Popular Tours to the Bale Mountains
The tours below showcase just some of what is possible in the Bale Mountains. In Ethiopia, nothing is set in stone. Use these itineraries as starting points, or to draw inspiration. Then get in touch, and let our expert team help craft the perfect itinerary for you.
Hike across electric landscapes of thick forests, Afro-alpine moorland, peaks and plateaus, and jungle thickets. An extraordinary outdoor adventure, with high altitude hikes unlocking staggering viewpoints, beautiful clearings, and endemic wildlife. At night, the sky is ablaze with starlight in…
Discover the extraordinary bird life in Ethiopia that includes dozens of endemic species. Explore the national parks, rift valley lakes, and highland peaks and valleys that make Ethiopia a world-class birding destination. Boutique and eco lodges place you in the…
How to visit the Bale Mountains
The Bale Mountains can be accessed via a domestic flight from Addis Ababa. You will fly in to the nearby airport town of Robe, and from here it is a couple of hours drive into the national park (depending on where you are staying).
Another great option is to drive down to the Bale Mountains along the Rift Valley. This epic road trip takes 2-3 days, and gives you a real insight into Ethiopian life. There are a number of charming lakeside lodges set up along the Rift Valley to nicely break up the journey.
The Bale Mountains are usually explored over the course of 2-3 days, with overnights at the incredible Bale Mountains Lodge. Accommodation options in the mountains are extremely limited, with Bale Mountains Lodge being the only top-end option available. Your only other options are the Wabe Shebelle Hotel in Goba, which is not good quality, or camping in the mountains - an excellent option for those wanting to experience the most of the great outdoors.
The Bale Mountains are the best spot to find the endemic Ethiopian Wolf which hangs out in the Sanetti Plateau in the north of the park. Head further south, and you'll discover the vast Harenna Forest, a jungle-esque wilderness home to a huge diversity of wildlife.
There are some excellent hiking and trekking routes in the Bale Mountains - and if you camp out in these mountains, you'll have the entire national park to yourself.
How it works
We can put together an itinerary to fit any time frame or budget. Whether you've got some fixed plans and need help with the detail, or don't know where to start, here's how we can help:
We'll talk about your dream Ethiopia moments, how much time you have and your budget.
We'll discuss any places to go or things to do that you've already got in mind and send you a few suggestions of our own.
When you've decided what you want to see and do, we'll put together the perfect itinerary that covers all the destinations you're most excited about, and moves at just the right pace. We'll select the accommodations that are right for you, and we'll make any adjustments until you're confident its the perfect itinerary for you.
When you're happy with your trip and the cost, we'll get your adventure set up, make all the bookings and reservations, and provide all the pre-travel information you need.
Once your on the ground in Ethiopia, we'll be here to look after you every step of the way.
Discover more of the Bale Mountains
Bale Mountain Lodge
Set deep within the national park, the Bale Mountains lodge is by far the best accommodation option available in the Bale Mountains. The lodge has a selection of cosy and …
Bale Mountains Wildlife
The Bale Mountains National Park is a blend of craggy mountains, surreal rock formations, and lush terrain ranging from from forest to grassy plains and jungle. This varied habitat…
Camping in the Bale Mountains
Camping in the Bale Mountains is a fantastic way to explore the wilderness of the national park. Trek for campsite to campsite on a multi-day trek with specialist local guides. …
Trekking in the Bale Mountains
On its 4000-metre-high Sanetti Plateau, the Bale Mountains has everything from glacial lakes to mountains, volcanic ridges, rock formations and swamps. On the lower southern slopes…
When to visit the Bale Mountains
The best time to visit the Bale Mountains is between October and March. The rainy season runs from June to September, although there can be heavy showers in April and May. October …
Bale Mountains Accommodation
Accommodation options in the Bale Mountains are limited. The Bale Mountain Lodge, a boutique and luxurious lodge in the Harenna Forest is easily the best available, but it comes …