HÄNG MED SPECIAL 1/11-15/11- 2014 ETIOPIEN BALEBÄRGENS PÄRLA Komplett resa med hela 14 dagars program där nästan allt ingår! En fantastisk långritt mot outforskade äventyr, i ett vackert och naturskönt landskap olikt det vi tidigare erbjudit. Resan börjar med guidade besök i Addis Abeba och Lallibela, en liten historisk stad omgiven av bergen i högländerna, även kallad världens 8:e underverk. Resan tar oss sedan till Balebergens naturvårdsområde och Etiopiens sida av Great Rift Valley. Här genomförs en fantastisk långritt i 8 dagar med möjlighet att se några av de mest säregna djurarter såväl som ett helt sagolikt landskap. Vår medföljande guide ser till att tillfälle ges att stifta bekantskap med urinnevånarna i skogsområden och längs dalgångarna som vi rider igenom. Delar av ritten går genom Dinisho National Park och över bergstoppen Batu (4377möh). Mer äventyrligt blir det inte! Kommentarer från ryttare som gjort resan är helt överväldigande! Fakta: Inkvartering: 3 hotellnätter i städerna inkl måltider på restauranger, 5 nätter i enkla parkvaktsstugor samt 4 i tältläger, då måltiderna tillagas över eldstad. Under 2 dygn i Addis Abeba ingår endast frukost, i övrigt ingår alla måltider. Antal deltagare: 8-12 personer. Ridning: Lokala raser och korsningar väl lämpade för uppgiften att ta Er fram på hög nivå. Packhästar bär bagage och utrustning. Ridning 8 dagar, ca 5-7 timmar per dag. Tempo: Det är bergsklättring och äventyr i första hand. Med hjälp av dessa fotsäkra hästar kommer vi ut och får uppleva vad vi annars inte har en chans att få uppleva. Ingen fartridning alltså! Viktgräns: 85 kg Flygresa: Bokas med Etiopian Airlines till Addis Abeba ca pris inkl flygskatter, ca: 5.500-7.500:- (vi försöker boka gruppflyg med bra pris om alla bestämmer sig snart) Om alla vill kan vi boka allas flyg för gemensam resa! Visum krävs: Man köper det lätt när man reser in i landet (på flygplatsen) Pris kollar? Flyg bokas från Sverige som anländer Addis Abeba 2/11 och avgår 13/11 (landar i Sverige 14/11). Resans pris & detaljer: (med reservation för programändringar) Innehåll: 14 dagar/12 nätter, 8 dagars ridning, transfers, alla övernattningar: 3 hotellnätter 5 enkla parkstugor och 4 i tältläger. Måltider ingår under hela resan utom i Addis Abeba där endast frukost ingår. Guider, utfärder, parkavgifter, båttur, ridning och transport av bagage ingår. Pris per person om det blir 6-8 deltagare i gruppen: 14.995:Pris per person om det blir: 9-12 deltagare: 14.495:Begränsat antal platser, först gäller! OBS! Vi kommer befinna oss på 4.000 möh som högst, inget för svaga hjärtan! Ingår ej: Dricks till guiderna (vi samlar in ca 600:-/person som lämnas i slutet på resan). Drycker: En hel del av dryckerna betalas på plats. Måltider; I Addis Abeba ingår endast frukost. Ungefärligt program (med reservation för ändringar) On this brand new horse riding tour you will witness some of the most spectacular and peculiar animals in the world. Your adventure begins in the Bale Mountain Eco- tourism area. An expansive, rolling large great forest with indigenous trees and the home to an endemic wild life. Meet the forest dwellers and experience their untouched culture and their way of life. continue to Dinisho and visit a large diversity of wild animals in the forest, you will see Menelk`s bush buck, the famous mountain Nyala and Ethiopian wolf. Apart from this you will find the various birds among them many endemic species is equally large you might be able to se the Whatteled ibis, thick billed raven yellow fronted parrot, Abyssinian long claw and Lamer Geyer just to mention a few. Experience a vast and unspoiled landscape under the equatorial sun. Your expert’s guides will share their knowledge and enthusiasm through out your trekking. Day 01 Stockholm - Addis Ababa Fly with Ethiopian Airlines from Stockholm to Addis Ababa, arrival time in Addis Ababa next morning, Nigh on flight. Day 02 Addis Ababa Arrival in Addis Ababa in the morning at from Scandinavia, meet by Kompas Ethiopia representative/guide and transfer to Saro Maria (4star) for check-in. After lunch start half day sight seeing tour of Addis Ababa including the National Museum where one can see different archaeological findings including "LUCY" 3.5 million years old human skeleton and then drive for the panoramic view of the city from Entoto Mountain (3,200 masl), and finally drive to visit “Mercato”, one of the biggest open-air markets in Africa. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel. Day 03 Addis Ababa - Dodola This morning take a 6 hour drive through the Ethiopian great rift valley. On the way stopping at Lakelangano for lunch and then proceed to Dodola O/N Bale mountain Motel Day 04 Dodola – Changiti – Angafu R From Dodolla drive 30` to the changiti forest edge (2400m.a.s.l) where you will find tourist horses waiting you to accompany you. As you go along the forest with exiting bird music and colobus monkeys jumping from tree to trees. On your trail you will come across Tarura Plain for those who want enjoy galloping .But Ethiopian horses are not as those European horses: however it is not difficult to control them. En- route stopping at wahoro hut. After a brief brake trek to Angafu Via Tulu tute (3750 m.a.sl) from where one can be rewarded by wide view. In the after noon you will have a short walk on the ridge to Delume hilt enjoy more/N Angafu Eco- hut Day 05 Angafu – Mololcho R After an early breakfast trek to Mololcho hut (3080 m.a.sl) it takes 5-6 hours on your trail to the hut you will come across a dense jungle forest that incorporated indigenous trees and if you are lucky some large wild life. What the European tourist will be surprised by, is that what they know as shrub in their continent here grows like large tree. After trekking up the wooden mountain slope, the forest gives way to a vast, open and swampy plain with undulating pastureland conspicuous vegetations torch lilies, lobelia and thistles and tall herbs resembling fennel. O/N Mololicho eco hut. Day 06 Mololcho – Duro R This morning take a7 hour horse riding through mainly Erica vegetation and carpet’s of yellow flower makes the trekking attractive. It is the most impressive view at an altitude of 3350 (m.a.sl) on your way to Duro you will cross the all season Meribo river you will take a walk before arriving to Meribo. The trail is not suitable to ride horse so you will walk up on arrival to the camp and see the beauty of the camp. In the late after noon walk on the ridge and discover the scenery more and more. After dinner make a camp fire, meet the villagers and enjoy their traditional coffee ceremony. Hut over night. Day 07 Duro – Moroba R Trek to Moroba (3750 m.a.s.l) head out a full day horse raiding to Moroba through mainly Erica vegetation and relatively monotonous route through mainly plain area some 5 hour on hors e back you will encounter the Berenda ridge falling abruptly from an altitude of 3 600m.a.s.l. On your trail with some luck you may see Ethiopian wolf. After 6-7 hour you will have a brake at Habera water fall. Then continue to Moroba. But if you are tired to ride horse, its possible to spent the night in the forest by pitching tent. Day 08 Moroba – Dinsho R Trek to Dinisho national park .this morning you will ride a 6 hours to Bale mountain national park head quarter .on your way to the park you will come across a scattered forest dwellers house and you will see the smokes coming from the hut .on this route you will not find wild animals because of the settlement of the people around the park. However, you can enjoy the breath taking scenery and big indigenous trees such as hygenia Abyssinia and juniper. You will have your lunch in Dinisho lodge and in the afternoon walk to Shaya gorge to look for the endemic Menelik bush buck. Night in tent. Day 09 Dinsho – Worogona R Rise early in the morning walk on the worogona ridge in search of Bohr and the endemic mountain Nyala Mount up on your horse to climb the base of mountain Batu (the second highest Mt in Ethiopia 4377m.a.s.l). Here you will cross the breath taking worogena valley looking as thought out with knife. Then you ride down to the gorge from the base of Batu Mountain in worogena valley. On top of this it s a place where you will find Bohr and the endemic Mountain Nyala. O/N camping. Day 10 Worogona – Gerbre Guracha R This morning you will trek to Gebre Guracha. It s referred by local language Black lake. It is the home of many endemic bird particularly water birds such as Pelican White Collared Pigeon. After arriving the campsite, you will take a walk on the shore of the lake to see-to- bird’s. You will be amazed by the late afternoon sunset in the beautiful scenery enjoying the last light far from the ordinary world. Camping. Day 11 Gebre Guracha – Saneti R Trek to saneti plateau (island n the air). After break fast make your self-ready to cope up the very cold climate. Hence saneti is an altitude of 4000m.a.s.land it is mainly damp cloud with rare sparking blue-sky .on your trail you will come across the red fox and warth hog. This is the best place to see the above-cited animal’s. Leaving the grey bushes, head toward the wide-open saneti plateau. Here you will find your self at over 4000 m.a.b.l in pure, clear cool mountain air with views in all directions on a clear sky. O/N camping Day – 12 Saneti – Langano Drive from Saneti via Shashemne to Lake Langano resort place of Sabban Lodge. Ovn. Sabanna Lodge. Day 13 Langano – Addis Ababa On the way back to Addis visit the Abjata and Shalla National Park to enjoy watching of thousands of Flamingos, Pelicans and other water birds. Late afternoon time for shopping and sightseeing or free to realx. Farewell dinner will be at the best traditional restaurant in town with coffee ceremony and cultural dances. Overnight in Saro Mari Hotel. Day 14 Addis Ababa – Scandinavia Transfer to the airport for your flight back Boka resan: [email protected] www.greenways.se Tel: 08-581 76336 GREENWAYS TRAVEL NOTES - ABYSSINIAN EXPLORER Background to community tourism in Bale: The horse riding portion of our trip comprises 8 days riding, combining the populated mountain slopes of the Bale Highlands and then 4 days in Bale National Park. Trekking in the Bale Mountains is not only nature tourism. What you find is a living example of sustainable tourism, run by local communities and local people. The northern slopes of the Bale Mountains adjacent to the Bale Mountains National Park contain significant wildlife and natural resource needing protection. In the forest itself, there are about 4,000 scattered homesteads. For them, cattle, sheep and goats continue to provide the major basis of subsistence. Horses are the major means of transport. Donkeys are widely used in the plains, but the chilly and moist highlands are only suitable for horses. Honey production is an important sideline activity in the forests. More and more fields are being opened up in the forest. This is partly due to the ever-increasing population density. In 1995 the Governments of Ethiopia and Germany started a co-operative effort to conservation of natural forests in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia- participatory, community-based forest management was started. How it works: The core element of the strategy is to grant exclusive usage rights to the local community to keep “illegal” outside wood collectors out of the forest. Tree growing outside the natural forest is supported to reduce the pressure “common property”. For the forest dwellers and alternative income to wood collection is encouraged and the main such income source is tourism. All tourism in the region comes through the forest users group union (representing the large community) and a locally owned and run Tour Guides’ Association and payments go directly to them. The fees include a tourist tax consisting of 20 percent of the bed charges which contribute to upgrading social infrastructures such as village schools. Each day a new team of horses and assistants are hired from the local community to ensure that each community (and not only the ones at the foot of the mountains) gain from tourism. Assistants are there to bring the horses back after arrival at a forest camp. The next day new horses and assistant(s) are hired from the next community. Unicorn Trails’ rental payments include food for the horses each day. The communities also operate 4 Mountain huts. Services of these mountain huts are paid directly to the operators appointed by the local community. Dodola is at an altitude of 2,400 metres and the four basic lodges/huts (Wahoro, Angafu, Adele and Mololicho) and one tented campsite (Cangity) in the trekking area are at an altitude of up to 3,400 metres. Each location has its own characteristic scenery and flavour. The 40-square metre huts are divided into a main room and 2 bedrooms with bunk beds for up to 8 visitors. Bed sheets, sleeping bags, blankets, towels, stoves, basic kitchenware, crockery, cutlery and kerosene lamps are all provided. An outside annex offers flushable toilets and a hot shower unit. The quality and standard of the accommodation is aimed at trekking tourists; frequently visitors are amazed to find such well established facilities in the middle of the highland forests. If, however, you prefer, you can bring your own tent, pitch it up next to the hut and use the facilities. (I would recommend this as the beds had fleas!! But do pay your 5 birr for the hot showers – well worth while!) The direct recipients of the visitors' payments are the various service providers (guides, camp keepers, horse providers etc.). The IFMP has now handed over all the tourism operations, including bookings, to locally organized guide associations who are closely working with the forest users group union. Tourism income since 1995 has led to a greatly increased level of wealth in the communities resulting in, amongst others, a 4 year increase in school leaving age in the area. During the National Park portion of the trek all fees go directly to the National Park and it’s conservation efforts. The horses on this portion belong to the National Park and you ride the same horse for the last 4 days. There are no permanent dwellers in the national park but the nomadic Oromo with their herds of cattle and sheep have roaming rights. We encounter these nomadic dwellers on their horses during this part of the tour. The weight limit for this ride is 13 st/187 lb/85 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight. WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED Fees and general tips for photographing etc. drinks (including bottled water), any alcoholic beverages, visa fees, expenses of a personal nature or optional excursions which are not included in the tours.