodge, with itsnearby hot springs, was once a favouritehome of Haile Selassie's daughter, itsgarden still ablaze with floweringbougainvilleas, jacarandas and amaryllis,its large figs and acacias the homes ofColobus Monkeys and Silvery-cheekedHornbills, plus a number of Ethiopia'sendemic birds. It is, indeed, a relaxing spotin which to stay and we will spend our timelooking for birds and mammals in thesurrounding forests.A patchwork landscape unfolds before usas we drive to the beautiful Bale MountainsNational Park, a huge and remote area ofgrassy uplands, towering outcrops,hanging forests, rocky peaks, and exposedmoorlands dotted with giant lobelias, red-hot pokers, and with peaty pools and lakes.This is the last refuge of the endemicMountain Nyala, and of three otherendemic mammals, Menelik's Bushbuck,the peculiar Giant Molerat, and themagnificent Ethiopian Wolf. It is the latterspecies that we are particularly hoping tofind and watch on this tour, for it is acritically endangered species that occursonly in a handful of isolated pockets of theEthiopian highlands. Threatened by theloss of its high altitude habitat, disease andpersecution, its numbers are now down toaround 500, making it one of the mostendangered of the world's larger mammals.During two full days in the field, we will lookfor it in its strongholds, the Bale Mountains'Web Valley and Sanetti Plateau. We willalso hope to see some of the commonermammal species of the area which includeKlippspringer, Grey Duiker, BohorReedbuck, Warthog, Rock Hyrax and OliveBaboon, as well as a rich flora and specialrange of birds which includes a staggering14 endemics! Finally, we transfer our focus to thebeautiful Rift Valley Lakes. These lieamongst acacia woods and farmlandbetween the distant valley walls, each onewith a different depth, salinity andcharacter. Lake Awassa offers the greatestabundance of waterbirds, plus the colourand bustle of the local fishermen. At LakeShalla the views are tremendous and thebushland birds and mammals oftennoteworthy; Lake Abiata, a vast andshallow soda lake, is Ethiopia's Nakuru -its margins thick with flamingoes, pelicans,cormorants, storks, herons and waders.Our last stop is Lake Langano, where wewill spend two nights in a lakeside lodge.Here we have plenty of time to enjoy thetranquil surroundings and, with a veryrealistic chance of sighting the elusiveAardvark by night, this lovely lodge makesa fitting finale to our holiday. Ethiopian WolvesA 13-day safari in Ethiopia visiting Awash National Park, the Rift Valley Lakes, Wondo GuenetForest, and the beautiful Bale Mountains in search of the endangered Ethiopian Wolf.Friday 16th November - Wednesday 28th November 2012 Cost: £2,495Friday 15th November - Wednesday 27th November 2013 Cost: £2,595Outline itineraryDay 1Fly Addis Ababa. Day 2/4Awash National Park. Day 5Wondo Guenet.Day 6/8Bale Mountains.Day 9Lake Awassa.Day 10/11Lake Langano.Day 12 Depart Addis Ababa.Day 13Arrive London.AccommodationSimple but comfortable lodges; allrooms with private facilities.FoodAll included in the price, except fordinners in Addis. Allow £15.GradingGrade A/B. A combination oftraditional African safari (withwildlife-viewing from our vehicle)and some walking. FocusMammals (especially EthiopianWolves) and birds.LeaderRoy Taylor, plus local guides.Single room supplement£275.Web quick search: ETH04162Call now or visit www.naturetrek.co.ukfor your free Trip ItineraryKENYASOMALIAADDIS ABABASOMALIAAWASHNATIONAL PARKLAKE LANGANOGOBABALE MOUNTAINSWONDO GUENETLAKE AWASSARIFT VALLEY LAKESETHIOPIAEthiopian WolfBeisa OryxGuereza ColobusMonkeys

There is no doubt that Kenya is amagical country. Bearing a functionalveneer of Westernisation, it isbustling and colourful, and packed withvariety: a melting pot of everything African.Despite pressure from tourism and agrowing population, this country remainsthe naturalist's first choice in Africa ... andperhaps the world. The reasons are clear.Game in the reserves is abundant; both itand the birdlife-a staggering thousandspecies, unrivalled by any other Africanarea of similar size-are exceptionallycolourful, approachable, and easilyphotographed. From arid deserts toverdant rainforests, from rolling grasslandsto snow-capped equatorial peaks, fromlush green hills and cultivated plains to theindividual lakes and spectacularescarpments of the Great Rift Valley,Kenya has a variety of scenery andhabitats unrivalled in Africa. All this isserviced by a good network of roads, andby standards of accommodation andcuisine