Come tour Ethiopia and explore the Roof of Africa, the Simien Mountains, which are famous for their soaring peaks and deep gorges which the poet Homer called the “chess pieces of the gods.’ The Simien Mountains were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 due to their spectacular scenery and the many endemic plants and animals that live there.
The high-altitude mountains are one of the remotest destinations in Africa, but tourists do come here enjoying hiking through the dramatic scenery. The Simien Mountain National Park is also home to interesting endemic wildlife like the spectacular golden-maned Gelada Baboons and the extremely rare Walia Ibex and the Abyssinian Wolf.
Visitors can choose to either do a gentler day hike to some wonderful viewpoints taking in some unique high alpine plants and scenic waterfalls. Those who are fitter can enjoy multi-day hikes with local guides in the park to Ethiopia’s highest peak Ras Dashen, the tenth highest peak in Africa at 4550m. The region is off the beaten track and the only accommodation in the park is provided by community projects which give visitors the chance to experience local life in the Simien Mountains.
Access: How to get to Simien Mountains National Park
The Simien Mountains lie in the northern Amhara region of Ethiopia. The region is well connected with domestic flights on Ethiopian Airways from Addis Ababa to Gondar which is about 100 kilometres/62 miles from the Simien Mountains National Park. If travelling by road, the Simien Mountains are included in a multi-day itinerary in conjunction with Gondar, Aksum and Lalibela.
The newly paved road from Gonder to Debark is 95km and takes you through scenic highland landscapes. It takes about 1.5 hours to reach Debark. From there, it is a further 1-hour drive via the Sawri Village to the park boundary.
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