The High Plateau of Entoto Natural Park

The High Plateau of Entoto Natural Park

The picture shows the mountain stream with native Juniper trees just a few steps above Bees' Cliff (14); the location is opposite the image's visual field. 

A purging fresh stream runs by leaps and joy beyond the secret path of  Entoto Kidane Mehret's sacred stone walls. Beauty shines beyond hidden depths and abyss to be seen at the Bees' Cliff (14). 

The Arrival on the High Plateau (41- 42)
The high plateau is an evident and apparent contrast to the gently steep hiking up from Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) with its sculptural river banks at the Sanctuary (32). Behind now is Bees' Cliff's adventurous and beautiful experience (14) and the adorable viewpoint (16). But still, they are very near, with Bees' Cliff (14) a gentle promenade along the meandering brook to the south. Even the adorable viewpoint (16), is now behind but in close walking contact, located on the threshold below the southern outer rim of this high plateau. 

Enchanting Brooks and Waterfall

Grand Wildlife Views and Meandering Rivers

This plateau just above Bees' Cliff 14 (see the picture above) is a magnificent 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 fresh airflow rising from the unknown abyss below the field of view


Natural Purging Spring Water and Baths

The flowing freshwater from the Highland brooks in these photos was not rainwater in its origin but instead chilled and underground fresh spring water. This phenomenon of freshwater creation is simply Highlands and mountains affected by gravity, naturally downloading the torrential deluges from the rainy seasons into the natural aquifers.

Spring Water with Bath
The High Plateau's Rock Pools
The picture to the right with the cataract and its bath is the concealed vault, initiating Bees Cliff's actual waterfall (14), and its abyss is just some metres behind but still hidden by this opposite camera view of the smaller and cosy waterfall in the photo. 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.

The Dramatic Rock Chamber and Cliff-Hanger Chasm
The image to the right shows the equally shocking and amazing natural chamber bath a few steps from the abyss of the actual waterfall. Hence, the cataract bath in the picture is a staggering, inviting, and mysteriously hidden place, and its location is high above the abyss of Bees' Cliff (14). However, people with sensitivity to heights should only climb into this mountain vault if they are double-secured with harnesses and other equipment.

Natural Rock Pools Above the Dramatic Abyss of Bees' Cliff

The pictures' location with the spring water and natural pools is at the southern rim ledge of the high plateau, within the map loop (14) including (41- 42). The scene is reminiscent of invitingly wild rock baths close to the breathtaking view above the Canyon (35). These baths' location is just a few steps above the hidden stone chamber, which forms the gate to the waterfall and the northern preamble to Bees' Cliff's abyss (14).

Meandering Streams and 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] require the most fun bathing events. This caution is crucial because the depth of these pools rarely exceeds one metre and, therefore, could very likely cause serious injury if accidental jumping during diving activities.

A Highland Nature with Beauty and Patina 

Bees' Cliff 14 requires Caution in the Canyon, but
assisting by the wide map loop surrounding the
 gentle and fascinating 
points 36 and 41-42
Description of the Hiking Paths

Nature, Veiled in Mystique and History

Since prehistoric, this wonderfully excitingly secret dwelling has created scary deep rock formations in underground gaps and hidden rock chambers amid their surrounding waterfalls. This treacherous luring cliff vault and the abyss are home to pure magic twilight in this enticing deep wonderworld and underworld of shadows and greenery. Thus, with dramatic beauty, this place attracts an exciting approach to exploring an unknown world of nature.

Among the Playful Hay of Ravens

Ravens reside within this Canyon of grandeur and invite pleasant arts of flight. However, take care because the Ravens habitually approach in playful jacket-pinching mischief. Therefore Caution, prevails that people with sensitivity to heights should not climb into the mountain vault above Bees' Cliff  (14) without being double-secured with harnesses and other equipment.

Golden Meadows Among Adorable Junipers

The path (42) shown within the loop (14) to Entoto Natural Park (Nursery) 34 is a pleasant wandering with a minimum change in altitude. It usually allows wading with suitable dry rocks over the west side of the meandering stream. This direction passes just a little beside the natural pools above Bees' Cliff (14) and then further north through an open forest before arriving at the Nursery (34).