as high as any on this greatcontinent. Few visitors may complain!We begin our holiday with a very scenicdrive north to Samburu, perhaps the mostattractive of Kenyan game reserves.Situated in the 'arid north', Samburu's mixof crocodile-filled rivers, dry grasslands and acacia woodlands, together with itsbeautiful Dom Palms and Baobab Trees,provide us with a great range of birds andsome unusual mammals that includeReticulated Giraffe, Grevy's Zebra, BeisaOryx and Gerenuk.Next we move south once more for a 2-night stay at Mountain Lodge, situated atan elevation of 2,190 metres on theforested slopes of Mount Kenya. Here, onguided walks, we should see a wonderfulvariety of montane and forest birds,including such species as Red-frontedParrot, Hartlaub's Turaco, White-starredForest Robin and Montane Oriole. Mostexciting of all, though, is the anticipation atdusk, dawn and during the night as suchelusive mammals as Bush Pig, GiantForest Hog, Large-spotted Genet andperhaps even a Black Rhinoceros mayemerge from the forest to drink at thewaterhole beside the lodge.Leaving Mount Kenya we visit three verydifferent Rift Valley lakes. The birdlife ateach is outstanding. At Nakuru we explorethe salty mudflats and hilly woodlandaround this flamingo-laden soda lake. Thisbeautiful park is home to a large numberof White Rhino and Leopard. At LakeBogoria we search for Greater Kudu andvisit hot springs, and at Lake Baringo wehave plenty of time to explore a beautifullyunspoilt freshwater lake, set amidst arugged dry land of cliffs, plateaux andboulder-strewn acacia woodland, whereVerreaux's Eagles and Hemprich'sHornbills are amongst many other unusualbirds to be seen.Weconcludeourholiday in the MasaiMara, travelling over the Rift Valley andviewing the spectacular Longonot volcanoas we cross the cultivated plains of thevalley towards the rolling grasslands of'the Mara', where we spend three nights.This is the finest of Kenya's reserves, andteems with animals, especialIy in July,August and September when huge herdsof Blue Wildebeest, pursued by theirpredators, are migrating into the Marafrom the adjacent Serengeti in search offresh pastures. Topi, Hartebeest, gazelles,Burchell's Zebra, Giraffe, Elephant andAfrican Buffalo feed with them on theplains, and attendant Lions, Cheetahs,jackals and Spotted Hyenas. The birdlifemay take second place, but is nonethelessabundant. Vultures, Martial Eagles,Secretary Birds, Ostriches, GroundHornbills, and colourful barbets, weaversand finches litter the grasslands andacacias.For those wishing for a more completeoverview of Kenya's highlights, we shouldbe delighted to offer a tailormadeextension to Amboseli, Tsavo and thecoast (or to any other country in eastAfrica). These areas, sitting beneathsnow-capped Kilimanjaro, present finephotographic opportunities, and a habitatof dry, rolling grassland where yet morebird and mammal species may be found.Finally, at Turtle Bay, in the heart ofKenya's Marine National Park, you maychoose to snorkel on the coral reef,explore the bird-rich coastal forest ofSokoke, and the mudflats and mangrovesof Mida Creek.Kenya HighlightsA 14-day birdwatching and wildlife safari to the Masai Mara, Rift Valley Lakes, Mount Kenya and Samburu, plus an optional extension to Amboseli, Tsavo and the coast.Thursday 7th February - Wednesday 20th February Cost: £4,195*Thursday 5th September - Wednesday 18th September Cost: £4,295(*This tour can be combined with our 'Tanzania Highlights' holiday outlined on Page 175)Book direct on 01962 733051or see page 284 for Booking InformationETHIOPIA SUDAN UGANDA TANZANIA SOMALIA LAKE TURKANA LAKE BARINGO LAKE BOGORIA SAMBURU GAME RESERVE Mt. KENYA LAKE NAKURU LAKE NAIVASHA MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE LAKE VICTORIA NAIROBI AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK TSAVO WEST MOMBASA TURTLE BAY TSAVO EAST INDIAN OCEAN KENYA Outline itineraryDay 1 Depart London. Day 2/3Samburu.Day 4/5Mountain Lodge, MountKenya.Day 6/7 Lake Baringo. Day 8/9Lake Nakuru. Day 10/12Masai Mara. Day 13 Depart Nairobi. Day 14 Arrive London.AccommodationComfortable lodges with privatefacilities.FoodAll included in the price.GradingGrade A. Gentle walks, except in theMasai Mara and Samburu where allgame-viewing and birdwatchingmust be done from the vehicle.FocusBirds and mammals.LeaderAndy Smith (February) and ZulBhatia (September), plus localguide(s).Single room supplementFrom £695. Web quick search: KEN03163Wildebeest migration, Masai MaraGrey Crowned CranesGerenuk