The journey through the rift valley portion of Ethiopia is a much a “pilgrimage” to the naturalist as a trip to the north to historian. Beautiful scenery, a chain of sparkling lakes, abundant bird and wildlife, and a kaleidoscope of colorful cultures all combine to make this part of the country unique. Of course, it is the topography of the remarkable Great Rift Valley itself that adds much to the appeal of this region. Funned between two dramatic escarpments, presentation of the last great massive movement of the earth is home to a marvelous string of lakes that stretch from Ethiopia south to Kenya, Tanzania and beyond. Interestingly each Ethiopia lakes have their own character, even those lie alongside.
This part of the country is also home to many diverse ethnic groups and cultures: such as the Dorze famed for their beehive hut and weaving of cotton cloth; the Konso, who for centuries have practiced land terracing and intensive agriculture in their steep land. Along the Omo River, the Karo well known for their elaborate body painting, the Geleb, Nyangatom, Hamer, Mursi famous for their lip plate wear by their women, Kwegu, Bodi and others live a life that is still principally nomadic or pastoral with some hunting, gatherers and fishing. Unaffected by the ways of the modern world, so near and yet so far from them, these ethnic groups remain as remote and unchanged as the land in which they live.
The Bale Mountains is an area of high altitude plateau that is broken by numerous dramatic volcanic plugs and peaks. Beautiful alpine lakes, and rushing mountain streams that descends into deep rocky gorges on their way to the lowlands below. As one ascends into the mountains, will experience changes in the vegetation with altitude from juniper forests to heather moorlands and alpine meadows which at various times of the year exhibit an abundance of colorful wild flowers. The national park is the largest area of Afro alpine habitat in the whole of Africa giving unlimited opportunities for some fantastic mountain walks, horse trekking and scenic driving with a chance to view many of Ethiopia’s endemic mammals, birds and vegetation.
Tour code: OLET 806
Duration: 12 Days and 11 nights
Means of Transport: All the way Surface
Day 1: Arrive at Addis Ababa Bole International airport. Overnight Hotel
Day 2: Time to explore the sightseeing of Addis Ababa. Overnight Hotel
Day 3: To Bale Mountains National Park headquarters. Overnight Lodge
Day 4: Walk through Dinsho and Gaysay walking trails. Overnight Lodge
Day 5: Start trekking to mount Moraro set at 3750m. Overnight camping
Day 6: Morning resume trekking to Wassema valley. Overnight Camping
Day 7: Hike Batu and stay near Gebreguracha Lake. Overnight Camping
Day 8: Cross Sanettie afro alpine moorland Plateau. Overnight Camping
Day 9: Visit Ethiopian Wolf and possibly Giant Mole Rat. Overnight Hotel
Day 10: Morning journey to Wendo Genet for overnight. Overnight Hotel
Day 11: Visit Wendo Genet; then drive back the capital. Overnight Hotel
Day 12: Time for shopping; and then in evening departure back to home.