View from Lodge, Bale Mountain Lodge, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

Bale Mountains

WHY VIST THE BALE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

  • Home of many of Ethiopia's endemic mammals, in particular, the Ethiopian Wolf and Bale Monkeys
  • See the largest area of Afro-alpine habitat in the whole of the African continent
  • Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the forest and spot some excellent birdlife

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT BALE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

This high altitude area is scattered with volcanic peaks, alpine lakes and rushing mountain streams that descend into deep rocky gorges on their way to the lowlands below. It offers the opportunity for walking, horse trekking, scenic driving and the chance to view many of Ethiopia's endemic mammals.

Scenically, the highlight is the Sanetti Plateau, studded with enormous lobelias and cool tarns that provide the essential existing stronghold for the Ethiopian wolf, a russet endemic that's regarded to be world's rarest carnivore.

It’s not only endemic wildlife that makes Bale so special – the area embraces sixteen of Ethiopia's endemic birds including forest-dwelling endemics - the Yellow-fronted parrot, Abyssinian catbird, Banded barbet and Abyssinian woodpecker. In the Sanetti moorlands the keen ornithologists are able to spot Blue-winged goose, Rouget's rail and Spotbreasted lapwing.

WHEN TO GO TO BALE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

The climate of the Bale Mountains, as expected in a high altitude mountainous region, is characterized by periods of damp cloudy weather, interspersed with periods of sparkling sunny weather with brilliant blue skies. The climatic year can be roughly divided into three seasons - the dry, early wet and wet seasons. The best time to visit is between the months of November and February.

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