Destination: Trekking in Simien & Bale Mountains National Parks
Simien Mountains National Park
Massive erosion over the years on the Ethiopian plateau has created one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, with jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices dropping some 1500m. The park is home to some extremely rare animals such as the Gelada baboon, the Ethiopian Wolf and the Walia ibex, a goat found nowhere else in the world. The simien mountain massif is one of the major highlands of Africa, rising to the highest point in Ethiopia, Ras Dejen (4543m), which is the fourth highest peak in the continent. Although in Africa and not too far from the equator, snow and ice appear on the highest, points and night temperatures often fall below zero. The national park has three general botanical regions. The lower slopes have been cultivated and grazed, while the alpine regions (up to 3600m) forested, although much has until now. The higher lands are mountain grasslands with fescue grasses as well as heathers, splendid Red Hot Pokers and Giant Lobelia.
One Park, Many words
Bale Mountains National Park is an important bird area. Over 280 species recorded in BMNP, including seven of the 16 species endemic to Ethiopia: Spot-breasted lapwing, Yellow-fronted Parrot, Abyssinian woodpecker, Abyssinian long claw, Abyssinian cat bird, Black-headed siskin and Bale Parisoma. The areas with ample rodent communities are very important for rare large eagles, vultures and other raptors. The African Bird Club also ranks it the fourth most important birding site in Africa. The Bale Mountains National Park offers opportunities for unsurpassed mountain walking, horse trekking, forest walk, bird watching and scenic driving. It also presents the chance to view many of the endemic mammals that reside within the park, specifically the mountain Nyala and Ethiopian wolf, as well as birds such as the Wattled Crane and Bearded Vulture. However, perhaps the primary attraction of the Bale Mountains is the simple escape it offers from city life into peace, serenity and beauty.
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