How to visit the Simien Mountains

There are a number of ways to explore the Simien Mountains. As one of Ethiopia's most popular travel destinations, it is one of the few national parks in Ethiopia that have decent accommodation options for those not wanting to camp out. 

Limalimo Lodge and Simien Lodge are the two major lodges in the park, with Limalimo Lodge being the newer and more luxurious of the two (although slightly further outside the park than Simien Lodge). 

Most visitors spend 2-3 nights in the Simien Mountains, either camping along the main escarpment or basing themselves at one of the two lodges and taking sorties into the park to the best viewpoints, hiking trails, and wildlife spots

Another popular options is to combine a 2-3 night camp with a night at Limalimo Lodge at the end - a great way to close out your time in the mountains and take some well-deserved R&R before continuing your onward journey. 

For those with a bigger appetite for adventure, it's possible to spend up to two weeks in the park, hiking across the main escarpment and then across to the lesser-visited, more rugged sections of the park. There are also a number of community guesthouses set up in remote pockets of the park. 

The Simien Mountains are home to Ras Dashen, Ethiopia's highest peak at over 4,500 metres. 

Gelada Monkey in the Simien Mountains

How it works

We can put together an itinerary to fit any time frame or budget. Whether you've got some fixed plans and need help with the detail, or don't know where to start, here's how we can help:

  1. We'll talk about your dream Ethiopia moments, how much time you have and your budget.

  2. We'll discuss any places to go or things to do that you've already got in mind and send you a few suggestions of our own.

  3. When you've decided what you want to see and do, we'll put together the perfect itinerary that covers all the destinations you're most excited about, and moves at just the right pace. We'll select the accommodations that are right for you, and we'll make any adjustments until you're confident its the perfect itinerary for you.

  4. When you're happy with your trip and the cost, we'll get your adventure set up, make all the bookings and reservations, and provide all the pre-travel information you need. 

  5. Once your on the ground in Ethiopia, we'll be here to look after you every step of the way. 

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Limalimo Lodge

Limalimo Lodge

The views, aesthetic and service make this lodge the perfect start or end point for any Simien trek. You can also take sorties into the park from here if you want to explore the …

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