The Simien national park is located in the Simien central masif, a major highland area that includes Ethiopia’s highest mountain, Ras Dejen (4620).
It is home to many indigenous species. Some such as the Walia Ibex and Abyssinian Wolf are very rare but the gregarious Gelada baboons are always easy to find.
The Simien Mountains National Park is easily accessible and excellent for trekking, with stirring views and a large variety of wildlife. The mountains are home to three of Ethiopia’s larger endemic mammals: the walia ibex, the gelada baboon and the elusive Ethiopian wolf. Other mammals sometimes seen are rock hyraxes, jackals, bushbucks and klipspringers.
Endemic bird species include the commonly seen thick-billed raven, and the less common black-headed siskin, white-collared pigeon, white-billed starling, wattled ibis, spot-breasted plover, white-backed black tit and Ankober seedeater or serin. Although common, one of the most memorable sights (and sounds!) is the huge lammergeyer, or bearded vulture, soaring low overhead.
To take in this beautiful landscape, you can arrange a guide, mules and a tent in Debark.
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-5:30pm Sat & Sun 8:30am-12:00pm & 2:00pm-5:00pm
Access to the park is controlled through the town of Debark and it is mandatory that you have an armed ranger and a guide with you. This is more to provide local employment than due to any particular risks.
Camping is permitted at designated sites and these have cold showers and toilet facilities.