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Bale Mountain National Park 5 Days Tour Package

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Day 1: Drive to Bale mountain National Park

Pass By: Bale Mountains, 150 km east of Shashamene in the Oromia Region National State, Goba Ethiopia
Today set out on the 8-hour journey from Addis to Bale Mountain Lodge, stopping en-route for sightseeing and leg stretches. Arrive to the tranquil setting of the cloud forest. The lodge is set high in the mountains with views overlooking a large clearing that offers breathtaking views and opportunities for animal sightings. Guest sightings have included giant forest hogs, leopards, black-maned lions, Bale and vervet monkeys, olive baboons, and Meneliks bushbucks. The lodge is located conveniently in the cloud forest and guided walks in the immediate surroundings are available every day.

Settle in this afternoon and relax after your long journey or set out on a hike before dinner. Some of the short walks near the lodge commonly afford guests with sightings of the shy Bale monkey, a colorful variety of birds including Ethiopian cisticola, Abyssinian slaty flycatcher, Abyssinian catbird, black-headed siskin, and the yellow-fronted parrot and black-winged lovebird. A more strenuous two-hour walk up Mount Gujaralle gives stunning views of the pristine forest. Stop to take a cooling dip in a secluded waterfall on your way back to the lodge.


Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Bale Mountain Lodge

Day 2: Drive to Sannette Plateau and Harrena Forest

Stop At: Bale Mountains National Park, Addis Ababa 1000 Ethiopia
One of the last places in Africa to attract scientific research, the remote location of the Bale Mountains has kept tourist crowds largely at bay from following its 'discovery'. Less than a forty-minute drive from the lodge you travel to see the attraction that has been most responsible for putting Bale Mountains National Park on the map – the Ethiopian wolf. The wolf is the world’s rarest canine and about 60% of its remaining population are found on the Sanetti Plateau which sits at 13,000 ft. Only about 350 of these wolves remain. They are surprisingly very readily seen here, and they have adapted well to living on the high-altitude plateau where the rodent population provides an abundant food source. Some of the rodents are themselves endemic such as the giant mole rat and Blix’s grass rat, and they also provide a food source to plateau raptors such as the golden eagle and lammergeier and long-eared owls. Birding enthusiasts will be impressed as well with some of the breeding pairs that can be spotted here.

Spend the day taking in the landscape of lakes and waterfalls and hike around spotting wildlife. Take in impressive views of the escarpment and deep canyon below. Walk in the Harenna Forest, a magical forest reminiscent of a Grimm’s story located in the area near the lodge. This is one of the last remaining extensive patches of forest in Ethiopia and is known for its coffee production as well as for providing honey to the locals. The small village of Rira also offers a unique encounter with the local communities here.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Bale Mountain Lodge

Day 3: Rift Valley or Gayasay Grasslands

Stop At: Bale Mountains, 150 km east of Shashamene in the Oromia Region National State, Goba Ethiopia
Travel just 40km to the south today to explore the Harenna Forest, which drops into the dry Rift Valley. Visit the small town of Dola Mena which is about an hour drive from the lodge, keeping your eyes peeled for giant forest hogs and vervet monkeys as well as a number of butterflies that travel through the area.

Or if you would rather travel a bit further, drive about 3 hours to the northern Gaysay Grasslands. This part of Bale National Park is known for its game spotting opportunities and is home to the endemic mountain nyala, Menelik's bushbuck, and wild pig.

Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Bale Mountain Lodge

Day 4: Drive to Hawassa

Stop At: Hippo watching on Lake Awassa, Awassa, Awasa Ethiopia
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Hawassa and upon arriving in Hawassa in the afternoon, you will check into a hotel. Later, you can walk along the lake shore for nice evening sunset and aquatic birds. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel
Duration: 7 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Haile Resort or Similar

Day 5: Drive Back to Addis Ababa

Pass By: Fish Market at Awassa Lake, Awassa Lake, Awasa Ethiopia
After breakfast, you will visit Lake Hawassa and the popular fish market. Then you will drive to Addis Ababa. You will stop for lunch at Langano. You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon and you will do some shopping for souvenirs. You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs. Finally, you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Bole International Airport Addis Ababa
Duration
5 days
Inclusions
  • 4x Breakfast
  • 4x Dinner
  • 4x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 4 nights
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Camping with cooker
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • 2 litters bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Bale Mountains National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Bale Mountains
  • Entry/Admission - Hippo watching on Lake Awassa
Exclusions
  • Anything which is not mention in the including sections
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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