Bale Mountains guide

We don’t normally allow guide recommendations on this website, but this one from Addis Eats’s Eliza Richman, a co-author of the Bale Mountains NP guide booklet, is worth including:

I wanted to recommend Muzeyen as a guide for the Bale Mountains. I’ve travelled with him several times and he’s so knowledgeable, kind and hard working (and funny!) He’s always arranged everything for us before we even arrive and is an unbelievable guide in the park. He used to work with the Ethiopian Wolves so he knows their territories very well. You can see more information about him on his website: https://trekethiopia.org/ or you can reach him directly at 251 913 28 25 97 or at muze1977@gmail.com.

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  1. muzeyen says:

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    Tour guide recommendation for Bale
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    04 December 2016, 16:03
    What a great time we have had with our tour
    guide Armaye,(armynega@gmail.com) he
    was knowledgeable and always willing to
    help. My wife and I booked this tour online a
    month ago and we had quick and prompt
    reply from Armaye who was our guide at
    Bale Mountains. We read great reviews on
    trip advisor and that helped us to choose
    and book with him. Everything was well
    planned and assisted , we always felt safe
    and well taken care of. Also we used him to
    organize transportation from Addis to Bale
    Mountains.
    The Bale Mountains are spectacular,
    incredible scenery and wildlife. The
    mountains are stunning and quite unlike any
    other mountains I have visited. In the
    morning everything is covered with frost so
    warm clothes recommendable ho have. But
    minor inconveniences are offset views of the
    surrounding landscape , endemic plants and
    huge number of animals and birds. We have
    seen hundreds of Mountain Nyala’s and
    reedbucks, Ethiopian Wolves and several
    endemic birds. It’s a perfect place for
    trekkers or birdwatchers.
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    1. Re: Tour guide recommendation for Bale
    Mountains
    09 January 2017, 16:43
    We just returned from a tour to Ethiopia
    organized by Muzeyen Turke and his
    company Trek Ethiopia
    ( http://www.trekethiopia.org ). For our group of
    four, including a ten-year old, Muzeyen
    organized a private itinerary including Harar
    and Sof Omar. The highlight was by far the
    trekking and exploring in the Bale Mountains
    and the Harenna forest.
    Despite significant pressure on the
    ecosystem due to unsustainable farming and
    settlements in the National Park, we saw lots
    of wildlife and of course also the unique
    Ethiopian wolves. Muzeyen used to work as
    a wolf monitor and was therefore able to
    provide lots of information about their
    behavior and habitat. He was also very
    flexible when we suggested a change in the
    planned itinerary.
    Consider booking an additional horse for
    your backpacks or if you are trekking with
    children as the altitude of 4,000m / 13,000ft
    on the Sanetti Plateau requires several days
    of acclimatization.

  2. muzeyen says:

    my clients review About The Guidebook
    The Bale Mountains National Park
    (BMNP) stretches across the upper
    reaches of Ethiopia’s southern
    highlands, shaped by volcanic
    activity over 10 million years ago. It’s
    an incredibly diverse landscape of
    heather-strewn Afro-alpine moorland,
    grasslands, cloud forests and juniper
    woodlands – which collectively host a
    variety of endemic birds and animals.
    The most notable of these is
    undoubtedly the Ethiopian wolf –
    Africa’s rarest carnivore, and the
    world’s rarest canid. Their population
    has dwindled to below 500, and the
    wolves are isolated to Ethiopia’s last
    remaining pockets Afro-alpine
    highlands.
    Getting a glimpse of the wolves,
    though, is surprisingly easy, and the
    BMNP is probably the best place in
    the country to do it. This guide offers
    a trekking itinerary that maximises
    your chances of finding and
    observing these rare and fascinating
    animals, as well as providing
    information about the park’s few
    accommodation options. There’s also
    a bit of info about the Ethiopian Wolf
    Conservation Programme (EWCP),
    which is working to conserve the
    wolves and their unique habitats.
    Local Knowledge & Cool Perks
    I recently spent a week trekking
    through the Bale Mountains, with the
    aim of spending as much time as
    possible observing the wolves. I was
    accompanied by Muzeyen Turke, who
    spent years monitoring the wolves
    for the EWCP, and knew each pack
    and their general whereabouts like
    the back of his hand. He now runs
    his own tour company, and is
    available as a guide. If you would
    like to get in touch with him, his
    email address is: muze1977@
    gmail.com.
    Or, have a look at his website:
    http://www.trekethiopia.org
    Muzeyen organised all of the
    logistics for our trek, including the
    route, camping and cooking
    equipment, food and pack horses.
    Though we chose to walk, the trek
    can also be done on horseback.
    About the Author
    I was born and raised in Kenya, and
    have formed a serious bond with this
    particular corner of Africa. Though
    I’m currently working as a
    development consultant in Nairobi,
    I’ve also spent the last few years
    contributing to a weekly travel
    column in one of Kenya’s local
    papers, called Going Places. Though
    it’s mainly focused on Kenya, I’ve
    also written about my travels further
    afield, including South East Asia and,
    most recently, southern Ethiopia.
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