Menz-Guassa Conservation Area

Key information: Menz-Guassa Conservation Area

  • Magnificent highland scenery in this remote, superb area. Particularly rich flora and fauna.

Walkopedia rating

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  • Walkopedia rating90
  • Beauty32
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest10
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating90

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Your choice
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,700m
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable

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The Menz-Guassa Community Conservation Area, north-east of Addis Ababa, is a properly remote highland area, with a range of vegetation/landscapes from forested slopes to high afro-alpine shrub-and-grassland in magnificent mountain scenery.

While small (98 sq km), it is well protected and home to classic Ethiopian wildlife, including a few Ethiopian wolves and gelada monkeys. Excellent bird life includes augur buzzards and other raptors. It is also relatively intact culturally.

There is community-led trekking to be done here, backed by the Frankfurt Zoological Society. There is a “community lodge” you can stay at, and a remote camping area. There is a variety of walks you can make, from day walks to 3-nighters. Walkopedia would really like to walk here.

Quite an effort to get to, down a long, rough track; a long half day (some 260km) from Addis Ababa. Walking and accommodation need to be booked ahead.

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High Rainfall July-September: Altitude 3,200-3,700m, so you will need to be careful about acclimatisation and altitude issues.

Walkopedia would make sure it gets here when it gets back to Ethiopia.

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