Billed as one of 2013‘s hot new properties by The Times, Bale Mountain Lodge is a 15 bedroom ecolodge in the Bale Mountains National Park of south central Ethiopia. The endemic wildlife here is superb; the Park being home to 60% of the remaining Ethiopian Wolves, the world’s most rare carnivore, plus Black Maned Lions, Giant Forest Hogs and Mountain Nyala. The birding is also fantastic. The lodge nestles into the hillside and is built using local slate-grey coloured stone. Guest-rooms are spacious and comfortable with a wood burning stove in each room to provide warmth and a cosy atmosphere. The furniture has been manufactured using sustainable wood, and locally sourced soft-furnishings combine comfort with Ethiopian style. The dining room has amazing views of the mountain range beyond, and the central sunken fireplace creates a snug area in which to relax during the chillier mountain evenings. There is also a natural rock pool for a refreshing dip in the heat of the day. In Ethiopian terms, the lodge is costly, however it is one of the finest in Ethiopia and for wilderness and wildlife lovers looks set to before a firm favourite. This unique wildlife experience, combined with the pioneering luxury Eco Lodge, makes Bale Mountain Lodge an unforgettable stay.
Wear slip on shoes - you're not allowed to wear them in the churches so you'll be taking them off a lot.