Sangay Grassland and Park HQ Reserve

  • Park HQ reserve 12 - © William Mackesy
  • Park HQ reserve, evening light - © William Mackesy
  • All tame in Park HQ reserve - © William Mackesy
  • Gaysay grasslands from park HQ reserve - © William Mackesy
  • Gaysay Grasslands, dry season - © William Mackesy
  • From Park HQ reserve - © William Mackesy
  • Gaysay Grasslands - © William Mackesy
  • Gaysay Grasslands, dry season  - © William Mackesy
  • Gaysay Grasslands, dry season  - © William Mackesy
  • Gaysay Grasslands, dry season  - © William Mackesy
  • Gaysay Grasslands, dry season  - © William Mackesy
  • Park HQ reserve  - © William Mackesy
  • Park HQ reserve  - © William Mackesy
  • Park HQ reserve  - © William Mackesy
  • Park HQ reserve  - © William Mackesy
  • Park HQ reserve  - © William Mackesy
  • Park HQ reserve  - © William Mackesy
  • Park HQ reserve  - © William Mackesy
  • Park HQ reserve  - © William Mackesy
  • Park HQ reserve  - © William Mackesy
  • Park HQ reserve  - © William Mackesy
  • Park HQ reserve  - © William Mackesy
  • Park HQ reserve  - © William Mackesy
  • Park HQ reserve  - © William Mackesy
  • Park HQ reserve  - © William Mackesy
  • Park HQ reserve  - © William Mackesy
  • Park HQ reserve  - © William Mackesy

Key information: Sangay Grassland and Park HQ Reserve

  • Rich wildlife in this interesting area of shrub and grass, or in the gorgeous open woodland of the small park HQ reserve.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating81
  • Beauty31
  • Natural interest17
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma31
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating81

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Your choice
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,500m
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable
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Gaysay Grasslands, dry season - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

At the northern base of the Bale Mountains are the Gaysay Grasslands, a wide area of low shrub and grass, with rivers and pools of varying seasonal sizes and bush and woodlands on the hillsides above. Much of the year, they are verdant and full of life, from endemic mountain nyala to bushbuck and the ever-ridiculous warthog. Bird life is commensurately rich, and we saw egrets, ibis, blue-winged geese and coots by one small dry-season pool.

A wander through the grasslands is a delight, with a good chance if sightings of many of the resident beasts and birds in a fascinating and unusual setting.

But in dry season it is grey and empty, with most of the game having retreated to the bush. We were advised to focus on the enclosure (actually a small reserve) by the Park HQ - which is a delight at any time of year. You can walk here for an hour or more, through beautiful open woodland (magnificent specimen trees), and you are guaranteed a wealth of sightings of its beautiful (all right, not the warthogs) and un-shy wildlife. See Account of walking here.

See our Bale Mountains page for more general and practical information and photos.

WILLIAM MACKESY'S ACCOUNT
of this walk

It is the back end of the dry season, and the Gaysay Grassland (actually, shrubland) is grey and most of its animals have retreated to the forest, although we see some absurd warthog and their adorable baby, a bushbuck and a nyala lurking at the forest edge. Lema our driver suggests the Park HQ's compound (actually, something like 30sq km of fenced open forest), which is pullulating with wildlife, will be more rewarding. We take his advice, and how right he is.

We meet the knowledgeable and charming Ayuba Ahmed (baletrails@gmail.com), and walk up hill then around and back down.....

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All tame in Park HQ reserve - © William Mackesy

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Gaysay grasslands from park HQ reserve - © William Mackesy...
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