Waterfalls and Majestic Rock Chambers (14)

However, this is overall the reason for the attraction of the place. Thanks to varying and dramatic scenery, create the ideal wildlife habitats that naturally utilize this rich, three-dimensional diversity in water and rock formations.

A Canyon of Grandiose Beauty and Wildlife

The overall impression is adventurous since elusive hyenas 
hide within the creeks and shadows of the trees. Hence, 
careful behaviour is prudent for sensitive people with 
reduced health and mobility, even if the wild animals 
in curiously hiding from any visitor in the Park. 
Close Encounter With Playing Baboon Families
While this place is unique in many ways, there are also reservations about the impact people can exert on its nature. Because this site contains what is desirable for people and wildlife, the result is that a conflict of interest and living space can occur. The paths up to Bees' Cliff (14) offer several options: the northern hillside of the tributary gorge (36), the southern slope of (38-39) - (15-16) and (41) - (42) within the map loop (14).

Hyena, Trauma and Accident Risks
It would, therefore, be possible for a person who slips and lies demobilized, hidden and injured in the shady creek bed may, at last, after a few days, attract Hyenas to become directly fatal. They can become mighty animals, especially females in close contact with muscular strength, resembling brown bears in a slightly reduced size. However, hyenas lack rabies virus symptomatic disease; thereby, such danger is unknown.

Absolute Caution with Injuries and Liquor

Since the relationship between humans and Hyenas is ancient, mutual peace has evolved, and even children are naturally left untouched by Hyenas. The Hyenas can show curiosity toward humans but are usually cautious and restrained. On the other hand, Hyenas have been seen as highly interested in sick or heavily intoxicated people, just regarding this as something different from humans and therefore not included in the ancient consensus of mutual respect.

The native Ethiopian plants and trees directed the
seasonal deluges historically into the mountains
natural underground reservoirs and their surplus
created a unique Nature and the River Nile.
Creation of Natural Drinking Water
Entoto Natural Park (Nursery)

The Work Area of Many Endeavours
Entoto's High plateau appears among adorable Juniper hills and dreamlike meadows. Ultimately, this landscape of forgotten dreams reveals its southern border in Bees' Cliff's abyss (14). Here, it shows very soon the beautiful path (42) to Entoto Natural Park (Nursery) 34, where massive work has elapsed with nature restoration for many years. Ethiopia's indigenous plants and trees have provided nature with an immensely robust, well-anchored, soil-reinforcing root system. 

A High Plateau with Gentle Terrain
This excursion to the Nursery is a pleasant wandering with a minimum change in altitude, where it usually permits dry rock to wade over to the west side of the meandering stream. This direction passes just a little beside the natural pools above Bees' Cliff (14) and then further north through an open forest before arriving at the Nursery (34).

[CAUTION]: In Contact with Precipices

CAUTION: Dramatic Distances and High Altitudes.
Although Entoto Maryam (43) and the museum are located on the high plateau, offer a more secluded Entoto Kidane Meret Sanctuary (32), a wonderful hiking adventure to the high table. With its Church and Monastery Entoto Kidane Meret, is astonishingly hidden, tucked into the mountain massif's rising shoulder, and a dizzying perception arises very soon and demands care for young families. This observance is evident because dramatic views display spectacularly beautiful landscapes over the location of gorges, precipices and gullies.

Demanded Harness in Contact with Abyss. 
These unique impressions create a somewhat hazardous situation, confusing camera handling and keeping the feet away from the abyss. The importance of security precautions occurs quite soon, together with beautiful views when moving away from a bit of piece of this cosy Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) mountain town and Sanctuary (32).

Grande Adventures of the Canyon

Bees' Cliff 14 requires Caution in the Canyon, but
assists by the wide map loop surrounding the
 gentle and fascinating 
points 36 and 41-42
Activities & Nature (36) and (14)
A Pleasant Easternized Route along the Tributary Gorge.
However, since the abyss is hiding at Bees' Cliff  (14), it's advisably with a more easternized route commitment while following along the tributary gorge (36) within the map loop (14). This required Caution along the path is crucial for increased safety towards the abyss and to avoid suddenly scaring wildlife that enjoys socializing around the beautiful pools - just some ten metres above the plateau threshold and the abyss of Bees' Cliff  (14). This location, including the Canyon, is shown within the map loop (14).

