From the moss-covered trees of the remarkable Harenna Forest in the south, to the expansive Sanetti Plateau with its giant lobelia, the diverse landscape of the Bale Mountains is astoundingly scenic.
Also known as the Urgoma Mountains, the range includes Mount Batu, and Tullu Demtu, which, at 4377m, is the second highest mountain in Ethiopia. This region is home to many of the country’s prevalent animals. Look out for the Ethiopian wolf specifically on the Sanetti Plateau, and giant mole-rats on the outwardly barren Afroalpine meadows.
Covering 2200 square kilometres of the mountains, the Bale Mountain National Park is the perfect place to experience the untouched alpine scenery and its unique wildlife. The largely unexplored Harenna Forest is also believed to be home to a variety of undiscovered species or reptile, as well antelope, and large cats like lions and leopards. There are several hikes through the park from the headquarters, Dinsho.
Venture out into the woodlands and discover the juniper trees on the slopes of the Bale massif, and the large hagenia trees which flower between November and February.
When to go
May until September are the wettest months in the Bale Mountains. May to July sees warm sunny days, but frequent afternoon showers are to be expected. From October through to April, the days are sunny and night skies are filled with stars - this is also the best time for trekking. June is the best time for spring flowers.