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5 Day Wonderful Safari in Bale Mountains National Park
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Gaysay campsite, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

Guided Safari in Ethiopia

Get ready to start this exciting safari experience with Ethioder Tours & Travel PLC! Imagine an ageless land, interesting and picturesque, abounding with birds and wildlife. You will explore Bale Mountains National Park with the best guide who will bring you to the best view in the park. With such a short distance, you might see some animals in the wilderness. You will also visit Sanetti Plateau and Harenna Forest. Join this safari and enjoy new the journey!

Overview

  • Minimum group size: A group size with maximum 12 to 16 people.
  • Starting point and ending point: Starts and ends in Addis Ababa
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Warthogs, mountain nyala, Menelik's Bushbuck, grey duiker, bohor reedbuck, Abyssinian catbird, Ethiopian wolves, giant mole-rat, Bale monkey, and lion

Highlights

  • 3 guided game viewing
  • Visiting Gaysay grassland, Sanetti Plateau, and Harenna Forest
  • Chances to see Ethiopian wolves, lion, Menelik’s Bushbuck, and more
  • Transport in a 4-seater station wagon in excellent condition
  • Park, conservation, camping, guiding, and entry fees
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 1 liter of water
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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4 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
Airport transfer included: Bole International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated for four nights in Gaysay campsite in Bale Mountains National Park.

Program

Day 1: Addis Ababa to Bale Mountains National Park

Upon arrival in Addis Ababa, you will drive directly from Addis Ababa to Bale Mountains National Park. You will have an overnight stay in Bale Mountains lodge or camping at Gaysay. You will also have lunch on the way.

Day 2: Visiting Gaysay grassland

After driving seven kilometers to the Gaysay grasslands, you are likely to see warthogs and the endemic mountain nyala from the road. A short walk will give you a chance to spot the endemic Menelik’s Bushbuck, grey duiker, bohor reedbuck, and many others. Make sure to also listen to the finest songbird in Africa, the Abyssinian catbird. Before returning to your car, follow the trail to the Web River waterfall, easily reached by foot in under an hour from the main road. Finally, return to the headquarters at campsite.

Day 3: Sanetti Plateau

As the sun rises, the most endangered canid in the world, the Ethiopian wolf, begins to hunt. The Sanetti Plateau is the best place in Ethiopia to see this elegant animal. The winding road atop the plateau, one of the highest all-weather roads in Africa, is an ideal spot for viewings. The plateau is crawling with rodents, the largest being the giant mole-rat, found only in the Bale Mountains. Continuing again by car, you will pass Tulu Dimtu or “the Red Mountain” just four kilometers off the main road. This is the second highest mountain in Ethiopia at 4,377 meters. The summit is reachable by car or by foot in under an hour. You will back to your campsite with your vehicle for an overnight stay at Gaysay.

Day 4: Harenna Forest

Hike the Gushuralle Peak Forest Trail about eight kilometers from the headquarter which leads to the apex of the Gushuralle mountain, rendering panoramic views of the primary forest through dense stands of mountain bamboo. With some luck, you may encounter the elusive bamboo specialist endemic to the Bale Mountains which is the Bale monkey. Located within this forest is the wild forest coffee village of Manyete, where you can learn the traditional ways of harvesting coffee. You will back to your headquarter at Gaysay campsite for overnight stay.

If you pass through the plateau during early morning or late evening, you may encounter Ethiopian wolves as they gather for social occasions and patrol their territory before they retire to sleep. Additionally, an early morning drive south towards Delo-Menna is an ideal time to spot lions on the road. Then, you will come back to the Gaysay campsite for an overnight stay.

Day 5: Bale Mountains to Addis Ababa

Drive from Bale Mountains National Park to Addis Ababa.

Location

Bale Mountains National Park in Ethiopia covers an area of approximately 2,150 square kilometers and rises to over 4,000 meters high to include the highest peak in the southern Ethiopian Highlands. There are five distinct terrains in the park including grasslands, alpine meadows, and forests which shelter the highest proportions of endemic wildlife in any terrestrial park in the world.

Bale Mountains is also one of Africa’s top birding sites as it plays home to 310 species of birds and an additional 170 species of migratory birds, and spectacularly scenic. Bale Mountains lends itself to great exploration on foot, by horseback, or vehicle.

The variety of species and high rate of endemicity is due to the wide variety of habitats conserved in Bale Mountains National Park and to the isolation of the highland areas of Ethiopia from other similar highlands in Eastern Africa, by the surrounding hot dry lands. The forest is a home for different species like lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, African hunting dogs, and many others.

Moreover, the Bale Mountains are home for 16 endemic bird species. The park is among the most suitable walking areas in the country with a chance to see several endemic and common species at a closer distance. The three main sub-sections of the park such as Northern Gaysay area, central peaks, Sannetti Plateau area, and southern Harenna area are demarcated by altitude, and this also controls vegetation zonation.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3 game viewing in Bale Mountains National Park
  • Service of an English-speaking driver guide
  • Ground transportation with fuel
  • Park entrance fees, scouts fees, and local safari guide fees
  • All types of government taxes and VAT
  • Camping equipment, a chef with an assistant, cooking, and eating utensils
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cup of coffee / tea at the camp
  • 1 liter of water per day
  • Airport transfer (Addis Ababa Bole International Airport / ADD)

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Other expenses of personal nature like laundry, souvenirs, and such
  • Porters at airports and hotels
  • Tips to drivers and guides

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Bole International Airport Airport transfer included: Bole International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 24% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 20 days before arrival.
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