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Image of The Month | October 2017

Ethiopia is, in many ways, the most unique country in Africa; with a history, culture, landscape and collection of wildlife that set it apart from the rest of the continent. One of the most impressive features of the country is the vast highlands, offering up some of the most stunning scenery on the continent and a whole host of endemic wildlife.

The highland endemic Ethiopian Wolf is a strikingly beautiful, but highly endangered, canid. These wolves roam above the treeline at 3,000 meters above sea level and higher; wherever mole-rats and other rodent prey occur in high densities. They are now confined to six small populations in Ethiopia, tallying probably less than 500 individuals. 

About half of the remaining Ethiopian Wolf population is to be found on the Sanetti Plateau of the Bale Mountains National Park. One of the highlights of our upcoming Ethiopia Wildlife Tour will be the opportunity to observe the rarest canid in the world stalking its rodent prey through the Lobelia-dotted moorland of this magnificent park.

Spending time with this beautiful rufous and white wolf is surely going to be one of the high points on our journey that takes in both the Simien and Bale Mountains, along with Awash National Park and the Rift Valley.

Upcoming tours to Ethiopia:

Ethiopia – Endemic Wildlife & Ancient Cultures 2017
2 – 13 December 2017 (12 Days)
Tour Price: US$4,450

Ethiopia – Endemic Wildlife 2018
2 – 13 December 2018 (12 Days)
Tour Price: US$4,450

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LH - Tailor-made South Africa & Botswana October 2018

I want to thank all of you at Rockjumper who worked to give me and my six friends the trip of a lifetime! The trip was perfectly planned; we saw a wonderful array of sights in perfect settings and lodgings all throughout the thirteen days. Logistically, everything worked like clockwork and it took all the stress out of traveling.

But without a doubt, what made the trip so incredibly special was our tour guide/leader, Rainer Summers. He not only lead us to the sights, through airports and into the bush but he managed to keep us all together, without losing anyone for more than five minutes – and I can assure you: that was not an easy task. (We really are not senile – just a bit independent).

His knowledge of what we saw and where to take us, especially in Cape Town improved our experience greatly. His knowledge of the wildlife and its social structure and behavior at Mala Mala and in Botswana increased our appreciation of what we saw exponentially. Nothing was too much trouble whether it was showing us how to use binoculars or camera or how to spot birds.

He also made sure that everyone was comfortable and at ease in all situations. He anticipated everyone’s needs and he ensured that we all had what we needed and/or wanted everywhere.

But most of all, Rainer was delightful to be with. He was fun and his wit and sense of humor made him a great companion. He is a tremendous asset to your organization. We all would like to return to Africa and Rockjumper’s tours but we will want to have no one but Rainer with us!!! We cannot envision a tour leader who could top this experience.

So, thank you for arranging the tour and a special thanks for choosing Rainer to be our guide. It was a magnificent experience and a week later, I am still wishing I was in Africa!

Sincerely,
LH

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