Ecological Tour to Bale Mountains

Tour Overview

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 Itinerary

Tour code: OLET 801

Duration:18 Days and 17 NIGHTS

Means of Transport: All the way Surface

Day 1: Arrive at Addis Ababa Bole International airport. Overnight Hotel

Day 2: After breakfast seeing the sights of Addis Ababa. Overnight Hotel

Day 3: Head to Sodore spa; and visit natural hot spring. Overnight Hotel

Day 4: To Dodola; then reach to Changity campsite. Overnight Camping

Day 5: Commence trekking to Wahoro set at 3300m. Overnight Eco Hut

Day 6: Morning trek toward Angafu located at 3460m. Overnight Eco Hut

Day 7: Trek from Angafu to Adale situated at 3300m. Overnight Eco Hut

Day 8: Trek to Mololicho; through high altitude plants. Overnight Eco Hut

Day 9: Trekking to Duro; set through open moorland. Overnight Eco Hut

Day 10: Hike to Berenda; famed for its bamboo plant. Overnight Eco Hut

Day 11: In the morning trek to Adaba end of the hiking. Overnight Hotel

Day 12: Head o Dinsho at Bale Mountains headquarters. Overnight Hotel

Day 13: Trek through African juniper and Hagenia trees. Overnight Hotel

Day 14: To Hawassa; set at the shore of Lake Hawassa. Overnight Hotel

Day 15: After breakfast leave and head to Wendo Genet. Overnight Hotel

Day 16: Pay time to visit Abijiata – Shalla National Park. Overnight Hotel

Day 17: Back to Addis Ababa visiting the rift valley lake. Overnight Hotel

Day 18: Time for shopping; then in the evening departure back to home.

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