Bale Mountains National park- Self Drive Trips: Car Rental Congo

Bale Mountains National park was established primarily for the protection of the Mountain Nyala and Ethiopian Wolf, and other features including spectacular scenery, an extensive Afro-alpine plateau, and moist highland forest.
The park is an ideal home for the endemic mammal species of Mountain Nyala, Ethiopian Wolf or Simen Wolf and Menelik’s, Lions, Bohor Reed Buck, Greater and Lesser Kudu, Leopard; Wart Hog are some of the other few mammals can bee seen in the park.

Location: the park is located south-east of Addis Ababa at the coordinate between N7000’and E39045’. The area is within an altitude range of 1500-4377m asl. The Head Quarter is situated at 400km from Addis near Dinsho town in the Bale Zone.

The widely seen hygiene Abyssinica and Juniper trees dominated the park gives a suitable environment for birds, Thick Billed Roven (endemic) Rogetis Rail(endemic), Wattled ibis (endemic) and more others. Mount Tulu diimtu, the second-highest peak in Ethiopia (4373ms) asl beautifies in the background. The mountain is surrounded by forest belts and escarpments which is an ideal spot for trekkers.

When Is the Best time to Go

Temperature as to be expected to falls with increasing altitude. The lowest temperatures occur at night in the clear skies of the dry season and the highest temperatures during the day of the same season. The lowest temperature that has been recorded in the mountains is-150c at night, with the highest recorded temperature 260c. In contrast, the rainy season is warmer.

Rainy season: is followed by a four-month dry season from November to February. Rainfall in the area is characterized by one –the eight-month rainy season, with greater bulk of the rain falling in April and August to October. This means that from May-July, there are showers, usually in the afternoon. The area receives up to 1200mm precipitation annually.

Vegetation;

Afro-alpine moorland, heather, woodland, Gaysay grassland, and Herenna forest. Each of these zones has its own characteristic flora and fauna. These vegetation types are primarily demarcated by altitude.
Major wildlife species of the park: the park harbors diverse flora and fauna and center for endemic, including amphibian.

Mountain Nyala, Menelik’s, Ethiopian Wolf, Bohor Reedbuck, and common(grey) Duiker, Common Jackal, Several Cat, Leopard, Klipspringer, Warthog, Rodents, and birds.

Animals to See in the Bale Mountains

Wildlife Animals: The Animals to be watched while on Self-drive Safari to the Bale Mountains include Mountain Nyala, Stack’s hare, Ethiopian Wolf, Bale monkey, Giant molerat, Lovat’s mouse, Nikolaus mouse, Mahomet’s mouse, White-footed rat, White-tailed rat, Grey-tailed rat, Blick’s grass rat, Scott’e-hairy bat and four species of shrews such as crocidura Bileyi, crocidura bottegoides, Crocidura henna, and Crocidura thalia.

Birding Life:  include Abyssinian catbird, ABYssinan Longelaw, Yellow-fronted parrot, Spot-breasted plover, Black-headed siskin, and Golden-backed woodpecker and other birds include Wattled Ibis, Blue-winged Goose, Rouget’s rail, white-collared pigeon, Black-winged lovebirds, Banded barber, white-winged cliff-chat, White-backed black tit, Black-headed forest oriole, and Thick-billed raven.

The place to visit

  1. Dinsho Hillis
  2. The Gaysay valley
  3. Senetti Plateau
  4. Herenna forest
  5. Web valley
  6. Trout fishing
  7. Trekking:

Outside the park:
Sof Omar caves the river gorge is spectacular for its depth and for the regular limestone cliffs. Lesser kudu, Greater kudu, Dikdik, and Salvadori’s serin can be seen.

Web Shebelle gorge: the southernmost population of Galada baboon can be seen. The river is also waiting for an operation to start in the future.

Dodola- Adaba:
it is the best-organized ecotourism in the country. It is an excellent place for trekkers and hikers. There is a series of five mountains joined by trails for trekking. Check on the Safari operators in Ethiopia to book Safari to the Bale Mountains.