Why we like this

  • Famed for being the highest hotel in Africa at 3260m, the Simien Lodge has long been one of the best accommodation options in the Simien Mountains
  • The lodge has excellent views, and you can hang out with the Gelada Monkeys and other wildlife that hang out around the lodge grounds.
  • Use the hotel as a base for trekking in the Simien Mountains and discover the stunning viewpoints, diverse wildlife, and local communities that make the Simiens one of Africa's greatest national parks.
  • The only hotel inside the Simien park itself, with easy access to viewpoints like Imet Gogo.
  • The lodge is built and run with sensitivity for the local environment and its communities and continues to support the local people with involvement in a number of projects.
Boy in front of Simien Mountains landscape


The Simien Lodge is a great base to explore the Simien Mountains. It is the only lodge that sits inside the national park, which means day treks can start and end from the lodge. It's a great alternative to camping, as you can reach all the best viewpoints and hiking trails and return to four walls and a comfortable bed at the end of the day! 

Local guides that know the mountains inside out will trek with you as you discover the parks flora and fauna, whether sitting amongst troops with Gelada monkeys, or scouting for the elusive Ethiopian wolf. Mountain biking is also possible, and you can rent bikes directly from the lodge.

There are a number of local villages in the Simien Mountains, and visiting the local people and learning about life in these mountains gives you a deeper appreciation for life in rural Ethiopia. 

Walia Ibex in the Simien Mountains

The Lodge

The Simien Lodge is just 40 minutes drive from the entrance town of Debark. Until the arrival of Limalimo Lodge, the Simien Lodge was the best accommodation option in the mountains. Comfortable and with good facilities, the Simien lodge is a perfectly comfortable base - and its location is can't be beaten.

Like many Ethiopian hotels, its is a little expensive and standards aren’t quite ‘world-class’ but it makes for a comfortable stay in beautiful surroundings. 

Built just beneath the escarpment edge for environmental reasons (although this does mean the views aren’t as good as they could be), the lodge is discreet, blending into the natural environment and the views are still fabulous. Better this way than leaving an eyesore on the horizon from miles around. 

Tukuls of Simien Lodge in the Simien Mountains

Rooms & Amenities

There are 24 rooms, consisting of tukuls which are two, connected circular rooms. All rooms come with underfloor heating by solar, which is helpful given it can get chilly at night. All rooms have Ethiopian decorations and there are the usual facilities like tea and coffee, a safe and full-length mirrors. All rooms include en-suite bathrooms. 

The rooms are clustered together, so do ask for one of the rooms at the edges, where you’ll get a better view from your balcony!

The bar and restaurant, famed along with the hotel as ‘the highest in Africa', is a great place to relax with a roaring fire set in the middle, and a good mixture of Ethiopian and international cuisine. 

Room at Simien Lodge in the Simien Mountains

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Below are some examples of what is possible in the Simien Mountains - but get in touch with us and we can help with a tailor-made holiday.

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