Lephis' diverse topography includes mountain chains, valleys, and glades with unspoiled highland forests bursting with unique flora and fauna. Known for its birds, Lephis is home to the near-endemic white-cheeked turaco and thick-billed raven, the endemic Abyssinia catbird, and the rare blue-breasted bee-eater as well as other endemic and near-endemic birds. Visitors begin by meeting with a local bird guide at the Lephis Welcome Tukul. Depending on visitors' time and interests, the local bird guides will design a tour to meet their needs. Visitors with a short amount of time can use the Waterfall Trail to see the Abyssinian Ground Thrush and the Abyssinian Woodpeckers in their native habitats. Those with more time can explore the lush forests near the Lephis Campsite with a chance to glimpse the White Cheeked Turaco. Along the trail, local guides explain the natural surroundings as well as the history and culture of the area.
- Perhaps the best place to see high numbers of endemic White Cheeked Turacos.
- Breeding grounds for the Abyssinian Woodpecker
- Abyssinian ground thrush can be easily seen
- Migratory home for Sharpe's Starling with high numbers in April – May
Sample Itinerary - Variable
The best time to see birds is from 6:00am – 10:00am and from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Custom tours can be arranged with the guides to see specific types of birds during different seasons.
What to Bring
- Hiking shoes or boots
- Sun screen, hat, and sunglasses
- Insect repellent
- Waterproof jacket
- Bottled water and snacks
- Camera (in a waterproof bag)
- Gratuities for guides and extra cash for refreshments
To Book Directly
Manager: Tujar Geda
Call: +251 9288 285 30
For English, Amharic, and Afaan Oromo
To Book through a Reservation Agent
Call: +251 550 8870 or +251 551 0168
For English and Amharic
For assistance arranging a full tour including lodging and transportation contact one of the participating tour operators.