6 Days Bale Tour

TYPOLOGIES

Wildlife

DIFFICULTY

Low

MIN. AGE

3 Years

1563 $

Amazing Experience

Tour Code: BST221
Duration: 5 nights and 6 days
Transportation: 4ᵡ4 Toyota Land cruiser

The Bale Mountains were formed by volcanic activities, and the area consists of six volcanic cones that are all more than 4,000 meters high a.m.sl. Erosion by ice, water and wind has created the fascinating geological formations. The park is rich in wildlife such as African gold wolves, spotted hyenas, black-maned lions, olive baboons, Colobus and bale monkeys, Menelik’s Bushbuck,honey badgers, warthogs, Mountain Nyala. These are some of the amazing species that can be seen in what is one of Ethiopia’s greatest wildlife destinations. Bale Park is the best place in Ethiopia to spot the majestic and mysterious Ethiopian Wolf, which is an endangered species due to the expansion of agriculture in the country, with less than 390 surviving in the wild. It is the world's rarest canidae. The wolf is endemic to Ethiopia, so found nowhere else in the world.
The Bale Mountains is host to 283 of Ethiopia’s 860 species of bird; it is one of the best bird-watching spots in the world. Yellow-fronted parrots, black-winged lovebirds, Abyssinian catbirds, Rouget’s rails and Spot-breasted plovers are among the beautiful birds found in the park.

After breakfast, you will commence a guided city tour of Addis Ababa. The city was founded by Emperor Menelik 2 in 1886.Addis Ababa in Amharic means "New Flower".The capital city is home for Africa's Diplomatic capital with the presence of the Headquarters of the African Union and many embassies. We continue our driving to the Entoto Mountain(3300m) high for a panoramic view of Addis, visit Entoto Museum with historical and Royal Exhibit, and the church of St.Mary.Drive back to Addis Ababa and visit Ethnographic Museum,NationalMuseum,Holy Trinity Cathedral and Merkato Market(One of the biggest Open Air Market in Africa)

Accommodation: Haile Hotel Adama
Accommodation upgrades option: None
Meals: None

After early breakfast,drive to Arisi Mountains National Park. lt is the nearest park to Addis Ababa than other parks of Ethiopia.The park is divided into 4 blocks:(The Dera-Dilfekar,Chilalo-Gamela,Kaka and Honkol).The Dera-Dilfekar block has about 25 wild mammals .The dominant mammals are Greater Kudu,Lesser Kudu Spotted Hyena,Warthog(the other animals Golden backed jackal,Abyssinian Hare,Leopard, Grivet Monkey,Anubis baboon Grey duiker are also found there).And 189 bird species like Helmeted Guinea fowl,Little Bee Eater,Black wood hoopoe, Grey woodpecker, shining sunbird and others.
Continue driving to Chilalo-Galema block for about. In this part of the park there are more than 40 highland mammals at the different directions of the park.Such as Bohor reedbuck, Warthog, Anubis baboon,Klipsplinger,Leopard,Mountainnyala,Menelik's bushbuck and Ethiopian wolf(the highest population of Ethiopian wolf is leaving in this block).

Chilalo-Galema block offers fine high-altitude horse riding and trekking.You will have lunch in Bekoji town and then drive to Dinsho Park.Upon arrival in Dinsho we will stop for a break and Lunch at Dinsho Lodge (park H.Q). Leisure afternoon,hiking around Dinsho park headquarters. Possible spotting wildlife that is frequently insight into endemic wildlife including, Mountain Nyala , Menelik Bushbuck, Bohor Reedbuck and many endemic birds; Wattled Ibis,Black-headed Siskin,AbyssinianLongClaw . Drive to Goba Via Dinsho park headquarters.

Accommodation: Goba Wabe shebelle Hotel
Accommodation upgrades option: Bale Mountain Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Today after breakfast, we headed for sightseeing at Sof Omar cave. Sof Umar cave is one of the longest caves in Africa about 15 km long. The Wabe River and its gorge add great scenery to the limestone cave by meandering through the cave. Visiting the chambers of the cave, the Wabe River and arboreal animals is an amazing experience in the area. The endemic Salvador serine bird is localized in this area.
Drive back to Goba for lunch and you continue our visit by driving up to the remarkable anti plateau.Sanetti plateau is one of the world’s largest expanses of Afro- Alpine moorland montane habitat confined to 3500-4377m high a.m.sl. Sanetti is renowned for supporting the most substantial population of endemic Ethiopian wolves; home for golden jackal, giant mole rat and klipspringer animals. Before we drive back to Goba you spot birds including, Blue- winged goose, Yellow-fronted parrot. Abyssinian longclaw, wattled crane and many.

Accommodation: Goba Wabe Shebelle Hotel
Accommodation upgrades option: Bale Mountain Lodge
Meal:Breakfast

In the morning you drive for a nature walk in and the surrounding of the pristine Harenna Forest. Here you have chances of spotting wildlife: like the Bale Monkey and Menelik Bushbuck and Birds including Abyssinian Oriole, Abyssinian Salty, Flycatcher, Yellow-Fronted Parrot, White-Cheeked Turaco and Narina Trogon. After lunch, drive ascending up the mountain to the Sanetti Plateau and view an endemic Ethiopian wolf, Giant Mole Rate (common food source for wolves) and a variety of bird life, and continue driving back to Goba.

Accommodation: Goba Wabe Shebelle Hotel
Accommodation upgrades option: Bale Mountain Lodge
Meal:Breakfast

Today after breakfast you drive to Langano.Enroute drive to Senkele Wildlife Sanctuary to explore the largest population of Swayne's Hartebeest. Swayne's hartebeest is a large antelope with humped shoulders, a long narrow face, and lyre-shaped horns.(It is native to Eastern and Southern Africa).

Accommodation: Sababna Resort
Accommodation upgrades options: None
Meal:Breakfast

After a relaxing breakfast, drive to Langanovisit Abijatta -Shalla National park .Take a gentle walking tour in the Abijatta -Shalla National Park to see Grant's gazelle, Ostrich, Warthog, and a variety of Rift Valley bird life. Take time at a viewpoint to enjoy the superb view of Lake Abijata and Lake Shalla.
Drive in the rift valley for Ziwai to visit birds and mammals on lake Ziway(Lake Dambel).Boat trip on Lake ziway ,offers the best bird watching site of any rift valley lakes;pelicans,black egrets,greater and lesser jacana, marsh harriers and many.The lake is also noted for Hippos. After lunch in Ziway at Haile resort you drive to Awash National Park.Drive to Addis Ababa.
Accommodation: None
Accommodation upgrades option:None
Meals: Breakfast

In the evening/afternoon, a farewell party with free cultural dinner and traditional music to experience Ethiopia’s cultural meals .After the farewell party transfer to Bole international airport for international departure. End of tour.

Notice: This itinerary can be amended up on request.

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