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Established in 1970, Bale Mountains National park (BMNP) covers the largest area higher than 3000m above sea level (asl) in Africa. The highest peak in the BMNP, Tullu Dimtuu, at an altitude of 4377m asl, is the second highest peak in Ethiopia. The park includes an Afroalpine plateau over 3500m asl, which is the largest area of Afroalpine habitat on the African continent, as well as a major section of moist tropical forest, the second largest in Ethiopia. The park is known by its diversified wildlife resources and affluent endemic birds and mammals. It is  400 km from Addis Ababa with an Area of 2,200 km2. Moreover, it is a home of   Mountain Nyala, Menelik’s Bushbuck, Ethiopian Wolf, Lion, Leopard, Bohor Reedbuck, Bale Monkey and , Abyssinian Hare.

BMNP is also endowed with vast amount of bird species including  Blue-winged Goose, Abyssinian cat bird, White Cheeked turaco, Spot-breasted lapwing, Abyssinian long claw, Ethiopian/black-headed siskin, Roget’s rail, Golden Eagle, Lammergeyer, Abyssinian Wood Pecker


This is a magnificent high altitude plateau with numerous dramatic volcanic plugs,  easonal tiny alpine lakes and cascading mountain streams. Located at about 400 kilometers from Addis Ababa, it is stretched over an area of 2000 square kilometers with in altitude ranges of 1500m-4377m above sea level. Being the largest Afro Alpine abitat park in Africa, Bale mountain National Park offers the following major features of attraction.

It gives chances of viewing about 46 mammal and more than 200 bird species and vegetation of unspoiled wonderland including various tree species and precious endemic mammals, namely Red Fox, Mountain Nyala, and Menelik’s Bushbuck. Its climate is mostly very cold with high rainfall and damp cloud with rare sparkling blue sky.. The best season of walking, trekking and camping in the park to view the endemic life and enjoy other tourist activities in the astonishing vast alpine areas is the dry season which is from November to March. Visitors can also enjoy the habitat at all seasons with warm and weather proof clothing.

The three main divisions of the park, includes the northern area-Dinsho and Gassay Plain the central alpine part-Sanate, and the southern forest area-Haranna that offer distinct features. Dinsho area is the perfect site of viewing Mountain Nyala and Menelik’s Bushbuck, etc. Tourists can also visit the head quarter and the museum of the park here at Dinsho and get lodge service and relevant information about the park.

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  • Day 3
Day 1

Driving through Arsi highlands

Leave Addis Ababa via the Arsi Highland areas, home to the famous long-distance Ethiopian runners including the legendary Haile Gebre Silasse, Derartu Tulu, Fatuma Roba, Kenenisa Bekele, Tirunesh Dibaba and many more. This road is less crowded and shorter than the other alternatives. We will stop at Assela for breakfast. We would be in Bale Mountains National Park Head Quarter in time for the late afternoon hiking through the northern woodland habitats and proceed onto the beautiful Habera Water Falls/Fincaa’a Habeeraa for overnight stay. We will drive the first 6km of the road and then trek the remaining 3km adorned with natural beauty. The shores of the Web River, specifically near the Habera waterfall is a great place to look for wetland birds. Today we will expect to see the endemic Mountain Nyala and Menelik Bushbuck as well as Warthogs, Bohor Reedbuck and Olive Baboon. Also we will expect to see many higher elevation endemic bird species including Rouget’s Rail, Thick-billed Raven, Blue-winged Goose, Abyssinian Long Claw, White-collared Pigeon , Yellow-crowned Canary , Red-breasted Wheatear , White-backed Tit,  Cape Eagle-Owl , Abyssinian Long-eared Owl, Spot-breasted Plover, Abyssinian Catbird, Montane White-eye, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, and Black-winged Love Bird. o/n Camping at Habera

Day 2

The Gaysay grassland

Today we will have an early start to explore more parts of the national park. After breakfast we will leave the beautiful Habera trekking for about an hour and jump onto our bus to proceed on the Sannete plateau and beyond time permitting. Venturing up onto the plateau on the highest road of the continent, we will encounter a habitat of rolling grasslands and moorland, punctuated with often dense pockets of the giant Lobelia L. rhyncopetalum and carpets of everlasting flowers such as Helichrysum splendidum, stands of Artemisia afra and the bizarre thistle Echinops longisetus with its startling red flowers positioned on strange four meter long stems. The star of Sanette Plateau undoubtedly is the Ethiopian Wolf-the rarest canid in the world hunting the abundant rodent population including the Giant Mole rat. Apart from serving as the wolves’ food, the high abundance of rodents (13 species) in the area attracts many species of raptors. The nearby Tullu Dimtu peak at 4377 m is the second highest summit in the country next to Ras Dashen. We will have our picnic lunch overlooking the stunning Harenna escarpment from the Tuluqe view point. Late afternoon, leave the the ’air in the sky’ habitat and retrace to the Gaysay Grassland for an overnight stay. o/n Gaysay Grassland

Day 3

Wildlife Expereince

We will have a great opportunity to trek on the Gaysay Grassland while spotting the majestic wildlife we had encountered on the last two days before breakfast. Back to the campsite and leave the Bale Mountains National Park with a treasured memory, arriving Addis Ababa early evening


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Tourist activities

  • Trekking- Trekking, as opposed to hiking, involves traveling by foot over longer periods of time. The journey often goes through rough terrains, such as mountains or jungles. Bale is the best in this.
  • Hiking - hiking is a natural exercise that promotes physical fitness, is economical and convenient, and requires no special equipment. Bale is the best at this.
  • Camping - Camping is a famous outdoor activity that involves an overnight stay in a tent. Bale is the at this proving more than 22 camping sites.
  • Fishing
  • Horseback riding
  • Wildlife expedition
  • Forest adventures - Jungle tourism is a subcategory of adventure tourism which is nothing but traveling to the jungle regions. Harannaa part of the bale mountains national park provides this option
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