Further South in the Bale Mountains, forays by 4wd bring you up close to Ethiopian Wolf on the remote Sanetti Plateau and amidst the tropical Harenna Forest; warthogs, colobus monkeys, giant forest hogs and if you are lucky, spotted hyena, leopards and lions can be spotted.
The focus on this itinerary is on Ethiopia’s superb wildlife, with a nice balance of wildlife.The Mountain Nyala and the almost blackish Menelik’s bushbuck in the Bale Mountains National Park, spot Ethiopian wolves on an excursion to the moorlands of the Sanetti Plateau and look out for black-maned lions, leopard and the Bale monkey in the Harenna Forest. There is also the opportunity to visit the impressive Sof Omar Caves.
Getting around Ethiopia: -Because of the state of the roads, the distances involved and the quality of the alternative (flying) most short term visitors use internal flights in Ethiopia. There are reliable daily flights between most of the stops on the Northern Circuit (Addis, Gondar, Lalibella, Axum, Bahir Dar).
If you have more time, or delight in the joys of overland travel, we can provide you vehicles (4WD, minibus and coaster bus )
When is best :-The Ethiopian Tourist Board proudly promotes their slogan “13 months of sunshine” to anyone who will listen, but they are not far off the mark. Although this tour is available year round the rainy season in the North is in July and August, but whilst that might stop you attempting a multi-day trek in the Bale Mountains, it won’t really affect you if you are planning on touring the Northern Historical route. The Bale Mountains can be very wet from April to June (the peak rainy season).
When to go —September — June