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Bale Mountains Tours & Holiday Packages

Bale Mountains Tours & Holiday Packages

Situated in Ethiopia's southeastern region, the Bale Mountains National Park is a stunning travel destination that features the nation's varied plant and animal life. Boasting over 2,200 square kilometers, the area is a sanctuary for many threatened species of animals, making it a paradise for adventurers. The Ethiopian wolf, one of the most endangered of its breed with only 500 known individuals, resides here. Other remarkable creatures include the endemic mountain nyala, an antelope species native to Ethiopia, and the giant molerat, found only within the park's borders. Non-wildlife aficionados can still enjoy the park thanks to its diverse landscape, including the 4,000 meters high Sanetti Plateau that promises a breathtaking vista of its surroundings. Additionally, the park's highest peak, the towering Tullu Deemtu at 4,300 meters, is the second tallest in the country. Avid bird-watchers will relish the vast variety of bird species present in the park, such as the Abyssinian catbird, the thick-billed raven, and the wattled crane. With around 300 recorded fowl varieties, the Bale Mountains is a veritable haven for orinthologists. Visitors can also explore the park's buildings and meadows on foot and observe its impressive flora and fauna up close. The forests, mountains, hills, and savannas create the perfect conditions for trekking and camping.

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If you're looking for an unforgettable experience where you can explore stunning landscapes and observe a variety of wildlife, then the Bale Mountains National Park is a must-visit destination. From its vibrant cultural heritage to its beautiful scenery and abundance of fauna, the park offers a unique and remarkable experience that will stay with you long after your visit.

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  • Capital Addis Ababa
  • Language Amharic, Somali, Tigrinya, Sidama and English
  • Currency US Dollar & Ethiopian Birr
  • Time Zone GMT+3
  • Drives on the Right
  • Calling Code +251

Your Bale Mountains Tour Adventure

Are you looking for a tour package to explore the Bale Mountains National Park? Look no further! We have an array of options to suit every adventurer’s requirements, from guided hiking tours to wildlife safaris and cultural experiences. Start an unforgettable trekking journey across the Sanetti Plateau and climb the second-highest peak in Ethiopia, Tullu Deemtu, and soak in the majestic views of the surrounding lands.

Explore the park’s distinctive wildlife including the unique Ethiopian wolf, mountain nyala, and giant molerat, then visit the nearby villages to understand the local culture and traditions. Plus, if you’re looking for something specific, we can customize our tours to your individual desires and interests.

At Exodus Safaris, our mission is to create exceptional experiences for our guests with quality guides, comfortable accommodations and personalized service — giving you an unforgettable visit to the Bale Mountains!

Frequently Asked Questions About Bale Mountains Tours

What are the Wildlife Species in Bale Mountains NP?

The wildlife species that can be found in Bale Mountains National Park are quite extraordinary. As previously mentioned, the Ethiopian Wolf is the flagship species of the park and is the rarest Canidae species in Africa. Other mammals that can be found in the park include the rare Bale Monkey, the Crocodile Fox, the Ethiopian Wolf, Mountain Nyala, the Menelika’s Bushbuck and the Giant Mole Rat. The park is also home to over 100 species of birds, including the rare Blue-winged Goose, the Black-winged Lovebirds, the Abyssinian longclaw and the White-breasted Santalum.

What is the Best Time to Visit Bale Mountains NP?

The best time to visit Bale Mountains National Park is between November and February, as this is the driest period of the year and the park receives very little rain. During this time, you can expect to experience clear skies and exceptional views of the diverse landscape. The high season runs from October to January, making it the most popular time of the year to visit, however the park is never particularly busy.

What are the Pros and Cons of Visiting Bale Mountains NP?

The pros of visiting Bale Mountains National Park include its spectacular mountain setting, great hiking opportunities, rare high-altitude mountain habitat, its home to several Ethiopian endemics and its excellent birding with many endemics. The cons of visiting Bale Mountains National Park include the limited accommodation options and the fact that some sections of the park are spread out and hard to cover from one base.

How Big is Bale Mountains National Park?

Bale Mountains National Park is 412km² / 159mi² in size. The park spans from an altitude of 1,462m / 4,797ft up to 4,288m / 14,068ft.

How Can I Get to Bale Mountains NP?

The easiest way to get to Bale Mountains National Park is by flying direct from Addis Ababa Airport to Dire Dawa International Airport. From here, you can hire a private car to take you on the two-hour drive to Dinsho, the gateway to Bale Mountains National Park. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Addis Ababa to Dire Dawa and then another bus to Dinsho.

What Are the Tour Packages to Bale Mountains National Park?

There are a number of tour packages available to Bale Mountains National Park, depending on your budget and preferences. The most common packages offer four-day safaris, including transport, accommodation, meals and all park fees. There are also longer packages which give you more time to explore the park.

What Kind of Tours are Available in Bale Mountains NP?

There are a range of tours available in Bale Mountains National Park, aimed at all types of travellers. For those looking for an immersive nature experience, there are guided hikes, horse riding tours and birdwatching tours. For those looking for something more adventurous, there are longer bike tours, motorbike tours, 4WD safaris, camping trips and trekking expeditions.