We spent Christmas time in the Bale Mountains in the end. The park has been a great surprise since the landscapes are wonderful, the fauna is interesting and moreover, it is possible to go around the park without a guide or a scout (something impossible in other park of Ethiopia). In brief, we were free to do whatever we wanted at the speed that we chose.
The Bale Mountains are at altitude from about 2000 to more than 4000 meters. The scenery is very different according to the area. I am showing the main areas of the park where we went.
The Bale Mountains and the park that protects it are made up of several exceptional ecosystems... Here are a few reasons...
|the Harenna Forest is the 2nd largest of Ethiopia|
|some animal and vegetal species are endemic to the park (they are not found anywhere else in Ethiopia or in the world)|
|the park shelters 50% of the world population of nyalas|
|the parks also shelters 50% of the Ethiopian Wolves endemic to the country|
|the Ethiopian Wolf is considered the rarest canine species in the world|
|it is the only place in the world where to find the giant mole-rat|
|there are very rare species of batrachians|
|16 species of birds are endemic|
|11 species of rodents are endemic|
The next post will be about the fauna of the Bale Mountains.
We climbed to this altitude with the car... Yes, we are a bit lazy, but we have done other treks in the Bale.
The sign says that it's is the 2nd highest point of Ethiopia... However, Bwahit and Ras Dashen Mountains in the Simiens are both higher.
The Harenna Escarpment, on the north side of the mountains, provides shelter to the identically named forest located between 3000 and 3400 meters. The forest is beautiful, but it is badly under threat from farmers that slowly have started to move in the park.
From the Sanetti Plateau, we are going down under the cloud to reach the forest.
This region is in fact a small forested zone around the headquarters of the park.
On the road towards the mountains
Some landscapes around the Bale Mountains...