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Detail Tour package: 3-Days Tour to Bale Mountains National Park

Rates:

Group Size: Minimum 2, Maximum 10

Accommodations:2 Nights Standard hotels

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour pace: Moderate

Extension: Yes, possible to extend or combine with other destinations of the Ethiopia. An advance request must be sent before the start of the tour.

Number of Participant Cost in USD Vehicle Type
2 – 4 Pax 865.00 Mini bus
5 -10 pax 630.00 Mini bus
Single Supplement                            35.00

 

Price includes:

  • Well-maintained and insured vehicle, Mini-bus
  • Fuel
  • Hotel Room on Double Occupancy basis (sharing a room) with breakfast
  • All entrance fees, local guide fee, and scout
  • Bottled natural water every day
  • Service tax

Price DOES NOT include:

  • Photographing fees,
  • Meals (Lunch and dinner)
  • Personal expenses (tips, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.),
  • International flights, and
  • Any other services/expenses not mentioned above.

NB:

  • All the rates are subjected to change depending on the domestic flights fares, fuels and changing hotel rooms. Thus, please do not hesitate to ask the current prices.
  • We will launch the tour for 2 – 10 participants and we commence the tour at the minimum for 2 person.

Departures:

Departures

Status Remarks
14 December, 2015
26 December, 2015
15 January, 2016
14 February, 2016
14 March, 2016
11 April, 2016
9 May, 2016
13 June, 2016
11 July, 2016
8 August, 2016
12 September, 2016
10 October, 2016
14 November, 2016
12 December, 2016

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Bale Mountains National Park

Posted: September 29, 2014 in Bale Mountains

The park established primarily for the protection of the Mountain Nyala and Ethiopian Wolf., and other features including spectacular scenery, an extensive Afro-alpine plateau and moist highland forest.

Location: the park is located south-east of Addis Ababa. The area is within an altitude range of 1500-4377 m asl. The Head Quarter is situated at 400km from Addis near Dinsho town in Bale zone.

Rainy season: is followed by a four-month dry season – from November to February. In general, the rainfall in the area is characterized by one-eight-month rainy season, with greater bulk of the rain falling in April and then august to October. This means that from May-July, there are showers, usually in the afternoon. The area receives up to 1200mm precipitation annually.

Temperature: as to be expected the temperature falls with increasing altitude. The lowest temperatures occur at night in the clear skies of the dry season and the highest temperatures during the day of the same season. The lowest temperature that has been recorded in the mountains is -150c at night, with the highest recorded temperature 260c. In contrast, the rainy season is warmer.

Ecological zone: South-east highland.

Vegetation types: Afro-alpine moorland, heather, woodland, Gaysay grassland, and Herenna forest. Each of these zones has their own characteristic flora and fauna. These vegetation types are primarily demarcated by altitude.
Gaint Lobelia at Sanetti Plateau Bale Mountains, South-easte Ethiopia
Major wildlife species of the park: the park harbors diverse flora and fauna and center for endemicity, including amphibian.

Fauna: largely includes Mountain Nyala, Menelik’s Bushbuck, Ethiopian Wolf, Bohor Reedbuck, and Common (grey) Duiker, Common Jackal, Serval Cat, Leopard, Klipspringer, Warthog, Rodents and birds.

Endemic mammals: include Mountain nyala, Starck’s hare, Ethiopian wolf, Bale monkey, Giant molerat, Lovat’s mouse, Nikolaus mouse, Mahomet’s mouse, White-footed rat, White-tailed rat, Grey-tailed rat, Blick’s grass rat, Scott’s-hairy bat and four species of shrews such as Crocidura baileyi, Crocidura bottegoides, Crocidura harenna and Crocidura thalia.

