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Birding in Ethiopia with me will be exciting, adventure, educational and fun.
I am an Ethiopian passionate birdwatcher, professional safari guide in profession and amateur bird photographer.
As of my professional life as a safari guide I have been engaged in birdwatching activities for local and international birdwatchers.
I also do research on identifying bird reach hotspots and up to date information on distribution and breeding seasons.
Addis Ababa, Jemma valley, Awash national park, the great rift valley
All the endemic bird species of Ethiopia, specialities of the regions and birds of interest including Bearded vulture, Yellowbill , white-winged flufftail etc..
I am a naturalist with a great passion of birding from child hood.
After my graduation from the University of Gonder i have been worked
as a tourism expert in the fauna & flora rich national parks.
This brings me an opportunity to guide, work and meets with
ornithologists; studied nesting associations of village Weaver in
Awash National Park.
In Addition of that i have been worked with (WSD) Wild life for
sustainable development as a community Eco tourism development
programmer and conservationist to different wild life sanctuaries and
I have a very good knowledge of the IBA (important bird areas) of
Ethiopia. Birding with me is really enjoyable and fun.
I am sure i will be always there to make your birding holiday better,
take you very close to the birds and upgrade your lists.
To all important bird areas (IBA) of Ethiopia. Such as Gefersa
reservoir, Gibe gorge, Yabello ,Awash Park , Menagesha Forest, Bale
mountains NP, Negelle and Dawa river, L.Ziway ,L.Hawasa and L.Tana
African Cuckoo-Hawk , Abyssinian Wood pecker, White-backed Duck ,Bat
Hawk, Abyssinian owls and many more interesting, rare and endemic
If you contact a professional Birdingpal guide you must be prepared to pay a fee for guiding services.
Addis, Oromia Region
English, Kiswahili, Amarigna, Oromifa
I am a Kenyan, who has traveled, lived and worked in most regions here in Ethiopia.
I am an Avian Researcher, by trade. I trained, qualified and certified as an "A"-grade bird ringer through the South African Bird Ringing Scheme (SAFRING). I have been in the safari business since 2006, with a track record as a bird-guide/naturalist spanning for more than 20-years.
Bale Mountains N.P.
Rift Valley, All National Parks
Addis Ababa, Shoa Region 14
We would recommend Meseret Mekuria as your preferred guide in Ethiopia. His professionalism is outstanding. Beyond being simply reliable and punctual Meseret truly listens to the wants and needs of his clients and remains flexible and responsive in ensuring that their experience is a valuable one. His broad network across
Ethiopia coupled with his sound knowledge of local culture and wildlife is fantastic. He is also a very personable individual who makes you feel very welcome in this beautiful country. It is obvious that he is well regarded locally in his field and that he has a particular talent when it comes to ornithology. I feel well qualified to make such statements given that I have travelled with Meseret extensively on 2 occasions - most recently in 2007 with my wife Sarah - and I have also recommended him
to my 70 year old parents whom Meseret led a memorable cultural trip for in 2006. Shaun Bacon, Victoria, Australia. sbacon(AT)wildframes.com
During my March 07 Ethiopia trip, Meseret not only managed to show us 419 species of birds (incl. 23 endemics), but I also enjoyed his company very much, and he became a good friend. From his experiences as a former wildlife manager, Meseret is very familiar with all the best places for birds and wildlife and has lived in many of them. He speaks several tribal languages and
is personally known to many village people throughout Ethiopia. This is important for successful guiding not only for finding birds but also for safety, when travelling the tribal areas. Knud Rasmussen, Toronto, Canada