​Wildlife & Animals – Bale Mountains NP

Philip Briggs
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By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Ethiopia.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Ethiopia.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Ethiopia.

To see many of the sought-after Ethiopian endemics, you need to go to Bale Mountains National Park. It is the most reliable place to encounter the Ethiopian wolf, Africa’s most endangered carnivore, and the graceful mountain nyala. The wolves raise their pups communally, and watching the social interactions at a den site is a very special experience.

Wildlife Highlights

Primate-lovers are in for a treat when visiting Harenna forest, covering the south of the park. You’re likely to see olive baboons and acrobatic guereza monkeys swinging between trees high in the canopy. With a bit more effort, you might also encounter the endemic Bale monkey, which lives in isolated bamboo patches, and was discovered as recently as 1902.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Bale Mountains National Park is good throughout the year. January to March (the middle and end of the Dry season) is perhaps the best time for seeing wildlife, but the scenery is most beautiful during and after the rains from May to December.

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