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6 Days Bale Mountain


6 Days Bale Mountain

$1279 / 6 nights

The Bale mountain are mountain ranges of southeast Ethiopia and part of the Ethiopian Highlands. They include Tullu Demtu, the second-highest mountain in Ethiopia (4377 meters), and Mount Batu (4307 meters). The Weyib River, a tributary of the Jubba River, rises in these mountains east of Goba. The main attractions of the park are the wild alpine scenery, and the relative ease with which visitors can see unique birds and mammals.

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Get ready to start this exciting safari experience with Ethioder Tours & Travel! Imagine an ageless land, interesting and picturesque, abounding with birds and wildlife. You will explore the national park with the best guide who will show you to the best views of the park. With a short distance, you might see some animals in the wilderness, visit Sanetti Plateau and Harenna Forest.

The bale mountain national park is open year-round. The most popular time to visit is November through April when the rains have stopped. The park can be reached by private car or public transportation from Addis Ababa. Visitors may choose to trek throughout the park either by horseback or on foot, or alternatively to visit the park entirely by car. Treks range from one to 12 nights and travel through all the different ecosystems of the park.

Bale Mountain National Park

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

Bale Mountain is also one of Africa’s top birding sites. It lays home to 310 species of birds and an additional 170 species of migratory birds. Spectacularly scenic, Bale Mountains lends itself to great exploration on foot, by horseback or vehicle. Trout fishing is another fantastic activity in these pristine mountains and both brown and rainbow trout can be found in the highland rivers.



Day 1: Addis Ababa – Dinsho

After breakfast in Addis Ababa drive to Bale Mountains National park / Dinsho camp site. Lunch at Dinsho lodge and then drive to the park headquarter to get chances of to spot Menelik bushbuck, Mountain Nyala, Warthog, Reedbuck, Gerry Duikers and Baboons. Also endangered birds such as: Black-headed siskin, Wattle Ibis, and Abyssinian Long claw which all will be found in Park H.Q. Overnight at Dinsho with our safari tented camp. The camp situated at altitude of 3000 m.a.s.l.

Day 2: Dinsho – Gaysay (Sanetti Plateau)

After breakfast drive to Gaysay grasslands and when the sun raises, 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 3: Gaysay (Harenna Forest)

Hike the Gushuralle Peak Forest Trail about eight kilometers from the head quarter 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 drive back 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 4: Gaysay (Sof Omar Cave)

Early in the morning drive to the Sof Omar Cave. The most famous spot of the caves is the Chamber of Columns, with limestone pillars up to 20m high. From the entrance, you will follow a trail through several other chambers; Web River, which snakes through the cave, seven times. The bird life in the area is very abundant. Back to Dinsho/Gaysay campsite and overnight there.

Day 5: Dinsho – Langano

Drive to Senkele via Shashemene and have lunch on your way. You will arrive in Senkele Sanctuary and visit the famous Senkele and Swayne’sHartebeest.

The sanctuary has other wild animals including Bohor, reedbucks, greater Kudus, Orbis antelopes, spotted hyenas, serval and civet cats, caracals, warthogs, common jackals as well as 91 species of bird.

On the way to Langano turn left and drives some five kilometers to visit the Abijata-Shalla National parks to see Ostriches and white Flamingos and Pelicans.

Day 6: Langano – Addis Ababa

Drive to Addis via Butajira and Visit the standing stone stelae in Tiya and the Adadi Mariam church and to Addis Ababa.

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Trip Highlights

  • 3 guided game viewing
  • Visiting Gaysay grassland, Sanetti Plateau, Sof Omar cave, and Harenna Forest
  • Visit of lake Langano and Abiyata-Shala
  • Chances to see many endemic wildlife including: Ethiopian Red Fox, lion, Menelik’s Bushbuck, Gian Mole-Rat, and more

Trip Facts

Accommodation Tented Camp
Transportation 4 wheel / bus
Group size Min 4 – Max 20
Altitude Max 3,555 m.a.s.l
Fitness level Intermediate& above
Tour type Long day excursions, Tented Safari
Meals Camping meal
Language You select
Activity Hiking, Horseback Ride, Caving


  • Some places are Not accessible for wheelchair,
  • Not recommended for heart problems or other serious medical conditions,
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers,
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problem,
  • Travelers should have an intermediate or above physical fitness level,
  • This travel requires good physical weather. If its cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This travel requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

When to Go

Traveling in the Bale Mountain is possible at any time of year, but each season will bring with it a different experience. Many tourists choose to go between September and November when the landscape is alive with green after the rainy season. December through April is also fine hiking weather, as the sun is often out and temperatures are higher, but views tend to be a little hazy, and the landscape turns from vivid green to yellow and dry. The least popular hiking months are June, July and August when rain falls daily. Temperatures during the day tend to be comfortably warm in all seasons but can fall below zero at night, so pack warms clothes and a good sleeping bag.

Keep In Mind

To make sure that your environmental impact is minimal, whenever you travel, don’t forget to take the following steps:
  • Do not collect or damage any vegetation and do not disturb or feed wild animals,
  • Remember to take all your litter with you,
  • Camp only in designated areas,
  • Always use latrines where provided, or bury waste at least 100 meters away from water,
  • Do not use soaps in natural waterways.


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