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Wildlife holiday in the Bale Mountains-The endemic wildlife hotspot 6 days

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  • Trip Type Wildlife Holiday
  • Tour Code GHET-N06
  • Private Journey
  • 6 Days
  • This wildlife holiday takes you in the largest Afro Alpine habitant in the whole of Africa and often referred by many as endemic hotpot. The highlights of this wildlife tour will be the endangered and the last wolf of Africa which is unique to the highlands of Ethiopia. On this tour we will also have the chance to see the gorgeous Mountain Nyala and the delightful Bale monkey. We will also have plenty of chance to spot many endemic birds.

This wildlife holiday takes you in the largest Afro Alpine habitant in the whole of Africa. It is an area of high altitude plateau that is fragmented by numerous remarkable volcanic plugs and peaks, beautiful alpine lakes and mountain streams that run down in the deep rocky gorges on their way to the lowlands. It is haven for various endemic mammals including the endangered and the last African Wolf, Mountain Nyala, Minilik Bushbuck, and many endemic birds as well as different mammals.

The highlights of this wildlife holiday will be the endangered Ethiopian Wolf which is a rare creature, unique to the highlands of Ethiopia.

On this tour we will also have the chance to see the gorgeous Mountain Nyala and delightful Bale monkey. We will also have plenty of chance to spot many endemic birds as we will be touring around one of the continents top five birding hotspots.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy endemic wildlife holiday in the beautiful Bale Mountains
  • watch the last surviving African Wolf, Ethiopian Red Wolf
  • Watch the Mountain Nyala & Minilik Bush Buk which are endemic to the Bale Mountains
  • Sample unmatched endemic bird watching and different mammals
  • Visit the Great Rift Valley lakes
  • Enjoy city tour of Addis Ababa

Day 1: Addis Ababa-Arrival

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to Monarch Hotel. There will be a short drive to your hotel.

Addis Ababa, founded in 1886 by Menelik II, is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft) above sea level. It is the highest capital city in the world, after La Paz and Quito in South America. The city enjoys an excellent climate all year round, with an average temperature of 25C (77F). With multiethnic population of over 5 million, Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato".
Overnight: Jupiter Hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 2: Addis Ababa-Ethiopian Great Valley Lakes-Langano

In the morning, start driving to the Great Ethiopian Rift Valley, Lake Langano. While driving from Addis Ababa to Langano, we will pass by different small towns and we will stop for a visit at one of the most beautiful Rift Valley Lakes, Lake Ziway.
The rest of the day, relax around the beautiful Sabana Lodge perched on the top of the hill over looking the beautiful lake.

Accommodation: Sabana Lodge-Langano.

Day 3: Langano-Bale Mountains National Park

In the morning, we drive to Dinsho the head quarter of Bale Mountains National Park. This is one of the biggest Afro Alpine Habitat in the entire African continent.  In the afternoon, we will have a game drive around the headquarter to visit some of the endemic mammals in the park including: Bale Mountain Nyala (endemic to Bale Mountains National Park), Minilik Bushbuck, warthogs and many more.

Overnight: Wabi Shebele Hotel-Goba

Day 4:  Look out for the last African Wolves-Bale Mountains National Park

We will rise early in the morning, to drive up on the Senettie Plateau over one of the highest road in the continent which is 4000 meters above sea-level. This is also the biggest Afro - Alpine habitat in the whole of Africa which is very crucial for the survival of the endemic and Africa’s last wolf, Abyssinian Wolf.  This red wolf is one of the most endangered canid in the world.

The wolves depend on the abundant rodents available here including the endemic giant mole rat. Crossing the plateau, to the escarpment we descend towards HARENA forest, one of the well conserved Alpine forest in the country. This dense indigenous forest shelters, the endemic Bale monkey former Bale Vervet subsist its diet 90 % on Baboon, Giant Hog, Bush Pig, Leopard, Black Manned Lion, Caracal and many forest birds.
Overnight: Bale Mountains Lodge- Harenna Forest  

Day 5: Bale Mountains- Lake Awassa

In the morning, drive south west to the Ethiopian Great Rift Valley Lakes Region. On this region you will find chains of beautiful Rift Valley Lakes which are home to many birdlife and other wildlife.
After check in to the beautiful Haile Resort, owned and run by the Great Ethiopian Athlete, many Olympic gold medalist and holder of many world records including marathon; we will then walk around the lake of Awassa to see different aquatic birds. We can also take a boat trip for more bird watching and hippo spotting.  The rest of the day, you can relax in the swimming pool or in the spa.
Overnight: Haile resort-Awassa.

Day 6: Awassa-Langano-Ziway-Addis Ababa

Early in the morning, we will visit the Awassa fish market, where local fishermen sales freshly caught fishes for the local people. The interaction of the fishermen with people, birds and surrounding environment is interesting to watch.

After having breakfast at the hotel, we will drive back to Addis Ababa en-route visiting at least two rift valley Lakes namely Lake Ziway the biggest Rift Valley Lake and lake Langano. Both are very famous for their abundant birdlife.  As we finish our visit to the lakes, we then continue to drive back to Addis Ababa through the new expressway, which starts, at Mojo to arrive in Addis Ababa late in Afternoon.  End of tour.


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