Greyish Eagle Owl Bubo cinerascens Ethiopia
Yilma Dellelegn Abebe is an Ethiopian ornithologist and bird guide who has worked with Birdlife Ethiopia (Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society) and has helped produce the IBA book in 1996. Yilma has set up a bird tour operation and can escort visitors in Ethiopia.
e-mail: [email protected]
address: P.O. Box 18112, Addis Ababa, Ethioipia
A report by Mills et al. (1999) is available for free download from Birding Africa.
For independent travel in much of Ethiopia, a hired 4x4 vehicle is essential. Most important sites are accessible no other way, although there is an extensive network of internal flights operated by Ethiopian Airlines, as well as local buses. Hired vehicles in Ethiopia typically come with a driver, which is in any event essential since signposts are scarce and in the Amharic alphabet.
Most of Ethiopia, such as the Rift Valley and highlands, is quite safe. The ongoing simmering conflict with Eritrea in the north, and with Somali separatists in the far south and far east do cause occasional difficulties, and at the best of times great care should be taken in the remote but biologically intriguing Negele - Bogol Manyo area. There have also been recent tribal disturbances in the far west (Gambela area). The situation changes all the time, and up-to-date enquiries are therefore necessary.
Malaria prophylaxis and Hepatitis A inoculation is recommended, and Yellow Fever inoculation is required by law. A water purification kit (ideally a good quality filter such as those manufactured by MSR) is highly recommended, since bottled water is not widely available outside of Addis Ababa. In addition, do not underestimate the danger of being in the sun too long. Ensure you use sun-block and drink plenty of water, and wear a hat. The incidence of Aids is high. Ensure that you take a reasonably-equipped first-aid pack with you including supplies of hypodermic and suturing needles.