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) located in the opposite direction to 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 quite steep hiking up from the sculptural river banks at the sanctuary of  Entoto Kidane Mehret (32). Behind now is the adventurous and beautiful experience from Bees' Cliff  (14) and the adorable viewpoint (16).  But still, they are very near, with Bees' Cliff (14) just several tens metres to the south and the adorable viewpoint (16),  now behind but yet in close walking contact located on the threshold below the southern outer rim of this high plateau. 


14. A Great Wildlife View and Meandering River

This plateau just above Bees' Cliff (14) 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.


Detailed Description of the Hiking Trails

14. Among the Playful Hay of the Ravens
Thus, with dramatic beauty, this place attracts an exciting approach to exploring an unknown world of nature. Within this wonderfully excitingly secret dwelling have since the prehistoric created scary deep rock formations in underground gaps and hidden rock chambers amid their surrounding waterfalls.


Grandiose Views & A Hidden Twilight World (14). 
Here in this enticing deep underworld of shadows and greenery, this treacherous luring cliff vault and abyss gives a home to pure magic twilight where Ravens reside and invite to pleasant arts of flights as well as approaches in playful jacket pinching mischief.





Waterfalls and Majestic Rock Chambers (14)

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



The Wildlife of Bees' Cliff, Area No.14

Close Encounter With Playing Baboon Families

While this place is unique in many many ways, there are also reservations about the impact people can exert on its nature. Because this site contains not only what is desirable for people but also 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).



A Multiple, Spatial Nature Dream.

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


Further Activities & Nature (36) and (14)
A pleasant easternized route along the tributary gorge 36.
However,  the abyss is here close and with due care; therefore, a more easternized commitment of the route should be preferred. This not only for increased safety but also in purpose to avoid suddenly scaring wildlife that enjoys socializing around the beautiful pools right above the plateau threshold and the abyss of Bees' Cliff  (14).


A walk in the abyss with the secretive company of hyenas.
Directly from the route's start in this small hidden gorge  (36), gentle winds deliver pleasure 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 the depth of gorge  (35).




The Trees Along the Brook in the Pictures:

 (Juniperus procera)

Variation with habitat creation:

Juniperus procera is the native species of Entoto, and it should dominate the future Natural Park. This does not mean that the forest will look the same all over. When designing with nature, it is essential to create habitats (biotopes) suitable for the area's physical conditions. After analysing soil quality and eroded parts, biodiversity, water availability and water 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 taken into consideration when planting and managing (Håkan Blanck and Pia Englund, Entoto Natural Park 1995).
                                                       
Juniperus procera
Ecology:
A valuable timber tree indigenous to Ethiopia and eastern Africa 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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