This trip is really about viewing birds, most by the roadside. If you're not really a birder then you may want to concider a different trip. Other than birds, there is limited wildlife in Ethiopia that is accessible by bus.
We had 2 meetings with the tour company boss (day 2 and at the end of the trip) to discuss al the problems with this trip so hopefully, if the feedback is acted on, it will be improved but basically this is a Birding By Bus trip. 18 in a small bus (that only comforatble seats 17) is far too many. 10-12 is the maximums this should be, also due to limited viewing options on the bus. 6 windows on one side and 4 on the other.
The Bus had squealing brakes so whenever any wildlife was spotted, the bus would brake, squealing to a halt, startling the wildlife we were stopping to see. Any that hadn't fled would then be subjected to the bus reversing alarms as it tried to reverse back so we could get a better view. Any remaining wildlife after all this noise would be either deaf, dead or a donkey:)
Most of the walks mentioned are really pitiful. Generally involved pulling to the side of the road and walking for a 30 minutes along scenic wilderness locations such as a farmers field to see Baboons, a motorway construction site to see a sleeping crocoiles, a semi-industrialised lake front shared with local farmers to see some waders. This last one was funny as a) we couldn't get to to lake front without walking over farmers crops and b) the bus tried to go off-road and became stuck in a puddle and needed to be towed out by a local tractor.
We had to abort the walk to the hot springs and the guide couldn't seem to find a way to get there that didn't involve walking across a scolding hot stream using 2 wobbly logs as a bridge. Many on this trip are quite elderly and that really wasn't going to happen !
The hotel at Lake langano is very run down and more resembles a ghostly holiday camp from Scooby-Doo movie. I liked it though, except it really is run down!
We didn't get to the Harar forests as the guide stated the bus wasn't up to making the trip due to the poor road quality.