Bale Park- Popular for Trekking Tours
Tour to Bale Mountains National Park
Trekking on the spectacular and scenic mountainous landscapes of the Bale Mountains National Park. The area is the kept secret of Ethiopia (the largest area of Afro alpine habitat in the whole of the continent. It gives the visitor opportunities for unsurpassed mountain walking, horse trekking, scenic driving and the chances to view many of the Ethiopia’s endemic mammals. In particularly the Mountain Nyala and Ethiopian wolf and birds such as the Thick billed Raven, Blue winged Goose, Rouget’s Rail and Ethiopian Siskin.
- Bale’s 1,300-plus plant species include 160 Ethiopian endemics and 23 unique to the park.
- Bale is the main global stronghold for the endangered Ethiopian wolf, a handsome red-and-white canid often seen trotting through the heather of the Sanetti Plateau, where it feeds on rodents such as the endemic giant mole-rat.
- Bale is the last main stronghold for the endangered Mountain Nyala, a large spiral-horned antelope most often seen on the short walking trail that runs through the Juniper-Hygenia forest around the park headquarters at Dinsho. Other mammals often encountered at Dinsho include warthog, Bohor eedbuck, and Menelik’s Bushbuck.
- The Harenna Forest south of Sanetti supports the park’s richest variety of large mammals, These include the remarkable giant forest hog (the world’s largest swine) and the very localized Bale monkey, a vulnerable endemic whose tiny range is attributable to its specialized diet of bamboo.
- Bale stands out as the best place in Ethiopia to see endemic birds. Six national endemics are present, alongside another 11 species shared only with Eritrea, and several others unique to the Horn of Africa. Juniper-hagenia forest around Dinsho hosts woodland species such as white-cheeked turaco, yellow-fronted parrot, black-winged lovebird, and Abyssinian catbird, while high-altitude specialties on Sanetti include Rouget’s rail, chestnut-naped francolin, Spot-breasted plover, and alpine chat.
- Bale supports the only known sub-Saharan breeding populations of a golden eagle, ruddy shelduck, and red-billed chough, underscoring the Palaearctic affiliations of Ethiopia’s wildlife.
- Bale is a superb destination for hiking and mule-back treks. A good starting point for walkers is the undemanding trail around Dinsho, or the half-day Bamboo and Waterfall Trail in the Harenna Forest. Longer trails out of Dinsho, mostly above the 3,000m contour, take from two to eleven days.
Bale is surprisingly easy to explore by vehicle, with all-weather roads offering access to most of its more alluring habitats – indeed all-weather road across the Sanetti Plateau to the 4,377m peak of Mount Tulu Dimtu is the highest in Africa.