Trekking in the National Parks

Ethiopia has nine national parks, but two are most popular for trekking and camping: the Bale Mountains and the Simien Mountains.  Horses or mules are available to carry supplies and equipment.  You may bring your own camping materials or we can provide tents, sleeping bags, and cooking supplies. 

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Tour Code: AT 027
Program: Trekking in Bale Mountains

Duration:  7 Days & 6 Nights
Transportation: Surface drive 

Day 01  Addis Ababa - Bale Mountains.

Drive from Addis to the Bale Mountains National Park.  Arrive at the park headquarters in the afternoon, in time for a leisurely afternoon hike, possibly spotting two endemic mammals that frequent the area:  Menelik's Bushbuck and the Mountain Nyala.  Birds in this area include the Blue-Winged Goose, the Spot-Breasted Lapwing, the Abyssinian Long Claw, the Wattled Ibis, the Black-Headed Siskin, Rouget’s Rail, and numerous other species. Overnight Camping.

Day 02  Trek to Sodota.

Walk through Dinsho and enter the National Park. Around Dinsho, the Mountain Nyala and Menelik’s Bushbuck should be visible. While trekking through the park, there will be a chance to see Ethiopian Wolves. Stop by Habera Waterfall for a nice break. Hiking will take 6-7 hours.Camping at Sodota.

Day 03  Trek to Wasama.

Trek to Wasama through a beautiful landscape with stunning views.  Pass through Mararo Valley where the Lammergeyer and Verraux Eagles keep nests. There will also be a chance a seeing the Ethiopian Wolf and other species of birds. Around 5-6 hours of trekking. Camping at Wasama.   

Day 04  Trek to Gebre Gurracha.

Start the day by hiking up Mt. Wasama (4200m) and then continue down into the Worgona Valley. Falcons, raptors, and possibly the Ethiopian Wolf will be visible. End the day at Lake Gebre Gurracha, meaning “black lake” in the Oromic language. Trekking will take 6-7 hours. Camping at Gebre Gurracha.

Day 05  Sanetti Plateau.

Take a short trek from Gebre Gurracha up to the Sennati Plateau to meet vehicles. Explore the Senatti Plateau by car. This is the best place in Ethiopia to view the Ethiopian wolf. Overnight Camping.   

Day 06  Harenna Forest.

Take a drive down to the Harenna Forest. This is in the southern end of the park and holds a unique variety of vegetation. The Harenna Escarpment towers 2000m above the edge of the forest and provides stunning views. Return to Goba for the night. Wabe Shebele Hotel.

Day 07  Goba - Addis Ababa.

Drive back to Addis Ababa with stops on the way at Rift Valley Lakes. Enjoy dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups.

Tour Code: AT 028
Program: Trekking in Simien Mountains

Duration:  10 Days & 9 Nights
Transportation: Surface drive 

Day 01 Addis Ababa.

Tour the Ethnographic Museum, a great introduction to Ethiopian culture and history. Visit the Mercato, one of Africa's largest outdoor markets.  Trinity CathedralOvernight hotel

Day 02  Addis Ababa - Gondar - Sankabar (3,250m).

Fly to Gondar on Ethiopian Airlines. Drive to Sankabar via Debark.Overnight Lodge.

Day 03  Sankabar - Geech (3,600m)

Trek to Geech campsite approximately 7 hours.Overnight Camping.

Day 04  Geech - Imet Gogo - Chenek (3,620m).

Trek to Chenek campsite via Imet Gogo approximately 7 hours.Overnight Camping.

Day 05  Chenek (3,620m).

Day trek from Chenek. Overnight Camping.

Day 06  Chenek - Ambiquo (3,200m).

Trek to Ambiquo campsite approximately 9 hours via Mt. Buhit (4,430m); cross the Mesheha River before reaching Ambiquo.Overnight Camping.

Day 07  Ambiquo - Ras Dashen - Ambiquo.

Trek to Ras Dashen (4,543m), the fourth highest peak in Africa and return to Ambiquo, approximately 10 hours round trip.  

Overnight Camping.

Day 08  Ambiquo to Chenek.

Trek to Chenek approximately 8 hours.

Overnight Camping.

Day 09  Chenek to Gondar.

Meet with vehicles and return to Gondar.

Overnight Hotel.

Day 10  Gondar - Addis.

Fly to Addis Ababa on Ethiopian Airlines.  Visit the National Museum, home of the 3.18 million year old skeleton "Lucy."  Optional souvenir shopping in the afternoon. Farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups.

 

Highlights:

Bale Mountains: Beautiful and varied scenery: waterfalls, highland savannah and forests with endemic birds and mammals.

Simien Mountains:  Ethiopia's most popular destination for trekking.  Ras Dashen is here, the fourth highest peak in Africa.

Birds and WildlifeOver 850 species of birds, many extremely beautiful and exotic, reside in Ethiopia, as well as a number of interesting and endemic mammals.

Sof Omar Cave: Perhaps the largest network of limestone caves in all of Africa. 

*Lalibela:  Unique treks beginning and ending in the amazing town of Lalibela.  

*Ankober:

*We do not feature these treks on our regular schedule, but can easily organize.

When to Visit:

The rainy season is June, July, and August.  The Bale Mountains can also receive significant rainfall in October.