Wildlife of Ethiopia
The endemic Ethiopian Wolf is an endangered species, with less than 600 remaining in the wild today.
Locally known as Key Kebero, meaning red jackal, Ethiopian wolves have long legs, a long, pointed muzzle and weigh between 11 kg and 19 kg.
It is also possible to see this amazing animal in the community conservation areas in Menz-Guassa and Abuna Yoseph.
Although often mistakenly called Gelada Baboons, these monkeys actually belong to a separate genus and are not baboons.
They are the last surviving species of grass-grazing primates. The Gelada Monkey can be easily recognised by the heart-shaped patches of skin on the chest, which blaze a bright crimson colour. This trait has given them the nickname the Bleeding Heart Monkey.
Geladas are endemic to the Ethiopian highlands, with populations being found by the Awash River, Blue Nile River, and south of the Tekeze River. However, the Simien Mountains host the largest concentration of Geladas in the country.
The Walia Ibex
Numbers remain small, with only around 500 Ibex left alive today. Our expert trekking guides know the Simien Mountains like the back of their hand, so know just where to find them.
If you're camping in the Simiens, the best campsite to see Walia is the Chennek campsite, the last stop on the primary escarpment in the Simien Mountains.
Spotted Hyenas can be found in Ethiopia, particularly in Harar where the famous 'Hyena Men' can be found feeding the animals at night.
The practice has historic routes in Ethiopia, and for a 100 Birr, the Hyena Men will show you how to feed the hyenas yourself.
Hippos and Crocodiles
Hippos and crocs are found lurking in the various lakes of Ethiopia.
Lake Chamo is also the home to giant Crocodiles, so we recommend you row row row your boat!
Ethiopia is home to a plethora of bird life, too many to list here.
We've partnered with some of the best birding guides in the country, so you can get the most out of your time in Ethiopia.
Of course, you don't have to be an experienced bird-watcher to marvel at the flamboyance of flamingos in Lake Abijatta or the grace of Tawny Eagles soaring in the thermals of the Simien Mountains...people often leave Ethiopia with a new appreciation for bird life.
Ethiopia is famous for its biodiversity. No matter which tour you're interested in, there'll be ample opportunity to spot a range of incredible animals. If you have particular critters in mind, our expert bookings team can help craft your itinerary to include all the right stops.
Discover Ethiopian Wildlife on these Trips
Historic North and Luxury Lodges
Experience Ethiopia's northern circuit in style. Explore the incredible highland scenery, visit ancient monuments, discover unique cultural traditions, and break up your journey at luxury lodges set amongst incredible backdrops.…
- 12 Days
Historic North Circuit
Explore the Simien Mountains from a luxury lodge perched high in the escarpment, discover the architectural remains of ancient civilisations, and watch the sun set over the sandstone cliffs of Tigray. The Historic North Circuit is a flagship itinerary in…
- 12 Days
Historic North Circuit and Community Trekking
Fusing history, culture, landscapes and wildlife along a perfectly paced circuit, this trip is a synthesis of the very best experiences on offer in Ethiopia’s northern highlands. Explorations of the ancient cities Axum, Gondar, Bahir Dar and Lalibela are broken…
- 12 Days
Historic Towns of Ethiopia
Every city in Ethiopia has a story to tell. In under 10 days, discover some of Ethiopia's most important towns, each different from the last in so many ways.…
- 9 Days
Simien Mountains and Northern History
This trip packs in a myriad of history, culture and some of the best scenery in Africa. Explore the palaces of Gondar, the world-famous rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, and the sweeping plateaus of the Simien Mountains. Leave enough time either…
- 7 Days
Classic Simiens Safari
The Simien Mountains are one of Ethiopia’s most stunning destinations. With its diverse flora and fauna, immense views and extraordinary geography, it’s an exceptional place that can be enjoyed by hardy trekkers and afternoon strollers alike. A couple of nights…
- 5 Days
Trekking in the Simien Mountains
Discover the beauty of the Simien Mountains with this one week trekking adventure. Our Brilliant local guides know all the hidden gems to get the most out of your time on the 'Roof of Africa'. Easy to incorporate into a…
- 7 Days
Camping in the Simien Mountains
The classic 3-night camping circuit in the Simien Mountains. This trip is usually included as part of a wider itinerary in the country.…
- 4 Days
2 Day Simien Trek
An introduction to the Simien Mountains, this 2 day trek takes you to some of the major viewpoints of the primary escarpment, with one night spent camping at the beautiful Gich campsite.…
- 2 Days
3 Day Simien Trek
This 3 day Simien Trek is the perfect introduction to the national park. Enough time to hike to all the major viewpoints, see the wildlife, and enjoy the beauty of these highlands.…
- 3 Days
4 Day Simien Trek
This 4 day trek in the Simien Mountains starts and ends in Gondar. Hike from camp to camp, across the sweeping plateaus and down into the valleys.…
- 4 Days
6 Day Simien Trek
6 days trekking in the Simien Mountains, across the vast plateaus and down into the valleys to discover some of the most exciting regions of the park. A proper wilderness escape.…
- 6 Days
Bale Mountains Safari
Hike across electric landscapes of thick forests, Afro-alpine moorland, peaks and plateaus, and jungle thickets. An extraordinary outdoor adventure, with high altitude hikes unlocking staggering viewpoints, beautiful clearings, and endemic wildlife. At night, the sky is ablaze with starlight in…
- 7 Days
Birds of the Rift Valley and Southern Highlands
Discover the extraordinary bird life in Ethiopia that includes dozens of endemic species. Explore the national parks, rift valley lakes, and highland peaks and valleys that make Ethiopia a world-class birding destination. Boutique and eco lodges place you in the…
- 19 Days
Rift Valley and Bale Mountains
Meander through the stunning Rift Valley Lakes, staying at boutique lakeside lodges as you make your way towards the Bale Mountains National Park.…
- 10 Days
Rift Valley Road Trip
Great for wildlife and hiking enthusiasts, this 4-day adventure into the Bale Mountains works great as a standalone itinerary, or as and add-on to a wider tour of the south.…
- 4 Days
Cultural and Natural South
Combining the best that Ethiopia has to offer south of Addis Ababa, this two-week odyssey takes you to the farthest corners of the Omo Valley, through the verdant forests of the Bale Mountains, and across the lakes of the Great…
- 13 Days
Highlights of the North and South
The classic northern trail extends south into the Omo Valley, passing through the Rift Valley Lakes and highland peaks of the Bale Mountains. A once in a lifetime adventure combining the very best that Ethiopia has to offer.…
- 20 Days
Community Trekking in Ethiopia
Our community trekking routes are among our favourite experiences in Ethiopia. Offering a unique insight into rural Ethiopia through trails off-the-beaten-track, we're yet to find anyone who isn't blown away by the beauty of the rolling hills of Lalibela, the…
- 15 Days
Explore the Roof of Africa
Experience the breathtaking Simien Mountains National Park on this in-depth tour of the ‘Roof of Africa’. Trek to peaks breaching 4,000 meters, experience the panoramic vistas, cross the rivers that flow into the lowlands and get up close with endemic…
- 9 Days
Peaks and Plateaus of Ethiopia
Community trekking in Wollo and Tigray and hiking through the Simien Mountains National Park highlight the staggering natural beauty of Ethiopia. Tours of the ancient cities of Bahir Dar, Lalibela, Gondar and Axum play supporting roles.…
- 12 Days