Bale Mountains

IMG 1566Bale Mountains National Park “Land of Endemism”

It is located in the south-east part of the country; some 425kms away from Addis Ababa, the park is the largest area of Afro-alpine habitat in the whole of Africa. The spectacular road from Goba south to Dollo-Mena crosses the eastern part of the Bale Mountains National Park and the Sanetti Plateau. This, the highest all-weather road in Africa, crosses the 4,000 m contour, and some of the loveliest mountain scenery in Africa that can be viewed from the comfort of your vehicle.

Bale mountains is an area of high altitude plateau that is broken by numerous spectacular volcanic plugs and peaks, beautiful alpine lakes and rushing mountain streams that descend into deep rocky gorges on their way to the lowlands below. The Meadows stream banks, forest floor and grasslands of the Bale Mountains contain much different vegetation, and are a further fascinating facet of this area. This region contributes visually to your enjoyment and understanding of this wonderful wild place. The mountains are also famous as home and refuge of the endemic Mountain Nyala, Menelik bush buck and the Ethiopian Wolf. Both three mammals occur in reasonable numbers, and visit to the Gassay area and the Sanetti Plateau will ensure you see both.

The Bale Mountains possess many habitats rich in birds, particularly the Harenna Forest which has been little studied. More than one hundred and sixty species of birds are known from the Park area, but their number is certain to be added to considerably in the future. Since the Bale Mountains are isolated from other similar habitats in Africa by low and dry areas, many endemic species are found. At least twenty-three species of birds are known to be endemic to Ethiopia. No less than fourteen of these species are known to occur in the Bale Mountains National Park area, and several are easily seen every day.

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