The Simien Mountains National Park in Northern Ethiopia, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978, is characterised by unique wildlife and extraordinary views of a landscape formed millions of years ago by volcanic activity. A mix of gentle high altitude ridges, covered with grasses, isolated trees and the strange Giant Lobelia, and 1000m – 2000m deep escarpments, are features of the high plateau, which ranges from 2000 to 4430 metres above sea level. Sheer cliffs and canyon-style gorges add to the drama the Park offers.
A trekker’s paradise, the rugged beauty of the Park, and the awesome views available to the visitor, are hugely impressive. In the midst of this dramatic landscape, farmers somehow manage to scratch out a precarious living.
A number of rare animals are to be found in the Park. Most commonly seen are herds of Gelada Baboons, otherwise known as Bleeding Heart Baboons.
Quite relaxed around people, they can be spotted in many parts of the Park. Other possibilities include the Ethiopian wolf, now very rare, and the Walya Ibex. There are more than 180 species of birds living in the Park, including the Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus), the Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) and the Thick-billed Raven (Corvuscrassirostris). For visitors keen to see the extraordinary flora to be found in the Park, October to December is the time to come.
Baregota Travel and Tour can arrange visits to the Park. These vary from one day tours by car, to 3, 5 or 10 day trekking tours. .