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Helen Kennedy
Helen Kennedy Africa Travel Specialist
"Ethiopia offers a very different wildlife experience: it is home to some of the world's rarest and most endangered mammals such as the Ethiopian wolf, Walia ibex and Swayne's hartebeest, all of which number only some 500 individuals, globally. Other endemic mammals include the unmistakeable Gelada monkey and localized, furtive Bale monkey."

Bale Mountains Holidays

The 2400 sq km Bale Mountains National Park, 400 km south of Addis Ababa, is the largest area of Afro-alpine habitat in the whole of Africa.

It is the best place to see Ethiopia's endemic mammals and birds and offers unbeatable mountain walking. Bale Mountain is a region of high-altitude plateau formed of old volcanic rocks and broken by dramatic volcanic plugs and peaks, limpid alpine lakes, and rivers and streams that have cut dramatic gorges over the millenia - an area of outstanding scenery.

Divided by the spectacular Harenna escarpment, Bale National Park contains a rich diversity of habitat, the result of the great variations in altitude and topography. Habitats include juniper and Hagenia woods around Dinsho and Goba, the bleak Sanetti Plateau for Afro-alpine moorlands and alpine meadows seasonally coloured with abundant wildflowers.

Among the endemic mammals present are the endangered Mountain Nyala and the iconic Ethiopian Wolf (the world's rarest canid). A visit to Dinsho for the antelopes and the Sanetti Plateau for the wolves, is usually successful in revealing these mammals. Other endemics are Menelik's Bushbuck and the Giant mole-rat. Serval, golden jackal and white-tailed mongoose are among the carnivores inhabiting the area. 

Bale National Park holds at least 14 of Ethiopia's endemic birds. Forest-dwelling endemic birds include Abyssinian catbird, Banded barbet and Abyssinian woodpecker. Up in the Sanetti moorlands are Blue-winged goose, Rouget's rail and Spotbreasted lapwing.The latter are easy to see during the standard excursions crossing of the plateau on Africa's highest-lying road.

Bale Mountains National Park is a full day's drive south of Addis Ababa. The best country lodge in Ethiopia, Bale Mountains Lodge, is in the lovely Harenna Forest. 

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Discover Ethiopia 15-day Private Tour
  • Culture & History
  • Wildlife
From £5455 per person
15 day holiday
Flights included
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This private tour is perfect for nature enthusiasts who also want to be immersed in Ethiopia's fascinating cultural and historical attractions.
Unusual and Endemic Wildlife of Ethiopia
  • Wildlife
From £4800 per person
12 day holiday
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Experience some of Ethiopia's top wildlife hotspots for its iconic endemic species such as Ethiopian wolf, Wahlia ibex, Gelada Baboon, Mountain Nyala and a plethora of birdlife in stunning surrounds.
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