The Roof of Africa


Simien Mountains National Park (SMNP), with its undulating plateau and deep valleys is often dubbed the Grand Canyon of Africa. The park is located in the North Gonder Zone of the Amhara National Regional State. It sits 870km from Addis Ababa in the mountain massif to the north of the famous Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia.

Simien is home to Ras Dejen, the highest mountain in Ethiopia (4,533m). This ecotourism destination is popular with wildlife watchers including bird watchers, researchers amd cultural enthusiasts

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Outstanding Attractions


Simien Mountains National Park, in northern Ethiopia features remarkable vistas and landscapes where erosion over millions of years has created jagged mountain peaks, valleys and sharp precipices dropping some 1,500 m.

The park also features the giant Erica forest. The park is of global significance for biodiversity conservation because it is home to globally threatened species, including the iconic Walia ibex, a rare wild mountain goat, the gelada and the Ethiopian wolf.

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One to 12 day treks through the stunning national park will leave you speechless. Trekking through the park gives you a chance to see both incredible wildlife and scenery but to also to experience the local culture while trekking through remote villages

Birdwatchers will rejoice with over 180 species recorded in the Simien Mountains National Park. Of these, five are endemic to Ethiopia and a further 12 to Ethiopia and Eritrea.

There are choices of camping, staying at one of the 3 community lodges or indulging in a stay at a luxury lodge.

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“The Simien Mountains National Park is easily accessible and excellent for trekking, with stirring views and a large variety of wildlife.”

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