South Lakes, Bale Mountains & Bird Watching Tour 5 days

Acacia trees, lakes of Rift Valley region, Shashemene town of the Rastafarian community, Souf cave birds and the easiest second highest Bale Mountains trekking, horse riding on Dodola see the endemic Mountain Nyala, Menilk Bushbuck and other endemic bird are the main attractions of this Ethiopia bird watching tour.

We are proposing two versions of this trip - depending on the time you wish to spend - 5 or 7 days. In addition all our trips can be tailored to your desired length of stay in Ethiopia, budget and needs.

Day 1 Debre Zeyit - Shashemene

Drive 50 km to Debre Zeyit town, visit the 5 lakes sarounded the city. Have breakfast and drive to 5 hours to Shashemene town of Ras Teferians/ Caribbean community. Visit the Lion of Judah museum & chapel.

Overnight: Shashemene – hotel

Day 2 Dodola - Bale Mountains

Drive to west, Dodola, start horse riding the vast portion of Bale Mountains.

Overnight: Dodola – camping

Day 3 Dinsho - Dodola

Further trek to Dinsho second camp site after 4 hours of riding horse.

Overnight: Dodola – camping

Day 4-5 Bale Mountains

Interested on trekking? Further keep trekking Day 3, 4 and 5

Overnight: Camping with scouts, horse, guide costs


Day 3 Bale Mountains - Goba - Sanetti Plateau

Descend from the mountain and drive to Goba town on the same day. The car drive takes you to the top of the second highest mountain in Bale & Sanetti Plateau.

Overnight: Sanetti – camping

Day 5 Dolomena Way - Sof Omar Caves

Depart Bale Mountains to Dolomena Way, visit Sof Omar caves, lake and bird life.

Overnight: Sofoumer – hotel

Day 6 Sofoumer - Shashemene - Awassa

Return drive to Bale, and further drive to Awassa via Shashemene.

Overnight: Awassa – hotel

Day 7 Lake Awassa - Wendo Genet - Addis Ababa

Early morning head to Lake Awassa, attend fishing and visit the fish market and drive to Wendo Genet natural Spa that is said to have curative power for nervous system and muscle cramp. Swim in the hot bath, then drive at night to Addis Ababa.

Overnight: Addis Ababa – hotel

Tour highlights

Country: Ethiopia

Duration: 5 days

Available for: Students,Adults,Seniors

Guide speaks: English
* Other languages possible on request

  • Bale Mountains
  • Birdwatching
  • Rift Valley
  • Wildlife
  • Nature

Our clients say:

I only had a few hours in Addis at the end of my trip so wanted to make the most of it with a tour. Meklit was an exceptional guide - she was so knowledgeable and friendly and I felt like we captured the essence of Addis in the short time we had. It was like exploring Addis with a friend! HIGHLY recommend this!!!!!
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