Bale Mountains National Park is a biosphere preserve in Oromia
Region in South Central Ethiopia. You can get here by taking a bus
from Addis Ababa, Ethiopian capital, to Robe, largest city in the
region. It costs about 48 Birrs and over 12 hours of glamorous ride
without air condition. Additionally it is possible to rent 4 by 4 in
Bale Mountains National Park, but you have to know all the gas
stations in the region. They are very rare and somewhat strange
looking. It covers an area of 2220 km². This protected reserve
contains over 280 species of birds and over 60 species of mammals.
Many are endemic to the region. Bale Mountains National Park is one
of the few national parks that where you can come and fish for
several species of trout that are abundant in the rivers. Bale
Mountains National Park contains several ethnic groups of indigenous
people that follow predominantly Islam. Other faiths include
Orthodox Christians, Protestants and traditional pagan cults.