Photo Safari in Ethiopia?
We understand that when most people say they want to go on a photo safari they mean they have come to Africa to see big game animals in the wild.
The so-called “Big 5” animals (lions, rhino, elephants, etc.) are typically found in Kenya and in Tanzania.
So if you are only interested in photographing one of these species and going on a “safari” is important to you then Ethiopia is not the best place for you.
Now that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to photograph some very interesting wildlife in Ethiopia such as 860 species of birds and 10 species of mammals only found in Ethiopia.
In fact, Ethiopia literally is a bird-watchers paradise. Ethiopia is the has everything from eagles to flamingos. With roughly 800 known species of birds – found no where else in the world, this is the place to capture some great shots.
During our trip, Pat and I noticed all the stunningly beautiful birds. Ethiopia is probably one of the top places in Africa for birding (bird-watching).
Besides birds, Ethiopia has lots of other interesting and unique animals such as the Gelada Monkeys, Ethiopian Oryx, Hyenas, Hippos and Crocodiles.
These are just a few of the animals, frequently seen by sharp-eyed nature lovers. Now if you have the time and the inclination, you can take a wildlife expedition and try to catch a glimpse and a photo of these endemic Ethiopian animals below.
Top 10 Animals – Unique to Ethiopia
- Bale Mountain Vervet
- Black Lion (rarely seen – feared cloose to extinction)
- Ethiopian Wolf (rare)
- Gelada Monkeys
- Menilik Bushbucks
- Mountain Nyala
- Somali Wild Donkey
- Swanyne’s Hartebeeste
- Walia Ibex
- Yellow Fronted Parrot