Welcome to Bale Mountains National Park

Up in the hills are deep gorges, alpine lakes, rushing streams, several waterfalls, lava flows and views that go on almost forever. It would probably be as popular as the Simien Mountains if it wasn't located in such a remote corner of the country. For hikers, nature lovers, birders and wildlife watchers, the Bale Mountains National Park is a must.

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$1020 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7 Days Trekking in Ethiopia's Bale Mountains

Day 1: Addis Ababa to Bale Mountains National Park Drive from Addis to the Bale Mountains National Park.  Arrive at the park headquarters in the afternoon, in time for a leisurely afternoon hike, possibly spotting two endemic mammals that frequent the area: Menelik's Bushbuck and the Mountain Nyala.  Birds in this area include the Blue-Winged Goose, the Spot-Breasted Lapwing, the Abyssinian Long Claw, the Wattle Ibis, the Black-Headed Siskin, Rouget’s Rail, and numerous other species. Overnight Camping Day 2: Trekking Bale Mountains National Park Starting from Dinsho, trek to Adelay via the Geysay Valley and the Web River, viewing the Web waterfall along the way. During the hike, there will be wonderful chances to see the Mountain Nyala, Menelik’s Bushbuck, Bohor Reedbuck, and possibly Colobus Monkeys. Trekking will take 4-5 hours. Overnight CampingDay 3: Trekking Bale Mountains National Park Trek to Wasama through a beautiful landscape with stunning views.  Pass through Mararo Valley where the Lammergeyer and Verraux Eagles keep nests. There will also be a chance of seeing the Ethiopian Wolf and other species of birds. Trekking will take 7-8 hours. Overnight CampingDay 4: Trekking Bale Mountains National Park Start the day by hiking up Mt. Wasama (4200m) and then continue down into the Worgona Valley. Falcons, raptors, and possibly the Ethiopian Wolf will be visible. End the day at Lake Gebre Gurracha, meaning “black lake” in the Oromic language. Trekking will take 7-8 hours. Overnight CampingDay 5: Sanetti Plateau Take a short trek from Gebre Gurracha up to the Sanetti Plateau to meet vehicles. Explore the Sanetti Plateau by car. This is the best place in Ethiopia to view the Ethiopian wolf. Overnight HotelDay 6: Harenna Forest Drive to the Harenna Forest. This is in the southern end of the park and holds a unique variety of vegetation. The Harenna Escarpment towers 2000m above the edge of the forest and provides stunning views. Return to Goba for the night. Overnight HotelDay 7: Bale Mountains National Park - Addis Ababa Drive back to Addis Ababa having scenic views on the way at Rift Valley Lakes. Enjoy dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for late night departure or additional hotel nights booked upon request.

$873.75 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4 Days Trek in Bale Mountains National Park

Day 1: Drive to Dinsho(from Addis Ababa), Bale Mountains National Park HQ – GobaIn the morning, you will drive to Dinsho, via Shashemene (410 Km from Addis). En route, you will make a stop on Awash River and Lake Ziway (best known for its birdlife) to visit aquatic birds. You will have lunch at Shashemene (250 Km from Addis). You will proceed driving and arrive in Dinsho in the afternoon.  Upon arrival, you will do all the requirements for short easy trekking at the Bale Mountains National Park HQ. After a brief break, you will have time to make a short hike along the northern part of the park. Later late in the afternoon drive to Goba (40 Km from Dinsho) for overnight stay. SIGHTSEEING • Lake Ziway and its birdlifeOvernight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.Day 2: Day trip to Sanetti PlateauIn the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to the Sanetti Plateau (altitude of 4000 meter, with Afro-alpine Moorland, beautiful wild alpine scenery). Upon arrival in Goba, you will check into a hotel and rest. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel.SIGHTSEEING • Common and Endemic mammals(Probably Red Fox) • BirdlifeOvernight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.Day 3: Dola Mena: Rift Valley, Camels, CoffeeAround 40km or so to the south, the pristine Harenna forest drops into the dry, dusty rift valley. A trip south from the Lodge to the small town of Dolo Mena takes about an hour. En route one has a chance to see Giant Forest Hog and Vervet monkeys along with myriad butterflies that flutter through the shadows and sunlight. Small temporary camps may be seen, springing up where wild coffee is harvested from the forest; coffee said to amongst the best in the world. Approximately 20 km further on from Dola Mena are the Welman River Falls and caves - home to a hermit - which have religious significance. Those able bodied enough can crawl through the caves and pass behind the waterfall onto the river bank opposite. The rift valley also offers an opportunity to spot birds which are indigenous to the dry conditions.SIGHTSEEING • Harenna Forest • Coffee FarmsOvernight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.Day 4: Drive back to Addis via Bekoji – Assela & departureAfter breakfast, you will be driving to Addis Ababa. You will stop for lunch at Assela. You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs. Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will have a transfer out to Bole Int'l Airport for return flight back home.

