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 of Bees' Cliff
The meandering stream that begins the high plateau at Bees Cliff (14) provides an extraordinary bath with natural threshold barriers which thus form the conditions for elongated and naturally dammed pools. However, some caution requires regarding the most fun bathing events, and this 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.
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 of Bees' Cliff (14)|
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) is here hair-raising near and becomes intuitively felt through the profound cooling airflow rising from the unknown abyss below the view. The baths here and the threshold down to this abyss really invite to great nature drama. This is a place far above the paths but still near in distance, with waterfall and Ravens' flight in playful hay above their home of vertically rising cliffsides.
|Further Detailed Information with Activities|
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 as well as 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 turns into 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.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. The planning of the picnic requires here just a conscious behaviour to return the short distance to Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) in time before the next thunderstorm. 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 to the Capital and the Reservoir (19)|
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 a 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 familyThe most beautiful and versatile nature and fascinating places which also are reachable within charming simplicity are often the very 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 of comfort and alluring entertainment, will this require some very unique and beautiful characters of the picnic's requirements.
The Cautious Choice for the Young Family (19)
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 MehretHere below Entoto Kidane Mehret Church (32), its valley is very near and showed just in 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) of paths ways and bridge crossing, this enticingly cosy and inspiring ravine attracts for waiting in pleasure, to not risk losing its beauty. Instead is a will very present in spiritually sense 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|
Caution: Dramatic landscape and distances.During the regular rain season, it,s therefore appropriate avoid Bees' Cliff (14). Instead, it's recommended 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 TrailsThis place brings the introduction and the sculptural overview towards the southern slope of Entoto's rising shoulder, and 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 yet 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 about expecting a high located original mountain nature and its overwhelming grandiose impressions.
38. The Italian Fortification and its BathThis Italian fortification (38), (historical remain) is very close to the actual path upwards and the just above lying farmhouse (39). Only here, little downhill the farmhouse area the pipeline connects to the reservoir and underground installation from Mussolini's troops. 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 fortificationWhile this is an old Italian fortification (38), all kinds of bath demand first to be preceded by a must include thorough bottom and wall examination. The purpose is to ensure the safety conditions of the reservoir where both larger stones and iron objects could pose a severe injury hazard.
The picnic place from the era of dreamsFrom this high viewpoint (16) provides resting places for picnics in social tranquillity and contemplation about the unique nature, which is facilitated quickly by the high point of view, even over the mist-veiled Capital far below the southern slopes. Much closer, the farmhouse is reminded and not far below even the chanting walls of Entoto Kidane Mehret Church (32).
This plateau just above Bees' Cliff is a magnificently beautiful place with a great panorama view over the stream and many characters in the landscape. When the scene turns south, the abyss Bees' Cliff (14), the ravine is very close, 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.
The plateau just above Bees' Cliff
The Paths To Bees' Cliff Natural PoolsThe different choice of ways to these natural pools just above Bees' Cliff (14) follows those previously described from point (37). Thus, there are several very different of 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).
Real Spring Water Without Accumulated River WaterThis presence of flowing freshwater meant that it was not rainwater flows in its origin, but instead chilled and underground fresh spring water. The reason for 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.
Warm Sunbathing but Cold MorningsCharacterized 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 both enticingly fun and welcoming comfortable.
The Afternoon's Warm and Inviting CliffsImportant and crucial here is to not 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 YearThere 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).
During the relatively long rainy season, this place may appear scary, as the water flows are high and intertwined with rapidly sudden thunderstorms where only a powerful terrain vehicle would give protection.