Bale Mountain Lodge
Bale Mountains, Ethiopia
Bale Mountain Lodge opened in 2014 and was created by a British couple that are somewhat paving the way for Ethiopian eco-luxury accommodation. Excellent food and service await you during your stay in the awe-inspiring Bale Mountain National Park.
At a Glance
Spot endemic mammal species such as the endangered Ethiopian wolf on the Senette Plateau. There are only 450 left worldwide
Endemic bird species including the Hibans lark
Fabulous views of the mountains from all rooms
Explore the diverse areas and different vegetation types which make up the Bale Mountain National Park
Spot rare endemic bird species including the Rouget's Rail, the Abysinian Cat Bird and the wattled Ibis.Louisa Ross-Taylor
Visit the micro hydro plant to see how the electricity for the lodge is generatedLouisa Ross-Taylor
Located in the mysterious Harenna Forest, the thatch, stone and wood cottages of Bale Mountain Lodge are in-keeping with the local aesthetic but also high quality and reminiscent of a mountain chalet. One cottage is also fully accessible for wheelchair users.
The lodge is keen to reduce its carbon footprint through as many eco-friendly means as possible, diverting a portion of the local river to power the lodge through hydro-electric power which is filtered as a source of water for guests.
The Mountain Lodge is an ideal base from which to embark on guided walks, cultural and historical visits, bird watching, fishing and game drives to catch a glimpse of some native wildlife including the endangered Ethiopian wolf. The lodge are also able to arrange day trips to the southern part of the National Park so that guests can visit villages which very rarely see tourists. We recommend spending at least two nights here to fully appreciate your spectacular surroundings.
There are eight cottages in total at Bale Mountain Lodge, three are wheelchair friendly, one is fully accessible for those with a disability. There are a further five cottages in the forest along a slightly uneven path. Most rooms are East facing so you can appreciate the sunrise, double sinks, a shower but no bath, a safe and all rooms have a wood burning stove. Extra beds can be added for families.
There are no child care facilities at this property.
During your stay everything is included, counting most drinks. Although there is no mobile phone reception at the Lodge due to its location there will be WiFi. The owners have also built a micro-hydro plant to generate all the electricity for the lodge, a fascinating eco project.
- Honey collecting from the hives
- Riding local horses
- Going on a night drive where you can see porcupines, black leopards, giant forest hog, hyena, jackals, black maned lion (both day and night), wild dogs, honey badger, civet, jennet and servals
- There is only one main road in the park so activities are mostly trekking based rather than game drives
- There are also black and white Colobus monkeys, the endemic Bale monkey and vervet monkeys can be found in the bamboo forest
Location & Directions
Bale Mountains, Ethiopia
Bale Mountain Lodge is located in the picturesque Bale Mountains National Park a 7-8-hour drive or 1-hour flight from Addis Ababa.
When to go
The best time to visit Ethiopia is from mid to late October until May. During this time the highlands are ideal for hiking especially after the rainy season has just finished as the landscape bursts into life.
Due to the high altitude of the country in comparison to its location conditions get quite cool at night. Temperatures generally can reach above 30°C in lowland areas, whereas the highland temperature can dip below 20°C. Addis Ababa has a relatively even temperature year-round.