A Walk in the Abyss with the Secretive Company of Hyenas.
This charmingly hidden gorge (36) - (14) delivers expectations where curiosity and excitement fill the atmosphere directly from the route's start. Gentle and refreshing winds provide visitors with a fresh coolness in a welcoming breeze from the Canyon below that is well camouflaging the scary smells of civilization from reaching the hyenas in depth. This tributary gorge (36) to the Canyon is shown within the lower section of the map circle (14).

A Multiple, Spatial Nature Dream

Very near but deeply below this Bees' Cliff (14), where these two streams meet, a place of idle creative nature is created, with splendid surprises in hidden prongs and open spaces with high slopes. The one who stays concealed between the tree trunks at point  (36) within the map loop (14) can quickly get very close to rumbling and relaxed hyenas. The southern slopes of the creek  (36) are a pretty steep yet comfortable hike with beautiful views down over this mysterious and lush nature with its invitingly open gorge and the two converging streams (36).

The Former Capital Of Ethiopia

Google Maps: Palace Of Emperor Minilik and
 Empress Taitu 1883.
 (Photo by David Stanley)  

On the Mountain's Grand High Table 

Palace Of Emperor Minilik and Empress Taitu 1883.
Entoto Maryam (43) on the mountain's high table is the site for the Former Capital, historical Palace and a cosy town. Hence, Entoto Maryam (43) provides an invitingly charming site for the whole family and quaint access to restaurants. With accessible trails, this high plateau offers surprisingly gentle terrain in reasonably close contact with great views over the landscape beneath, including the fashionable and cultural facilities with activities of Entoto Park (Z)

The High Plateau's Museum and Restaurants
A museum and a Palace within this town (43) of the grand high plateau invites to the whole family's interests. Another lovely choice is Entoto Kidane Mehret (1), with an extensive sanctuary, restaurants, and excellent Nature for picnics. Therefore, these charming mountainous towns appear culturally welcoming and captivating with their beautiful, gentle surroundings. Entoto Maryam Church (43), Former Capital, Emperor Palace, Museum. 

A Historic Site on the High Plateau

Entoto Maryam (43), the old Capital's central area, dramatically invites to this historical mountain's high table. Furthermore, the historical site of Entoto Maryam (43), with its museum and palace, rises just above Entoto Park [Z] and on the same mountain road.

The former Capital with Entoto Maryam Church (43)
After passing all the fascinating facilities of Entoto Park [Z], Entoto Maryam (43) dominates just above and allures to a vast high plateau. Together with the historic and quaint mountain town (43) with restaurants, this high plateau offers surprisingly gentle terrain.

Adventures above the Abyss

Grandiose Waterfall and Secret Rock Vault

Bees' Cliff is a Rock Dwelling of Amazing Beauty but it also
A Dangerous Clff-hanger with a Concealed Abyss
**CAUTION - Bees' Cliff (14)
Bees' Cliff constitutes a hidden, unknown void that can become a real danger and does not allow direct, easy proximity from either the east or the west side of the gorge's slopes. These precipitous cliff sides above the waterfall's hidden rock vault are so seriously too steep that all visual contact toward the bottom of the abyss is impossible. Therefore, due care is a crucial precaution for each new adventure.

Enchanting Attractions Above the Abyss
In all the expressions of fundamental nature, a multi-dimensional, graceful beauty is nevertheless a false invitation to safety delivered. Through this deceiving natural trickery, the eastern Canyon's slope gives an impression of invitingly lush beauty but a treacherous one with a fertile green breathtaking threshold, hiding a shocking void.

