In the centre of the park lies a high level Afro-alpine plateau, with heights ranging from 2800m in the north and 4377m to the south. This is the largest remaining alpine habitat in Africa and here the landscape is wild and open and one can often see snow or frost on the ground. The elevations between 3550m and 4000m are covered with rare Erica shrub whilst numerous Lobelia dot the flat moorland higher up on the plateau. To the centre rises the second highest peak in Ethiopia, Mount Tullu Dimtuu, with a vehicle track leading to the summit for those who would find the high altitude trekking a little oxygen deficient for their tastes. Much of the Sanetti plateau lies over 4000m and this is where visitors can often see the rare Ethiopian Wolf which hunts for its rodent prey across the Sanetti heights.
Many rodents themselves are endemic: Giant Mole Rats pop out from burrows whilst Blix Grass Rats scuffing around finding food, whilst themselves attracting the attention of plateau raptors. Here can also be seen Golden Eagles, Lammergeiers and many other species of birds. Located a mere 30 minutes from the Bale Mountain Lodge, no trip to Bale would be complete without spending a day or two on the plateau.