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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