The Harenna Forest is located in a highland forest region of the Bale Mountains, in the Oromia region of southeastern Ethiopia.
An enchanted emerald expanse seemingly out of science fiction, the Hereanna forest is a hot-spot of biodiversity, with a plethora of indigenous species evolving in total isolation, amongst the trees.
One of the last remaining natural forests in the country, the rich fauna and flora that flourishes that supports an array of unique wildlife. Of the animals visitors are likely to see, within the giant heather trees that spread their long green limbs across the canopy, golden crowned Bale mountain monkeys, giant forest hogs and a vast selection of brightly adorned birds are often the most visible, especially in the early hours of the morning. Throughout the day striped Nyalas, various types of buck,even lions and panthers emerge from deep within the forest.
Bee hives are made from hollowed out tree trunks, and supported high in the air with long strips of bamboo. These ancient methods, long forgotten in other parts of the world, still support the local economy.
While other parts of Ethiopia are moving to more modern production, the 600 families of the Harenna Forest are reluctant to abandon techniques honed over generations, mainly down to the spiritual role honey for those in the region. Folklore tells tales of King Lalibela, who as a newborn was swarmed by bees and miraculously emerged unscathed. Since then honey has been treasured across the all the regions of Ethiopia, but none more so than in Oromia.
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