Where can I stay in the Simien Mountains?
You can choose to stay in either lodges or campsites in the Simien Mountains. It is also possible to combine camping with lodge-stays to get the best of both worlds. To understand which option is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:
- How important is luxury and comfort to you?
- How much time do you want to spend trekking?
- How long do you have to spend in the mountains?
- How active are you?
Limalimo Lodge is not only the best accommodation available in the Simien Mountains, it's arguably the best lodge in the whole of Ethiopia. The lodge is situated just outside the park, and so exploring the Simiens from here requires sorties into the park via 4x4s.
The lodge has an aura of luxury which begins with its minimalist design and extends to the exceptional service by the management team and local staff. Overnights at Limalimo don't come cheap, but it's the perfect choice if you want to explore the mountains in comfort and style.
Sitting at over 3200 metres, the Simien Lodge is the highest altitude lodge anywhere in Africa. Sporting the traditional stone walls and thatched roofing, the Simien Lodge comprises a number of tukuls with many boasting great views of the Simien range.
The lodge offers a great alternative to camping, and works out slightly cheaper than the more luxurious Limalimo Lodge. It is also more centrally located, which means there are great viewpoints and self-treks around the lodge, and Gelada Monkeys are known to play on the lodge grounds.
The Simien Mountain's three major campsites offer the most cost-effective way to explore the park. Typical trails begin at Sankaber, before heading to Geech for the second night, and finally finish at Chennek in the east of the park. All tents and camping equipment is provided for you, and fantastic local cooks take care of all the meals.
The campsites are simple and the facilities are basic, but if comfort isn't too important to you, camping in the Simiens is a great option to explore the park in depth, and if you want to explore deeper, there are a further 6 campsites beyond Chennek.
Brilliant can help you choose which accommodation, or combination of accommodation, is right for you. We'll talk you through the options, and draw from our years of experience to ensure your time in the Simiens matches your dreams, budget, and appetite for adventure.
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Below are some examples of amazing adventures in the Simien Mountains, but with so much on offer in Ethiopia, we can only scratch the surface here. Get in touch with us and we can help build the right trip for you.
The Simien Mountains are one of Ethiopia’s most stunning destinations. With its diverse flora and fauna, immense views and extraordinary geography, it’s an exceptional place that can be enjoyed by hardy trekkers and afternoon strollers alike. A couple of nights…
- 5 Days
Explore the Simien Mountains from a luxury lodge perched high in the escarpment, discover the architectural remains of ancient civilisations, and watch the sun set over the sandstone cliffs of Tigray. The Historic North Circuit is a flagship itinerary in…
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Fusing history, culture, landscapes and wildlife along a perfectly paced circuit, this trip is a synthesis of the very best experiences on offer in Ethiopia’s northern highlands. Explorations of the ancient cities Axum, Gondar, Bahir Dar and Lalibela are broken…
- 12 Days
This trip packs in a myriad of history, culture and some of the best scenery in Africa. Explore the palaces of Gondar, the world-famous rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, and the sweeping plateaus of the Simien Mountains. Leave enough time either…
- 7 Days
Experience the breathtaking Simien Mountains National Park on this in-depth tour of the ‘Roof of Africa’. Trek to peaks breaching 4,000 meters, experience the panoramic vistas, cross the rivers that flow into the lowlands and get up close with endemic…
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