Bale Mountains National Park

Bale Mountains National Park is a magnificent high altitude plateau with numerous dramatic volcanic plugs, seasonal tiny alpine lakes and cascading mountain streams, alpine moorlands, grasslands and montane forests. Located 400 kms south east of Addis Ababa, it covers  an area of 2000 sq kms with an altitude range of 1500m-4377m above sea level. 

It is the  largest Afro Alpine habitat park in Africa.

More than 40 species of birds of prey make this one of the best places in the world to see raptors. The birds have a plentiful food source in the numerous rodents which live on the alpine moorland.

The park has 46 mammals and more than 200 bird species including most of Ethiopia's endemic mammals and birds. Large mammal endemics are the Ethiopian wolf, Mountain Nyala, and Menelik’s Bushbuck.

Bale Mountains National Park is a magnificent high altitude plateau with numerous dramatic volcanic plugs, seasonal tiny alpine lakes and cascading mountain streams, alpine moorlands, grasslands and montane forests. Located 400 kms south east of Addis Ababa, it covers  an area of 2000 sq kms with an altitude range of 1500m-4377m above sea level. 

It is the  largest Afro Alpine habitat park in Africa.

More than 40 species of birds of prey make this one of the best places in the world to see raptors. The birds have a plentiful food source in the numerous rodents which live on the alpine moorland.

The park has 46 mammals and more than 200 bird species including most of Ethiopia's endemic mammals and birds. Large mammal endemics are the Ethiopian wolf, Mountain Nyala, and Menelik’s Bushbuck.

 The climate is mostly  cold with high rainfall and damp cloud with rare sparkling blue sky. The best season for walking, trekking and camping in the alpine areas is the dry season from November to March.

The three main divisions of the park, includes the northern area-Dinsho and Gassay Plain the central alpine Sanetti plateau and the southern Harena forest area.   Mountain Nyala and Menelik’s Bushbuck are easily seen near Dinsho town where the Park HQ is located. 

Sanetti, nick-named as “ The Island in the Air”, is a high plateau soaring over 4000m high . The second highest peak next to Ras Dashen in Ethiopia, Tullu Dimtu (4377m above sea level), is among many peaks rising above  the plateau. An all weather road from Goba to Dolomena passes over this plateau. The seasonal tiny alpine lakes, rare birds, the easily seen Ethiopian Wolf, and giant Molerat are highlights of the plateau wildlife.

The southern Harena area is an area of lower altitude covered with dense moist tropical forest.  Bush pig, african hunting dog, giant forest hog, spotted hyena, lion, leopard, bale monkey, colobus monkey, etc. abound in Harena forest area. At Katcha clearing a new high end lodge has reventyl opened. From here there are spectacular views of the volcanic plugs and pinnacles detached from the main escarpment.

Bale National Park is a must for wildlife enthusiasts and the park in terms of biodiversity and endemism the park is one of the most important in Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

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