Picnics & Baths

Picnics & Baths

Photos: Bees' Cliff, Area No.14, Highland plateau, Entoto Natural Park.

Seasons for Baths and Months for Weather Protection

The High Plateau of Entoto Natural Park

Meandering stream and Natural rock-pools above Bees' Cliff

The meandering stream of the high plateau just above Bees Cliff (14) provides an extraordinary bath with natural threshold barriers that form the conditions for elongated and naturally dammed pools. However, some **[Caution] requires the most fun bathing events. This caution is crucial is because the depth of these pools rarely exceeds one metre and therefore could very likely cause serious injury if accidental jumping with diving activities.

Required Bottom Examination.

This requirement of caution also applies to swim underwater, and this is because the otherwise welcoming horizontal bottom section would have contaminations by a few but surprising and hidden larger underwater stones. However, these are generally very easy to find and remove but need to be taken into account as the rainy season is dominant and will regularly supply the bottoms of the pools with renewed rock bumps.

Picnics Food and Bath Water

The most necessary for the Park's experience and picnics as well as candy shop (2) is right next to the Sanctuary (32) and across the bus stop at the community Entoto Kidane Mehret (1). Water: There must be water available all year round. Most of the brooks dry out sometime during a year. There are, however, a few springs within the Park area, providing water for all seasons. Rain Season: There are two rainy seasons per year, the small rains from March to May and the big rains from July to September. The highest rainfall intensity occurs in July and August (Demissew, 1988).

The paths to Bees' Cliff natural pools

The wild rock pools above Bees' Cliff (14)
The different ways to these natural pools just above Bees' Cliff (14) follow those previously described from point (37). Furthermore, there are several very different paths choices just uphill from point (38), which also becomes enriched by a more thorough, independent acquaintance with the full south-eastern to north-western eroded soil road (41) located just above points (14 - 16). This plateau just above Bees' Cliff  (14) is a magnificently beautiful place with a great panorama view over the gorge and many characters in the landscape.

14. A Great Wildlife View with the Meandering streams.
When the scene at the threshold of this high plateau turns south, the abyss Bees' Cliff (14), the ravine is very close. This concealed abyss, its waterfall and the river's further gorge meandering (35) are here hair-raising near the pools of Bees' Cliff (14). These are the nature baths just above Bees Cliff (14), and the threshold down to this abyss invite a great nature drama. The rock pools are far above the hillside but still near in the distance, with waterfall and Ravens' flight in playful hay above their home of vertically rising cliff-sides.

Further Detailed Information with Activities
A Turmoil of Chaos in Waterfall and Thunder.
However, the high plateau and Bees' Cliff (14) is high above any instant protection by the community's facilities of taxis, bus station and shops from the quaint ledge town (1) and Entoto Kidane Mehret Church (32). Due to this harsh reality, some reservations are required for the season time when this high plateau is appropriate for visits and when the site needs extra caution.

A Time of Fragrance, Harmony and Beauty
At the end of the rain season in September - October, the high plateau becomes a place of deep attraction where streams and waterfall begin to stabilise, and in October - November, a gentle, romantic flow of ideal conditions becomes evident.

Some Mornings Hours of Wonderful Respite.

The most necessary for the Park's experience and picnics as well as candy shop (2) is right next to the Sanctuary (32) and across the bus stop at the community Entoto Kidane Mehret (1). While the Italian reservoir offers this required, convenient and exciting beauty and the fact that the tempests usually follow a bound rhythm, its experience in beautiful, cosy daily hours can be both an appealing and irresistible occurrence. Planning the picnic requires a conscious behaviour to return the short distance to Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) in time before the next thunderstorm.

Water to the Capital and the Reservoir (19)
The comfortable choice for the cosy picnic.
During the occupation, the Italians established a big reservoir to provide the capital with water. Nowadays, this mountain reservoir (underground water technology) has lost some of its importance in favour of bigger catchment dams.

𝟐𝟐. 𝐕𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐲 b𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐨𝐦 near Entoto Kidane Mehret Church and is located within square [A]; see the map just below to the right. This valley provides unique, beautiful scenery with a brook passing by. This brook (35) is in many ways characterizing the views to the dramatic landscape and cliff formations of the uphill trails. It is an excellent assistant for orientation for the most hiking paths up to the high plateau.

Picnic care for the family 

The most beautiful and versatile nature and fascinating places, which are also reachable within charming simplicity, are often the primary for family picnics but can often be challenging to accomplish within the convenience of the whole family's interest. Due to weather conditions, duties and family members' interest in comfort and alluring entertainment, will this require some unique and beautiful characteristics of the picnic's requirements.

The Cautious Choice for the Young Family (19)

Detailed Description of the Hiking Trails

To reach the Italian built spring water facility (19) is within these requirements and therefore an excellent choice for most activities and nature interests. Entoto Kidane Mehret's inhabitants are bringing their household water from this source. Thus, the company is apparent by playing children and people fetching quantities of water to their homes.

The bridge crossing and its gully (22), square (A)
The valley of Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) constitutes the bridge crossing just some steps downhill of the sanctuary (32) and further invites a gentle walk to the place for family picnic and games at the Italian reservoir (19), located just to the right by a gentle undulated and charmingly curved path.

