Bale Mountains National Park


Bale Mountains

The Bale Mountains, with their vast moorlands and extensive heath land, virgin woodlands, pristine mountain streams and alpine climate remain untouched and beautiful world. Rising to a height of more than 4,000 meter, the range borders Ethiopia’s southern highlands, whose highest peak, Mount Tulludimtu the second highest peak in Ethiopia stands at 4,377meters. The establishment of the 2,470 sq km, Bale Mountains National Park was crucial to the survival of the four endemic mammals Mountain Nyala, Menelik’s Bushbuck, Ethiopian Wolf and Giant Molerat and different endemic species of birds including Rouget’s Rail, Abyssinian Woodpecker, Abyssinian Cat Bird, White Backed Black Tit, Olive Trash, Wattle Ibis and Crane are some of the species inhabiting the park. Besides Bale Mountains offer some fine high altitude horse and foot trekking, and the streams of the park, which become important as they well stocked with rainbow and brown trout fishes.

Bale Topography

Only 450 Ethiopian wolves survive today. Some 220 live around Bale’s bleak yet beautiful Sanetti Plateau in southern Ethiopia, a six-hour drive south from Addis Ababa. Despite their rarity, spotting them along the roadside through the National Park is almost as easy as spotting an urban fox in London. They look like foxes too, with deep russet coats and black-tipped tails, but they’re sleeker, taller, and incredibly handsome. In just 15 minutes on the plateau, we saw our first wolf, a juvenile, skulking low, then waiting patiently to pounce on his living lunch.

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