Page Updated: Mar 2020
Hunting Ethiopia - this hunting country has a large number of indigenous species found nowhere else. With the mountain nyala in pride of place - it is a great destination for experienced trophy hunters.
Essentially Ethiopia offers 2 very different game and hunting experiences - in the highlands, such as the Simien or Bale mountains, for the mountain nyala and other highland animals, and the lowlands such as the Omo Valley in the south or Danakil Depression to the north.
Ethiopian Airlines fly non-stop from Dulles to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. This is where your outfitter or company representative will meet you and help with your firearm import. Depending on your time of arrival, you usually need to overnight in Addis Ababa. You will then travel to your hunting area by road which will take about 4 to 6 hours, as Addis Ababa is quite centrally located.
If you are planning to use a non-Ethiopian professional videographer to film your hunt, they must apply for a permit in advance. Read more in the Ethiopia Travel section about the application procedure.
Most hunting accommodation is safari tents with en suite facilities but some areas have permanent base camps with fly camping facilities.
The highland hunt areas are at an altitude above 2000m with the highest peaks at more than 4000m above sea level. The terrain is steep, rugged and covered with dense vegetation. Hunting is on foot or on horseback.
Lowland hunting is less strenuous, mostly on flat terrain in typical savanna bush.
You can organise a safari to hunt both a lowland and highland area, should you wish.
Nile crocodile hunting in Ethiopia is permitted only between May 1st to November 30th. This is because they lay their eggs during the rest of the year.
This list of game animals includes all that may be hunted in Ethiopia but will not be available in all areas.
When you book your hunt in Ethiopia you will need to select which animals you want to hunt and, provided there is quota available, you will have to pay a non-refundable licence fee.
Early booking is required for mountain nyala hunting as these hunts are frequently booked up years in advance.
Leopard is available to hunt in Ethiopia with a 500 animal 2010 CITES quota but for American clients, the US Fish & Wildlife Service 'has never issued a permit for leopard from Northern or Central Africa.'
There is a restricted CITES export quota of 6 hippo hunting trophies from Ethiopia. While the EU has 'no opinion' on Annex B hippo trophies from Ethiopia, you will need an import permit for hippo trophies as part of the overall EU 'stricter domestic measures' regarding all hippo imports to member states.
Hunting In Ethiopia by Tony Sanchez-Arino (1995). Writings on big game hunting adventures in Ethiopia (formerly Abyssinia) by Harris, Baker, Neumann, Wellby, Powell-Cotton, Pease, Maydon, Baum and many others.
Where The River Runs Dry by Michael Mason (1934) is a hunting travelogue about the Sudan and Ethiopia. Mason returns to the Nile region after a nine-year absence and proceeded to hunt roan, reedbuck and buffalo near Bahr-el-Dinder, continuing into the Abyssinian interior after elephant and lion.
In Ethiopia: A Game Warden's Adventures In Haile Selassie's Medieval Empire is John Blower's account of his four years as the first senior warden of the Ethiopian National Parks and Nature Reserves and advisor to the emperor, Haile Selassie.
Ethiopia: Death In The Rift Valley DVD. Five years and two trips in the making, this DVD gives a good picture of the country and most of its game animals including mountain nyala, lesser kudu, Nile buffalo and more.