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
  • It simply does not get any better

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    VC, India, 2013