Endemic birds: include Abyssinian catbird, Abyssinian longclaw, Yellow-fronted parrot, Spot-breasted plover, Black-headed siskin and Golden-backed woodpecker.
Other birds once used to be endemic include Watteld ibis, Blue-winged goose, Rouget’s rail, white-collared pigeon, Black-winged lovebirds, Banded barbet, White-winged cliff-chat, White-backed black tit, Black-headed forest oriole and Thick-billed raven.
Ethiopian Wolf-Bale
Flora: most notable are Giant lobelias, Kniphofia, Helichrysum splendidum, Hypericum revolutum, Hagenia abyssinica/ kosso/ and Juniperus procera.

Major physical / geological features: pronounced by mountain formations, extensive plateau, valley and lava outpourings. Over forty streams arise within the park. These join to form four major rivers- the Webe Shebelle, the Web (leading to the Genale and Juba rivers), the Wemel and Dumal Rivers. Alpine lakes are also characteristics features on the Sanetti plateau.

Adjacent people: Oromo

Places to visit:

Dinsho hill: there is nature trail designated toward the hill top. Along the trail is a pleasant to walk for the massive Hagenia and Juniperus trees, the sightings of mountain nyala, Menelik’s bushbuck, warthogs and, occasionally, bohor reedbuck. In the evenings, the song of Abyssinian catbird can often be heard; the Abyssinian ground thrush seen among the undergrowth. The views from the hill top, over the Gaysay valley, are spectacular. The museum offers information on the area and displays an interesting collection.

The Gaysay valley: it is the northern-most area of the park. It is an area of grassland, scrub, swamp and river. It is an area good for sighting pack of wolves, bohor reedbuck, warthog, mountain nyala, Menelik’s bushbuck, and birds like harriers, augur buzzard, Rouget’s rail and Abyssinian longclaw. Here, Web River flows through a deep and spectacular gorge.

Sanetti plateau: an extensive plateau where Tullu Deemtu is found. The plateau is austere in its beauty, almost lunar. Warm clothes and a waterproof jacket are required as it can be chilly as a result of the strong wind blows. As ascending either side from Goba or Delo Mena to the plateau, discovering vegetation variation with altitude is a rewarding experience. On the Sanetti plateau Ethiopian wolves and rodents including the giant molerat can be seen. Wattles cranes can also be seen in this area. Another magnificent sighting on the plateau is its pigmented alpine lakes. The summit of Tullu Deemtu (4,377m) is accessible by road, and from this top the full extent of the Afroalpine ecosystem, including Herenna escarpment can be clearly observed.
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Herenna forest: it can be reached through a road traverses Sanetti plateau. The abundance of vegetation here challenges most distinctly the stereotypical images of Ethiopia, and it is the second largest patch of forest in the country. The larger trees include Podocarps, figs, wild stocks of coffee and Schefflera forming closed canopy. The best way to visit this is to camp in Katcha clearing. A portion of the steeper slopes are covered with mountain bamboo. Herenna forest is the best places for viewing the elusive animals, including Bale monkey, guereza, common baboons, warthogs, common bushbuck, giant forest hog, bush pigs, serval cats, genets, civets, porcupines and hyaenas. The forest does contain some large carnivores-lion, leopards and hunting dog. The birds are equally elusive such as Abyssinian hill babbler, Abyssinian crimson-wing, Ayre’s hawk eagle, Silvery-cheeked hornbill, black-winged lovebird, black-headed forest oriole, Yellow-fronted parrot and Narina’s trogon. The forest also attracts a large number of migrant birds including Palaeartic warblers.

Web valley: the route is so scenic with a rewarding view of the plain. This is the best place for wolf watching, and to see rock hyrax and Starck’s hare – and the Golden eagle hunting them.

Trout fishing: two species of trout- rainbow and brown were introduced in the Danka and Web Rivers, their original stock came from Kenya. Permits for fishing in Web River can be purchased from the park. Contacting a fishing guide at Dinsho is advised to know best pools and time of day to fish.

Trekking: the park also offer the best trekking in Ethiopia, mainly from Dinsho through Sodota, Garba guracha, Wasama, Batu to Sante.

