After arriving in Ethiopia, take a charter plane to Bale Mountains National Park. This stunning national park is made up of distinct and unique habitats from the Sanetti plateau – the largest continuous area of such altitude on the entire continent – to the serene and unexplored Harenna forest, the Gaysay grasslands, and juniper woodlands. Here you will be given the opportunity to track Africa’s rarest canid, the critically endangered Ethiopian wolf. The Sanetti plateau is the best place in the world to find and track this enigmatic species. As the sun slips behind the sky, stay in the wild forest with spectacular views towards the mountains in a boutique lodge.
The Ethiopian wolf is not the only spectacular wildlife that the National Park has to offer. Spend the day choosing your own walking routes through the gorges and forests. Swim beneath remote waterfalls and fly fish for wild trout in the web of rivers that run through the national park. As you explore the beauty of the national park you may see the endangered mountain nyala, Bale monkey, and the many endemic bird species that the vast national park is home to. As darkness falls, head deep into the Hareena forest to join the honey harvesters, the indigenous people who possess extensive knowledge of the tree species and their value for beekeeping. This is a unique and fascinating process to be part of. The honey, harvested at night, is collected wearing no protective clothing. Enduring a number of stings, the beekeeper climbs the trunk of trees with a single rope and harvests the honey from the hive. You will then be given the chance to sample the gathered honey, fresh from the hive.
Instead of having breakfast at the lodge, head straight out into the park and journey to the wild coffee forest. A local guide will teach you how to pick the beans and make your own coffee before being treated to a coffee ceremony, a truly unique way to start the day. Later spend time with the Oromo people, the largest, single ethnic group in Africa. Witness the life they carved out in this wild region of Ethiopia, following a traditional transhumance system known as the Godantu system. In the evening enjoy eating in a secret spot in the forest lit only by candlelight with the sounds of the forest echoing around you.