Trip reference number: YW_10887
The Sanetti Plateau in the Bale Mountains is the Rooftop of Africa; averaging 4000m in altitude, it is the highest plateau on the continent. On this incredible adventure we will walk across it, viewing its beautiful and exotic wildlife including Mountain Nyala, Ethiopian Red Wolf, impala, warthogs and Colobus Monkeys; meeting the nomadic herders grazing their flocks on the plateau and learning about their culture. We end with drive down into an ancient forest filled with waterfalls in this part of Ethiopia so little explored by the outside world.
With group members arriving during the afternoon and evening, today is a ‘free’ day for you to arrive, be transferred to the start hotel, and to shake off any travel fatigue, before the start of your adventure in earnest, tomorrow.
Our adventure begins with a tour the highlights of this liveliest of cities including the Ethnological & Red Terror Museums, and the wide panoramic views from Entoto Mountain. Optional visit to Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis, run by the charity HamlinFistulaEthiopia. Please see our Adventure Pack for more details on Worthwhile Travel. In the evening we will watch traditional musicians and dancers performing different tribal dances in a culture house before dinner at a restaurant and a jazz club or two for any interested parties.
Making an early start we will drive down to Dinsho through the incredible southern Ethiopian countryside. Our campsite is situated inside the Bale Mountains National Park, and affords beautiful views of the endemic Mountain Nyalas, huge warthogs and Redback and Bushback Deer who all drop past to say hello, as well as an abundance of local birdlife for which the park is famous.
We will trek from Dinsho east along to Sodota camp through the farmsteads and then vast plainlands. This is the natural habitat of the endemic Ethiopian Red Wolf, and we will keep a sharp eye out for either solitary hunters or small packs with their young here in their hunting grounds.
Today we climb right up onto the plateau through beautiful landscapes of silvery everlasting flower to camp near the base of the stunning Mt. Waaswma. From the plainlands we gain some real height and are rewarded with fantastic views of the pyramid mountain and also the sensation of being in a remote and magical place very few people have the opportunity of seeing.
A shorter day today across the Rooftop of Africa will bring us to Rafu camp, situated in the incredible mind-bending natural ‘stone forest’ of the plateau. Our camp is nestled in between the stones in this surreal and beautiful setting. For the more energetic there is the option to ascend a small peak from camp affording incredible views of the Harenna Forest to the south.
Today we walk along the windswept plains with the option of a short hike up to the summit of Mt. Tuludimtu, Ethiopia’s second highest mountain. The 360° views from the top are undoubtedly one of the highlights of the adventure, before we are collected by our van and taken south to the picturesque, wild and exceptional Bale Mountain Lodge in the Harenna Forest.
Today we will explore the mountain-bamboo groves and lichen-covered Harenna Forest on foot to view the hidden natural waterfalls cascading down into rock pools as well as the exotic looking Colobus monkeys. In the afternoon we can relax in the amazing surroundings of Bale Mountain Lodge, where we stay for our second night.
We start early for the full day drive through the African countryside to Addis Ababa (9hrs) for our final group dinner in one of the best restaurants in town and possibly a jazz club (or two) before our night in a hotel.
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