Understanding your options
Accommodation in the Bale Mountains ranges from the boutique and luxurious Bale Mountain Lodge, to budget-friendly lodging just outside the park or in the adjacent villages, with nothing in between. If you're travelling on a budget, you'll want to consider whether you're happy to stay in more basic lodging during your time in the Bale Mountains.
If you're happy to spend a little more, the Bale Mountains Lodge is one of the best lodges available in the country, and is located deep in the Harenna Forest meaning it's the perfect base for exploring the park.
Bale Mountain Lodge
Set deep within the Bale Mountains National Park, this boutique lodge is as secluded as it is charming. The lodge has a selection of cosy and well-designed rooms complete with a fireplace, ensuite bathroom and balcony.
The setting, character and quality of this lodge in design, facilities and service makes it one of the more expensive lodges in the country.
Located in the small town of Goba just outside the National Park, Wabe Shebelle is the only other hotel option for visiting the Bale Mountains. The hotel is certainly no-frills, and the overall service leaves much to be admired. If you're travelling on a budget, you'll likely have to stay here as your explore the Bale Mountains.
The hotel is acceptable, but sits on the more expensive side for what it offers.
Harenna Forest Hotel and Cultural Lodge
The small village of Rira in the Bale Mountains hosts this budget-friendly lodge. The lodge is seldom used, and the town is usually visited as a lunch stop-over during a tour of the mountains as it is the home of many of the local guides. While the village is pretty and the people extraordinarily friendly, the lodging is only suitable for those comfortable with absolute basics.
Being one of the most luxurious and popular lodges in the country, the Bale Mountain Lodge gets booked up months in advance. If you're planning a visit the Bale Mountains during your adventure in Ethiopia, you'll want to get your dates arranged well in advance.