Simien in Amharic means “north” and indeed this mountainous massif is located in the north of the Ethiopian plateau. It reaches a peak of 4,460 metres above sea level with the Ras Dashen mountain and overlooks the valley of the Tekeze River. Originally formed by a volcanic eruption, the whole massif has over time been eroded by rain and rivers, which have carved out deep gulleys. The lower part of the plateau is mainly dedicated to the cultivation of barley; as it ascends, there are isolated ivy and lobelia trees. The combination of nature and human intervention has created unique landscapes in the Simien of extraordinary beauty.
The presence of rare endemic mammals such as the Walia ibex, the Simien fox, the “gelada” baboons and the Ethiopian wolf (Canis Simensis Simensis) meant that the area was turned into a national park in 1969 and was recognised by UNESCO in 1978 as a World Heritage Site. The entire area, with its harsh beauty, is crossed by trails of varying lengths that are ideal for trekking.
Here some of our proposals to visit this beautiful park: