Ethiopia's Bale Mountains National Park Inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site

Innoventia Africa – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has inscribed Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains National Park to the World Heritage Site, the UN agency announced on Monday.

The announcement was made during the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is the second Natural Heritage and 11th World Heritage inscription for Ethiopia.

The Bale Mountains are one of Ethiopia’s most beautiful wilderness destinations. A verdant, jungle environment packed with endemic wildlife, staggering vistas, boutique lodges and awesome hiking routes.

Rising to over 4,000 meters, the Afro-Alpine plateau of the Bale Mountains is the highest mountain range in southern Ethiopia.

The north side of the park is home to the Sanetti Plateau, a high-altitude region of glacial lakes surrounded by high volcanic ridges.

In the south of the park, you’ll find the Harenna Forest, a thick, jungle-like region home to colobus monkeys, wild horses, forest hogs, warthogs, and even lions and leopards.

The beautiful Bale Mountain Lodge, nestled in the thickets of the Harenna Forest, is one of Ethiopia’s best boutique lodges. It’s the perfect place to return for sundowners by the roaring fire after a day of exploring.

In the surrounding villages, makeshift bars serve tej (honey wine) around the clock, and you can learn how that incredible Ethiopian coffee is produced in the surrounding forests.

The Bale Mountains are a place of beauty, in both nature and community.

If wildlife, scenery, and the great outdoors are high on your Ethiopia travel wish list, the Bale Mountains should not be missed.

The Bale Mountains are a treasure trove of natural wonders, from towering peaks to lush forests and pristine lakes. It’s no surprise that UNESCO has recognized this unique ecosystem as a World Heritage Site.

Imagine yourself hiking through the Harenna Forest, surrounded by the calls of colobus monkeys and the rustle of wild horses. Or perhaps you’d prefer to climb to the top of the Sanetti Plateau and bask in the breathtaking views of glacial lakes and volcanic ridges.

No matter what you choose to do, the Bale Mountains are sure to leave you awestruck. So pack your bags and get ready to explore this magical corner of Ethiopia.

By Felix Tih

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