★ SIMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK (ETHIOPIA) ★
A massive erosion over thousands of years has formed one of the most incredible panoramas in the world on the Ethiopian Plateau, made up of rugged peaks, valleys, and vertiginous canyons up to 1,500 m deep.
This is where Simien Mountains National Park is located in northern Ethiopia. It was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978 and is one of the most beautiful national parks in the country.
It’s located in the Amhara region, on the Ethiopian highlands, and encompasses the Ethiopian massif of the Simien Mountains as well as Ras Dashan (the 4th summit of the African continent and the highest peak of the country).
BEFORE YOU GO
- The park is home to very rare species such as the Abyssinian wolf, the walia ibex and Gelada baboon (see photo below).
- Despite its appearance, the baboon Gelada is not dangerous.
- There is one of the highest peaks of Ethiopia and Africa: Ras Dashan (4550 meters).
- Where: to access the park, the starting point is the city of Debark (there are a few hotels and guesthouses for tourists, check on Booking.com).
- It is not possible to visit the park alone, you must be accompanied by a guard.
- When to go: avoid the rainy season from June to mid-September.
- Price: you need a permit to visit the park and the price depends on the number of days.
THE SIMIEN NATIONAL PARK ON GOOGLE MAP
PICTURES OF THE SIMIAN NATIONAL PARK
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