A Veiled World of Adventure and Dreams

A Culture Beyond Time of Aeons
Residents of the Capital highly value these prehistoric megaliths and traditional palaces on the high plateau of Entoto's massif, and a high priority should, therefore, obligate to assist the population in preserving and protecting these historic treasures and Ice Age sculptures from a bygone era. However, due care is crucial since the terrain is dramatic and shadows among ancient rocks often appear mysterious, imposing like pesky giants and beings from a forgotten past where the concealed cliff space, just waiting for adventure in a somewhat overwhelming flow of impressions. 
Ancient Megaliths
These massive stone statues give references to a past Ice Age heritage where man and monoliths appear to have been pulled out of the quaking rock’s roots, so weathered by large erosive forces to finally beyond aeons be appreciated as large ancient monuments. Like Egypt and the Sphinx, the real genesis and origins of these monuments often remain unknown but the patina and deeply shaded furrows claim about age beyond recorded history. Caution: Hiking after Dusk, Alone in the Park is Dangerous. Safety and Security

The Rising Shoulders of Entoto's Massif

A Canyon of Grandeur & Adventure

A Guiding Canyon with Paths & Adventure
This mysterious but inviting twilight cleft of the canyon (B) - (14)  dominates the landscape and is an excellent place for the well-equipped family to appreciate unforgettable adventures. However, this canyon (B) - (35) - (14) also assists the most pleasant magical mountain views with sights and picnics that offer an utterly captivating nature. This visible clarity in the appearance and selection of trails is apparent here thanks to the attractive overview of the sculptural introduction towards this very family-friendly gorge and river (35) - (B) and its paths that ultimately deviate along the tributary creek (36).

A Canyon of Great Beauty and Drama
The trails towards the first contact with the southern rim of the high plateau (41 - 42) - (14) follow a clear upward direction on Entoto's mountain massif. This visible clarity in the appearance and selection of trails is apparent here, thanks to the attractive overview of the sculptural introduction of this family-friendly upper slope of the canyon. Due to the visual contact with the canyon (35) - (B) towards the tributary creek (36) - (14), both a dramatic allure and a mighty visual guide in the landscape appear. Furthermore, the paths are straightforward to follow in the landscape, including all these exciting and surprisingly attractive paths along and above the eastern slope of the canyon's riverbank.


Note that the mountain range is vast, and the family on an excursion should avoid the tiring adventure tours beyond the line of sight over the landscape of the mountain range. This cautious observance in the family's daily routine regards the family's well-being and pleasure due to the demanding terrain. This caution is crucial because the impressions from each place are just at the upper limits of what a person can muster. Therefore, Do Not Combine the family today's new mountain adventure on the same day with tiring and exhausting fluttering trips between Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) and Entoto Park (Z), including Entoto Maryam (43).


A Sanctuary of Beauty and Serenity  

Among Purging Spring-Water

The valley [A] is located just down the eastern hillside after passing Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) and the Sanctuary (32). This somewhat hidden path (5) is an invitational route with many following options. It is constituted of a concealed way just beneath the walls of Entoto Kidane Mehret's Sanctuary (32) and continues with a traditional bridge just some steps downhill from the Sanctuary (32). Further, this valley [A] invites gentle walks toward the family picnic and games at the Italian reservoir (19). This underground water technology (19) is easily reached by an inviting, undulated and charmingly curved path just at the foot of the mountain and to the right of the map's valley sign [A]. The bridge crossing here is also the natural path for those who want a more dramatic hike towards the high plateau by the first passing point (37), located just a few steps upward on the left side after passing the bridge.

A Wonderful Promenade 

Towards Picnics Among Water Sources

Water to the Capital
Towards the Fresh Well-Fragrance of Highland
Despite this somewhat harsh highland air, the hiking is captivating and comfortable but requires regular rest, and it's essential to drink regularly from the brought-with and rugged water bottle. However, underneath in the valley [A] and just after the handcrafted bridge rises, the mountain's slope towards Entoto's high plateau continuously upwards towards secret places of pure serenity, often with views of breathtakingly beautiful heights.

