General Information

  • Spaces Available: All spaces are available
  • Days and Nights: 4 Days and 3 Nights
  • Tour Code: BMTP-EBTT 01/2018
  • Tour Guide:-
  • Minimum Participant: 1 traveler and 1 Ethio Blossoms Tour guide
  • Transportation: Surface Drive and Trekking
  • Start Location: Addis Ababa
  • End Location: Addis Ababa
  • Type of Tour: Adventure and Nature

Highlight of the tour!

Day Activity Accommodation
Day 1 Drive Addis – Bale mountain BML
Day 2 Visit Sanette and Harrena forest BML
Day 3 Visit Gaysay Grass Land BML
Day 4 Drive back Addis Ababa

DAY 01: DRIVE TO BALE MOUNTAIN LODGE

Today set out on the 8-hour journey from Addis to Bale Mountain Lodge, stopping en route for sightseeing and leg stretches. Arrive to the tranquil setting of the cloud forest. The lodge is set high in the mountains with views overlooking a large clearing that offers breathtaking views and opportunities for animal sightings. Guest sightings have included giant forest hogs, leopards, black-maned lions, Bale and vervet monkeys, olive baboons, and Meneliks bushbucks. The lodge is located conveniently in the cloud forest and guided walks in the immediate surroundings are available every day.  Settle in this afternoon and relax after your long journey, or set out on a hike before dinner. Some of the short walks near the lodge commonly afford guests with sightings of the shy Bale monkey, a colorful variety of birds including Ethiopian cisticola, Abyssinian slaty flycatcher, Abyssinian catbird, black-headed siskin, and the yellow-fronted parrot and black-winged lovebird. A more strenuous two-hour walk up Mount Gujaralle gives stunning views of the pristine forest. Stop to take a cooling dip in a secluded waterfall on your way back to the lodge.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: Land Cruiser 4WD
  • Accommodation: Bale Mountain Lodge or Similar

Consultant Note

  • You will cover approximately 470km approximately 9 hour drives
  • Game drive varies the time

DAY 02: SANETTI PLATEAU | HARENNA FOREST

One of the last places in Africa to attract scientific research, the remote location of the Bale Mountains has kept tourist crowds largely at bay from following its ‘discovery’. Less than a forty-minute drive from the lodge you travel to see the attraction that has been most responsible for putting Bale Mountains National Park on the map – the Ethiopian wolf. The wolf is the world’s rarest canine and about 60% of its remaining population are found on the Sanetti Plateau which sits at 13,000 ft. Only about 350 of these wolves remain. They are surprisingly very readily seen here, and they have adapted well to living on the high altitude plateau where the rodent population provides an abundant food source. Some of the rodents are themselves endemic such as the giant mole rat and Blix’s grass rat, and they also provide a food source to plateau raptors such as the golden eagle and lammergeier and long-eared owls. Birding enthusiasts will be impressed as well with some of the breeding pairs that can be spotted here.

Spend the day taking in the landscape of lakes and waterfalls and hike around spotting wildlife. Take in impressive views of the escarpment and deep canyon below. Walk in the Harenna Forest, a magical forest reminiscent of a Grimm’s story located in the area near the lodge. This is one of the last remaining extensive patches of forest in Ethiopia and is known for its coffee production as well as for providing honey to the locals. The small village of Rira also offers a unique encounter with the local communities here.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: Land Cruiser 4WD
  • Accommodation: Bale Mountain Lodge or Similar

Consultant Note

  • You will cover approximately 70km
  • Game drive varies the time

DAY 03: RIFT VALLEY OR GAYSAY GRASSLANDS

Travel just 40km to the south today to explore the Harenna Forest, which drops into the dry Rift Valley. Visit the small town of Dola Mena which is about an hour drive from the lodge, keeping your eyes peeled for giant forest hogs and vervet monkeys as well as a number of butterflies that travel through the area.
Or if you would rather travel a bit further, drive about 3 hours to the northern Gaysay Grasslands. This part of Bale National Park is known for its game spotting opportunities and is home to the endemic Mountain Nyala, Menelik’s bushbuck, and wild pig.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: Land Cruiser 4WD
  • Accommodation: Bale Mountain Lodge or Similar

Consultant Note

  • You will cover approximately 70km
  • Game drive varies the time

DAY 04: RETURN ADDIS ABABA

Return back towards the town of Goba and continue on to Addis Ababa, sightseeing along the way with your guide.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: Land Cruiser 4WD
  • Accommodation:

Consultant Note

  • You will cover approximately 470km approximately 9 hour drives
  • Game drive varies the time
  • The tour program can be modified differently, rearranged, combined with other itinerary and shorten or extended to suit your interest, time and budget.
  • Up on request Ethioblossoms can arrange various tour programs based on your interest.
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