Climate



Climate


Ethiopia can be divided into zones according to altitude and precipitation. Addis Ababa has an annual rainfall of  1 270 mm, and the amount might be somewhat higher for Entoto.

The precipitation together with the altitude range of  2 600 to 3 100, defines the site to the agro-climatic zone Moist Dega, the natural vegetation being Afro-montane forest-woodland, indicated by Juniperus, Hagenia and Podocarpus trees (Bekele-Tesemma 1993).
There are two rainy seasons per year, the small rains from March to May and the big rains from July to September. The highest rain intensity occurs in July and August (Demissew 1988).

The average temperature in Addis Ababa is 16.3°C, but with the temperature falling with an increasing altitude, the average temperature on the top of the park can be estimated to be about 12°C.

As the wind can also be strong, the climate can be quite harsh, especially during the rains and in the higher parts.
Water: It is essential that there is 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).

Adventure History

"Entoto's climate during the rainy season was moreover far from pleasant, for it suffered from many storms. A French traveller, Jules Borelli, states that it was a place of much lightning, thunder and fog, while his compatriot, Charles Michel remarked that, ''exposed to the wind, difficult of access, and without drinking water'' (Ibid, p.103).
(Håkan Blanck and Pia Englund, Entoto Natural Park 1995).

Bees' Cliff (14) - The photograph with the Waterfall

The Abyss of Bees' Cliff (14)
Regarding the picture above: The outlet for Bees Cliff's real waterfall (14) and its abyss is just some metres behind but still concealed by this opposite camera view of the smaller and cosy waterfall in the photo. However, the little bath and waterfall in the image above is a concealed rock vault, and its location is high above the abyss. 

This dramatic creation of secret rock chamber and cliff-hanger chasm: the picture just to the right, is both a staggering inviting and mysteriously hidden place. However, people with sensitivity for heights should not climb into this mountain vault without being double secured with harnesses and other equipment.

The photographs and their environment.

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.

Despite the period passed from these photos opportunities and the last 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 an even more enjoyable spontaneous bath activities.


 ** CAUTION:  Bees' Cliff (14)

Although this remarkable rock vault and bath is the most entertaining of wild places, it is nevertheless a directly fatal place during rainy seasons, without any possibility of a positive outcome: https://www.entoto-natural-park.org/2018/09/bees-cliff-caution.html

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