Horseback tourism in Bale NP & Guassa Plateau

Yves Marie Stranger of Equus Ethiopia writes:
We have just finished training sessions with the horse providers in the Bale National Park, which covered the humane treatment of equines, improving tack and horse training. This took place three weeks ago and should be an ongoing process in the next couple of years.
Also, just last week, Equus finished a training session with the Guassa Community Conservation Area north of Debre Berhan, where there is a conservation effort which is spearheaded by the Frankfurt Zoological Society but firmly rooted in age long conservation practices of the local community. This is one of the best places in Ethiopia to see Ethiopian wolves, and being there was a pleasure for us. The mules are hardy beasts that are far superior in many ways to many horses in Ethiopia and we heartily recommend the experience. The fact that Menz is quite isolated – yet easy to reach from Addis – and the friendly welcome of the local people really make this an unique highland experience.
Your readers can see the post I wrote about this experience on and see the picture album on the Equus Ethiopia Facebook page.
Meanwhile, back on the ranch… Equus Ethiopia has new riding packages available for residents, is going to start its new Zara Yacob Trail venture with guests this year, and besides offering 2 and 4 day horse treks in combination with extensions offered by Tesfa, is also now offering camping on its beautiful grounds just 30 minutes from Addis Ababa.

One thought on “Horseback tourism in Bale NP & Guassa Plateau

  1. Richard Petri says:

    I have been at Guassa Community Conservation Area in march, for 2 nights only. Maybe one of the best places I have been in Ethiopia so far. Close to Addis, a fantastic drive along the plateau´s rim and an extraordinary area to hike awaits you. We have seen quite some wildlife including geladas, wolves we heard. The lodge is basic but “fit for purpose”. They serve sodas and beer on request, a perfect treatment sitting in front of the fireplace.
    On the plateau, the plant diversity is just amazing and without heavy duty hikes you will be rewarded with stunning views from the plateau onto lower regions. I highly recommend this area just to retreat from the hectic and pollution of Addis coming back to the essentials of life. The people are absolutely friendly, you feel safe all times, wandering through grassland, heather and lobelias stands. When the sun warms up, the scent of thyme flows into your nose. So be prepared for an-all- senses-experience.

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