Harar & the Bale Mountains

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  • Trekking
  • Safari
  • Adventure
  • Wildlife
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  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 26
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Ends Arba Minch, Ethiopia
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Explore chaotic and bustling Addis Ababa
  • Guided tour of the ancient UNESCO city of Harar
  • Witness the traditional feeding of the hyenas
  • Follow the scout along the trails of Awash NP
Start in Addis Ababa and end in Arba Minch, the trip Harar & The Bale Mountains is a guided trekking tour that takes 15 days. You will travel through Awash National Park, Bale Mountains National Park, Arba Minch and 5 other destinations in Ethiopia. Harar & The Bale Mountains is a group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

The Rift Valley and its tribes are at the heart of this journey, and we have plenty of time to explore the lakes and towns. We spend time in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Harar where we go on a guided tour. This historic gem is also infamous for the butchers who feed the wild hyenas at night at the edge of the town. The Bale Mountains are one of Ethiopia's best trekking areas and home to many endemic species of plants and animals; we spend three nights here to really get under the skin of the place and go in search of the elusive Ethiopian Wolf on the Sanetti Plateau.

5 - Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
  • Rebecca L
  • On Jan 29 2019
5 - Excellent
“What incredible staff you have! And amazing itineraries. I don't know what to choose next!”
  • Doreen T
  • On Jan 29 2019
5 - Excellent
“3rd trip with dragoman and they keep getting better and better”
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  • Day 1: Arba Minch
  • Day 2: Arba Minch
  • Day 3: Wendo Genet
  • Day 4: Bale Mountains NP
  • Day 5: Bale Mountains NP
  • Day 6: Bale Mountains NP
  • Day 7: Lake Ziway
  • Day 8: Lake Ziway
  • Day 9: Awash NP
  • Day 10: Harar
  • Day 11: Harar
  • Day 12: Harar
  • Day 13: Addis Ababa
  • Day 14: Addis Ababa
  • Day 15: Addis Ababa
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Boat
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
  • Comfortable Hotel 7 nights
  • Camping 1 night
  • Multishare Hostel 3 nights
  • Guesthouse 3 nights
  • 14 Breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 4 Dinner
  • Any international flights to Addis Ababa and from Arba Minch are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Harar & the Bale Mountains tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Harar & the Bale Mountains tour. You can cancel the tour up to 56 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 55 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 14 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 14 August 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 55 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Harar & the Bale Mountains tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Harar & the Bale Mountains tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Local Payment The local payment is a group fund, paid separately from the trip price on the first day of the tour. It covers everything that the group does together on the ground. This is primarily hotel accommodation and campsite fees, meals whilst camping (but not while eating in restaurants), and included activities and puts money directly back to the local community. The local payment, or kitty system, is unique to overlanding tours and provides maximum flexibility and best value on the road - you can see exactly what is being paid for, you get everything at cost price, it keeps costs competitive by leveraging group expenses and saves on administrative costs. The fund is run by the tour guide, and any excess left over at the end is returned equally to the group. Local prices are estimated in USD when we print the brochure then reviewed monthly as local costs and exchange rates vary throughout the year. It's therefore important once you book your trip to check the website regularly and just before departure for any changes to the amount.

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