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Bale Mountain Lodge, Bale Mountains National Park

Imagine your friends’ questioning tones and raised eyebrows when you mention you’re taking a tailor-made holiday to Ethiopia. But when you begin to tell them about Bale Mountain Lodge you’ll see their expressions change to keen excitement, tinged with a touch of envy.

It’s an amazing and much under-visited setting perched 2380 metres above sea level, high in an atmospheric cloud forest. It’s surrounded by pristine wilderness and the largest tract of Afro-alpine moorland on the continent. And it’s a place full of secret wildlife, some unknown to science. Many of its creatures are found only in the park; the largest packs of Ethiopian wolves roam free here; there are lions, giant forest hogs, mountain nyala, bushbuck and large numbers of rare birds. Time to discover this part of Ethiopia.

Bale Mountain Lodge, at a glance

  • A true forest wilderness lodge, with eco credentials, tucked away in the heart of a pristine natural wilderness
  • Built from local slate to minimise environmental impact
  • Choice of just eight boutique-style rooms 
  • Superb, sweeping views of the natural clearing and mountains beyond
  • Hand crafted furniture using sustainable local wood
  • Colourful furnishings in the traditional idiom
  • Quaint, wood-burning stoves in each room
  • Tukul-style thatched dining room serving local specialities and international food

For leisure and pleasure

  • Forest expeditions to see primates, including the endemic Bale monkeys with their distinctive grey beards and sideburns
  • Bird watching for many rare and indigenous species
  • Nature trails through the woodlands
  • Unique flora and fauna that includes big cats
  • Trips to Sanetti Plateau to see Ethiopian wolves and unusual bird species
  • Astonishing 4000-metres-above-sea-level views
  • Central African Rift Valley easily accessible
  • Day trips to Sof Omar caves, Dolo Mena and Negele
  • We have travelled with The Ultimate Travel Company six times, the most recent was to New Zealand last year. The trip was very well organised as usual, with excellent accommodation and a wide variety of experiences. Given our obvious satisfaction with Ultimate, we had booked to go to Australia with them this year but due to Covid this was unfortunately cancelled, Ultimate handled the situation very professionally and promptly refunded the whole of our deposit without any quibble. When travel becomes viable again we would definitely rebook with them.

    DN, August 2020