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.
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.
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.
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.
Ready to explore the Simien Mountains?
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.
Classic Simiens Safari
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
Camping in the Simien Mountains
The classic 3-night camping circuit in the Simien Mountains. This trip is usually included as part of a wider itinerary in the country.…
- 4 Days
Trekking in the Simien Mountains
Discover the beauty of the Simien Mountains with this one week trekking adventure. Our Brilliant local guides know all the hidden gems to get the most out of your time on the 'Roof of Africa'. Easy to incorporate into a…
- 7 Days
Simien Mountains and Northern History
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
Historic North Circuit
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…
- 12 Days
Historic North and Luxury Lodges
Experience Ethiopia's northern circuit in style. Explore the incredible highland scenery, visit ancient monuments, discover unique cultural traditions, and break up your journey at luxury lodges set amongst incredible backdrops.…
- 12 Days
Historic North Circuit and Community Trekking
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
Highlights of the North and South
The classic northern trail extends south into the Omo Valley, passing through the Rift Valley Lakes and highland peaks of the Bale Mountains. A once in a lifetime adventure combining the very best that Ethiopia has to offer.…
- 20 Days
2 Day Simien Trek
An introduction to the Simien Mountains, this 2 day trek takes you to some of the major viewpoints of the primary escarpment, with one night spent camping at the beautiful Gich campsite.…
- 2 Days
3 Day Simien Trek
This 3 day Simien Trek is the perfect introduction to the national park. Enough time to hike to all the major viewpoints, see the wildlife, and enjoy the beauty of these highlands.…
- 3 Days
4 Day Simien Trek
This 4 day trek in the Simien Mountains starts and ends in Gondar. Hike from camp to camp, across the sweeping plateaus and down into the valleys.…
- 4 Days
6 Day Simien Trek
6 days trekking in the Simien Mountains, across the vast plateaus and down into the valleys to discover some of the most exciting regions of the park. A proper wilderness escape.…
- 6 Days
Explore the Roof of Africa
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…
- 9 Days