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Bale Mountains National Park

The Bale Mountains National Park is Located 400km southeast of Addis Ababa, It contains a spectacularly diverse and unique landscape. The high altitude, afro-montane Sanetti Plateau which is the largest Alpine plateau on the African Continent rises to over 4,000m and includes the highest peak in the southern Ethiopia highlands. This undulating plateau is marked by numerous glacial lakes and swamps and surrounded by higher volcanic ridges and peaks. and The southern slopes are covered by Harenna rainforest, the Largest tropical montane cloud forest in Ethiopia, which remains largely unexplored. The park land cover is 2,150km2 and its divided in to five major parts depends on its vegetational distribution. Afroalpine moorland, Erica/ heather belt, Grasslands, juniper/Hagenia woodlands, moist-tropical montane forests( Harrena forest).

The park is between altitudinal range of 1,500masl to 4,377masl. Bale Mountains are said to harbor the largest number of endemic species of any terrestrial habitat on earth. It’s the best site to spot Endemic wild life’s of Ethiopia such as; Mountain Nyala, Meniliks Bushbuck, the rare and endangered Ethiopian Wolf on the spectacular Sanetti Plateau, Bale Monkey, Abyssinian Hare, and it is the only place in the world where Giant mole-rats live, providing food for the wolves.

Endemic birds of Ethiopia such as Abyssinian Cat bird, Blue winged Goose, Yellow fronted Parrot, Abyssinian Wood picker, Abyssinian Long Eared Owl, Abyssinian Long Claw, Spot breasted Plover and more others are mostly spotted in the Bale mountains. Generally more than 310 birds are recorded in the park and it’s listed by African Bird Club as the 4th birding site in Africa.Bale Mountains National Park is the ultimate destination for hikers, wildlife watchers, culture and nature enthusiasts, bird watchers and more! Explore one of the highest parks in Africa by horseback, go fishing or experience an authentic community trying local coffee and honey!

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