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The natural beauty of Ethiopia amazes the first-time visitor. Ethiopia is a land of rugged mountains ( some 25 are over 4000 meters high) broad savannah, lakes and rivers. The unique Rift Valley is a remarkable region of volcanic lakes, with their famous collections of birdlife, great escarpments and stunning vistas. Tisisat, the blue Nile falls, must rank as one of the greatest natural spectacles in Africa today. With 14 major wildlife reserves, Ethiopia provides a microcosm of the entire sub-Saharan ecosystem. Birdlife abounds, and indigenous animals from the rare Walia Ibex to the shy wild ass, roam free just as nature intended. Ethiopia, after the rains, is a land decked with flowers and with many more native plants than most countries in Africa.

About 860 species of birds (9.5% of the world's and 39 % of Africa's bird population) live in the highlands. lowlands, river banks,wet lands, dams , lakes ,forests, shrubs and grasslands of Ethiopia.The number,diversity and colour of birds found in the country have power to interest even the nonbirders.With regards to number of species Ethiopia stands next to south Africa,but the contry possess a higher number of endemics and semi-endemics which it shares with Eritrea.

Some of the spots which could be of interest to bird watchers include Geferssa,Debrelibanos,Abijata – Shala National Park,Lake Ziway,Bale Mountains, Lake Awassa, Lake Awassa,Lake Chamo,Lake Chitoo, Cheleklaka Wet Land,Koka Dam,Wendo Genet,Awash Nationa Park,Lake Langano,Bishangari,Yabello,Negele,Sof Omar, Jemma Valley,Alem Ketema,Ankober, Sululta Plains,Menagesha,Akaki wet lands and Gibe Gorge.