Harara and Bale Mountain

8 Days

Explore Eastern Ethiopia holidays and discover the best time and places to visit. | Most of eastern Ethiopia is a stark landscape of dust-stained acacia scrub and forgettable towns. But scattered around this cloak of the commonplace are gems of genuine adventure. Undoubtedly, the east’s pièce de résistance is the walled city of Harar.


Bale Mountains National Park is a national park of Ethiopia. The park encompasses an area of approximately 2,150 square kilometres in the Bale Mountains and Sanetti Plateau of the Ethiopian Highlands

<p>Welcome to the third highest capital in the world! Addis Ababa is the buzzling capital of Ethiopia and the African Union. We take you on a city tour that includes the National Museum with the bones of Lucy, your oldest known ancestor, the Ethnographic Museum that presents the rich cultural diversity of Ethiopia, and St. George’s Cathedral, built in 1896 to commemorate the Ethiopian victory over the Italian invaders in the Battle of Adwa and Entoto Mountain</p><p></p><p>Overnight: B.L.D</p>

<p>A scenic driver takes you through the East African Rift Valley. On your way up the mountains towards Harar, you pass coffee and chat plantations. In the evening, you get to witness a live hyena feeding.</p><p></p><p>Overnight: B.L.D</p>

<p>Today you’ll explore the old walled town of Harar. Start at the Harari Museum for an introductory course in Harar history. Proceed with the house of the legendary French poet Rimbaud. Marvel at the sight of the 16th century Grand Mosque with its elegant twin towers and slender minaret. Enjoy the religious art works on display at the church of Medhane Alem. Bargain at the colorful Shoa Gate Market.</p><p></p><p>Overnight: B.L.D</p>

<p>On the way to Dire Dawa, you stop in Lega Oda to see prehistoric paintings dating back to 700 BC. In Dire Dawa, you’ll visit the large Kefira Market. You fly from Dire Dawa back to Addis Ababa, from where a comfortable Land Cruiser will pick you up and take you down south to Langano. Enroot, you have time for a stop at Lake Ziway, a bird watchers’ paradise.</p><p></p><p>Overnight: B.L.D</p>

<p>Numerous scenic photo stops spice up your drive to Bale Mountains National Park today. With every mile you get closer to the National Park, the scenery gets more spectacular. Magnificent forests cling to the sides of deep valleys, high peaks, rocky outcrops, pinnacles and ridges pierce horizons, and moorlands, grasslands and peaty pools sit in plains and hollows.</p><p></p><p>Overnight: Lodge or camping in tent.</p>

<p>Spend a full day exploring the park with your guide. The Bale Mountains are between 9,500 feet and 14,360 feet high and contain the largest tract of high moorland in Africa. Almost uninhabited, they are entirely unspoilt and were set aside as a National Park in order to protect the endemic Mountain Nyala. However, for many visitors the Ethiopian Wolf is the real star of the show and is regularly sighted here.</p><p></p><p>Overnight: Lodge or camping in tent.</p>

<p>Enjoy awe-inspiring views and the clean, fresh air on a high plateau. Discover this rich landscape on your feet and watch endemic mammals as well as mighty birds of prey.</p><p></p><p>Overnight: Lodge or camping in tent.</p>

<p>On your drive back to Addis Ababa, you stop at Lake Awassa, a beautiful freshwater lake set against a backdrop of hills covered in lush green. Bird watchers love the lake for its plethora of endemic aquatic birds. Stop by at the Fish Market on the lakeshore.</p><p></p><p>Before you continue your journey back to Addis, you get to enjoy the Senkelle Wildlife Sanctuary with its open acacia woodlands.</p><p></p><p>In the evening, we invite you to a memorable farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant with music and dance…</p><p></p><p>Scenic tours will accompany you depend on your departure time.</p><p></p><p>End of the tour</p>

Price Includes:

  • 1. Fuel surcharge
  • 2. All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Breakfast
  • 3. Bottled water
  • 4. Non Alcoholic Beverages
  • 5. Local guide
  • 6. Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Round-trip private transfer
  • 7. Coffee and/or Tea

Price doesn't Include:

  • 1. International air/flight tickets,
  • 2. Alcohol beverages,
  • 3. Tourist Insurance,
  • 4. Video filming and photography fees,
  • Tips and items of personal nature like
  • 5. laundry, souvenirs, etc
  • 6. All expense that are not mentioned in
  • the included part
Do you have any age restrictions?

You must be at least 15 years old to be eligible to participate in the majority of our trips. For all minors, an adult must accompany them. Our Adventure tours have a minimum age limit of 18. Younger children can accompany the adults in leisure and educational trips, but check the trips for their individual age requirements on the trip details page.

Usually, our trips don’t have a maximum age limit, but a Self-Assessment Form is required for participants who are 70 years and above.

Is it okay for a solo traveller to join a trip?

Yes, there are a lot of solo travelers in each group and it adds an extra dimension to the trip by allowing you to know like-minded people and share your experiences. About 60% of our groups are solo , other are group of friends and couples .

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

After your payment is completed and your booking is confirmed, if you cancel your booking 45 or more days before the departure, you will get a 50% refund. If your trip is departing in less than 45 days, the amount is non-refundable. So we highly recommend taking an all-inclusive insurance policy, so you know your investment is secure! For further information regarding cancellation and refund, please refer to our terms and conditions.

What is included in my trip?

Some of the meals, accommodation, transport and activities (it will be indicated in detail in the itinerary). We try to include more to add value in your trip.

What is not included in my trip?

Mainly international flight tickets to the reporting destination, visa fees and insurance fees which is a must.

What are the accommodations provided?

If I am a solo traveller, will I be charged single supplement?

Our accommodations on most of the tours are on a twin share basis. We believe that accommodations are an integral part a great trip. Our accommodations are good quality hotels, wherever provisional. The type of accommodation depends on the trip and can differ throughout the trip. You can get the exact list of accommodations just before the start of the tour.

As a solo traveller, you will be paired up with another participant of the same gender as per your passport information. If you’re not comfortable sharing a room with someone, you also have the choice to pay for a single supplement.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Harara and Bale Mountain