Though it is not very special anymore that I am going to Africa again, it is special that I will give updates that are longer than simple species lists in the big year thread . The reason is that this time it will not solely be for working purposes, but I will actually have time for some holiday. Tomorrow, July 22nd I am flying to Addis Ababa and from Saturday onwards I will spend 9 days travelling through southern Ethiopia. Fortunately I will have a private driver, so I am rather flexible and I do not have to rely on the erratic public transport. The planning currently looks like this: July 23rd: Arrival in Addis, drive to Lake Langano July 24th: Drive to Dinsho (Bale NP) July 25th: Sanetti plateau (Bale NP) July 26th: Harenna forest (Bale NP) July 27th: Drive to (H)Awassa July 28th: Drive to Yabello July 29th: Drive back to (H)Awassa July 30th: Drive back to Addis July 31st: Visit to Debre Libanos This itinerary give the chance to see most Ethiopian special mammals and birds that I cannot see in my field sites in the east of the country. The two main species I won't see are the endemic Walia ibex and Prince Ruspoli's turaco. The latter was on the original program, but my driver doesn't want to drive the roads that would be necessary to keep the program feasible in 9 days, due to the bad condition they are in.