Bale Mountains

Bale Mountains Tour – 7 Days

The Bale Mountains National Park is located in southeastern Ethiopia, 400 km southeast of Addis Ababa. The park encompasses an area of approximately 2,150 square kilometres (530,000 acres) in the Bale Mountains and Sanetti Plateau of the Ethiopian Highlands. This five day trip from Addis Ababa, will give you a great opportunity to stretch your legs and see a wide variety of Ethiopian mammals, birdlife and fauna.


Addis Ababa - Dinsho

In the morning you will drive to Dinsho, via the Ethiopian rift valley region and shashemene (400km from Addis). Enroute you will make a stop on a lake Ziway, known for its bird life to, visit aquatic birds. Also visit Abijatta Shalla Park. You will have lunch at Shashemene (250 km from Addis).You will proceed driving and arrive in Dinsho late afternoon. After a short break, you will have time to make a short hike along the woodland part of the national park and you will have a chance to spot endemic Mountain Nyala, Menelik Bushbuck, Bohor Reedbuck and bird species.

dinsho - adley

In the morning Trek for 5 – 6 hours from Dinsho, Headquarters of Bale mountain national park to Adley 

adley - sodota

In the morning Start trek from Adley to Sodota walking 6-7 hours

Overnight Sodota campsite.

Sodota → Meraro Valley→ Wassema

Trek for 5 -6 hours breath taking of Meraro valley which offers the chance to see the nests of Lammergeyer and Verreaux Eagle. The air here is so clean and crisp and the scenery utterly stunning. Camping at the base of Wassema mount.

Overnight – Wassema Campsite.

Wassema → Gerbaguracha

Today we trek through the highlands of Bale Mountains crossing Batu Mountain (4307 m asl) on the way to Gerbaguracha.  Here The Helichrysum or everlasting flowers are abundant. The everlasting plant can be seen in several forms, but the grey bushes of Helichrysum splendidum are the most striking with their yellow flowers. Several rodent species are found in the area.

Overnight – Gerbaguracha Campsite.

Gerbaguracha→ Sanetti Plateau → Goba

After breakfast we trek for two to three hours to the main road to met vehicle then drive to the highest peak in Bale Mountains, Tullu Dimtu (4377m, 14357 ft) which is part of the Sanetti plateau. The vistas are simply unbelievable and so photogenic. Here you will find endangered Ethiopian wolf, small alpine lakes and typical afro alpine vegetation that include the Giant Lobelia and shrub such as everlasting. Finally drive to Goba for overnight stay.

Overnight – Hotel in Goba.

Goba → Addis Ababa.

In morning after breakfast you will drive to Addis. 400km(7hours drive) in the evening you will have fare well dinner in one of the Ethiopian cultural restaurant with tasty Ethiopian food and cultural dances from the different ethnic groups. Then transfer to the airport for flight back home. The tour ends here.

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