Outside the park

Sof Omar caves: the river gorge is spectacular for its depth and for the regular limestone cliffs that line it. Visiting Sof Omar gives one the opportunity of also glimpsing some of the lowland wildlife. These include lesser kudu, greater kudu, dikdik and Salvadori’s serin.

Webe Shebelle gorge: the southernmost population of gelada baboon can be seen. The river is also waiting for a rafting operation to start in the future.

Dodola-Adaba trekking: was established specifically to provide alternative sources of income to the people living in local communities. It is one of the best organized ecotourism in the country. It is an excellent place for trekkers and hikers. There is a series of five mountains joined by trails for trekking.

Accommodation: include Dinsho lodge, nearby towns (Dinsho, Robe, Adaba, Dodola, Goba) and camping sites at Dinsho hill, Sanetti plateau, Katcha Herenna forest and Sodota at Web valley.

 

Time to visit: Bale Mountains are best visited from November to March.
Getting there: Road

Trekking in Ethiopia does not involve being super-fit. Horses, mules and donkeys are universal means of transport, so horse trekking has been a natural development. The terrain is usually steep for only short periods, when walking rather than riding may be necessary.

In Bale park, trips can be tailored to meet all individuals’ needs, whether they be day trips around Dinsho (park head quarter) or ten day hikes or treks around the whole park. The principal, well-established areas for trekking.

Bale Mountains National Park

Bale Mountains National Park

The Bale Mountains area is the best kept secret place of Ethiopia (largest area of Afro-Alpine habitat in the whole of the continent). It gives the visitor opportunities for unsurpassed mountain walking, horse trekking, scenic driving and the chances to view many of Ethiopia’s endemic mammals, in particular the Mountain Nyala and Ethiopian Wolf, and birds, such as the Thick-billed Raven, Wattled Ibis, Blue-winged Goose, and Rouget’s Rail.

3-Days Tour to Bale Mountains National Park

Tour Code: 3 Days Tailor-made Tour to Bale Mountains National Park

Attractions: Scenery, birds & Wildlife

Duration: 3 Days & 2 Nights

Transportation: Surface drive

Day 1: Drive to Dinsho, Bale Mountains National Park Head Quarter – Goba

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Dinsho, via Shashmene (410 Km from Addis). En route, you will make a stop on Awash River and Lake Ziway (best known for its birdlife) to visit aquatic birds. You will have lunch at Shashmene (250 Km from Addis). You will proceed driving and arrive in Dinsho in the afternoon.

Upon arrival, you will do all the requirements for short easy trekking at the Bale Mountains National Park HQ. After a brief break, you will have time to make a short hike along the northern part of the park. Later late in the afternoon drive to Goba (40 Km from Dinsho) for overnight stay. On arrival, you will check into a hotel. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.

Day 2: Excursion/Day trip to Sanetti Plateau

In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to the Sanetti Plateau (altitude of 4000 meter, with Afro-alpine Moor land, beautiful wild alpine scenery). Upon arrival in Goba, you will check into a hotel and rest. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.

Day 3: Drive back to Addis Ababa via Bekoji – Assela & departure

After breakfast, you will be driving to Addis Ababa. You will stop for lunch at Assela. You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs. Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.

The Bale Mountains area is the best kept secret place of Ethiopia (largest area of Afro-Alpine habitat in the whole of the continent). It gives the visitor opportunities for unsurpassed mountain walking, horse trekking, scenic driving and the chances to view many of Ethiopia's endemic mammals, in particular the Mountain Nyala and Ethiopian Wolf, and birds, such as the Thick-billed Raven, Wattled Ibis, Blue-winged Goose, and Rouget's Rail.

The Bale Mountains area is the best kept secret place of Ethiopia (largest area of Afro-Alpine habitat in the whole of the continent). It gives the visitor opportunities for unsurpassed mountain walking, horse trekking, scenic driving and the chances to view many of Ethiopia’s endemic mammals, in particular the Mountain Nyala and Ethiopian Wolf, and birds, such as the Thick-billed Raven, Wattled Ibis, Blue-winged Goose, and Rouget’s Rail.