$3999 Kid Friendly

12 Days Ethiopian Birds And Wildlife Tour

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival Stop At: Bole International AirportOn arrival in Addis Ababa your guide and driver will assist you and transfer you to the hotel to stay overnight. If time allows In the afternoon, visit some of the capital city highlights, National Museum, Ethnographic Museum notably Mt Entoto Park overlooking the city.Duration: 5 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight Hotel Day 2: Addis Ababa - Bahar DarStop At: Lake Tana, Bahir Dar, Amhara RegionFly to Bahar Dar on Ethiopian Airlines. Visit the marketplace in Bahar Dar. Take a boat tour on Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, and tour ancient island monasteries, which is Inhabited by Different Kind of Birds, and Wild Life, Hippopotamuses, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, and Black Crowned Cranes,Eastern White Pelicans, and you can spot other distinctive species like the Malachite Kingfisher and the Lesser Jacana…Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight Hotel Day 3: Bahar Dar – Blue Nile Falls - Debark Stop At: Blue Nile Falls, Amhara RegionEarly in the morning we will start our road to Debark, On the wa we will stop in Blue Nile falls which is largely inhabited by bird lives, Then drive to Debark the gate to the Semine Mountains. En route we will stop at different locations to visit the endemic Chilada Babbon and the scenic Semine gorgeDuration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight Lodge Day 4: Semien Mountain Stop At: Simien Mountains National Parktreks to see the Semine Mountain massif in the morning followed by breakfast, drive to Chenek Hike around the camp and see the Walia Ibex and see Endemic Ethiopian Bird like spot Breasted Plover, Abyssinian Long Claw, AnkoberSerin, Thick Billed Ravens, Black Winged Love Bird, Red Billed Chough…. Drive back to Loadge Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Over Night Lodge. Day 5: Drive to Gondar - Addis Ababa Stop At: Simien Mountains National ParkEarly short treks to see the Semine Mountain. Late afternoon drive back to Gondar to catch the evening flight and fly back to Addis Ababa and overnight in Addis Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight HotelDay 6: 5Lake LanganoStop At: Haile Resort Ziway BatuDrive to the Rift Valley Lakes region to stay overnight at the relaxed lakeside Sabana Lodge. The Loadge has a varity of Birds, like Goa way Bird, Hammer kop.. The drive down takes in some interesting stops In Lake Ziway to see the Bird Island. whic is the Island is Inhabited only by a various type of Birds. Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight Lodge Day 7: Lake Langano - Bale Mountains National ParkStop At: Bale Mountains, Goba, Oromiya RegionAfter breakfast, drive to Dinsho in the Bale Mountains National Park, to stay 3 nights in Bale Mountains. . Around the Juniper and Hagenia woods just outside the park boundaries, a quick search should reveal two endemic antelopes: the Mountain Nyala (population approxinately 2,500) was one of the last large antelopes to be discovered in Africa and is endemic to this part of Ethiopia. The less gregarious, almost blackish Menelik’s bushbuck is also easy to see. Woodland birding here is superb. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight HotelDay 8: Bale Mountains National Park - Sanetti PlateauStop At: Bale Mountain LodgeTake an excursion on Africa’s highest-lying road to the bleak Afro-alpine moorlands of the Sanetti Plateau. This area holds the largest concentration of the remaining 400-odd Ethiopian wolves, now critically endangered with none held anywhere in captivity. Because the wolves are habituated and diurnal, they often allow for good photo opportunities. Sleek and animated, these wolves are the world's rarest Canids. Just as interesting, is its main prey item, the endemic Giant mole rat, which somewhat resembles a large marmot or gopher. Birdlife includes several endemic moorland-dwelling species such as Africa’s only true goose, the Blue-winged goose. Raptors abound. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight Lodge Day 9: Bale Mountains National Park - Harenna ForestStop At: Bale Mountain LodgeA dramatic escarpment separates the various sectors of Bale Mountains National Park, which, as its proprietor Yvonne Levene aptly points out, is an 'experience' rather than just a visit. (That's why one needs at least three days here).The beautiful tropical Harenna Forest, in which Bale Mountains Lodge is located, is a treasure trove for naturalists. Harenna is as yet poorly inventoried, but does hold some rare wildlife such as the recently described, highly localized Bale monkey. (Lucky visitors also see Lion).Evergreen forest birdlife is exceptionally diverse here, as is other wildlife. Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight Lodge Day 10: Drive to Awash National Park Stop At: Awash Falls LodgeDrive to the Awash National Park, Through The highlands of arsi make an interesting stop. Awash Falls is home to an array of wildlife unique to the Horn of Africa. The park holds mammals such as Beisa Oryx, Soemmerrings Gazelle, Guenther's dikdik, Hamadryas and Anubis baboons and over 350 species of birds. (The park is superb for birdwatching).Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight Lodge Day 11: AwashStop At: Awash Falls LodgeBirding in Awash National Park, located in the Great Rift Valley. Many species of birds are found here: African Orange-bellied Parrots, Bustards, Weavers, Hoopoe, Yellow-throated Serine, Red-fronted Barbet, Pygmy Batis, Lesser-striped Swallow, Abyssinian Roller and the House Martin. The park also boasts a variety of mammals: the Anubis Baboon, Colobus Monkey, Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Egyptian Mongoose, Warthog, Beisa Oryx, Soemmering’s Gazelle, Lesser Kudu, Salt’s Dikdik, etc.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight Lodge Day 12: Drive to Addis Ababa Stop At: National Museum of Ethiopia(Godambaa Biyyoolesa Itiyoopiyaa)Optional souvenir shopping if time permits. Enjoy a Farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for late night departure if neededDuration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

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