The Secure Way Back for Lost and Worried People
To find out from this enchanting and beautiful original forest (40) just east of point (16), a lost person only ought to follow its very apparent slope down the east of the valley and thus in short contact with the open environment and clear paths that quickly show where you are in the relationship with the rest of the Park. In addition, point (19) and further the valley [A] of Entoto Kidane Mehret (32) are very close and reached quickly. This pleasant return Entoto Kidane Mehret (32) is a gentle route downwards without gorges or precipices. 

[CAUTION] - Precautionary Commitments

Assistance Directions: [A] - (B) - (14)

Mountain Maps & Alerts

The Assistance of Path Directions  [A] - (B)

The superficially lying water pipeline (37) is located on the slope above the valley [A]. This place is easily reached from below the valley [A] with comfortable passing between a couple of cottages before it continues and reaches a gentle high level on the mountain's shoulder. Just before the Italian fortification (38) - (B) appears a theatrical view and potentially a dangerous downhill abyss. The superficial water-conducting metal pipe (37) - [A] assists the mountain hike where its apparent suitability begins on the slope above the valley [A]. This water-conducting metal pipe (37) makes the path easy to follow, where it reaches a pleasantly high level on the mountain's shoulder. The route deviates in two choices when the pipeline makes its high northern bend just to the right of (38) - (B), where the uphill steeper path directs most hiking routes. Just before the Italian fortification (38) - shown within the map loop (B) - a theatrical view and potentially dangerous abyss appear a few metres to the left of the path. This precipitous view is within the lower sections of the map circle (B). The Italian Mountain Fortress (38) - (B)

Entoto Park Main Entrance - Entoto Park (Z)

Entoto Mountain's Highland now includes an invitingly magnificent culture centre and activities that constitute the new Entoto Park (Z). This grandiose adventurous centre above the Capital forms the amazing mountain-dwelling for the whole family's interest in comforting high-spirited culture. Thus, the historical and captivating Entoto Natural Park and the alluring Entoto mountain massif include the newly inaugurated Entoto Park (Z). This mountainous location and elevated centre for pleasure and activities invite the entire family to enjoy pleasant leisure with gardens, art, or just exploring many highly inspiring activities. 

The New Facilities Of Entoto Park (Z)

If the intention is amusement activities, families should
consider Entoto Park (Z) an appropriate option and be
cautious about the higher and deeper wilderness.
Entoto Park (Z) facilities are just below Entoto Maryam (43). Entoto Park (Z) 's newly built facilities have many amusements which inform the special open hours and regulations of this very modern and extended centre for Entertainment, Culture, Art, sports activities and Breathtaking Highlands views of Nature and mountains. However, the freshly made Entoto Park is in its first phase of organizational development, and it is challenging to give personal service time.  Despite this, there are probably conditions for direct contact with restaurants at this newly inaugurated Entoto Park (Z).

[ Entrance Fee ]

The entrance to Entoto Natural Park is free, but the outside parking fee is 25 - 40 birr per hour if you're coming in your car. However, although the Park's Nature is free to visit, Entoto Park Gate Z's entertainment and amusement activities are usually accessible for a fee. Furthermore, as tourist visitors, remember your ID card or passport.

The Trees in the Pictures of Streams and Views:

 (Juniperus procera)

Variation with habitat creation:

Juniperus procera is the native species of Entoto, and it should dominate the future Natural Park.  Entoto Natural Park 1995). This means that the forest will look different all over. When designing with nature, the high importance dominates of creating habitats (biotopes) suitable for the area's physical conditions. After analyzing soil quality and eroded parts, biodiversity, water availability and catchment, limitations due to, e.g. high altitude, etc., the area's potential for accommodating specific plant communities can be estimated. The 17km² provides unique variations in elevation, humidity, climate, and soil if the conditions specified for each spot are considered when planting and managing (HΓ₯kan Blanck and Pia Englund,
Juniperus procera
A valuable timber tree indigenous to Ethiopia and eastern Africa's highland forests 1,500-3,000 m. It does best in high rainfall but can survive quite dry conditions once established.
It is the largest juniper in the world. It performs well in Moist and Wet Weyna Dega and Dega agroclimatic zones (Azene Bekele-Tesemma 1993).

Juniperus Procera and Indigenous Trees



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