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Bale Mountains & Southern Ethiopia - 8 Days

Bale Mountains & Southern Ethiopia

Ethiopia · Private Tour · 8 Days
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From the lush plantations of the birthplace of coffee Yirgachefe, to sublime crater lakes, to Bale Mountains National Park, this trip is a nature aficionado's dream come true offering a unique variety of natural treasures. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Addis Ababa → Yirgalem
Day 2 - Yirgalem → Awassa
Day 3 - Awassa → Goba
Day 4 - Bale Mountains National Park
Day 5 - Harenna Forest 
Day 6 - Goba → Langano
Day 7 - Langano  → Debrezeit
Day 8 - Debrezeit → Addis Ababa

What is included

  • All ground transportation, transfer in and out including fuel and driver allowance using 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels, lodges and resorts on sharing basis
  • Meal on half board basis (breakfast and dinner)
  • All entrances, local guide and scout fees
  • English speaking drivers and local guides

What is NOT included

  • International flight
  • Porter fees at hotel and airport
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips and other personal expenses
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
Addis Ababa → Yirgalem

In the morning, drive to Yirgalem.

On the way, visit Tiya Stelae Site, one of the world heritage sites registered by UNESCO, Melka Kunture archeological site and the rock hewn church of Adadi Mariam. Then keep driving to Yirgalem.

Overnight at the lodge.

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Addis Ababa → Yirgalem317 km 5h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Aregash Lodge

Yirgalem

day
2
Yirgalem → Awassa

After breakfast, drive to Yirgachefe to visit Yirgachefe coffee plantation.

Visit the coffee forest and learn about the process of drying coffee beans, which are washed, dried and then processed for international export.

At Aregash lodge, lunch will be served with coffee in a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Then keep driving to Awassa.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Yirgalem → Awassa43 km 1h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Haile Resort

Lake Awassa

day
3
Awassa → Goba

After breakfast, relax and walk around the beach side of Lake Awassa visit the Fish Market.

Then drive to Wondo Genet area to observe striking forest plants and bird species, hot springs, landscapes and a view of coffee plantations. After visiting, drive to Goba.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Awassa → Goba223 km 4h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Wabishebel Hotel

Goba

day
4
Bale Mountains National Park

After breakfast, drive to Bale National Park in the Sanetti Plateau.

Hike inside the park where you will have a chance to see endemic animal such as Ethiopian Wolf, Giant Moll Rat, Minilik Bushbuck, Mountain Nyala etc. The vistas are simply unbelievable and so photogenic. Here you will find afro-alpine vegetation that includes the Giant Lobelia and shrubs such as Everlasting. Vistas reach out to the strange pinnacles of Chorchora Peak and across the sheer-sided Tegona River Gorge.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Wabishebel Hotel

Goba

day
5
Harenna Forest 

After breakfast, drive to Harenna Forest.

The Harenna Forest is one of the few remaining natural forests in the country. It is known for its mammals, amphibians and birds, including many endemic species. The Harenna Forest was once habitat to packs of the endangered Painted Hunting Dog, Lycaon Pictus.

After your visit drive back to Goba

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Wabishebel Hotel

Goba

day
6
Goba → Langano

After breakfast, drive to Langano. With a maximum depth of 46m, Lake Langano is one the Rift Valley Lakes in Ethiopia that is considered safe for swimming.

After check at the hotel, relax on the lake side beach and visit the other Rift Valley Lakes, Abjata and Shala.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Goba → Langano 254 km 5h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Sabana Beach Resort

Lake Langano

day
7
Langano  → Debrezeit

After breakfast, swim or relax at Lake Langano.

Then drive to the resort town of Debrezeit. After check in, visit some of the crater lakes of Bishoftu. The lakes are a paradise of birds such as pelicans, grebes, shovellers, storks and a myriad of brightly colored passerines.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Langano → Debrezeit140 km 2h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Kuriftu Resort

Debrezeit

day
8
Debrezeit → Addis Ababa

After breakfast, relax and walk on the lake side of your resort. Then drive back to Addis Ababa.

In the evening, traditional farewell dinner in one of the best restaurant in Addis followed by folkloric dance of different Ethiopian nations.

Then transfer to airport or your home, where the tour ends.

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Debrezeit → Addis Ababa60 km 1h 10min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Yirgalem
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Aregash Lodge

Lake Awassa
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Haile Resort

Goba
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Wabishebel Hotel

Lake Langano
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Sabana Beach Resort

Debrezeit
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Kuriftu Resort

Price for comfort experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
4 pax
Double Sharing
1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018$1804$1516

Photos

Harenna Forest
Ethiopia Wolf
Lake Awassa
Tiya Stele Field
Coffee Plantation, Yirgachefe
Lake Awassa
Lake Langano
Debrezeit

Map

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