The Bale Mountains National Park is located 400km southeast of Addis Ababa in Oromia National Regional State in South-eastern Ethiopia. It belongs to the Bale-Arsi massif, which forms the western section of the south-eastern Ethiopian highlands.
The park covers the largest area higher than 3,000m above sea level in Africa. The highest peak in the BMNP, Tullu Dimtuu, at an altitude of 4,377masl, is the second highest peak in Ethiopia. It covers 2,200 square kilometers of these mountains. The park includes an Afroalpine plateau over 3,500masl, which is the largest area of Afroaplpine habitat on the African continent, as well as a major section of moist tropical forest, the second largest in Ethiopia.
It gives the visitor opportunities for unsurpassed mountain walking, horse riding, scenic driving and the chances to view various Ethiopia’s endemic mammals, in particular Menelik’s bushbuck, the famous mountain nyala, the Ethiopian wolf and Giant Mole rat and different endemic species birds including Abyssinian Woodpecker, Crane, Rouget’s Rail, Abyssinian Cat Bird, White Backed Black Tit, Olive Trash and Wattle Ibis.