- Trip Outline
Discover the Habera Waterfall
Get to see the local fauna like the Ethiopian Wolf
Visit the Lake Gebre Gurracha or Black Lake
Bale Mountains National Park is an area of high altitude plateau that is broken by numerous spectacular volcanic plugs and peaks, beautiful alpine lakes, and rushing mountain streams that descend into deep rocky gorges on their way to the lowlands below. As you ascend into the mountains you will experience changes in the vegetation with altitude, from juniper forests to heather moorlands and alpine meadows, which at various times of year exhibit an abundance of colorful wildflowers.
Bale Mountains National Park is the largest area of Afro-Alpine habitat in the whole of the continent. It gives the visitor opportunities for unsurpassed mountain walking, scenic driving, and the chances to view many of Ethiopia’s endemic mammals, in particular, the Mountain Nyala and Semien Fox, and birds, such as the Thick-billed Raven, and Wattled Ibis.
Day 01: Addis Ababa – Bale Mountains
Drive from Addis to the Bale Mountains National Park. Arrive at the park headquarters in the afternoon, in time for a leisurely afternoon hike, possibly spotting two endemic mammals that frequent the area: Menelik’s Bushbuck and the Mountain Nyala. Birds in this area include the Blue-Winged Goose, the Spot-Breasted Lapwing, the Abyssinian Long Claw, the Wattled Ibis, the Black-Headed Siskin, Rouget’s Rail, and numerous other species.
Overnight camping near the park entrance.
Day 02: Trek to Sodota
Walkthrough Dinsho and enter the National Park. Around Dinsho, the Mountain Nyala and Menelik’s Bushbuck should be visible. While trekking through the park, there will be a chance to see Ethiopian Wolves. Stop by Habera Waterfall for a nice break. Hiking will take 6-7 hours.
Camping at Sodota.
Day 03: Trek to Wasama
Trek to Wasama through a beautiful landscape with stunning views.
Pass through Mararo Valley where the Lammergeyer and Verreaux Eagles keep nests. There will also be a chance of seeing the Ethiopian Wolf and other species of birds. Around 5-6 hours of trekking.
Camping at Wasama.
Day 04: Trek to Gebre Gurracha
Start the day by hiking up Mt. Wasama (4200m) and then continue down into the Worgona Valley. Falcons, raptors, and possibly the Ethiopian wolf will be visible. End the day at Lake Gebre Gurracha, meaning “black lake” in the Oromic language. Trekking will take 6-7 hours.
Camping at Gebre Gurracha.
Day 05 Sanetti Plateau – Addis Ababa
Take a short trek from Gebre Gurracha up to the Sanneti Plateau to meet vehicles. Return to Addis Ababa.