Wildlife and nature tour of the Bale Mountains NP, Awash NP and Rift Valley Lakes of Ethiopia
This is a five days nature and wildlife focused tour to the Awash and Bale Mountains National Park, and the two of the Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes - Langano and Ziway. Visitors would see big mammals like hippos, Oryx, Kudus, Warthogs, gazelles, and the endemic mammals of Ethiopia - Simien Fox or the Ethiopian Wolf, Mountain Nyala, and Menelik Bushbuck, and more than six species of birds which are exclusively found in Ethiopia.
The tour also includes visiting the Steles of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage) and the rock carved church of Adadi Mariam (13th Century AD).
Day 1 - Addis Ababa - Awash National Park
Drive 225 km east to the Awash National Park and in the late afternoon, enjoy game drive in the park.
Day 2 - Awash National Park - Goba
With an early start, have a game drive in the Awash NP to see crocodiles, Biesa Oryx, Baboons, Sommering Gazelles, Bat Eared Fox, and if lucky, wild dogs. Then, drive to the Bale Mountains NP and walk around to see warthogs, bohor reedbuck, and the endemic mammals of Ethiopia - the Mountain Nyala, and Menelik Bushbuck.
Day 3 - Full day visit of the Bale Mountains NP
Excursion to the Sanette Plateau to see the Simien Fox or the Ethiopian Wolf, reach the second highest mountain in Ethiopia, enjoy the great views of the Bale Mountains and the unique wildlife of the park.
Day 4 - Bale Mountains NP - Lake Langano
Enjoy game driving in the park in the morning, and then drive Lake Langano with a stop at Shashemene town to visit the Rastafarian Community. Later, swim in the lake, walk for bird watching.
Day 5 - Drive back to Addis
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will pick you up from where you are Addis Ababa - the airport, any hotel or any other location. If we are to meet at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, the exact meeting point is after you get out of the terminal (building), to your left you'll see a long walking steps between two big trees. I'll be waiting you there with a sign of your name.
See you there!
End location: I will meet you at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port, hotel or any place of stay in Addis Ababa.
Duration: 5 days
We use a comfortable Toyota Minivan of 2015 Model of 8 seats
Price includes the following services: -
- Private comfortable insured Toyota Minivan of 2014/15 Model equipped with air conditioning and seat belts
- Fuel (gasoline) and driver's allowance
- Professional and experienced English speaking tour guide for the entire route (my time as your guide and personal assistant)
- Boat rent at Lake Ziway
- All on-site guides
- Bottled water in the vehicle
- Scouts in the parks
- Farewell dinner on the last night
- And, all related government taxes
Estimated Local Cash Needed
4000 Ethiopian Birr (ETB) - For meals, entrance fees to visit the places mentioned, etc is estimated. The amount doesn't consider accommodation as it varies widely.
Note - Please, contact me if you want the all inclusive tour price. This tour can be customized to fit your interests, places of visits, time you have for the tour, and price inclusions.
Local businesses and places of visits prefer to be paid in cash with the local Ethiopian currency.
1 USD ~ 23 ETB
There is a possibility of price increases any time.
Price DOES NOT include: -
- Entrance (admission) fees to places of visits mentioned in the program
- Any meals
- Any accommodations
- Any expenses of personal nature such as souvenirs, laundry, etc
- Fees to take picture and videos
- And, any expense which is not mentioned in the "Included" list above