8 Days Safari Tour to Bale, Seneklle, Nech Sar & Maze National Park

Tour Description


Tour Code: 8 Days Safari Tour, Ethiopia

Attractions: Scenery, birds & Wildlife

Duration: 8 Days & 9 Nights

Transportation: Surface drive

 

Day 1: Drive to Dinsho,

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Dinsho, via Assela-Bekoji (360 Km from Addis). You will have lunch at Assela (250 Km from Addis). You will proceed driving and arrive in Dinsho in the afternoon.

Upon arrival, you will do all the requirements for short easy trekking at the Bale Mountains National Park HQ. After a brief break, you will have time to make a short hike around the head office So called Dinsho Walking Trakil .

 

Dinsho Walking Trail: the trail leads through the juniper forest around the park headquarter and it protects the main concentration of mountain nyala. Other animals include Menelik’s bushbuck, bohor reedbuck, warthog, gureza monkeys. An unusual plant of the Dinsho area is the white –flowered Abyssinian rose, the only flowering rose that is indigenous to Africa.

Then later drive to Goba (40Km from Dinsho) for overnight stay.  In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.

 

Day 2: Excursion/Day trip to Sanetti Plateau – spend the day looking for Wolf

In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to the Sanetti Plateau (altitude of 4000 meter, with Afro-alpine Moor land, beautiful wild alpine scenery). In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.

 

Sanetti Platuea: sited as the world’s largest expanse of Afro-alpine moorland, a montane habitat confined to altitudes of 3,500m to 4,500m on east Africa’s tallest mountains. It supports very high degree of endemism especially substantial population of Ethiopian wolf other mammals include golden jackal and klipspringer, Abyssinian hare, giant mole rat and other endemic small burrowing rodents.

Day 3: Drive to Shashemen & excursion to Senkelle Wildlife Sanctuary

In the morning after breakfast, you will you will drive to Shashemene (apprx 180 Km from Goba). On arrival check in to hotel, have lunch & break. Then, in the afternoon drive to Senkelle Wildlife Sanctuary (apprx. 35km from Shashemane, well-known for endemic and endangered subspecies of Swayne’s Hartebeest) and you will stop for lunch at Wolayta.

You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Haile hotel, Shashemene.

 

Day 4: Drive to Dorze

In the morning, after breakfast you to Dorze (125 Km from Wolayta Sodo). On arrival check in to lodge. Take some break and a local guide will take you to a compound of the Dorze people to visit their house and see their life style. The housewife will show you how a kind of flour is prepared from the stem of the enset tree (false banana) which is fermented and used to prepare porridge and sour flat bread. Make a walk in the mountains, passing the Dorze settlements, and visit a weaving and a potter’s cooperation. And visit the colorfully market in Dorze.

 

Overnight stay in Dorze lodge (simple bungalows built in Dorze style with magnificent view over the Rift Valley. The later cultural evening with live music and dance of the Dorze people with campfire.  Overnight stay in Dorze lodge.

 

Day 5: Drive to Arba Minch and Boat trip on Lake Chamo & walk in Nech Sar national park

After a breakfast you will drive to Araba Minch (50Km from Dorze) & make a boat trip on Lake Chamo where you will see the crocodile market. One can spot many hippos and the world’s most spectacular concentrations of Giant Crocodiles. (It is locally called as the crocodile market) the water birds are great the scenery is truly unforgettable. Fishing for Nile perch and many other species by locals on their traditional boat is by far the best in the country. You will also watch various low land water birds like the African Fish Eagle, Great white pelicans, egrets, etc.

Hereafter the boat will bring you to the other side of the lake where you enter Nech Sar National Park for a walk of app. 3 hours on the savannah plain where you can watch Burchell’s zebra’s, different bird species, baboons and probably also gazelle and Swayne’s hartebeest.

You will have lunch in Arba Minch. In the afternoon you will have free leisure time. Check in to lodge. Overnight stay in Paradise Lodge or Emrald resort, in Arba Minch.

 

Day 6: Drive back to Wolayta Sodo & afternoon excursion to Ajjora water falls

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Wolayta Sodo (125Km from Arba Minch).  On arrival check in to hotel, lunch and have a break.

Then in the afternoon drive to Areka (27Km from Sodo) & visit Ajjora water falls (apprx. 11Km de tour from Areka). Then back to Sodo for lunch & explore the town visit to the mini-Wolayta museum, local market and/or drive to Mocha borago caves known one of the biggest caves in Wolayta region. In the evening you will have dinner at the hotel and stay the night there.  Overnight stay in Abebe Zeleke hotel.

 

Day 7: Excursion to Maze National Park

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Maze National Park (70 Km from Wolayta Sod). Maze is noted for its population of the endangered Swayne's hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus swaynei), and is said to be second only to Senkelle Swayne's Hartebeest Sanctuary in importance for that subspecies. In the evening you will have dinner at the hotel and stay the night there.  Overnight stay in Abebe Zeleke hotel.

 

Day 8: Drive back to Addis Ababa

Right after breakfast, an early morning drive to Addis Ababa (325 Km from Wolatya Sodo). While en route visit Tiya (80 Km before Addis Ababa) Tiya is a UNESCO heritage, where of a peculiar type of engraved, grave marking standing stelae, believed to have been erected between the 12th and 14th centuries stand.

 

And visit  Melka-Kunture (50 Km before Addis Ababa) Prehistoric Site lies near the Awash River Gorge is one of the most important archeological sites in Ethiopia, where hand axes and various other implements have been found.

You will arrive in Addis Ababa early or late in the afternoon, depending on the time, have a last minute shopping.

Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner. Then depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.

 

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Rate: Upon request

 

Price includes:

 

·       Well-maintained and insured vehicles  with experienced driver

·       Fuel

·       Hotel Room on Double Occupancy basis including Breakfast (B&B)

·       All entrance fees, local guide fee, and scout

·       Bottled natural water every day,

·       Service tax

 

Price DOES NOT include:

·       Entry visa

·       International flights

·       Meals (Lunch & Dinner)

·       Photography & Video fees,

·       Personal expenses (tips, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.)