The Bale Mountain National Park offers superb walks treks to view the scenery and the endemic wildlife, bird life and plants.
The Bale Mountains National Park is home to a multitude of unique flora and fauna species, as well as several endemic species of mammal : the Mountain Nyala, Simien fox and Ethiopian Wolf.
The park is dominated by Tullu Deemtu, which is the second highest peak in Ethiopia at 4,377m above sea level.
This trek takes you in the largest Afro Alpine habitat in the whole of Africa. It is an area of high altitude plateau that is fragmented by numerous remarkable volcanic plugs and peaks, beautiful alpine lakes and mountain streams.
It gives a wonderful mountain trekking opportunity for those who seek a unique trekking experience in the south mountains of Ethiopia. You will have the possibility to interact with the local community and witness their culture and their way of life.
You will be accompanied by a cook who will prepare all meals. Some mules will escort you to ensure the transportation of all luggage and equipment.
- Bale Mountains
- Harenna Forest
- Sanetti Plateau
- Endemic mammals : Ethiopian Wolf, Mountain Nyala, Rock Hyrax, Starck’s Hare, Bale Monkey, Rodent Community, Giant Molerat, Menelik Bushbuck
- Endemic birds of the Bale Mountains
Attention points :
Best period for this tour : dry season, October to May
Need to acclimatise : altitudes above 3 000 m
You should be ready to be on your feet for long time periods (6-8 hours per day)
You will use good trails which are the paths used by local people when they travel between their villages.
Day 1 : Addis Ababa (B-L-D)
Arrival in Addis Ababa. Transfer to your Hotel. Following the arrival time, if possible city tour : visits of the archeological museum, ethnological museum, Mercato market, Entoto Mountains.
O/N in hotel
Day 2 : Addis Ababa – Lake Langano (B-L-D)
Today drive from Addis Abana to Langano (1 700 m) located in heart of the great east African rift valley region.
On the way : stops at Bishftu and Ziway Lakes.
O/N Savannah beach resort
Day 3 : Langano – Dinsho (B-L-D)
Drive Langano- Dinsho (3000m).
Dinsho, the headquarter of the Bale Mountains National Park. This is the best site to spot endemic mammals like Menelik Bushbuck, Mountain Nyala, and common mamals once like Warthog, Bohr’s readbuck, African bush dicker and many species of birds.
On the way : stops on scenic sites.
Day 4 : Dinsho – Soddota ( 3600m) (B-L-D)
Trek from Dinsho to Soddota, this is a scenic trek route through famers village and their farm land. Your final destination is known for its big population of the giant mole rates and its predators
Trek Distance – 15km
Activities on the way- several scenic stops and at Finchaha Habera water falls. Trekking time – 6-7 hrs.
O/N in camping.
Day 5 : Soddota – Wasama (3800m) (B-L-D)
After packing your luggages and having breakfast, trek to Wasama; you will spot the endemic Ethiopian wolf on your way and around Soddota
Trek distance ~13km
Trekking hours – 6hrs
Activities on the way- stops at several scenic sites and animal spotting.
O/N in camping.
Day 6 : Trek Wasama – Garba Gurracha (3900m) (B-L-D)
Trek from the very windy Wasama to Garba Guracha( black Lake) through afro alpine vegetation
Trekking distance: 14km
Trekking Hours: 6hrs
Activities on the way: stops at several scenic sites, Rafu rock, and mount Batu (4200m) the second highest in park.
O/N in camping.
Day 7 : Garba Gurrachaa – Sanate (4100m) (B-L-D)
Trek from the black Lake to Sanate plateau which ranges from 3 800 to 4 377m( the highest point)
Trekking distance : 8km
Trekking hours : 3-4hrs
Activities on the way: stops for scenic sites and Ethiopian wolf.
O/N in camping.
Day 8 : Sanate – Awassa (B-L-D)
Drive to Awassa via Goba, the former capital of Bale province. Up on arrival in Hawassa, you will have a Lake side walk for birding and hippo spotting.
O/N in Haile Resort
Day 9 : Awassa – Addis Ababa (B-L-D)
Early morning, visit of the fish market. After the visit, you will drive back to Addis via Butajira visiting Tiya stele park ,one of the world heritage sites.
Arrival in Addis Ababa, shopping if possible. You will be invited a farewell dinner with folkloric dances in one of the traditional restaurants in Addis Ababa.
Transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home.
Included in the tour package :
- Overnight accommodations in hotels as indicated (or comparable standard).
- For the camping comfortable tents and all necessary equipment is provided
- Boarding as indicated (B= Breakfast/ L=Lunch/ D= Dinner)
- Professional English-French German Italian Japan speaking guide
- All excursions and transports as indicated
- Boat excursions as indicated
- Entrance fees for all sights and visits as indicated
- Soft drinks and water
Services not included :
- International & internal flights
- Visa fees
- Not indicated meals
- No alcoholic drink
- Video camera- fees
- Not mentioned visits and excursions
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