There are three strongholds of the Ethiopian Wolf in the Bale Mountains on the southern side of the Ethiopian Rift Valley. Our camp, sheltered in a cul-de-sac of ancient rocky ridges, looks out over a seasonal waterfall onto one of these strongholds – an ancient valley forged in the last ice age. The crispness of the Afro-alpine environment, its bizarre plants, endemic wildlife and the
isolation in the clouds above the Rift Valley make for a heady combination. Access is possible by 4x4 (or on horseback), after first driving or flying to the Bale Massif from Addis Ababa or elsewhere in Ethiopia. The closest airstrip, at Robe, is 50 km away.
Private charter (50 minutes) from Addis Ababa to the small town of Robe on the edge of the Bale Mountains. Meet your guide and vehicle and drive 50 km through the rural highland countryside to our unique mobile tented camp located in a valley that holds the highest density of Ethiopian Wolves.
The fragility of this Afro-alpine ecosystem and its inhabitants is such that the best way to access the best areas and not leave an impact is in a small mobile camp that is quickly packed up and removed. This is why our camp here is limited to four mini-Meru walk-in tents and a very modest central mess tent.
The tents are en-suite using ‘safari showers’ open to the sky and a toilet that ensures we leave no waste once we pack up. Of course, you need to consider the occasional cold and rain as well and each tent has comfortable, and warm, stretcher beds and exceptional views across this exceptional landscape.
Ethiopian wolves may even be seen from camp, and downtime here gives an opportunity, in the vicinity of camp, to observe the rodents that comprise the wolf diet up close.
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