Bale Mountain Lodge will be a 30 bed Forest Wilderness Lodge in the Bale Mountains National Park (BMNP) of south central Ethiopia. Building commenced in Oct 2012 and the lodge was open for business in late Oct 2013. The location of the lodge has been selected to provide an excellent opportunity for guests to experience a pristine wilderness that incorporates the largest tract of Afro-alpine moorland remaining on the continent, the majority being over 3800m above sea level, whilst living in a stunning cloud forest which offers access to the Rift Valley and wider local attractions. This amazing mix of habitats supports myriad rare species, many endemic to Ethiopia and some found only within the park. 60% of the remaining Ethiopian Wolves, the world’s most rare canid, are found within the park; other species include the endemic Mountain Nyala, Menelik’s Bushbuck, various rodent species and numerous endemic amphibians and reptiles, plus lions, rare Giant Forest Hogs and significant numbers of endemic or rare bird species. Since living on site our resident naturalist has also discovered a new snake species believed to be an endemic black morph variety new to science. We await confirmation as we write. Teams of university researchers are also currently investigating the butterflies of the forest, and are expecting to find unique species.