Menagesha National Forest
The closest tract of significant indigenous forest to Addis Ababa, 20km west of the capital, Menagesha incorporates 25 square kilometres of juniper, African redwood and yellowwood trees, as well as Mount Wechecha, an extinct volcano that rises to 3385m. The forest can be explored along a network of hiking and 4×4 trails (ranging from a few hundred metres to almost 10km in length) that fan out from the forestry headquarters 15km from the small town of Sebeta.
Wildlife includes the striking guereza monkey (Colobus monkey) , endemic Menelik’s bushbuck and bold Anubis baboon, all frequently seen by hikers, and predators include leopard and serval cat. Menagesha is also a particularly important site for endemic forest birds such as the yellow-fronted parrot, Abyssinian woodpecker and Abyssinian catbird, as well as the colourful Narina trogon and white-cheeked turaco, which are also likely to be seen.
Day 1: Addis Ababa – Menagesha Forest (30 km)
We will meet at the Hilton Hotel parking at 09:00 and leave shortly after. We should arrive at the Menagesha Forest headquarters at around 11:00. While we set up camp, a light lunch will be prepared.
After lunch, we will drive up to the slopes of Mount Wechecha. The last stretch to the top we will walk. The views are fantastic. On a clear day it is even possible to see Addis Ababa from here. In the forest, Colobus monkeys, bushbucks and various birds can be seen.
Around 19:00 we will sit around the camp fire and enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner.
Overnight: Menagesha Forest Campsite
Day 2: Menagesha Forest – Addis Ababa (30 km)
Breakfast will be ready around 08:30. After that we will have a fun treasure hunt. We will split into teams and look for clues along the way. The winning team will get a prize.
Around 12:00 we will have a light lunch before we head back to Addis. You will be dropped off at the Hilton Hotel parking latest at 16:00.