The enchanting valley of Entoto Kidane Mehret

The valley below Entoto Kidane Mehret Church (32) is very near and shown on the map above within the square (A). This site gives full experiences of the ravine above this river in its captivating formations and complete contact. With this dramatically graceful and sculptural valley just below Entoto Kidane Mehret (1), this place constitutes a crossroad for many very completely enchanting choices. Within this open gully (22) - [A] of paths, ways and bridge crossing, this enticingly cosy and inspiring ravine attracts waiting in pleasure, to not risk losing its beauty. Instead, it is a will very present spiritually to remain in harmony and fully engulf its full beauty of sculptural shape and its feeling of just waiting for premonition adventures.

14. Waterfalls and Hidden Arches
These photos of water-filled streams and cascading waterfalls are all shot just above Bees' Cliff (14) at Entoto's southern highland plateau - from early October to the beginning of November. It has, at the time for all of these active water sports photographs passed about one to two months since the long rain season ended.

Seasons for Swimming or Hiking
Despite the period passed from these photos opportunities and the previous rains are over a month, it is still a great asset of bath and fresh spring water flow on the higher ground of Entoto. But maybe for those some hilarious adventures, it would have been even more suitable if they had occurred a month earlier and thus offered even more fun spontaneous bath activities.

Caution: Dramatic landscape and distances.

Therefore, it,s appropriate to avoid Bees' Cliff (14). Instead, it's recommended to enjoy the pleasant and sunny day hours by enjoying the beautifully undulated promenade within a delightful valley and its enchantingly sculptural glen and path towards the Italian spring water facility (19).

Apparent and Pleasant Hiking Trails

This place brings the introduction and the sculptural overview towards the southern slope of Entoto's rising shoulder. From this bridge crossing just below with its choices of crossroads with paths, the beginning is revealed of a real mountainside. With this, the first careful invitation to a flavour of wilderness is given but with a mysterious feeling of an unknown grandeur, still only waiting in a stimulating foreboding, and this of nothing less than hidden places of serene qualities with even forgotten harbours for the human soul. Here the first silent breeze whispers smoothly through the well-fragrance of elusive and wild incense. It whispers here gently and in silent joy, expecting a high located original mountain nature and its overwhelming grandiose impressions.

The Italian Fortification and its Bath

The Southern Slope of the Park
and Practical Experiences
The historical remain of the Italian fortification.
This Italian fortification (38) is very close to the actual path upwards and just above the lying farmhouse (39); see both of these points within the map circle (B). Here, slight downhill, the pipeline connects to the reservoir and underground installation from Mussolini's troops from the farmhouse area. It is an exciting and short deviation from the path to visit this place and also beautiful.

**Caution: A Thorough Bath Examination is Required in the Italian fortification.
Regarding the safety of this old Italian fortification (38) within map circle (B), all kinds of bath demand first to be preceded by a must include thorough bottom and wall examination. The purpose is to ensure the reservoir's bottom conditions where larger stones and iron objects could pose a severe injury hazard.

The picnic place from the era of dreams (16)

This high viewpoint (16) provides places for picnics in social tranquillity and contemplation about the unique nature, facilitated quickly by the high point of view, even over the mist-veiled Capital far below the southern slopes. Bees' Cliff (14) is very near now, with its abyss, where the river's further gorge meandering (35) becomes intuitively felt through the profound cooling airflow rising from the unknown abyss below the field of view. Much closer, the farmhouse is reminded and not far below even the spiritually chanting walls of Entoto Kidane Mehret Church (32).

Spring Water with Bath
A Great Wildlife View with the meandering streams.
This plateau just above Bees' Cliff  (14) is a magnificent place with a great panorama view over the stream and many landscape characters. When the scene turns south, the abyss Bees' Cliff (14), the chasm is very close but far below the horizon of sight.

Real Spring Water Without Accumulated River Water.
This presence of flowing freshwater meant that it was not rainwater flows in its origin, but instead chilled and underground fresh spring water. This phenomenon of freshwater is simply Highland and mountain affected by gravity which naturally downloading the torrential deluges from the rainy seasons into the natural aquifers.

The Paths To Bees' Cliff Natural Pools

The different ways to these natural pools just above Bees' Cliff (14) follow those previously described from point (37). Thus, there are several very different paths choices just uphill from point (38) but also becomes enriched by a more thorough, independent acquaintance with the full south-eastern to north-western eroded soil road (41) located just above points (14 - 16).

Warm Sunbathing but Cold Mornings

Characterized by frigid nights, the average temperature of the mountain Entoto's plateau is below comfortable bathing degrees with its average temperature of about 12 ° C. Thus, the result of these long and cold nights, in turn, determines the degree of cooling effect in the mentioned natural Highland pools. However, the mountain afternoon hike is usually very warming, so any refreshing bath is enticing, fun, and welcoming comfortable.

The Afternoon's Warm and Inviting Cliffs

Important and crucial to start with any baths before the sun warmed up the surrounding rocks. Usually, this comfortable warmed rock degree occurs in about lunchtime and the invites to the relaxing half hour or more extended warming sunbathing. These were the unforgettable and beautiful experiences at the stream of the very well-formed and clean rocks above Bee's Cliff.

Observe, One Heavy Rain Season Every Year

There are two rainy seasons per year, the small rain season from March to May and the significant rains from July to September. The highest rainfall intensity occurs in July and August (Demissew, 1988).
This place may appear scary during the relatively long rainy season, as the water flows are high and intertwined with rapidly sudden thunderstorms where only a powerful terrain vehicle would give protection.

Some Mornings Hours of Wonderful Respite

While this site offers an exhilarating beauty and the storms usually follow a bound rhythm, its experience in beautiful, cosy daily hours can be both an exciting and irresistible occurrence, provided a conscious behaviour to return in time before the next thunderstorm.


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