- 9 Days from$4340 p/p in USD
- DeparturesJan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
On this exciting wildlife tour, travel to Simien Mountain National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the country’s most beautiful natural areas. Along with the stunning mountain views, expect to see some fascinating wildlife, including gelada baboons and walia ibex. You will also have the opportunity to visit the incredible Bale Mountains National Park, which was added to the World Heritage Tentative List in 2009. Bale Mountains National Park is suitable for walking, trekking, hiking, wildlife watching and cultural tours. The park is also home to the Ethiopian wolf, mountain nyala, giant mole rat, and Bale vervet monkey, so have your binoculars and your camera at the ready, you’re about to embark on an incredible wildlife journey!
- Safari types:Birding Safari, Cultural Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
- You will visit:Simien Mountains NP, Bale Mountains National Park, Addis Ababa, Goba, Gondar
- Wildlife:Birds, Mountain Nyala, Menelik's Bushbuck, Ethiopian Wolf, Monkey, Gelada Baboon, Klipspringer, Walia Ibex, Bohor Reedbuck
- Activities:Game Drive, Game Viewing, Nature Walk, Sightseeing Tour, Cultural Experience
- Getting around:Domestic Flight, 4x4 Vehicle
- Start/end:Start in Addis Ababa, end in Addis Ababa
Price Per Person – USD
Bed & Breakfast Basis
|Full Board Basis||$7064||$4610||$4378||$3879||$3946||$3733||$3802|
- Accommodation on a shared room basis (extra USD 630 per person for a single room supplement)
- Discounted domestic airfares as part of the international flights with Ethiopian Airlines (additional USD 288 per person if the international flight is with other airlines)
- All ground transportation
- English speaking guide
- All meals
- All entrance fees
- Bottled mineral water in the vehicle
- Local guides and scout fees
- Government tax associated with the trip
- International flights
- Alcoholic drinks
- Travel insurance
Day by Day Overview
Your adventure with us begins with a transfer from Bole International Airport to your hotel, where you will have a chance to freshen up and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Once you’re refreshed, you’ll head out on a city tour, starting with the Holy Trinity Cathedral Church, which has a unique architectural style. After taking in this beautiful church, you will visit the National Museum of Ethiopia to learn all about the unique history of the country, as well as to see our oldest human ancestor, Lucy. Next you’ll visit the enthralling Ethnological Museum, set within Haile Selassie’s former palace and surrounded by the beautiful gardens of Addis Ababa University’s main campus. Even if you’re not usually a museum fan, this one is worth your time – it’s easily one of the finest museums in Africa.
After a relaxed lunch, drive up to the Entoto Mountains, the best location to observe the panoramic view of the capital. This is also the historical place where Menelik II, a famous Ethiopian emperor lived and built his palace.
After a quick breakfast you will take a morning flight to Gondar, before continuing onto the Simien Mountain National Park. You will stop off in Debark, a small market town at an altitude of 2700 meters, close to the boundary of the Simien Mountains National Park. Corrugated, iron-roofed buildings surround bustling, colorful market areas in this Northern Ethiopian town. Head on to Simien Mountain National Park, the largest national park in Ethiopia, to enjoy some incredible sight seeing and spot a wide variety of game, including the endemic Simien fox or Ethiopian wolf, several birds of prey, the Klippspringer, and bush buck.
Rise early to visit the Simien Mountain National Park again – there’s still so much to see in this massive park. Today you will head to Sankaber for the best views of the park. En-route, you’ll pass through the beautiful countryside, as well as the foothills of the Semien Mountains, consisting of carefully tended fields, pastures with grazing horses, stands of trees and distant rocky peaks. At the high point of the road, look out on stunning views across strange, eroded foothills. If you’re lucky, spot your first Lammergeiers and Gelada Baboons of the trip.
After breakfast, depart with a picnic lunch for Chennek, where it’s possible to spot another endemic mammal – the Walia Ibex. The landscape in the area is remarkably picturesque, with panoramic vistas of the deep gorges of the escarpment. Keep an eye out for troops of Gelada baboons, and if you’re lucky, spot the endemic Ethiopian Wolf.
After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, we will leave Simien Mountain National Park for Gondar, a city in northern Ethiopia. Gondar is known for its walled Fasil Ghebbi fortress and palace compound, once the the home of Ethiopian emperors. The main feature is the massive 17th-century castle of Emperor Fasilides, which combines Portuguese, Indian and local architectural styles. Later in the afternoon, we will fly back to Addis Ababa for our connecting flight to Goba, Bale Mountain in the morning.
Today, after breakfast, you will fly to Goba. From Goba airport, you will take a transfer to Dinsho, the gateway to the fabled Bale Mountains, which reach an altitude of around 4,500 meters. Here you will spend the next two days, watching fascinating birds in their varied habitats, including the Abyssinian Owl, Cape (Mackinder’s) Eagle-Owl, Wattled Ibis, Wattled Crane and Red-billed Chough, among other species.
Interesting mammals found in the area include mountain nyala, klipspringer, Menelik’s bushbuck, and Bohor reedbuck. The vegetation in Bale Mountains is also a treat, ranging from Hagenia-dominated forest and giant Erica woods to high-altitude moorlands, sometimes with fabulous giant lobelias.
To the south of the Park lies a 1200m escarpment, below which you will find one of the largest and most extensive forests remaining in Ethiopia, the Harenna Forest. The slope of the southern escarpment falls rapidly from the tree line at 3200m to around 2000m within a distance of only 8 km, producing a rapid and spectacular change in landscape, habitat, and species composition. The Bale Mountain Lodge is located beside a clear mountain stream, within a natural forest clearing beneath the escarpment. Here you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains and the surrounding forest. In this area, rare Bale Monkeys inhabit the trees, and the birdlife is spectacular. Wild coffee is harvested to the south of the lodge and delicious Bale honey is obtained by local people from hives found high up in the canopy. Here you can also find 3% of Africa’s remaining bamboo forest.
After breakfast, you’ll head to Sanetti Plateau, an island of tundra in the tropics, this habitat is classified as Afro-alpine moorland, and is characterised by a fascinating range of unique plants, including giant lobelias, which tower like monolithic giants over the rich tussock grasslands, and extensive cushions of yellow everlasting flowers. The grasslands are estimated to support an incredible biomass of 8,800 pounds of rodents per hectare. This attracts a rich array of raptors, including golden eagles, augur buzzard, and the elegant pallid harrier.
Birds share this abundant food source with the plateau’s most celebrated resident, the Ethiopian wolf, crowned with the unenviable title of ‘the world’s rarest canid’. The plateau also holds the only Afrotropical breeding populations of ruddy shelduck and red-billed chough.
Your flight back to Addis Ababa departs at 1pm and arrives in Addis Ababa in just one hour. Based on your interest and departure time, we can arrange a quick shopping trip for you before you say ‘goodbye’ to Ethiopia.