The deep ravines, craggy peaks and sheer cliffs of northern Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains make this one of Africa‘s most spectacular landscapes.
A result of volcanic eruptions millions of years ago, the mountain plateau has been eroded to form cliffs that can drop an eye-watering 1,500m. The Simiens are also home to several peaks that tower above 4,000m including Ras Dejen, Ethiopia‘s highest mountain.
The mountains are surrounded by deep valleys and on a good day you can enjoy views that stretch for hundreds of kilometres. As well as the epic vistas, the Simien Mountains are important for the diversity of flora and fauna.
They are home to the endangered Walia ibex, who cling to the impossibly steep cliffs, as well as the gelada baboon, often referred to as the bleeding heart baboon on account of the heart-shaped patch of hairless skin on its chest. If you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the elusive Ethiopian wolf.
The Simiens are also a haven for birdwatches with over 180 species flitting through the skies. As you might expect, trekking is a hugely popular activity in the mountains, but however you chose to spend your time here, you can be certain of awe-inspiring panoramas at every turn.
When to Go
Temperatures do not change drastically throughout the year, although October to December are slightly colder. There is, however, a big difference between daytime and night-time temperatures. June to September is the main rainy season, with another short season between February and March.