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ethiopia wildlife trip

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ethiopia wildlife trip

Hi all,

I am looking at planning a trip to Ethiopia, going to Simien Mountains National Park, Bale Mountains National Park and Awash National Park and have a few questions.

First off the animals i wish to see are; Geladas, Hamadryas baboons, bale vervets, colobus, walia ibex, nyala, oryx and the ethiopian wolf, and from what ive read the 3 parks i listed are the best for these. am i right? Also if anyone has info on seeing striped hyena, caracal or ethiopian mountain adder id be very interested (although im guessing these are very rare)

Second, when i normally go on safari, i do self guided safaris (mainly in kruger seeing as i live nearby) is this possible in these national parks or do i have to have a guide. Also does anyone recommend a guide or will i be able to find most animals just by wandering/driving around?

Finally how do you explore each national park, are there hiking trails (of sorts) so you dont get lost or do you just have to have a good sense of direction?

This is my first time posting on tripadvisor so any info would be helpful

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1. Re: ethiopia wildlife trip

Hi. Sorry u r not getting replies. I am an Addis specialist but will try.

1. SIMIENS.you can just turn up at Debark and fix trek. Guide compulsory.

2. Bale. Poss to fix things on arrival at Dinsho park hq tho many book trek before eg with TESFA.

ok to drive across Sanetti Plateau with no guide. U will see Wolves up there.

3. Awash..would be inclined to miss this. it is not very good few animals. Not allowed to walk in park, only near lodge.

will send you a message too. Feel free to message me or use gashgizau@gmail.com

feel free to message me here or use gashgizau

Edited: 8:39 am, August 09, 2014
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2. Re: ethiopia wildlife trip

For general info........

have since discovered the baboons at Awash Park are Hamadryas..........and Awash has some oryx left...........

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These are good examples of recent trip reports on Bradt Ethiopia Updates pages.

Bale

…wordpress.com/category/bale-mountains/

Simiens

…wordpress.com/category/simien-mountains/

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Hi,

let me give you some idea and answers for your questions.

First of all it is a must to have a scout / Park ranger in all national parks and they know where to look for the animals, specially at Siemen mountains to look for the Walia Ibex, you can explore the Siemen mountains national park on the trekking roots by foot and also have a dirt road. Looking for the Gelada Baboon is so easy to find and they are all over the trekking roots, with the help of the rangers the walia ibex is also possible to find. it is also possible to find Ethiopian Wolf at the Siemen mountains with much luck. the best place to look and find or the Ethiopian wolf is at Bale mountains.

The best way to explore the other two national parks i.e Awash national park and Bale national park is by car.

it is mandatory to take a scout/ park ranger in both parks. Hamadrayas baboons and Beisa Oryx are the easy to get mammals with the help of the scouts. Stripped Hyena is also a difficult and rare animal at Awash, but with much luck It is possible to find one, I have seen the stripped Hyena myself at Awash.

Bale national park , Mountain Nyala is the easy to find mamal at Bale, the best place to look for Nyala is just before the head quarters and the walking trail at the head quarters.

chances are also high to get the Ethiopian wolf at the Senete.

If you are lucky the Bale monkey comes out to the edge of the forest and the banboo leaves by the road side if you fail to see it by the road sides it will be difficult to look for it in the thick forest.

The Ethiopian wolf

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5. Re: ethiopia wildlife trip

Excellent Advise From Elias as He Knows the Parks Like the Back of His Hand.

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thanks for all your help :) holiday is shaping up nicely

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